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2012-05-10 13:58:03

Research into hearing loss after exposure to loud noises could lead to the first drug treatments to prevent the development of tinnitus Researchers in the University of Leicester's Department of Cell Physiology and Pharmacology have identified a cellular mechanism that could underlie the development of tinnitus following exposure to loud noises. The discovery could lead to novel tinnitus treatments, and investigations into potential drugs to prevent tinnitus are currently underway....

2012-05-09 09:34:15

University of Leicester criminologist presents research findings on May 9 Findings are to be announced today (May 9) on why ex-armed forces personnel end up in prison. Dr James Treadwell from the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester will present his research before his peers at a research seminar. The seminar will draw on 29 interviews with serving male prisoners, who were previously employed in HM armed forces undertaken in three prisons in England in late 2010....

Trials Will Test Curry’s Effect On Bowel Cancer Patients
2012-05-08 08:28:05

A new study from the United Kingdom is putting curry to the test, picking it apart to see if an extract of the spice plays a significant role in the treatment of patients with advanced bowel cancer. Scientists from the Experimental Cancer Medicine Center (ECMC) at the University of Leicester plan to study whether pills containing curcumin, a compound found in the yellow curry spice turmeric, can be safely added to the standard treatment for bowel cancer. According to Cancer Research UK,...

2012-05-01 16:26:09

High-powered microscopes reveal workings of the cell -- results could impact treatment of Down syndrome, lissencephaly (a brain formation disorder) or cancer Scientists using high-powered microscopes have made a stunning observation of the architecture within a cell — and identified for the first time how the architecture changes during the formation of gametes, also known as sex cells, in order to successfully complete the process. The findings by the international team led by...

2012-04-19 20:19:43

Continuity of care in doctor's surgery is key to reducing non-emergency hospital admissions, says new research A University of Leicester study has provided clear evidence that allowing a patient to see a particular doctor in the GP surgery has an important impact on reducing hospital admissions. Between 1999-2000 and 2009-2010 elective (non-emergency) hospital admissions in England increased by 28% to 9.4 million. Over the same period, there was an increase of 35% in emergency...

2012-04-19 11:23:56

Study of simple organisms reveals preference for those who resemble themselves In a dog-eat-dog world of ruthless competition and 'survival of the fittest,' new research from the University of Leicester reveals that individuals are genetically programmed to work together and cooperate with those who most resemble themselves. A tendency for similar individuals to cooperate selectively with one another, even if they are not close relatives, can evolve spontaneously in simple organisms....

2012-04-19 10:33:41

University of Leicester scientist presents research findings at British Psychological Society Annual Conference Online dating scammers groom their victims by developing 'hyper-personal' relationships which can leave victims feeling doubly traumatized. This is one of the findings of a study by Professor Monica Whitty, of the University of Leicester, who presents her research at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference today (19 April), held at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London...

Image 1 - Were Easter Eggs Inspired By Dinosaurs?
2012-04-06 05:41:00

A new study comparing the eggs of various biological species has determined that some types of Easter eggs purchased in the marketplace may actually have been inspired by dinosaurs, not birds. According to an Asian News International (ANI) report, research conducted by paleontologists in Spain and the UK analyzed fossil eggs estimated to be 70 million years old that were discovered in the Pyrenees. Their goal was to determine whether or not the eggs in question had been laid by birds or...

2012-04-04 12:14:50

Cutting-edge study shows teeth can be used to determine what has been eaten You are what you eat is truism that has been given new impetus by 'cutting edge' research led by the University of Leicester that reveals your teeth are literally shaped by your food. Indeed, evidence from teeth can be used to determine what has been eaten by an animal providing a new way of working out the diets of wild animals that doesn't involve the unpleasant task of looking at the contents of their guts....

Information Superhighway 'Bypassing Adult Learners'
2012-04-03 03:55:17

Landmark study finds that Internet revolution has no impact on increasing lifelong learning Despite a world of opportunities just a click away, there has been no significant shift in the uptake of lifelong learning over the past decade according to new research. Pronouncements at government level about the creation of 'a learning society' where education is the key to a nation's economic development - the so-called 'knowledge economy'- are not backed by evidence in society, the...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.