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2012-03-26 22:21:05

Team discovers mechanism for destroying particular cancer cells An international team of scientists has announced a new advance in the ability to target and destroy certain cancer cells. A group led by the University of Leicester has shown that particular cancer cells are especially sensitive to a protein called p21. This protein usually forces normal and cancer cells to stop dividing but it was recently shown that in some cases it can also kill cancer cells. However, scientists have...

2012-03-26 22:17:33

Patients 'baffled' by jargon say researchers Patient information leaflets for cancer trials are not up to the job, reveals a new study from the University of Leicester. Research published in the international journal Sociology of Health and Illness reveals that patients find the leaflets far too long and incomprehensible, and even intimidating. "These information sheets are poorly aligned with patients' information needs and how they really make decisions about whether to join a...

Study Discovers How Massive Black Holes Grow So Rapidly
2012-03-25 04:42:56

Black holes that grow to masses billions of times greater than that of our sun most likely reached those sizes by consuming objects from multiple locations at the same time, researchers from the UK and Australia claim in a new study set for publication in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. In a Friday press release, officials with the University of Leicester, who conducted the study along with colleagues from Australia's Monash University, compared the process...

2012-03-12 11:31:27

New treatment for overactive bladder is trialed by the University of Leicester The biggest study into the treatment of urinary incontinence with botulinum toxin (trade name Botox) has demonstrated that it is effective in treating overactive bladder (OAB) - a debilitating common condition which can affect up to 20% of people over the age of 40. The study from the University of Leicester was led by Dr. Douglas Tincello, Senior Lecturer at the University and Honorary Consultant...

Sitting All Day Ups Diabetes Risk
2012-03-03 04:40:50

Women could be more at risk than men -- new University of Leicester study A new study has found that women who stay seated for long periods of time every day are more prone to developing type 2 diabetes, but that a similar link wasn't found in men. Researchers from the University of Leicester Departments of Health Sciences and Cardiovascular Sciences revealed that women who are sedentary for most of the day were at a greater risk from exhibiting the early metabolic defects that act as a...

2012-02-09 11:46:16

University of Leicester-led research finds Y chromosome link for coronary artery disease A common heart disease which kills thousands each year may be passed genetically from father to son, according to a study led by the University of Leicester. A paper published in medical journal The Lancet on THURSDAY FEB 9 shows that the Y chromosome, a part of DNA present only in men, plays a role in the inheritance of coronary artery disease (CAD). The study, called Inheritance of coronary...

2012-02-08 18:31:58

Research from University of Leicester tackles growing problem A study led by the University of Leicester has found that anti-obesity drugs coupled with lifestyle advice are effective in reducing weight and BMI. Dr Laura Gray and colleagues from the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Leicester have published a paper in the journal Obesity Review which looks at the effectiveness of anti —obesity drugs and a modified lifestyle on weight loss and body mass index. The...

Image 1 - Milky Way's Black Hole Is Snacking On Asteroids
2012-02-08 14:24:16

[ Watch the Video ] NASA said on Wednesday that the giant black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy may be consuming asteroids. They studied a cloud around the supermassive black hole known as Sagittarius A* (Sgr A) using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. Chandra has detected X-ray flares about once a day from the black hole for the past several years.  The flares also have been seen in infrared data from ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile. Researchers said asteroids...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.