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2012-01-13 20:50:00

Ripple Effects Offers Free Interactive Learning Resource for Teachers and Parents to Address Link between Power, Prejudice and Ethnic Conflict San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 13, 2012 In honor of Martin Luther King, Ripple Effects (http://www.rippleeffects.com), the leading provider of digital social-emotional learning and self-directed mental health guidance tools, announced today that it is offering its award-winning tutorial, “Power, Prejudice and Preventing Ethnic...

2012-01-10 23:35:12

University of Leicester scientists announce a major advance in understanding the regulation of an important cancer target in Nature paper Scientists at the University of Leicester have opened up a whole new approach to the therapeutic intervention for a family of anti-cancer drug targets, thanks to a completely new and unexpected finding. Professor Schwabe and his colleagues, Drs Watson, Fairall and Santos, have published their research this week in leading science magazine Nature...

Researchers Confirm Origin Of Stonehenge Rocks
2011-12-20 09:52:59

Experts studying the mysteries surrounding Stonehenge have now confirmed for the first time the exact origin of some of the rocks used in the ancient monument in Wiltshire, England. The researchers -- geologists Robert Ixer of the University of Leicester and Richard Bevins of the National Museum of Wales -- have matched fragments of stone from the 5,000 year old monument with rocks found in southwest Wales more than 150 miles away. The actual site of the source is Craig Rhos-y-Felin, near...

2011-12-08 23:22:30

Researchers identify enzyme that could be targeted to help body tackle LDLs Scientists from the University of Leicester and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have announced a major advance towards developing drugs to tackle dangerous, or 'bad', cholesterol in the body. They have filed two patents for developing targeted drugs that would act as a catalyst for lowering levels of 'bad' cholesterol. Two research papers published by the academics enhance the understanding of...

2011-12-06 12:40:25

Research findings challenges medical textbooks A ground-breaking international study into the ways lungs grow and develop has challenged existing medical understanding that our lungs are completely formed by the age of three. The researchers, led by a team at the University of Leicester, put forward a theory for the first time based on research evidence that new air sacs, called alveoli, are constantly being formed. This contradicts information in most medical textbooks that explain...

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2011-12-05 21:07:23

Worms infecting fish grow 4 times faster at higher temperatures and manipulate the behavior of fish Parasitic worms that infect fish, and have a devastating effect on fish reproduction, grow four times faster at higher temperatures — providing some of the first evidence that global warming affects the interactions between parasites and their hosts. The study from the University of Leicester revealed that global warming had the potential to change the balance between parasite and...

Breakthrough In The Battle Against Malaria
2011-11-30 05:54:45

Study identifies new ways to kill the human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum An international team of scientists has announced a breakthrough in the fight against malaria, paving the way for the development of new drugs to treat the deadly disease. According to the World Health Organisation malaria currently infects more than 225 million people worldwide and accounts for nearly 800,000 deaths per year. Most deaths occur among children living in Africa where a child dies every 45...

2011-11-18 07:01:13

Research calls for more personalized approach to smear tests Women's personal testimonies of cervical smear testing in the UK show that their experiences are often far from positive, says a new study from the University of Leicester published today in the international journal Family Practice. The study reveals the stress, anxieties, as well as pain that women can suffer when they undergo the test, which involves taking cells from the cervix using special instruments. Women say that...

2011-11-09 10:40:32

University of Leicester study based on survey of male prisoners Research into the 2011 London riots found they were mostly committed by antisocial persons, less than 20% of whom were explicitly gang members. This is because gang membership is primarily for the most antisocial of such persons. New research has identified extreme antisocial personality as a key reason why some criminals join gangs. Even within criminals, some find it harder to get along with others, and the most antisocial,...

The Genetics Of High Blood Pressure
2011-11-09 09:20:02

Study co-authored by University of Leicester cardiovascular expert identifies key genetic mechanisms that help control blood pressure A researcher from the University of Leicester's Department of Cardiovascular Sciences has been involved in a ground-breaking study into the causes of high blood pressure. The study, published in the academic journal Hypertension, analyzed genetic material in human kidneys in a search for genes that might contribute to high blood pressure. The findings...