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Invasive Plant Thrives Because It Adapts Quickly To Local Climates
2013-10-17 14:25:07

University of Toronto University of Toronto research has found that purple loosestrife – an invasive species that competes with native plants for light and nutrients and can degrade habitats for wildlife – has evolved extremely rapidly, flowering about three weeks earlier as it has spread to northern Ontario. This has allowed populations of the species to thrive in the colder climate with a more than 30-fold increase in seed production. "The ability of invasive species to rapidly...

2013-10-11 12:47:54

Researchers at the University of Toronto discover how the body's muscles accidentally fall asleep while awake Normally muscles contract in order to support the body, but in a rare condition known as cataplexy the body's muscles "fall asleep" and become involuntarily paralyzed. Cataplexy is incapacitating because it leaves the affected individual awake, but either fully or partially paralyzed. It is one of the bizarre symptoms of the sleep disorder called narcolepsy. "Cataplexy is...

Early Warning Signs For Cognitive Decline
2013-09-10 13:25:35

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two new studies have revealed readily-detectable, early-warning signs of cognitive impairment. One study from researchers at the University of California, Davis revealed that the degeneration of a small structure deep in the brain called the fornix provides early clues for the future onset of memory loss or dementia. The other study from the University of Toronto in Canada showed a new link between early-onset Parkinson's disease and a...

2013-08-14 09:29:11

Women with a history of childhood physical abuse are more likely to become obese adults, according to a new study by University of Toronto researchers. Results indicate that women who were physically abused in childhood were more likely to be obese than women from non-abusive homes. “After adjusting for age and race, childhood physical abuse was associated with 47% higher odds of obesity for women” says lead author Esme Fuller-Thomson, Professor and Sandra Rotman Endowed Chair in...

2013-08-12 14:16:37

The growth of deadly plaque inside the walls of arteries may not happen as scientists believed, research from the University of Toronto and Massachusetts General Hospital has found. The research also suggests a new potential target in the treatment of atherosclerosis, a leading cause of cardiovascular disease and death globally. The research team found that macrophages, white blood cells that drive atherosclerosis, replicate inside plaques. Moreover, this growth is not reliant on cells...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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