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2010-05-26 13:34:14

Researchers at the University of Warwick, and the Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kilifi, Kenya, have found that respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) appears to be the predominant virus detected among infants and children hospitalized in Kenya with severe pneumonia, according to a study in the May 26 issue of JAMA. The contribution to this severe disease by an individual pathogen stresses the need for effective infant vaccination. The leading cause of childhood death in sub-Saharan Africa is...

2010-05-24 08:53:28

Carers working in residential homes need funding and support to upskill to ensure more older people have a home for life instead of being transferred to hospitals and nursing homes, according to a new report. Research from the University of Warwick and the University of West England is calling for social care home workers to be trained in basic clinical nursing skills to meet the changing needs of residents as they get older. The report, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, also...

2010-05-04 14:52:20

Research carried out by the University of Warwick in collaboration with the Federico II University Medical School in Naples, Italy, has found that people who sleep for less than six hours each night were 12% more likely to die prematurely than those who get the recommended 6-8 hours.  The study, published today in the journal Sleep, provides unequivocal evidence of the direct link between short duration of sleep (less than 6 hours sleep a night) and an increased chance of dying...

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2010-04-15 13:58:08

Carbon fixation by phytoplankton in the open ocean plays a key role in the global carbon cycle but is not fully understood. Until now researchers believed that cyanobacteria overwhelmingly accounted for phytoplankton's role in carbon fixation in the open ocean. But now scientists at the University of Warwick and the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton have opened 'the black box' of eukaryotic phytoplankton and discovered that they actually account for almost half the ocean's carbon...

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2010-04-09 07:30:00

People researching their ancestors can open a "Pandora's Box" of secrets that may cause conflict and widen rifts in the family, new research says. While most people derive pleasure and satisfaction from researching their ancestry, for some it brings to light "secrets and skeletons", the study says. Dr Anne-Marie Kramer, of the University of Warwick, told the British Sociological Association's annual conference in Glasgow today [9 April] that of 224 people who gave her details of family...

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2010-03-22 11:20:00

A study by researchers at the University of Warwick and Cardiff University has found that money only makes people happier if it improves their social rank. The researchers found that simply being highly paid wasn't enough "“ to be happy, people must perceive themselves as being more highly paid than their friends and work colleagues. The researchers were seeking to explain why people in rich nations have not become any happier on average over the last 40 years even though economic...

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2010-03-09 07:50:00

An international team of astronomers, including Professor Tom Marsh and Dr Danny Steeghs from the University of Warwick, have shown that the two stars in the binary HM  Cancri definitely revolve around each other in a mere 5.4 minutes. This makes HM Cancri the binary star with by far the shortest known orbital period.  It is also the smallest known binary. The binary system is no larger than 8 times the diameter of the Earth which is the equivalent of no more than a quarter of...

2010-02-16 14:06:18

Middle aged and elderly people with high levels of vitamin D could reduce their chances of developing heart disease or diabetes by 43%, according to researchers at the University of Warwick. A team of researchers at Warwick Medical School carried out a systematic literature review of studies examining vitamin D and cardiometabolic disorders. Cardiometabolic disorders include cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is...

2010-02-02 02:00:00

LONDON, February 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Children who grow up without access to the internet or computers in the home, are being left behind in their social and educational development and could lose out in the job market. Now BLi Education, (http://www.blieducation.com/) in partnership with Government agency Becta*, is encouraging parents to take advantage of the Home Access programme to provide grants for computers and internet access to families that need them most. Several studies...

2010-01-29 14:02:14

Researchers have created self-healing polymers that could extend the lifetime of automotive oils. These polymers are suitable to add to lubricants and could maintain the physical properties of engine oils for longer, they claim helping engine efficiency. Biological materials, such as skin, self heal following damage giving inspiration for these new materials. Polymers are often added to automotive oils to control important physical properties such as viscosity but mechanical and thermal...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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