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Health - Social Sciences - 09.07.2010
Call for more help for silent victims
Call for more help for silent victims
PA 177/10 “I have had major bone problems and an operation on my spine, and I am now questioning whether that was to do with the beatings?”…the words of a 63 year old woman who took part in new research just published, into the effects of domestic violence on older women. The year-long study by researchers at The University of Nottingham's Division of Nursing has concluded that more needs to be done to identify, support and protect these victims.

Social Sciences - Health - 07.07.2010
Homicide and suicide rates among mentally ill on the decline
Homicide and suicide rates among mentally ill on the decline
People with mental health problems are committing fewer homicides while the number of suicides by mental health patients has also fallen, latest figures reveal; a previous rise in homicides by mentally ill people may have been the result of drug misuse, says the report. The study, by the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness at The University of Manchester, also found that in-patient suicides have fallen to their lowest recorded figure and that patient suicides have fallen most sharply in people in their early 20s.

Social Sciences - Law / Forensics - 07.07.2010
Disclosure checks under scrutiny
Researchers at the University have found that enhanced disclosure checks, which contain details of both spent and unspent convictions, give a false sense of reassurance as the majority of persistent and serious offenders are unknown to either the children's hearing system or the adult criminal justice system.

Health - Social Sciences - 06.05.2010
Violent teenage girls fail to spot anger or disgust in others' faces
Violent teenage girls fail to spot anger or disgust in others’ faces
Girls appear to be “protected” from showing antisocial behaviour until their teenage years, new research from the University of Cambridge has found. The study sheds new light on antisocial behaviour in girls compared with boys and suggests that rather than violence or antisocial behaviour simply reflecting bad choices, the brains of people with antisocial behaviour may work differently from those who behave normally.

Social Sciences - 25.03.2010
Fitzwilliam Museum residency coming to a close
Fitzwilliam Museum residency coming to a close
Time is running out to see the celebrated Beijing painter Chen Hong at work in Cambridge, following his month-long residency at the city's Fitzwilliam Museum. Regarded as a 'cultural treasure' in his homeland, Mr Chen is an expert painter of traditional Chinese motifs, particularly famous for his striking images of fish.

Health - Social Sciences - 18.03.2010
Call for European Cystic Fibrosis healthcare gap to be closed
Call for European Cystic Fibrosis healthcare gap to be closed
A healthcare gap amounting to a ?death sentence? for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) children born in Eastern Europe must be closed say researchers from the EuroCareCF Coordination Action for Cystic Fibrosis. A new study led by the University of Dundee and published today in The Lancet, has found that CF patients in Eastern European countries die far younger than in other, wealthier, EU countries.

Social Sciences - 16.03.2010
Family courts plan threatens children's wellbeing
Family courts plan threatens children’s wellbeing
Children and young people's concerns about the government's proposal to allow the media to report more widely on family court proceedings are revealed in new research conducted by the University of Oxford. The research, which was commissioned by the Children's Commissioner for England, shows that the overwhelming view of children who took part in the study was that reporters should not be allowed into the family courts.

Life Sciences - Social Sciences - 09.03.2010
Eggshell of extinct giant bird unlocks key to ancient DNA
Eggshell of extinct giant bird unlocks key to ancient DNA
Ancient DNA from the fossil eggshell remains of the extinct elephant bird, has been successfully extracted thanks to help from a University of Sheffield expert - marking a world-first for archaeology and genetics. Professor Mike Parker Pearson, from the University´s Department of Archaeology, discovered the eggshells whilst researching in Madagascar.

Life Sciences - Social Sciences - 21.10.2009
Are US and European Plovers really birds of a feather?
Are US and European Plovers really birds of a feather?
The Kentish-Snowy Plover, a small shorebird found in the US and Europe, is suffering from an identity crisis after scientists at the University of Sheffield and the University of Bath have found genetic evidence that the populations are, in fact, separate species. Historically, biologists classified the Kentish Plover, found in Europe, and its look-a-like, the Snowy Plover, from the US, as being different varieties of the same species due to their similar looks.

Social Sciences - Civil Engineering - 30.09.2009
Unique new atlas shows world from fresh perspective
Researchers from the University of Sheffield have created a new online atlas which displays images of the world, but not as we know it. The atlas includes over 200 maps which have been redrawn to show, at a glance, which cities are the largest, how all urban areas compare, and whether many or few people live in the countryside.

Life Sciences - Social Sciences - 19.05.2009
Sheffield researchers unravel causes of Alzheimer´s
Researchers at the University of Sheffield, funded by the UK´s leading dementia research charity, the Alzheimer´s Research Trust, have uncovered how a type of brain cell is affected in Alzheimer´s. The team´s exciting findings are to be published later this month (May 2009)in two journals.

Health - Social Sciences - 19.05.2009
Small risk of violence in schizophrenia unless drugs and alcohol are involved
There is an association between schizophrenia and violent crime, but it is minimal unless there are also drug or alcohol problems, a large-scale study led by Oxford University has shown. The findings, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, highlight the importance of treating drug or alcohol problems in people with severe mental illness.
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