Friday, December 22, 2006

Chronic Disability Declines Among Older Americans

Chronic disability among older Americans has decreased significantly and the rate of decline has accelerated during the past twenty years.

Chronic Disability Declines Among Older Americans

Combination Therapy and Breast Cancer

Radiation therapy and chemotherapy administered concurrently after lumpectomy helps prevent local reoccurrence of breast cancer.

Combination Therapy and Breast Cancer

Message Less Important Than Emotion in Advertising

The amount of emotional content in television advertisements affects viewers' opinions of the product, regardless of the intended message.

Message Less Important Than Emotion in Advertising

Surprise Endings

New research suggests that not everyone enjoys a murder mystery with a surprise ending. People with low self-esteem like to feel they knew all along who committed the crime, probably because it makes them feel smarter. But everyone seemed to enjoy a mystery with no strong hint of how it would be resolved.

Surprise Endings

Contraception More Effective Than Abstinence

Findings indicate that promotion of abstinence is insufficient by itself to help adolescents prevent unplanned pregnancies.

Contraception More Effective Than Abstinence

Saturday, December 09, 2006

New York and London Are Most Popular Fiction Locations

Research by Bowker, a leading provider of bibliographic information, analyzed more than 13 000 works of adult fiction published in the USA and found that 1550 with an identifiable location were set in England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland. New York topped the list of cities, followed by London, Los Angeles (including Hollywood), Chicago, San Francisco and Washington D.C. Rome was the only other non-American city in the top ten.

New York and London Are Most Popular Fiction Locations

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Why Psychosis Rates Vary

Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London have found higher rates of schizophrenia and other psychoses in certain ethnic minority groups and also that parental separation in childhood is associated with an increased risk of developing psychosis later in life.

Why Psychosis Rates Vary

Baby Boomers Care More For Their Parents

Contrary to popular belief, the institution of the family is not in decline. People born in the 1950s and 1960s are more committed to caring for their aging parents than the previous generation were.

Baby Boomers Care More For Their Parents

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Churchill Borrowed Ideas From H.G. Wells

Researching a book on Winston Churchill, Dr Richard Toye, a lecturer in history at the University of Cambridge, has found that science fiction writer H.G. Wells was a significant intellectual influence, both during the statesman's early career and subsequently.

Churchill Borrowed Ideas From H.G. Wells

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Search For Better Breast Cancer Drugs

A joint initiative between computer scientists at the University of Edinburgh and cellular biologists at the Riken Genomic Research Centre in Japan may result in improved drug treatments for breast cancer sufferers that will also minimize side effects.

Search For Better Breast Cancer Drugs

Health Risks in the Future

The 1990 Global Burden of Disease study carried out by researchers at Harvard University and the World Health Organization (WHO) provided the first comprehensive global estimates of death and illness by age, sex, and region. Sponsored by the World Bank, it also provided projections of the global burden of disease and mortality up to 2020. Colin Mathers and Dejan Locar from the World Health Organization, Geneva have now updated the projections based on 2002 data.

Health Risks in the Future

Street Robbers Want More Than Money

New research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) reveals complex motivations behind street robbery in the UK. Rather than being simply an acquisitive crime, it commonly reflects a damaged sense of self in the perpetrator resulting in a need for violence or revenge, or to increase status among peers.

Street Robbers Want More Than Money

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Keeping the Pounds Off

It is a sad fact that many (perhaps, most) attempts to lose weight result in a temporary loss that is reversed in a relatively short time. But new research indicates that this is not inevitable.

Keeping the Pounds Off

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Measuring the Digital Divide

Simplistic measurements such as the number of Internet access points in a place tell us little about today's digital divide, according to Karine Barzilai-Nahon.

Measuring the Digital Divide

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

New Health Articles

A new study examines how helpful parents may be in assessing their children's alcohol and/or drug use and abuse. Findings indicate that they do not provide valuable information because they are often unaware of it. Read the article a: Teenage Substance Misuse: What Parents Don't Know

Physicians prescribing new medication often do not communicate to patients important details, such as potential side effects, how long or how often to take the drug or the specific name of the medication. More at: Physicians Don't Tell All

Physicians prescribing new medication often do not communicate to patients important details, such as potential side effects, how long or how often to take the drug or the specific name of the medication. Read: Malnutrition and Seniors in Hospital

Diabetes puts people at risk of developing critical illness and dying early, but obesity without diabetes does not. Read on: Diabetes is Bad News

A new study concludes that most patients who undergo gastric cancer staging by lymph node sampling have inadequate assessments that compromise survival. More at: Lymph Node Sampling Compromises Cancer Survival

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Closing the Distance: Chasing a Father's Olympic Fencing Legacy

Every kid wants to grow up to be like his father, and Jeff Bukantz was no different - but unfortunately for Jeff, his father was a four-time Olympian and one of the greatest fencers ever! In his sentimental memoir Closing the Distance: Chasing a Father's Olympic Fencing Legacy, Jeff recounts the trials and tribulations he encountered
while trying to follow in the footsteps of Danny Bukantz, a great man both on and off the fencing strip.

Read an excerpt from: Closing the Distance

Monday, July 03, 2006

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Gardening - Articles about growing from seed

Saving Seeds

With proper storage, gardeners can save seeds for next year

Reading Seed Packets

Reading fine print on seed packages is good gardening advice

Damping Off

Damping off is the single term used to describe underground, soil line, or crown rots of seedlings due to unknown causes.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Wales Book of the Year

The 2006 Wales Book of the Year Shortlist is: (English) To Babel and Back by Robert Minhinnick; ,Body Beautiful by Ifor Evans, Ice Trap by Kitty Sewell; and (Welsh) Gwynfor Rhag Pob Brad by Rhys Evans, Llen Yr Uchelwyr by Dafydd Johnston, Rara Avis by Manon Rhys.

Details at: Wales Book the Year

Friday, April 14, 2006

Cajun Recipe

The Mrs. Dash brand has teamed with Jimmy Bannos, chef/owner of Heaven on Seven restaurants, to suggest a combination of unique seasoning blends and fresh ingredients to create Cajun-inspired grilling specialties. Jimmy Bannos has written "The Heaven on Seven Cookbook: Where It's Mardi Gras All The Time!" and "Big Easy Cocktails, Jazzy Drinks and Savory Bites from New Orleans" inspired by the Creole and Cajun cuisines from New Orleans. His new Bayou Shrimp and Veggies with Creole Mustard Sauce is an interesting example


Cajun-inspired Grilling Specialties

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Guacamole Recipe

This classic, creamy recipe for Guacamole (Avocado dip) comes from Hass Avocado from Mexico and makes 4 servings:

Guacamole

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Avocado Recipe

To celebrate the spring season, the California Avocado Commission has developed a recipe that combines these two refreshing ingredients, Eggs in California Avocado Cups with Asparagus and Lemon, creating a complex layering of tastes that will leave your guests craving more.


Avocado and Asparagus Recipe

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Saint David - Dewi Sant

David or Dewi Sant is the patron saint of Wales. On March 1 every year Welsh children celebrate St David's day with the girls wearing national costume. Leeks and daffodils abound. In Pembrokshire, St David's Cathedral stands in a magical location where David is supposed to have lived his 6th Century Celtic monk's life. But what's known about him? Read:

St David

Monday, February 27, 2006

Fancy somewhere 'remote'

About as remote as you can get in the British Isles: Papa Westray