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Severe drought no longer caused just by nature

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Scientists at the University of Birmingham are calling on drought researchers and managers around the world to consider both human activity and natural phenomena in their battle to preserve increasingly scarce global water supplies.
Date:
02/02/2016
Categories:
International, Life and Environmental Sciences, Research

New data reveals public attitude to charity giving hasn't changed in 25 years

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Research into public perceptions of charities has found there has been virtually no change in trends of gift giving and attitudes towards charity since 1991; despite economic growth and policy change in the sector. Professor John Mohan of the University Birmingham and Dr Beth Breeze of the University of Kent, found that in comparing public responses to the original British Social Attitudes Survey to the same questions in 2015, negative perceptions of charity barely shifted at all.
Date:
29/01/2016
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

The immune system maintains a memory of past infections by priming genes for future encounters

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Our ability to fight off recurrent infections, such as colds or flu, may lie in the 'immunological memory' found in a newly discovered class of gene regulatory elements, according to research from the University of Birmingham, supported by the BBSRC and Bloodwise.
Date:
21/01/2016
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research

Tommy's opens UK's first national early miscarriage centre

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Tommy's, the UK baby charity that funds research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, is to open the country's first national clinical research centre dedicated to early miscarriage on 1 April, comprising of a partnership of three universities: The University of Birmingham, The University of Warwick, and Imperial College London.
Date:
21/01/2016
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research

Current therapy for patients with Parkinson's disease shown to be ineffective

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New research from the University of Birmingham has shown that physiotherapy and occupational therapy do not produce improvements in quality of life for patients with mild to moderate Parkinson's disease.
Date:
19/01/2016
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
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