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Research sheds new light on extra help for smokers trying to quit

A major research trial to test whether extra support for smokers calling an NHS quitline - on top of what is already offered by the service - has found the additional help does not improve success rates for quitting the habit.

New ORNL tool developed to assess global freshwater stress

A new method to make better use of vast amounts of data related to global geography, population and climate may help determine the relative importance of population increases vs. climate change.

Researchers unveil robot jellyfish built on nanotechnology

Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas and Virginia Tech have created an undersea vehicle inspired by the common jellyfish that runs on renewable energy and could be used in ocean rescue and surveillance missions.

Huge hamsters and pint-sized porcupines thrive on islands

DURHAM, N.C. -- From miniature elephants to monster mice, and even Hobbit-sized humans, size changes in island animals are well-known to science. Biologists have long believed that large animals evolving on islands tend to get smaller, while small animals tend to get bigger, a generalization they call "the island rule."

Possible causes of sudden onset OCD in kids broadened

PANS expands on Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus (PANDAS), which is limited to a subset of cases traceable to an autoimmune process triggered by a strep infection. A clinical trial testing an immune-based treatment for PANDAS is currently underway at NIH and Yale University (see below).

Researchers develop new technique to assess diversity of plant species from afar

Researchers long have used multi-spectral images (which include radiation outside human perception, such as infrared) and other remotely sensed data to create maps of vegetation around the globe. But seasonal changes in vegetation can limit the usefulness of these procedures, making them accurate for only the particular day or season when the data was collected.

Learning best when you rest: Sleeping after processing new info most effective, new study shows

Nodding off in class may not be such a bad idea after all. New research from the University of Notre Dame shows that going to sleep shortly after learning new material is most beneficial for recall,

Embryonic stem cells shift metabolism in cancer-like way upon implanting in uterus

This discovery is published today in EMBO, the European Molecular Biology Organization journal.

Complications in patients undergoing PCI tend to occur within first 30 days

BOSTON, MA—Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), also known as coronary angioplasty or angioplasty, is a procedure used to treat acute coronary syndromes. PCI involves opening a blocked blood vessel by threading and inflating a balloon-tipped tube into the vessel. Sometimes a stent is also inserted to keep the blood vessel open.

Tears during coronary angioplasty: Where are they and how do they affect patient outcomes?

CHICAGO – Researchers from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital discovered that blockages in the right coronary artery and those in bending areas of the coronary artery are the most common places for dissection, a tear in the artery that can occur during balloon angioplasty of the coronary arteries.

gin-top: 1em;">Residents: You Can Help Prevent Flooding

Persistent rain is causing surface flooding in some low-lying parts of Wellington today - and the City Council is asking residents to grab a rake or garden fork to help clear street drains to allow water to drain away.

gin-top: 1em;">Join a Social Sport League

Registrations for term 1 social sport leagues at the ASB Sports Centre are open now and competitions start from 30 January.

gin-top: 1em;">Budgeting Advice

January can bring many things for many people - sunshine, holidays, a fresh outlook on the year ahead.

gin-top: 1em;">Machine to Help Save Lives

We now have a small machine that could save lives at one of the many events the city hosts each year - all thanks to the generosity of St John Ambulance and RWC Philips.

gin-top: 1em;">Library Talk by Parker-Hulme Author

Peter Graham, author of So Brilliantly Clever - Parker, Hulme and the Murder that Shocked the World, will give a free evening talk at Wellington Central Library on Thursday 26 January.

gin-top: 1em;">State Ocean Swim Series

This summer, join the thousands of New Zealanders taking up ocean swimming as part of the State NZ Ocean Swim Series.

gin-top: 1em;">Council to Review Parking Enforcement Camera Car

Wellington City Council is to review the operation of its parking enforcement camera car.

Foreign Secretary welcomes tough EU sanctions on Iran

Foreign Secretary William Hague has spoken after a new round of EU sanctions on Iran were agreed by Foreign Ministers in Brussels.

Foreign Secretary welcomes sanctions on Assad supporters

Foreign Secretary William Hague has spoken after EU Foreign Ministers agreed to impose further sanctions on Syria.

Minister for the Middle East welcomes UN steps to ensure accountability in Syria

The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva has today adopted a resolution which further condemns the appalling human rights violations in Syria.

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