Long-term studies detect effects of disappearing snow and ice

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Which plants will survive droughts, climate change?

New research by UCLA life scientists could lead to predictions of which plant species will escape extinction from climate change.

Long-term neuropsychological impairment is common in acute lung injury survivors

Cognitive and psychiatric impairments are common among long-term survivors of acute lung injury (ALI), and these impairments can be assessed using a telephone-based test battery, according to a new study.

Long-term research reveals causes and consequences of environmental change

In semi-arid regions like the southwestern United States, mountain snowpacks are the dominant source of water for human consumption and irrigation. Research by Jones and her colleagues shows that as average temperatures increase in these snowy ecosystems, a significant amount of stream water is lost to the atmosphere. The study involves more than thirty years of data from 19 forested watersheds across the country. All of the study sites provide water to major agricultural areas and to medium and large cities.

Researchers use game to change how scientists study disease outbreaks

An international team of scientists--including researchers who teach an annual clinic at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Muizenberg, South Africa--is helping epidemiologists improve the mathematical models they use to study outbreaks of diseases like cholera, AIDS and malaria.

Coordinating the circadian clock: Molecular pair controls time-keeping and fat metabolism

PHILADELPHIA — The 24-hour internal clock controls many aspects of human behavior and physiology, including sleep, blood pressure, and metabolism. Disruption in circadian rhythms leads to increased incidence of many diseases, including metabolic disease and cancer. Each cell of the body has its own internal timing mechanism, which is controlled by proteins that keep one another in check.

Predictors identified for rehospitalization among post-acute stroke patients

GALVESTON, April 6, 2012 – Stroke patients receiving in-patient rehabilitation are more likely to land back in the hospital within three months if they are functioning poorly, show signs of depression and lack social support according to researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston. Hospital readmission for older adults within 30 days of discharge costs Medicare roughly $18 billion annually.

Invasive heart test being dramatically overused, Stanford study shows

STANFORD, Calif. — An invasive heart test used routinely to measure heart function is being dramatically overused, especially among patients who recently underwent similar, more effective tests, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine.

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.

Marking 20 years since the Siege of Sarajevo

A virtual museum has been launched to mark the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the Siege of Sarajevo.

Nigeria travel advice updated

There is a high threat of terrorist attack during religious festivals. British nationals are advised to exercise particular vigilance and caution over the Easter period.

Foreign Secretary welcomes UN demand that Assad pull back troops

Foreign Secretary William Hague has welcomed today€s UN Presidential Statement on Syria which demands that the regime pull back troops by 10 April.

Cisco Invests in Aavishkaar to Drive Rural Entrepreneurship in India

April 4, 2012 Bangalore, India -¡Reinforcing its commitment to country transformation and inclusive growth, Cisco today announced an investment in Aavishkaar, a venture fund founded to promote development in rural and semi-urban India. Cisco will invest in Aavishkaar India II Company Ltd. (Aavishkaar II) and will collaborate with other investors to drive sustainable business models with social impact that utilize the power of the network. Working with Aavishkaar, Cisco aims to take advantage of its expertise and promote technology-enabled inclusive growth in the area of social entrepreneurship.

Foreign Secretary sends condolences to President Mutharikas family

Foreign Secretary William Hague offered his condolences following the death of the Malawian President.

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