Westminster Kingsway College Launches New Access To Higher Education Programme In Pharmacy And Biomedical Sciences

June 8, 2009

Westminster Kingsway College has launched a new Access to Higher Education programme in Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at its new King’s Cross Centre in central London. The College is already a leading provider of Access to Higher Education courses in London as well as specialising in courses for Pharmacy Technicians in conjunction with the University of London’s School of Pharmacy and Birkbeck College.

The new Access programme in Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences will be focussing on those who are looking to progress to university courses in Pharmacy or Biomedical Sciences and the course has been developed in partnership with the School of Pharmacy at the University of London. Candidates will need to have some aptitude for science and maths already and it is preferable that they have been working in a medical or healthcare environment but they may have been out of education for some time or be looking to change their career.
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Low Vitamin D Levels In Blacks Could Contribute To Higher Rates Of Cancer, Other Diseases, Researcher Says

May 30, 2009

Low vitamin D levels in blacks could contribute to health gaps between white and black U.S. residents, Michael Holick, a professor at Boston University and a vitamin D researcher, said recently, the GNS/Chicago Sun-Timesreports. According to Holick, blacks have lower levels of vitamin D than whites in part because the higher amount of pigment in their skin makes it harder for their body to absorb the nutrient, which is produced in response to sun exposure.
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Unvaccinated Children At Higher Risk Of Whooping Cough

May 27, 2009

New research from the US suggests that children whose parents won’t let them be vaccinated are 23 times more likely to get whooping cough compared to children who are fully immunized.

The study was led by a vaccine research team at Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s Institute for Health Research in Denver and was published online in Pediatrics on 26 May.

The researchers wrote that most parents have their children vaccinated, and this has led to a dramatic fall in numbers of children with serious childhood diseases, but despite this, the number of parents who don’t want their children to be vaccinated appears to be rising in the US.
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Heart Failure Rate For Young Blacks 20 Times Higher Than Whites

March 21, 2009

One in 100 black men and women develops heart failure before age 50, a rate that is 20 times higher than whites in the same age group, according to a study published on Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, the AP/Boston Globe reports (Stobbe, AP/Boston Globe, 3/19). For the study, researchers from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute over two decades tracked 5,115 black and white men and women who were between ages 18 and 30 at start of the study (Brewington, Baltimore Sun, 3/19). The study was funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Rabin, New York Times, 3/19). The completed study found that 27 participants had developed heart failure by age 50, 26 of whom were black. In addition, all five deaths in the study were black people (Baltimore Sun, 3/19).
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Association Between Higher Testosterone Levels And Financial Risk-Taking Behavior

January 5, 2009

Higher levels of testosterone are correlated with financial risk-taking behavior, according to a new study in which men’s testosterone levels were assessed before participation in an investment game. The findings help to shed light on the evolutionary function and biological origins of risk taking.

The study was jointly led by Anna Dreber, of the Program in Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University and the Stockholm School of Economics, and Coren Apicella, of Harvard’s Department of Anthropology. The results are available online in Read the rest of this entry »