Hits Parade — AlphaGalileo Top 5
Our hit parade compiles the press releases with bigger number of visits in June 2012.
1. High Blood Caffeine Levels in Older Adults Linked to Avoidance of Alzheimer’s Disease— IOS Press BV — 04/06/2012
Those cups of coffee that you drink every day to keep alert appear to have an extra perk – especially if you’re an older adult. A recent study monitoring the memory and thinking processes of people older than 65 found that all those with higher blood caffeine levels avoided the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in the two-to-four years of study follow-up. Moreover, coffee appeared to be the major or only source of caffeine for these individuals.
2.Publishing in July from Routledge Major Works — Taylor & Francis — 01/06/2012
A new title in the Routledge Major Works series, Critical Concepts in Military, Strategic, and Security Studies, this is a four-volume collection of cutting-edge research on health, security, and governance. It is increasingly recognized that the pandemic potential of many diseases holds the power to wreck economies, divide societies, and, indeed, to jeopardize the viability of nation states. In consequence, there is a growing and urgent need to understand and address such threats.
3. Web-informed patients: 22% of doctors are more likely to prescribe the requested medicine than in the case of uninformed patients — Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt|Graz| Wien — 26/06/2012
The rapid development of the internet has changed the relationship between doctors and patients: Many individuals use the web to find information about doctors, diseases, treatment methods, preventative care and medicines. A recent study carried out in Germany asked 287 doctors about their attitudes.
A large proportion of the doctors (57,7 %) maintains a positive attitude towards the information available from the internet. However, 82,5 % of the doctors assert that patients are frequently misinformed and 70,3 % think that the use of the internet leads to an increase in the amount of time required. 80,2 % believe that dealing with internet-informed patients increases the need for the doctors themselves to be very well informed. Only 17,5 % stated that they feel they may be relinquishing power and control, and yet 22 % of doctors will admit to a greater likelihood of prescribing the requested medicine, than is the case with uninformed patients.
4. Slime moulds work on computer games — Inderscience — 07/06/2012
British computer scientists are taking inspiration from slime to help them find ways to calculate the shape of a polygon linking points on a surface. Such calculations are fundamental to creating realistic computer graphics for gaming and animated movies. The quicker the calculations can be done, the smoother and more realistic the graphics.
Andrew Adamatzky of the aptly named Unconventional Computing Centre, at the University of the West of England, in Bristol, UK, points out that computing a polygon defining a set of planar points is a classical problem of modern computational geometry. He has turned to the slime mould to help with such computations and explains in the International Journal of Bio-Inspired Computation how the organism can help.
5. Routledge Library Editions: Women, Feminism and Literature — Taylor & Francis — 06/06/2012
June marks the publication month of Routledge Reference's eagerly awaited collection: Routledge Library Editions: Women, Feminism and Literature. Reissuing seminal works originally published between 1979 and 1994, Routledge Library Editions: Women, Feminism and Literature offers a selection of scholarship from a time of great change in feminist studies and literary studies. The collection’s topics cover all aspects of women's literature, gender and feminism, through literary criticism and the work of women literary theorists.