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Research Finds Evidence of a 'Mid-life Crisis' in Great Apes

Published: November 19, 2012.
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Chimpanzees and orangutans can experience a mid-life crisis just like humans, a study suggests. This is the finding from a new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, that set out to test the theory that the pattern of human well-being over a lifespan might have evolved in the common ancestors of humans and great apes.

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Childhood Bullying Causes Worse Long-term Mental Health Problems Than Maltreatment
A new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry shows that children who have been bullied by peers suffer worse in the longer term than those who have been maltreated by adults. The research is led by Professor Dieter Wolke from Warwick's Department of Psychology and Warwick Medical School. The study is due to be presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in San Diego on Tuesday 28 April.

New Treatment for Common Digestive Condition Barrett's Oesophagus
New research from the University of Warwick and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust could transform treatments and diagnosis for a common digestive condition which affects thousands of patients.

Plant Cell Structure Discovery Could Lead to Improved Renewable Materials
Major steps forward in the use of plants for renewable materials, energy and for building construction could soon arise, thanks to a key advance in understanding the structure of wood. The step forward follows research by the Universities of Warwick and Cambridge and the unexpected discovery of a previously unknown arrangement of molecules in plant cell walls. The paper describing this work was Editors' Choice for the American Chemical Society for March 25th.

Mummified Bodies Reveal How Tuberculosis Ravaged the Heart of 18th Century Europe
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Body Clock Genes Could Hold Key to Recurrent Miscarriages
Researchers at the University of Warwick and UHCW have discovered how body clock genes could affect women's ability to have children. The study, by medics at Warwick Medical School and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust, pinpoints how body clock genes are temporarily switched off in the lining of the womb to allow an embryo to implant. Timing of this event is critical for pregnancy.

Education May Not Improve Our Life Chances of Happiness
Getting a good education may not improve your life chances of happiness, according to new mental health research from the University of Warwick. In a new study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, researchers from Warwick Medical School examined socioeconomic factors related to high mental wellbeing, such as level of education and personal finances.

Study Reveals Value of Zoos And Aquariums in Boosting Biodiversity Understanding
Zoos and aquariums around the world have a crucial role to play in helping people understand how they can protect animals and their natural habitats, new research from the University of Warwick, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and Chester Zoo has found. Dr Eric Jensen, from Warwick's Department of Sociology, says it is the most compelling evidence to date of the influence of such attractions, which attract more than 700 million visits across the globe every year.

More UK Regulation of Total Hip Replacement Devices Needed to Prevent Unnecessary Surgery
A new study from the University of Warwick is calling for more UK compulsory regulation of devices used in hip replacements to reduce the need for further traumatic and expensive surgery. In a paper published today in the British Medical Journal, a team from Warwick Medical School looked at ten year revision rates for five of the most commonly used hip replacement devices. This means the number of devices that had to be replaced within 10 years of the original surgery.

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