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January 2014

Female work satisfaction and promotion differences revealed

A new study has found that efforts to improve gender diversity in the workforce may be being hampered by focusing on issues that make women feel more satisfied rather than helping them achieve promotion. According to the study, which surveyed 3,000 female and male professionals, the features of working life that provide women with career satisfaction are vastly different from those that drive career progression, HR Magazine reports.  Critical job …Read More

Stem cell therapy used to treat lung disease

Research conducted at the Boston Children's Hospital has shown it may be possible to treat lung diseases by introducing proteins which instruct lung stem cells to produce the cell types needed to repair the injuries caused by such conditions. A natural pathway exists in the lung which instructs stem cells to develop into specific types of cells. Researchers enhanced this natural pathway in a mouse model, successfully increasing production of …Read More

Scientists make breakthrough in developing heart tissue

Researchers have successfully engineered cardiac tissue in the laboratory that could be used as an in vitro surrogate for human myocardium and for preclinical therapeutic screenings. Tissue which bridges the gap between animals and human subjects has been developed in the laboratory for some organs but creating such models for the heart has proved elusive. The tissue developed in the new study was generated from human embryonic stem cells and …Read More

BCC publishes skills manifesto

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has set out a skills and employment manifesto designed to help the country address the skills shortage that could undermine future prosperity.  According to the BCC, the proposals could radically transform the way people are educated and the way our adult workforce is trained. It advocates greater cooperation between the BCC and universities and SMEs to ensure young people receive the appropriate training and …Read More

Molecule could protect brain from diabetes damage

Diabetics' chances of developing dementia or Alzheimer's disease could be significantly reduced thanks to a new molecule created by researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. High levels of sugar in the blood have been identified as a risk factor in dementia, impaired cognition, and a decline of brain function in diabetics and non-diabetics alike. The chance of diabetics developing Alzheimer's disease is twice as high as those not suffering …Read More

‘More opportunities’ for HR staff in 2014

HR professionals are set to move during 2014, with 60 per cent expecting to look for a new job. According to research conducted by recruitment company Hays, the resurgent strength of the UK economy means recruitment in the HR industry is set to increase during the next 12 months.  Some 47 per cent of employers expect to hire more permanent HR staff and 28 per cent intend to take on …Read More

Microtubule research could help develop cancer drugs

New research into the microscopic transport system that occurs within cells could help to develop new cancer treatments. A critical point of failure in the microtubules, which act as a cellular transport system, was identified by researchers at Warwick Medical School. Microtubules are 1,000 times thinner than a human hair and are used to transport molecules around cells. The study, published in Nature Communications, explains how these structures are targets …Read More

CEOs ‘should talk from the heart to promote gender equality’

CEOs should talk from their heart as well as their head in order to promote more equal roles between men and women, according to a new study. Research conducted by KPMG and King's College London shows that merely outlining the business case for diversity is not sufficient to increase the number of women at senior levels. A more effective case can be made if CEOs talk from their heart as …Read More

Combining therapies can help combat cancer

Scientists have discovered that two different cancer treatments developed independently can result in significantly improved outcomes when used in conjunction with one another. Although there is a pressing demand for new cancer drugs, it is difficult for companies to develop new therapies quickly. Researchers in Ottawa tried combining existing treatments in different ways to help speed up the process. In a report published in Nature Biotechnology, they show how two …Read More

Take on younger staff to boost retention, advises Barclays chief

Companies looking to invest resources in building a skilled and committed workforce have been advised their best course of action could be to take on a number of young people. Barclays' head of early careers Mike Thompson said hiring school leavers and other people at the very start of their careers can be a shrewd move as these individuals tend to go on to become more loyal to the organisation …Read More