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February 2014

Researchers make neuron regeneration breakthrough

Researchers have successfully created new nerve cells in the brains and spinal cords of living mammals without the need for stem cell transplants to replenish lost cells. The new study, which was conducted at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center, offers hope to those suffering from traumatic brain injury or spinal cord damage and could be used to treat Alzheimer's disease. However, the scientists involved have stressed that …Read More

Economic recovery leads top talent to new opportunities

A recent study has shown a correlation between economic recovery and higher levels of employees leaving firms to look for new opportunities. A report by HR consulting form Towers Watson has revealed that when the economies improve, people increasingly start looking for better prospects.   The organisation's Industry Compensation Survey Report has unearthed a direct connection between high GDP growth and higher levels of attrition among talented employees, while no …Read More

Promising new treatment for Hepatitis B identified

A new technique has been developed to treat conditions such as Hepatitis B (HBV) without damaging cells infected by the virus. Viruses such as HBV are able to survive by depositing their genes in their hosts' cell nuclei, where DNA is not normally degraded, which protects them from antiviral drugs. New research at the Helmholtz Zentrum, Munich and the Technische Universitat, Munich may pave the way to treating these viruses. …Read More

Government’s policy on non-EEA graduates comes under fire

The EEF has criticised the government for restricting employers' access to skilled non-European Economic Area (EEA) graduates. Evidence has been submitted by the manufacturers' organisation to the House of Lords' Science and Technology Committee inquiry into international STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) students, arguing the government is "acting unreasonably" by imposing restrictions. EEF criticises the government for abolishing the Tier one post-study work route, which allowed non-EEA graduates who …Read More

Progress made in regenerating heart cells

Regenerative medicine offers hope to sufferers of chronic conditions such as heart failure. Previous attempts to transform skin cells into heart muscle have only been partially successful, however, as the transformation is often incomplete. Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes in California have come up with a new method of reprogramming skin cells in a way which renders them almost indistinguishable from heart muscle cells. Their findings are based on animal …Read More

HR salaries rising significantly

Salaries for HR professionals are set to grow by as much as ten per cent of base rate, according to the Robert Walters Salary Survey 2014. Companies are investing more in their HR departments compared with previous years and there is particularly high demand for talent, reward and learning and development professionals.  HR pay is rising at its sharpest pace in the London financial services sector. However, salaries have also …Read More

Scientists uncover key role of protein in mitosis

New research conducted at the Warwick Medical School has solved an enduring mystery of biology by uncovering the key role of a protein in shutting down endocytosis during mitosis. Their study outlines the role of actin, a protein, in shutting down clathrin-dependent endocytosis during mitosis. Endocytosis is the process by which cells absorb molecules that are too large to pass through the plasma membrane, such as proteins. Normally, this takes …Read More

HR directors need to offer ‘good-quality pension schemes’

HR directors need to ensure they offer good-quality pensions as more employees take up workplace schemes through auto-enrolment, according to a pensions expert. Henry Tapper, First Actuarial director and founder of advice website Pension Playpen, told HR Magazine employers will have to pay more attention to the value of their pension schemes following a change in the law that means they automatically have to offer staff a workplace pension scheme. …Read More

New blood cells could help treat multiple sclerosis

Researchers have identified a new type of regulatory blood cell that is able to combat hyperactive T-cells responsible for degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS). Diseases like MS occur when hyperactivity of the immune system results in a chronic state of inflammation. Scientists at BRIC, the University of Copenhagen, stimulated the regulatory blood cells and thereby reduced the level of brain inflammation and disease in a biological model. The …Read More

Ageing workforce ‘to boost demand for healthcare benefits’

An ageing workforce is expected to create more demand for healthcare benefits, according to a report for the Economist Intelligence Unit. The report, Is 75 the new 65?: Rising to the challenge of Ageing on Workforce, states that in 2012 the percentage of the population at working age fell for the first time in 40 years and this trend is forecast to continue until 2060. Almost three-quarters (71 per cent) …Read More