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Falls in the UK’s ageing population is a serious health concern that must be addressed. Exercise can reduce risk factors that increase older adults’ risk of falls, such as deficits in balance, mobility and gait parameters. However, 28% of adults aged 55- 74 and 52% aged 75+ remain inactive. Dance has been found to appeal to older adults as a fun form of exercise compared to standard forms, yet there is limited research to determine if dance can reduce risk factors. This study investigated the effect of a 12-week dance intervention on fall-related risk factors. (Read more)
Historically, the main source of support for China’s elderly population has been family caregiving, with deep roots in the Confucian tradition of filial piety. Yet socioeconomic and demographic shifts in the past few decades have made it increasingly difficult for adult children to provide care for their elderly parents, and the number of private long-term care facilities (LTCFs) are growing as a response to the need and demand for an alternative form of eldercare. This ethnographic research study seeks to contribute to the current research by connecting a micro-level analysis of the experiences of the elderly Chinese residing in a county-level, privately-owned LTC facility in Northeastern China to the broader forces of China’s socioeconomic development and neoliberal ideology. (Read more)
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Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is one of the most lethal gynaecologic cancers worldwide. Patients often present with late-stage metastatic EOC, characterized by the accumulation of malignant ascites fluid, containing aggregates of cancer cells called spheroids. These patients have a very low survival rate of 30%. As such, there is a huge need to find novel vulnerabilities in metastatic EOC cells that we can exploit for therapeutic benefit, and identify candidate genes which can be targeted to reduce tumour growth and metastasis. (Read more)
While the study of collective memory has dominated the humanities since the 1980s, it has only been acknowledged in studies of Western art music in the last decade. This essay considers commemorative art music from the early 1960s, when collective understandings of the Second World War were crystallizing. Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 Babi Yar (1962) commemorates the massacre of approximately 33,000 Jews by Ukrainian forces in 1941, setting five poems by Yevgeny Yevtushenko. (Read more)
A rapid decline of 33% of wild pollinating species since 1980 in the UK has meant management strategies within agroecosystems for conserving pollination services is increasing in importance. Recent interest has occurred in utilising mass flowering crops (MFCs), such as sunflowers (Helianthus), as a pollinator resource. However, research addressing specific pollinator communities within sunflower crop management and how these communities affect ecological functioning, are scarce. The present study investigates how sunflower crop management impacts bumblebee (Bombus) communities and their ecosystem services, thereby allowing the creation of effective, evidence-based management objectives. (Read more)
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