Archive for September, 2010

Sep 05 2010

Light at night ups cancer risk

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September 4, 2010  Zee News (India)

A new study has found an additional link between Light At Night (LAN) and cancer. Previous studies have shown that living in areas that have more night-time illumination make men more susceptible to prostate cancer and women to breast cancer. University of Haifa researchers’ hypothesis was that LAN harms production of melatonin, a hormone that is released from the pineal gland during the dark part of the 24h cycle and which is linked to the body’s cyclical night-day activity and seasonality. In the current study, four groups of lab mice injected with cancerous cells were examined.

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Sep 05 2010

Reading Arabic ‘hard for brain’

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September 3, 2010  BBC

Israeli scientists believe they have identified why Arabic is particularly hard to learn to read. The University of Haifa team say people use both sides of their brain when they begin reading a language - but when learning Arabic this is wasting effort. The detail of Arabic characters means students should use only the left side of their brain because that side is better at distinguishing detail.

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Sep 05 2010

More evidence that light at night ups cancer risk

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September 3, 2010  Japan Herald, Daily News & Analysis

A new study has found an additional link between Light At Night (LAN) and cancer. Previous studies have shown that living in areas that have more night-time illumination make men more susceptible to prostate cancer and women to breast cancer. University of Haifa researchers’ hypothesis was that LAN harms production of melatonin, a hormone that is released from the pineal gland during the dark part of the 24h cycle and which is linked to the body’s cyclical night-day activity and seasonality.

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Sep 05 2010

Why reading Arabic is much harder in comparison to English

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September 1, 2010  YAHOO! News (India), Daily News & Analysis

After conducting a series of studies, researchers have shown why reading acquisition in Arabic is much harder in comparison to English. Researchers at the Department of Psychology and the Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities at the University of Haifa have found that the brain’s right hemisphere is not involved in the initial processes of reading in Arabic, due to the graphic complexity of Arabic script.

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Sep 05 2010

Reading Arabic harder than it looks: Israeli researchers

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September 2, 2010  Xinhua, People’s Daily Online

A series of recent studies performed at the University of Haifa show that learning to read Arabic calligraphic script is much harder that learning English. The studies compared reading tests given in English, Arabic, and Hebrew, another right-to-left Semitic language also utilizing a system of diacritical symbols. Professor Zohar Eviatar and Dr. Raphiq Ibrahim believe the greater difficulty stems from the visual complexity of written Arabic.

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Sep 05 2010

NARSAD awards University of Haifa researchers $185,900 for breakthrough schizophrenia research

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Danny Koren, Ph.D., and Simone Shamay-Tsoory, Ph.D., of the University of Haifa, Israel, are two of the 42 innovative researchers awarded NARSAD 2010 Independent Investigator grants for their schizophrenia research. NARSAD is awarding more than $4.1 million to support leading investigators worldwide. Since 1987 NARSAD has awarded more than $257.5 million in 3,790 grants to 3,116 scientists around the world. Continue Reading »

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Sep 05 2010

Reading Arabic ain’t easy

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September 1, 2010  Medical News Today

The brain’s right hemisphere is not involved in the initial processes of reading in Arabic, due to the graphic complexity of Arabic script. Therefore reading acquisition in Arabic is much harder in comparison to English. This has been shown in a series of studies that were carried out at the Department of Psychology and the Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities at the University of Haifa. These studies have been published in the prestigious journal Neuropsychology.

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Sep 05 2010

Privacy and Digital Media

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Privacy is one of the most urgent issues associated with information technology and digital media. A unique seminar at the University of Haifa hosted international experts to discuss the various aspects of privacy in the digital sphere, in terms of privacy methodology and context.

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Sep 02 2010

Light at night and cancer

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A new study from the Center for Interdisciplinary Chronobiological Research at the University of Haifa has found an additional link between Light At Night (LAN) and cancer. This research joins a series of earlier studies carried out at the University of Haifa that also established the correlation. “High power light bulbs contribute more to ‘environmental light pollution’, which the study has shown is a carcinogenic pollution,” notes Prof. Abraham Haim, who headed the study.

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Sep 02 2010

Mideast coexistence the only way: Rae

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September 2, 2010  Canadian Jewish News

Peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians is the only real option in the Middle East, Liberal MP Bob Rae told a small gathering last week. The informal event at the Windsor Arms Hotel served as the campaign launch for a tribute dinner slated for Nov. 7, at which Rae will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Haifa. Proceeds from the dinner will go toward establishing the Bob Rae MBA Scholarships for Jewish and Arab Students, part of the university’s Partners for Peace Scholarship Fund.

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