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Using technology in health promotion interventions (2008)
Book Chapter
Blake, H. (2008). Using technology in health promotion interventions. In Life style and health research, 17-76. Nova Science Publishers

Improving health in the general population is key to government policy and essential to address the increasing prevalence of non-communicable disease in our society. Whether aiming to improve health at the individual, community, regional or national... Read More

A component based heuristic search method with evolutionary eliminations for hospital personnel scheduling (2008)
Journal Article
Li, J., Aickelin, U., & Burke, E. (in press). A component based heuristic search method with evolutionary eliminations for hospital personnel scheduling. INFORMS Journal on Computing, 21(3), doi:10.1287/ijoc.1080.0298

Nurse rostering is a complex scheduling problem that affects hospital personnel on a daily basis all over the world. This paper presents a new component-based approach with evolutionary eliminations for a nurse scheduling problem arising at a major U... Read More

The evolution of conifolds (2008)
Journal Article
Butcher, N. A., & Saffin, P. M. (2008). The evolution of conifolds. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2008(12), doi:10.1088/1126-6708/2008/12/012

We simulate the gravitational dynamics of the conifold geometries (resolved and deformed) involved in the description of certain compact spacetimes. As the cycles of the conifold collapse towards a singular geometry we find that a horizon develops, s... Read More

Datatype-generic termination proofs (2008)
Journal Article
Backhouse, R., & Doornbos, H. (2008). Datatype-generic termination proofs. Theory of Computing Systems, 43(3-4), doi:10.1007/s00224-007-9056-z

Datatype-generic programs are programs that are parameterised by a datatype. We review the allegorical foundations of a methodology of designing datatype-generic programs. The notion of F-reductivity, where F parametrises a datatype, is reviewed and... Read More

Mobile phone technology in chronic disease management (2008)
Journal Article
Blake, H. (2008). Mobile phone technology in chronic disease management. Nursing Standard, 23(12), doi:10.7748/ns2008.11.23.12.43.c6728

Mobile phones are being used to improve nurse-patient communication and monitor health outcomes in chronic disease. Innovative applications of mobile technology are expected to increase over time in community management of cancer, heart disease, asth... Read More

Go or no-go? Developmental improvements in the efficiency of response inhibition in mid-childhood (2008)
Journal Article
Cragg, L., & Nation, K. (2008). Go or no-go? Developmental improvements in the efficiency of response inhibition in mid-childhood. Developmental Science, 11(6), doi:10.1111/j.1467-7687.2008.00730.x

This experiment used a modified go/no-go paradigm to investigate the processes by which response inhibition becomes more efficient during mid-childhood. The novel task, which measured trials on which a response was initiated but not completed, was se... Read More

Dipyridamole plus aspirin versus aspirin alone in the secondary prevention after TIA or stroke: a meta-analysis by risk (2008)
Journal Article
Halkes, P., Gray, L. J., Bath, P. M., Diener, H., & Guiraud-Chaumeil, B. (2008). Dipyridamole plus aspirin versus aspirin alone in the secondary prevention after TIA or stroke: a meta-analysis by risk. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 79(11), doi:10.1136/jnnp.2008.143875

Objectives: Our aim was to study the effect of combination therapy with aspirin and dipyridamole (A+D) over aspirin alone (ASA) in secondary prevention after transient ischemic attack or minor stroke of presumed arterial origin and to perform subgr... Read More

Criminal defence services: users’ perspectives: an interim report (2008)
Book
Kemp, V., & Balmer, N. (2008). Criminal defence services: users’ perspectives: an interim report. Legal Services Research Centre

A survey was undertaken of over 1,000 people drawn into the criminal justice system in order to find out more about their choice and use of a solicitor: 212 suspects interviewed in police stations, 767 in magistrates’ courts and 163 female prisoners.... Read More

Reduced selenium concentrations and glutathione peroxidase activity in preeclamptic pregnancies (2008)
Journal Article
Mistry, H. D., Wilson, V., Ramsay, M. M., Symonds, M. E., & Broughton Pipkin, F. (2008). Reduced selenium concentrations and glutathione peroxidase activity in preeclamptic pregnancies. Hypertension, 52, doi:10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.108.116103

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy-specific condition affecting 2-7% of women and a leading cause of perinatal and maternal morbidity and mortality. Preeclampsia may also predispose the fetus to increased risks of adult cardiovascular disease. Selenium, act... Read More

A survey of search methodologies and automated system development for examination timetabling (2008)
Journal Article
Qu, R., Burke, E., McCollum, B., Merlot, L., & Lee, S. (2008). A survey of search methodologies and automated system development for examination timetabling. Journal of Scheduling, 12(1), doi:10.1007/s10951-008-0077-5

Examination timetabling is one of the most important administrative activities that takes place in all academic institutions. In this paper, we present a critical discussion of the research on exam timetabling which has taken place in the last decade... Read More

Hybridizations within a graph based hyper-heuristic framework for university timetabling problems (2008)
Journal Article
Qu, R., & Burke, E. (2008). Hybridizations within a graph based hyper-heuristic framework for university timetabling problems. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 60(9), doi:10.1057/jors.2008.102

A significant body of recent literature has explored various research directions in hyper-heuristics (which can be thought as heuristics to choose heuristics). In this paper, we extend our previous work to construct a unified graph-based hyper-heuris... Read More

Seroprevalence and epidemiological correlates of Toxoplasma gondii infections among patients referred for hospital-based serological testing in Doha, Qatar (2008)
Journal Article
serological testing in Doha, Qatar. Parasites and Vectors, 1(1), doi:10.1186/1756-3305-1-39

Background: The city of Doha in Qatar has a high density of feral cats and there is a high risk of toxoplasmosis for the resident human population. No data currently exist for the prevalence of infection with Toxoplasma gondii in the city. Methods:... Read More

Revealed comparative advantage of Malaysian exports: the case for changing export composition (2008)
Journal Article
Abidin, M. Z., & Loke, W. H. (2008). Revealed comparative advantage of Malaysian exports: the case for changing export composition. Asian Economic Papers, 7(3), doi:10.1162/asep.2008.7.3.130

Since 2000, Malaysian-manufactured exports performance has been declining. The downturn of the global electronic industry and the rise of China’s economy are the two major causes of this decline. To improve export performance, Malaysia participates i... Read More

The habitus of hygiene: discourses of cleanliness and infection control in nursing work (2008)
Journal Article
Brown, B., Crawford, P., Nerlich, B., & Koteyko, N. (2008). The habitus of hygiene: discourses of cleanliness and infection control in nursing work. Social Science and Medicine, 67(7),

This paper reports upon a qualitative interview study of 22 matrons, infection control staff and operating theatre staff who were questioned about their working lives and the role they played in the control of healthcare acquired infections such as M... Read More

Neuronal networks with gap junctions: A study of piece-wise linear planar neuron models (2008)
Journal Article
Coombes, S. (2008). Neuronal networks with gap junctions: A study of piece-wise linear planar neuron models. SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems, 7(3), (1101–1129). doi:10.1137/070707579. ISSN 1536-0040

The presence of gap junction coupling among neurons of the central nervous systems has been appreciated for some time now. In recent years there has been an upsurge of interest from the mathematical community in understanding the contribution of the... Read More

Some stationary properties of a Q-ball in arbitrary space dimensions (2008)
Journal Article
Tsumagari, M. I., Copeland, E. J., & Saffin, P. M. (2008). Some stationary properties of a Q-ball in arbitrary space dimensions. Physical Review D, 78(6), doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.78.065021

Introducing new physically motivated ansaetze, we explore both analytically and numerically the classical and absolute stabilities of a single Q-ball in an arbitrary number of spatial dimensions D, working in both the thin and thick wall limits.

Transmission of an inhomogeneous state via resonant tunnelling (2008)
Journal Article
Saffin, P. M., Padilla, A., & Copeland, E. J. (2008). Transmission of an inhomogeneous state via resonant tunnelling. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2008(9), doi:10.1088/1126-6708/2008/09/055

We recently investigated the nature of resonant tunnelling in standard scalar Quantum Field Theory, uncovering the conditions required for resonance. It was shown that whereas the homogeneous false vacuum may decay via bubble nucleation, it may not d... Read More