85 out of every 100 people in Switzerland have access to the internet. Internet usage is on the rise, with even 70 percent of senior citizens going online. However, the concerns about using the internet are still substantial ─ for example with regard to companies monitoring the data. In general, young people are less worried and women are more concerned about protecting their privacy. These are the results of a study carried out by the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research (IPMZ) at the University of Zurich.
Babies born with a congenital heart defect may face long-term neurodevelopmental impairments. Researchers from the Children’s Hospital Zurich revealed that adolescents may exhibit a smaller brain volume many years after cardiac surgery compared to their peers. Moreover, they are also more likely to have learning or motor difficulties.
Nov 25, 2013 New immuno-therapy for malignant brain tumors
Glioblastoma is one of the most ominous brain tumors. Despite aggressive surgery, radiation and chemotherapy the outcome of this disease is almost always fatal. A UZH research team has now achieved success with a novel form of treatment that involves encouraging the body’s own immune system to recognise and eliminate cancer cells in the brain.
Nov 14, 2013 One in seven students has dabbled in “smart” drugs
One in seven Swiss students has already tried to enhance his or her performance with prescription medication or drugs. Besides psychostimulants like Ritalin, students also consume sedatives, alcohol or cannabis. These substances are mostly only taken during the exam preparation period. Only a narrow majority of polled students reported the desired effects, as a representative study conducted by researchers at the universities of Zurich and Basel reveals.
Oct 29, 2013 Child sexual abuse via the Internet on the rise
Sexual abuse of children and adolescents is widespread in Switzerland, experienced by almost two in five girls and one in six boys. The majority of victims are abused by juvenile perpetrators and do not disclose the abuse. Today, the most frequently reported form of sexual abuse is sexual harassment via the Internet. Compared to a decade ago, more severe forms of abuse have not increased, as confirmed by a representative study by researchers at the University of Zurich, Zurich University Children’s Hospital, and University Hospital Zurich.
Oct 23, 2013 Swiss private banking in clinch with high cost level
Internationally as well as in Switzerland, the assets under management of private banks increased in 2012. The cost/income ratio at Swiss private banks remains critical. Given the high costs at some smaller, personnel intensive banks, some consolidation is looming in the long run. Future business models need to cater to tax-compliant and performance-sensitive clients. These are the conclusions from the latest International Private Banking Study published by the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich.
Paleoanthropologists from the University of Zurich have uncovered the intact skull of an early Homo individual in Dmanisi, Georgia. This find is forcing a change in perspective in the field of paleoanthropology: human species diversity two million years ago was much smaller than presumed thus far. However, diversity within the «Homo erectus», the first global species of human, was as great as in humans today.