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25/07/2016

Stress is bad for your memory and sport helps keep it in shape

Why do we lose memory when we get old? What can we do to prevent it? According to the UOC's Psychology professors, stress is a bad enemy and sport is a good ally. "Stress damages the neurons" and makes them more vulnerable, until they eventually die, explains the neuroscientist Diego Redolar. In contrast, "staying physically active", practising activities appropriate for the person's age, "may stimulate attention and memory functions", says Modesta Pousada, a psychologist specialized in this area.

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15/06/2016

Researchers from the UOC are making it easier for teenagers with juvenile idiopathic arthritis to socialize

The UOC’s PSiNET (Psychology, Health & the Net) research group – part of the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) – is conducting a study to analyse the social relationships of young people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and the way in which their pain affects their lives. The aim is to create online resources to help them deal with a disease that can involve chronic and recurrent swellings and joint pain. These symptoms disrupt young people’s daily activities and affect their quality of life. This rheumatoid disease is one of the most common chronic conditions, with the first signs typically appearing before the age of 16 and affecting 10 out of every 100,000 children. According to a study conducted in 2010 however, the case rates in Catalonia are lower than those in other parts of Europe, such as the Scandinavian countries.

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19/04/2016

The UOC receives a Golden Orange Award for academic promotion

The UOC's UNESCO Chair – Food, Culture and Development will receive a Golden Orange Award in the category of academic promotion, granted by the World Gastronomy Institute. The award, which recognizes the Chair's work in promoting food and gastronomy culture throughout the world, will be presented in Madrid on 5 May during the new international Expofooding fair.

Photo: Thomas Vilhelm/ UOC

16/03/2016

Students choose the UOC because it is an innovative university that lets them manage their time better

Bachelor's degree students have two main reasons for choosing the UOC: first, it lets them manage their time better and, second, it is seen to be a modern and innovative university. These are the reasons they give when they enrol. There are 33,292 people studying an official course at the UOC this semester, the second semester of the academic year.

The stand of the UOC in the last year edition.

19/02/2016

UOC to be present at Mobile World Congress innovation fair

From 22 to 25 February, the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) will once again be at one of the world's technological innovation events, namely 4 Years From Now (4YFN). The conference, organized by Mobile World Capital Barcelona, will bring together start-ups and technological innovations from around the world and is the sister event of the Mobile World Congress.

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09/02/2016

Alliance to promote e-Health in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Pan American Health Organization, the World Health Organization's Regional Office for the Americas and Specialized Health Agency of the Inter-American System (PAHO/WHO), and the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya's (UOC) Faculty of Health Sciences have come to an agreement to work together to promote e-Health in Latin America and the Caribbean. The agreement has been signed by Josep A. Planell, President of the UOC, and Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the PAHO/WHO.

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10/12/2015

The emoticon is the message

"It has been proven that a message with emoticons means it can be interpreted better," but these little drawings have taken another step forward: "they have gone beyond facial emotions to represent ideas and concepts. They are not only used to disambiguate messages (for which they were created in 1982), but now make it possible to communicate the message itself," reveals Eulàlia Hernández, lecturer in the UOC Faculty of Health Sciences.

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23/11/2015

UOC works in aid of right to food

From 23 November to 1 December, the UOC is carrying out a series of initiatives to raise awareness amongst the university community of the universal right to food, the importance of not wasting food, improving nutrition and food security. Right to Food Week is in line with one of the United Nations' seventeen Sustainable Development Goals 2030, Zero Hunger, which aims to eradicate hunger.

Photo: David Campos/UOC

17/11/2015

The UOC produces 5,200 graduates trained to meet the needs of the job market in the field of ICT

The EU claims that between now and 2020, some 900,000 ICT-related jobs will be created that will not be possible to fill due to a lack of training. As the Ametic technology employers' association has warned, professional profiles are being sought but are not being found. In this context, the UOC calls on the role of the university as an economic powerhouse, offering precisely the range of courses adapted to the real needs of the job market and training skilled professionals. This year, another 5,200 people will graduate from the UOC, trained to meet the needs of the job market in the field of information and communication technologies.

Photo: David Campos/UOC

17/11/2015

The UOC produces 5,200 graduates trained to meet the needs of the job market in the field of ICT

The EU claims that between now and 2020, some 900,000 ICT-related jobs will be created that will not be possible to fill due to a lack of training. As the Ametic technology employers' association has warned, professional profiles are being sought but are not being found. In this context, the UOC calls on the role of the university as an economic powerhouse, offering precisely the range of courses adapted to the real needs of the job market and training skilled professionals. This year, another 5,200 people will graduate from the UOC, trained to meet the needs of the job market in the field of information and communication technologies.