March 2016 archive

Mar 02

3 immediate ways health IT can improve

We’ve got a long way to go before information technology solutions at the frontlines of health care fulfill their enormous potential. The suboptimal, clunky and cumbersome design of most IT systems is responsible for much misery among physicians and nurses on a daily basis. Part of the problem is that hospitals and clinics have rolled …

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Mar 02

Healthy Sleep In Adults

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Volume 193, Issue 5, Page P7-P8, March 1, 2016. from American Thoracic Society: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine: Table of Contents See Link via IFTTT

Mar 02

Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sleep Duration, and Fasting Glucose

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Volume 193, Issue 5, Page 579-580, March 1, 2016. from American Thoracic Society: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine: Table of Contents See Link via IFTTT

Mar 02

DNA as a weapon of immune defense

Our innate immune system uses two mechanisms. The first kills foreign bodies within the phagocyte itself. The second kills them outside the cell. Microbiologists have discovered that a social amoeba also uses both these mechanisms. Since this amoeba possesses an innate defense system similar to that of humans, while being genetically modifiable, the researchers can …

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Mar 02

Social amoeba cast wide, lethal DNA nets to kill invading bacteria

When confronted with invading bacteria, cells within the multicellular slug stage of the social amoeba immediately seek to kill them, casting extracellular traps made of DNA nets studded with antimicrobial granules. The bacteria stick to and die on the nets. The activity is similar to that seen in mammalian immune cells called neutrophils, said an …

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Mar 02

Signposts to the muscles

A protein complex, whose function had previously been virtually unknown, appears to act as a guide to growing nerve cells, ensuring they reach their intended destinations. The discovery revealed that a protein complex referred to as ASC-1 appears to be responsible for the control of numerous nerve growth factors. from Latest Science News — ScienceDaily …

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Mar 02

EHRs in the ED: Concerns Emerge About Medical Errors

As hospitals adopt electronic health record systems, some emergency rooms are experiencing new patterns of medical errors. Kaiser Health News from Medscape Medical News Headlines See Link via IFTTT

Mar 02

Researchers’ new advance in quest for second generation biofuels

Scientists at the University of York are part of an international research team that has made a significant step forward in understanding the processes naturally occurring enzymes use to degrade microbe-resistant biomass, a key aim in the development of biofuels. from Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories See Link via IFTTT

Mar 02

Regulating neuronal membrane lipids could be the key to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

A study published in the prestigious journal Scientific Reports from the Nature group demonstrates, for the first time and using computational tools, that polyunsaturated lipids can alter the binding rate of two types of receivers involved in certain nervous system diseases. The work was led by members of the Research Programme on Biomedical Informatics at …

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Mar 02

Hyperloop Is the Perfect Way to Move Goods—Not People

“The Hyperloop may prove to be a wondrous and radical technology that will change everything we know about travel. But there are several major challenges it needs to overcome, and those challenges suggest that Hyperloop might be better suited for transporting goods—not people.” from Gizmodo See Link via IFTTT

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