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Study: How existing cropland could feed billions more

By Mary Hoff University of Minnesota July 17, 2014
Feeding a growing human population without increasing stresses on Earth’s strained land and water resources may seem like an impossible challenge. But according to a new report by researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, focusing efforts to improve food systems on a few specific regions, ...
Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Registered nurses are delaying retirement, a shift that has contributed to recent growth in the nurse workforce

By By David I. Auerbach, Peter I. Buerhaus, and Douglas O. Staiger Health Affairs July 16, 2014

The size of the registered nurse (RN) workforce has surpassed forecasts from a decade ago, growing to 2.7 million in 2012 instead of peaking at 2.2 million. Much of the difference is the result of a surge in new nursing graduates. However, the size of the RN workforce is particularly ...

Tiniest Catch: UA scientists' fishing expedition reveals viral diversity in the sea

By Daniel Stolte UA News July 14, 2014

A fishing expedition of microscopic proportions led by University of Arizona ecologists revealed that the lines between virus types in nature are less blurred than previously thought.

Using lab-cultured bacteria as "bait," a team of scientists led by Matthew Sullivan has sequenced complete and partial genomes of about 10 million ...

New research finds ocean's most abundant organisms have clear daily cycles

By Talia S Ogliore University of Hawaii Manoa July 10, 2014

Imagine the open ocean as a microbial megacity, teeming with life too small to be seen. In every drop of water, hundreds of types of bacteria can be found. Now scientists have discovered that communities of these ocean microbes have their own daily cycles—not unlike the residents of a bustling ...

Implementing electronic health care predictive analytics: considerations and challenges

By Ruben Amarasingham, Rachel E. Patzer, Marco Huesch, Nam Q. Nguyen, and Bin Mie Health Affairs July 8, 2014
The use of predictive modeling for real-time clinical decision making is increasingly recognized as a way to achieve the Triple Aim of improving outcomes, enhancing patients’ experiences, and health care costs. The development and validation of predictive models for clinical practice is only the initial step in the journey toward mainstream ...

Big data in health care: using analytics to identify and manage high-risk and high-cost patients

By David W. Bates, Suchi Saria, Lucila Ohno-Machado, Anand Shah, and Gabriel Escobar Health Affairs July 8, 2014

The US health care system is rapidly adopting electronic health records, which will dramatically increase the quantity of clinical data that are available electronically. Simultaneously, rapid progress has been made in clinical analytics—techniques for analyzing large quantities of data and gleaning new insights from that analysis—which is part of what ...

The legal and ethical concerns that arise from using complex predictive analytics in health care

By I. Glenn Cohen, Ruben Amarasingham, Anand Shah, Bin Xie, and Bernard Lo Health Affairs July 8, 2014

Predictive analytics, or the use of electronic algorithms to forecast future events in real time, makes it possible to harness the power of big data to improve the health of patients and lower the cost of health care. However, this opportunity raises policy, ethical, and legal challenges. In this article ...

Creating a safe harbor for a village heritage

By Patricia Leigh Brown The New York Times July 6, 2014

MORRO BAY, Calif. — Anyone seeking to learn about the fishing heritage of this port city, named for the huge rock that dominates its harbor, need only amble over to the “Liar’s Bench,” a sitting area along the Embarcadero for fishermen prone to telling tall tales. Or one could visit ...

New collection of genetic data on marine microbes fills a gap in our knowledge of ocean life

Researchers have assembled the entire collection of RNA molecules for more than 650 microbial life forms and posted the data freely online as part a project that could enlighten our understanding of ecological processes in the ocean.

The Marine Microbial Eukaryotic Transcriptome Sequencing Project (MMETSP) is an international collaboration that ...

ISSF: Tuna fisheries making 'significant progress'

Intrafish June 24, 2014

In the last year, global tuna fisheries have made huge strides in ensuring their continued survival, but there's still much work to be done, according to the latest report from International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF).

National governments and regional bodies will need to continue to step up their efforts and ...