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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 ...

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First UC Davis doctoral nursing grads showcase research

By Kathy Robertson Sacramento Business Journal June 24, 2014

Five years after a nursing school was established at University of California Davis to build the ranks of nurse scientists and teachers, eight doctoral candidates have received their degrees.

They are the same eight who started class when the school opened its doors in 2010, an unusual lack of attrition.

“They ...

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Ambitious checklist app comes as hospitals struggle with basic checklists

By Sabriya Rice Modern Healthcare June 21, 2014
This summer, Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore plans to test an ambitious new application for tablet devices that its developers hope will significantly enhance its clinicians' use of patient checklists to avoid preventable medical errors. 

The Emerge app consolidates and automates checklists associated with seven patient-safety events, including blood ...

Collective impact for conservation

By Larry Linden & Guillermo Castilleja June 16, 2014

On May 21, 2014, the government of Brazil and multiple public and private funders signed a deal that commits $215 million to help secure the durability of the world’s largest system of tropical forest protected areas. This single closing involved actions, funding, and commitments from organizations in both the public ...

Amazon farmers adapt to life as conservationists

By Joe Leahy in São Paulo Financial Times May 31, 2014
With his caipira accent from Brazil’s interior, Wilson Wittman, a dairy farmer originally from Brazil’s south, may seem an unlikely saviour for the Amazon.

But the work at his property near the town of Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso state, is part of efforts to make farming in the Amazon more ...

$215 million fund to protect Brazilian Amazon rainforest launched

The Brazilian government, World Wildlife Fund, and their partners have announced the launch of a $215 million fund that aims to ensure the long-term protection of a hundred and fifty million acres of the Amazon rainforest.

Designed to provide a "transition fund" for the Brazilian government's Amazon Region Protected ...

Brazil, WWF and partners announce deal to secure world’s largest network of tropical forest protected areas

WWF May 21, 2014
In a historic move, the Brazilian government, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and partners today announced the creation of a $215 million fund to ensure long-term protection of the world’s largest network of protected areas – 150 million acres of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. 

The innovative plan for sustainable funding of ...

It's a jungle out there

By Carter Roberts, President and CEO of WWF Foreign Affairs May 21, 2014
Brazil-watchers preoccupied with the rocky run-up to the World Cup may have missed a recent move as smart and graceful as any you’ll see on a soccer pitch -- one that sealed a huge win not just for Brazilians but for everyone on Earth.

On May 21, the Brazilian government ...
Patient and Family Engagement

The patient's role in achieving value

We can't do it without them. To improve health outcomes and reduce wasteful spending, patients must be actively engaged in monitoring their health status and making decisions about their care.

For some healthcare leaders, actively involving patients in their care has always been a priority. But as health systems seek ...