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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
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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
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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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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 ...