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The $1 paper microscope that could change the world

By Belinda Lanks Business Week July 18, 2014

When diagnosing people in the developing world, health workers often go into the field lugging bulky, fragile, and expensive microscopes. “We ship research equipment and hope it’ll survive,” says Manu Prakash, a biophysicist. While traveling in Thailand, the scientist dreamt up a lightweight, low-cost alternative: a pocket-sized paper microscope made ...

Economists behind the FCC's spectrum auctions to receive Golden Goose Award

The Golden Goose Award July 17, 2014

Robert Wilson, Paul Milgrom and R. Preston McAfee, whose basic research on game theory and auctions enabled the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to first auction spectrum licenses in 1994, were announced today as recipients of the 2014 Golden Goose Award.

They will receive their awards on September 18 at the ...

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, ...
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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 ...

U.S. News ranks UC Davis Medical Center programs among the nation's best

By Carole Gan UC Davis Health System, Public Affairs July 15, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center has ranked as one of the nation’s best hospitals for 2014-15 in 10 adult medical specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, released July 15, recognize hospitals that excel in treating patients with the most serious and challenging injuries ...

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You've been discharged. Now what?

By Lisa Esposito U.S. News and World Report July 15, 2014

Most people leave the hospital with absolutely no desire to return. But many U.S. patients come back all too soon as their at-home recoveries unravel. So who’s responsible for these expensive, unwanted readmissions?

In the past, the onus was put on patients: They were "noncompliant" – not taking their medications, flouting ...

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12 questions to ask before discharge

By Lisa Esposito US News and World Report July 15, 2014

Asking now might keep you from coming back later.

The medical team just made rounds and the news is good: You’re ready to go home. Or are you? At some point during your hospital stay – well before you’re being wheeled out the door – here’s what you should ask ...

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 ...

The impact of big data on health care: Health Affairs' July issue

July 8, 2014
Bethesda, MD- Health Affairs explores the promise of big data in improving health care effectiveness and efficiency in its July issue. Many articles examine the potential of approaches such as predictive analytics and address the unavoidable privacy implications of collecting, storing, and interpreting massive amounts of health information.

Big data ...