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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 research sheds light on the genetic secrets of deadly algae

UTS research into the genetic makeup of often harmful algae is increasing our understanding of how marine biotoxins can damage global seafood industries and human health.

Despite marine organisms fuelling our fisheries, driving chemical and nutrient cycles and producing 50% of our oxygen, their genetic code remains largely unmapped.

Led ...

New reprogramming method makes better stem cells

By Scott LaFee UC San Diego News Center July 2, 2014

A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and Salk Institute for Biological Studies has shown for the first time that stem cells created using different methods produce differing cells. The findings, published in the July 2, 2014 ...

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 ...

President Obama names Moore Foundation chief program officer to National Science Board

June 17, 2014

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is proud to announce that its chief program officer of science, Vicki Chandler, Ph.D., has been appointed to the National Science Board (NSB) by President Barack Obama. Dr. Chandler is one of six newly appointed members to the 25-member NSB, and will serve a ...

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 ...