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Atomic-level defense secrets revealed

By Tom Oswald Michigan State University August 10, 2015
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How do plants thwart pests, diseases and the effects of climate change?

Sheng Yang He, Howard Hughes Medical Institute-Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Plant Biology Investigator at Michigan State University is on the case, with a study that unveils the molecular secrets of plants’ defense mechanisms at the atomic ...

National Quality Forum outlines strategies to make healthcare data more transparent and usable

August 6, 2015
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Washington, DC— The National Quality Forum (NQF) has released a white paper and infographic (PDF) outlining strategies to help make health data and analytics more meaningful, usable, and available in real time for providers and consumers. The project distills the recommendations of public- and private-sector leaders who convened to ...

Computer algorithm can forecast patients' deadly sepsis

August 5, 2015
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For a patient with sepsis – which kills more Americans every year than AIDS and breast and prostate cancer combined – hours can make the difference between life and death.

The quest for early diagnosis of this life-threatening condition now takes a step forward, as Johns Hopkins University researchers report ...

Biology controls release of scent compounds from plants

By Keith Robinson Purdue University August 5, 2015
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Foundation grantees at Purdue University have sniffed out how taste compounds known as volatiles move from plant cells to the atmosphere. 

The team proposed biological mechanisms must transport volatiles, overturning long-held views that volatiles were transported solely through diffusion.

Volatiles play key roles in plant pollination, reproduction, defense and communication. Identifying the proteins and mechanisms ...

New data model detects early signs of the life-threatening condition sepsis

By Katharine E. Henry, David N. Hager, Peter J. Pronovost, Suchi Saria Science Translational Medicine August 5, 2015
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Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication as a result of an infection. It kills more Americans every year than AIDS and breast and prostate cancer combined. Treating sepsis quickly is critical. Yet the ability to detect sepsis in advance of serious signs appearing has been a challenge for clinicians, until ...

Amazon fire risk differs across east-west divide in 2015

August 4, 2015
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With support ​from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's Science and Environmental Conservation programs, UC Irvine's Department of Earth System Science has worked to develop a system for forecasting fire season severity and droughts in several tropical forest and savanna regions, based on satellite measurements and computer modeling.

Together with researchers ...

Researchers find a web-based patient-centered toolkit helps improve patient-provider communication

August 3, 2015
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Health care organizations have been implementing health information technology at increasing rates in an effort to engage patients and caregivers improve patient satisfaction, and favorably impact outcomes.  A new study led by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) finds that a novel web-based, patient-centered toolkit (PCTK) used by patients ...

Internships get UC Davis doctoral students beyond academia

By Julia Ann Easley University of California, Davis August 3, 2015
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Foundation grantees at University of California, Davis are reaching beyond the lab by studying air pollution for a state agency and researching malaria in Uganda, among other practical endeavors.

The Career Exploration Through Internships program is a new career development and paid internship program at UC Davis in partnership with the UC ...

New patient portal improves care planning, engagement among patients, families and clinicians

By Anuj Dalal, Patricia Dykes, David Bates et al Journal of American Medical Informatics Association August 2, 2015
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A new web-based portal used by patients and their caregivers while in the hospital has helped them to understand and take part in developing their own plan for care. Created by Brigham and Women’s Hospital through its Prospect project (Promoting Respect and Ongoing Safety through Patient-centeredness, Engagement, Communication and Technology), ...

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center aims to redefine care and prevent emotional harm

By Virgie Hoban The Boston Globe August 1, 2015
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One day last year, Enid Shapiro sat in her room at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as the patient in the next bed underwent an unpleasant procedure, cries of distress and confusion ringing out as she was poked and prodded. Shapiro, across the room, tried not to look. Staff flitted ...

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