Health

Stanford computer scientists develop an algorithm that diagnoses heart arrhythmias with cardiologist-level accuracy
July 14, 2017 04:29 PM - Stanford University

A new algorithm developed by Stanford computer scientists can sift through hours of heart rhythm data generated by some wearable monitors to find sometimes life-threatening irregular heartbeats, called arrhythmias. The algorithm, detailed in an arXiv paper, performs better than trained cardiologists, and has the added benefit of being able to sort through data from remote locations where people don’t have routine access to cardiologists.

Feinstein Institute Identifies Potential Cause for Lupus
July 14, 2017 01:28 PM - Northwell Health

Leading rheumatologist and Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Professor Betty Diamond, MD, may have identified a protein as a cause for the adverse reaction of the immune system in patients suffering from lupus. A better understanding of how the immune system becomes overactive will help lead to more effective treatments for lupus and potentially other autoimmune diseases. These findings were published in Nature Immunology. 

Feinstein Institute Identifies Potential Cause for Lupus
July 14, 2017 01:28 PM - Northwell Health

Leading rheumatologist and Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Professor Betty Diamond, MD, may have identified a protein as a cause for the adverse reaction of the immune system in patients suffering from lupus. A better understanding of how the immune system becomes overactive will help lead to more effective treatments for lupus and potentially other autoimmune diseases. These findings were published in Nature Immunology. 

Chinese lakes less polluted after sanitation clean-up
July 14, 2017 12:38 PM - Norwegian Institute for Water Research

Pollution levels in many Chinese lakes have declined somewhat from high levels in the past decade, helped by billion-dollar investments in urban sewers and waste water treatment.

Study: Mountaintop Coal Mining Causes Appalachian Rivers to Run "Consistently Saltier"
July 14, 2017 12:33 PM - University of Wyoming

Mountaintop-removal coal mining causes many streams and rivers in Appalachia to run consistently saltier for up to 80 percent of the year, a new study by researchers at the University of Wyoming and Duke University finds.

The costs of coal storage and its impact on disadvantaged communities
July 14, 2017 12:17 PM - Carnegie Mellon University

While the negative health and environmental effects of mining and burning coal are well documented, simply transporting and storing coal can also adversely affect the health outcomes of individuals living near coal-fired power plants.

Study: Calcium Levels Could Be Key to Contracting — and Stopping — C. Diff
July 13, 2017 02:30 PM - Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

It lurks in hospitals and nursing homes, surviving cleaning crews’ attempts to kill it by holing up in a tiny, hard shell. It preys upon patients already weak from disease or advanced age.

Study: Calcium Levels Could Be Key to Contracting — and Stopping — C. Diff
July 13, 2017 02:30 PM - Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

It lurks in hospitals and nursing homes, surviving cleaning crews’ attempts to kill it by holing up in a tiny, hard shell. It preys upon patients already weak from disease or advanced age.

Testing a soft artificial heart
July 13, 2017 09:49 AM - ETH Zurich

It looks like a real heart. And this is the goal of the first entirely soft artificial heart: to mimic its natural model as closely as possible. The silicone heart has been developed by Nicholas Cohrs, a doctoral student in the group led by Wendelin Stark, Professor of Functional Materials Engineering at ETH Zurich. The reasoning why nature should be used as a model is clear. Currently used blood pumps have many disadvantages: their mechanical parts are susceptible to complications while the patient lacks a physiological pulse, which is assumed to have some consequences for the patient.

New research points to treatment breakthrough for viruses
July 12, 2017 10:20 AM - RMIT University

RMIT scientists in Melbourne have led an international collaboration that potentially unlocks better treatment of viral diseases, including the flu and common cold.

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