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Glaucoma Recovery, Corneal Inflammation, IRD Trial, and More in the Vision News Source

The latest research and feature news on vision in the Vision News Source

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Skeletons, Anthropology, D, Social inequality, Poverty, Health, Sickness, Syphilis, Tuberculosis, Pneumonia, Infectious Diseases, Mississippi State University

MSU Anthropology Professor Looks to the Past to Understand Modern Disease Transmission

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A fascination with skeletons and the clues they provide about those who lived in the past led Molly Zuckerman to pursue a career in anthropology. Now an associate professor in Mississippi State University’s Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures, Zuckerman is using lessons from ancient skeletal remains to guide insight into the spread of diseases today.

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Revised Senate Health Care Bill Worse Than First Version, APA Says

The latest version of the Senate bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, is more damaging than the original draft, since it would support the creation of bare-bones health insurance policies that do not cover mental health and substance use treatment and other vital services, according to the American Psychological Association.

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C. Difficile, Clostridia, Hospital-acquired condition, c. diff, Calcium, Intestinal Bacteria, Spores

Could Calcium Hold the Key to Fighting a Dangerous Hospital Infection?

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It lurks in hospitals and nursing homes, preying upon patients already weak from disease or advanced age. It kills nearly 30,000 Americans a year, and sickens half a million more. But new research shows that Clostridium difficile bacteria can’t do this without enough of a humble nutrient: calcium. That new knowledge may lead to better treatments.

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50-Year-Old Flu Virus Model Gets Facelift

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The scientific textbook depiction of the flu virus is about to get a facelift, due to a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine team’s discovery that a model of the influenza genome architecture untouched since the 1970s isn’t so perfect after all. The finding could give scientists the opportunity to better predict pandemics and find new ways to disrupt the flu virus.

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Ethically Interpreting Eight Words in the Tobacco Control Act to Help FDA and the Courts

A novel project led by the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and funded by The Greenwall Foundation, will develop the most ethically appropriate, legally viable interpretations of a critical eight-word phrase in the Federal Tobacco Control Act, in addition to other related passages.

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Penn Medicine, Behavioral Economics, nudges, Health Care Costs, Gamification, Financial Incentives, Infectious Diseases

When Push Comes to Nudge

The idea that better decisions can be made simply by guiding people to them is the principle behind the Penn Medicine’s Nudge Unit, which officially launched last year. Looking to the year ahead, projects both on-going and up-coming are using some of the most basic principles of behavioral economics – gamification, financial incentives, and default settings – to tackle costly health interventions and some of the leading causes of death and other health risks, including statin and opioid use, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and readmissions.

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Tulane University Awarded $12 Million to Create Lassa Fever Vaccine and Treatment

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The National Institutes of Health has awarded Tulane University more than $12 million to test a promising drug treatment against Lassa fever and develop a vaccine against the deadly disease endemic in parts of West Africa.

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Synthetic DNA-Based Zika Vaccine Protects Against Damage to Testes in Preclinical Models

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While the Zika virus is primarily transmitted by mosquitoes, research has shown that the disease can affect semen and sperm and can therefore be spread through sexual intercourse.

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Clean Water That’s ‘Just Right’ with Sandia Sensor Solution

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Working with Parker Hannifin, Sandia National Laboratories combined basic research on an interesting form of carbon with a unique microsensor to make an easy-to-use, table-top tool that quickly and cheaply detects disinfection byproducts in our drinking water before it reaches consumers.







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