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Extreme ICU: Study Finds 5% of Patients Account for 33% of Intensive Care & Should Receive Special Focus

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Every hospital’s ICU has treated them – the critically ill patients who spend weeks going from crisis to crisis, never quite getting better enough to get out of the ICU, but never quite dying. Now, research shows they really are a different kind of patient.

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How to Talk About Climate Change So People Will Act

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Framing the issue of climate change collectively is more effective than emphasis on personal responsibility, finds a UC San Diego study. People are willing to donate up to 50 percent more cash to the cause when thinking in collective terms. Thinking about climate change from a personal perspective produced little to no change in behavior.

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Statin Treatment Before Heart Surgery Does Not Prevent Heart Damage or Atrial Fibrillation

Giving daily doses of statins for a few days before and after heart surgery does not prevent heart muscle damage or the development of atrial fibrillation (AF), according to an international clinical trial led by the University of Oxford and funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

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Study Shows Ozanimod as Effective in Treating Ulcerative Colitis

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Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have shown that ozanimod (RPC1063), a novel drug molecule, is moderately effective in the treatment of ulcerative colitis. Results of the Phase II clinical trial will appear in the May 5 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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NC State Study Asks Kids to Choose Wildlife Conservation Priorities

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Species with rapid population declines and those with important ecological roles were children's priorities for protection and funding. Those choices put kids in good company with adult conservation biologists.

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Not So Safe: Security Software Can Put Computers at Risk

New research from Concordia University in Montreal shows security software might actually make online computing less safe.

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National Academy of Sciences Elects UAH's Dr. Gary Zank as Member

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The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has elected Dr. Gary P. Zank, director of the Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR) at The University of Alabama in Huntsville and the chair of UAH’s Department of Space Science.

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Army Grant Funds Research Into Extremist Flash Mobs

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock researcher is expanding his investigation of extremist cyber flash mobs — particularly those that lead to violent or damaging behavior.

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BRAF Alteration Status and the Histone H3F3A Gene K27M Mutation Segregate Spinal Cord Astrocytoma Histology

To address the hypothesis that genomic alterations could segregate spinal cord astrocytoma histologic grades, the authors sequenced cancer-related genes in a cohort of 17 tumors.

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Management of Basilar Invagination: A Historical Perspective

The author reviewed existing literature and summarized the historical and modern perspectives in the management of basilar invagination.

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X-Ray Scientist Haidan Wen Wins DOE Early Career Award

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X-ray physicist Haidan Wen of Argonne National Laboratory received a DOE Early Career Award, a prestigious research grant for $2.5 million over five years.

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UAH Spinoff GeneCapture Wins $100,000 in Inaugural Competition

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A company started by a University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) professor has won $100,000 for a rapid diagnostic device that detects and identifies the source of an infection in less than one hour using proprietary DNA-based technology.

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Time to Change How News Media Cover Mass Shootings, Says Iowa State Prof

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Media attention focused on the shooter in a mass killing sends the wrong message, says an Iowa State University professor. Douglas Gentile says news reports about the killer, weapons and ammunition glamorize the situation and set a “high score” for future mass shooters to beat.

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Driving Under the Influence Sounds Like a Better Idea While High

A new study by RTI International found that marijuana users who were high at the time they took the survey had substantially higher odds of believing it was safe to drive while under the influence.

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Children with ADHD Sleep Both Poorly and Less

A new study from Aarhus University has now documented that there is some truth to the claim by parents of children with ADHD that their children have more difficulty falling asleep and that they sleep more poorly than other children.

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Johns Hopkins Scientist Programs Robot for “Soft Tissue” Surgery

A research team shows that a robot surgeon can adjust to the subtle movement and deformation of soft tissue to execute precise and consistent suturing.

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Skepticism About Climate Change May Be Linked to Concerns About Economy

Americans may be more likely to accept the scientific evidence of human-caused climate change and its potentially devastating effects if they believe the economy is strong and stable, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

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LifeBridge Health Cardiovascular Institute Studies Wireless Remote Monitoring System Benefits for Heart Failure Patients

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The LifeBridge Health Cardiovascular Institute has launched a pilot study to evaluate the potential benefits of a wireless heart monitoring system for patients with moderate to severe heart failure. The system tracks weight, blood pressure and other measures, and automatically sends the information to doctors and staff at the Cardiovascular Institute. The study is looking at whether this approach, designed to be simple and easy-to-use, can result in better outcomes for patients with heart failure.

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