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Ten million lives saved by 1962 breakthrough, study says: Nearly 200 million cases of polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, adenovirus, rabies and hepatitis A -- and approximately 450,000 deaths from these diseases -- were prevented in the US alone between 1963 and 2015 by vaccination, researchers estimate. The study is published in AIMS Public Health.
Opinion paper summarising evidence published in JACC by a group of physicians reporting on food trends and heart health.
"Green leafy vegetables, blueberries, and plant proteins rise to the top of the physicians' recommendations for frequent food intake; coconut oil, palm oil, and antioxidant supplements fall to the bottom of the list."
Nutrition researcher Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., president and founder of the nonprofit Physicians Committee, and 11 other authors, including Andrew Freeman, M.D., Pamela Morris, M.D., Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D., Dean Ornish, M.D., and Kim Williams, M.D., reviewed the latest research behind popular food trends for 'Trending Cardiovascular Nutrition Controversies,' which appears in the March 7, 2017 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Will a New Glass Battery Accelerate the End of Oil?: New low-cost, non-flammable, high-capacity, rapid-charging, solid state battery could pose threat to the internal combustion engine
The Trick Smoothies Play on the Stomach
Care Quality Commission warns online doctor services may pose risk to public - Hospital Dr
Out of Africa: Notes from a visit to Kenya - John Kay: Financial services for a developing economy need to be established from the bottom up, not the top down.
Are ChatBots the missing link in online education?: Create a valuable, location independent learning experience
Why are peer reviews private?: That is a question raised by the experience of a “rogue” neuroscientist profiled in Wired today: SAM NASTASE WAS taking a break from his lab work to peruse Twitter when he saw a tweet a…
Mobile-assisted Language Learning Using WeChat Instant Messaging: China has a long-standing problem in second-language education, that is, the lack of communicative learning opportunities. This study attempts to solve the problem by introducing mobile-assisted language learning with WeChat instant messaging. WeChat is one of the most popular instant messaging applications in China. It offers five advantages for education: multi-functionality, individuality, accessibility, interactivity, and affordability. 50 students participated in a one-semester program. They were divided into two groups. One group learned English with the assistance of mobile applications (WeChat group), and the other learned English without assistance (Control group). A pre-test and a post-test were given, and the scores were analyzed. The results showed that students in the WeChat group significantly improved in English proficiency. The results suggest that mobile-assisted language learning helps to create language immersion, which effectively motivates the learners further. Therefore, mobile-assisted language learning is promising in English learning for college students. Zijuan Shi. Gaofeng Luo. Le He. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET).
WHO: 12 Bacteria Families Urgently Require New Antibiotics: By Kelly Young Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH The World Health Organization has listed 12 families of bacteria that "pose the greatest threat to human health" because of resistance to … NEJM Journal Watch.
These Smart Glasses Automatically Adjust to Your Eyes: Flexible lenses and piezoelectric pistons in these smart glasses keep the world in focus
South Africa may be the epicenter of a geomagnetic pole reversal in progress - ExtremeTech: Evidence suggests that the planet may be in the opening strains of a geomagnetic chicken dance, the likes of which we haven't seen for almost a million years.
If you do one online course this year make it this one. Calling Bullshit.
A course for students at University of Washington but all materials will be online. Live and archived videos of lectures will be made available.
"The world is awash in bullshit. Politicians are unconstrained by facts. Science is conducted by press release. Higher education rewards bullshit over analytic thought. Startup culture elevates bullshit to high art. Advertisers wink conspiratorially and invite us to join them in seeing through all the bullshit — and take advantage of our lowered guard to bombard us with bullshit of the second order. The majority of administrative activity, whether in private business or the public sphere, seems to be little more than a sophisticated exercise in the combinatorial reassembly of bullshit."
How World War I Advanced Medicine: Advances during the “first mass killing of the 20th century” have saved countless lives since.
Four out of ten European doctors working in the NHS are considering leaving - Hospital Dr
Why Did People on Medicaid Vote for Trump?: A new report explores why those who benefitted from Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion supported the man who promised to reverse it.
High performance communication by people with paralysis using an intracortical brain-computer interface: People with various forms paralysis not only have difficulties getting around, but also are less able to use many communication technologies including computers. In particular, strokes, neurological injuries, or diseases such as ALS can lead to severe paralysis and make it very difficult to communicate. In rare instances, these disorders can result in a condition called locked-in syndrome, in which the affected person is aware but completely unable to move or speak. Several researchers are looking to help people with severe paralysis to communicate again, via a system called a brain-computer interface. These devices record activity in the brain either from the surface of the scalp or directly using a sensor that is surgically implanted. Computers then interpret this activity via algorithms to generate signals that can control various tools, including robotic limbs, powered wheelchairs or computer cursors. Such tools would be invaluable for many people with paralysis. Pandarinath, Nuyujukian et al. set out to study the performance of an implanted brain-computer interface in three people with varying forms of paralysis and focused specifically on a typing task. Each participant used a brain-computer interface known as “BrainGate” to move a cursor on a computer screen displaying the letters of the alphabet. The participants were asked to “point and click” on letters – similar to using a normal computer mouse – to type specific sentences, and their typing rate in words per minute was measured. With recently developed computer algorithms, the participants typed faster using the brain-computer interface than anyone with paralysis has ever managed before. Indeed, the highest performing participant could, on average, type nearly 8 words per minute. The next steps are to adapt the system so that brain-computer interfaces can control commercial computers, phones and tablets. These devices are widely available, and would allow paralyzed users to take advantage of a range of applications that can be easily downloaded and customized. This development might enable brain-computer interfaces to not only allow people with neurological disorders to communicate, but also assist other people with paralysis in a number of ways. Chethan Pandarinath. Paul Nuyujukian. Christine H Blabe. Brittany L Sorice. Jad Saab. Francis R Willett. Leigh R Hochberg. Krishna V Shenoy. Jaimie M Henderson. eLife.
Supply, Demand, and the Subscription Model in Scholarly Publishing - An Analysis - The Scholarly Kitchen: An overview of usage trends across libraries and journals indicates that usage is generally stable or up, archives remain of interest, and consumption doesn't align with authorship or funding.
The LMS Market is Quickly Losing Ground: Technological advancements have created a unique set of expectations for modern workers. And now, learning management systems, the undisputed Goliath of the corporate learning world, are having their lunch eaten by David.