A case study in why major projects must also be investments in health

The Victorian government has committed to removing 75 road/rail level crossings across Melbourne by 2025. That’s the fastest rate of removal in the city’s history. The scale of the investment—at least A$14.8 billion—and the project’s ripple effects mean it could do more to transform the city’s public transport system than the Metro Tunnel project. All […]

1st COVID-19 case in US reported a year ago

One year ago today (Jan. 20), officials identified the first case of COVID-19 in the U.S. Since then, the country has tallied more than 24.2 million cases and more than 400,000 people have died of the virus. The first known U.S. case involved a 35-year-old man who had traveled to Wuhan, China to visit family […]

Case study shows promising proof of concept for ongoing clinical trial — ScienceDaily

Targeted neuromodulation tailored to individual patients’ distinctive symptoms is an increasingly common way of correcting misfiring brain circuits in people with epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease. Now, scientists at UC San Francisco’s Dolby Family Center for Mood Disorders have demonstrated a novel personalized neuromodulation approach that — at least in one patient — was able to […]

Heart transplantations: prospects of success increase with larger case volumes

In a series of commissions awarded by the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) to the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), the question is whether for certain surgical procedures, a correlation can be shown between the volume of services provided per hospital and the quality of treatment results. IQWiG’s rapid report on heart […]

New research makes strong case for restoring Hong Kong’s lost oyster reefs

IMAGE: Oyster reefs in Hong Kong view more  Credit: ©Kyle Obermann/Courtesy TNC New research produced jointly by The Swire Institute of Marine Science (SWIMS), Faculty of Science, The University of Hong Kong (HKU), and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), published recently in the scientific journal Restoration Ecology, shows the enormous potential of restoring lost oyster reefs, bringing […]

Assessment of neutrophil extracellular traps in coronary thrombus of case series of patients with COVID-19

What The Study Did: Severe COVID-19 is characterized by the intense formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs), leading to the blockage of microvessels, as shown in pulmonary samples. The occurrence of ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI) is a serious cardiac manifestation of COVID-19; the intrinsic mechanism of coronary thrombosis appears to still be unknown. This case series […]

Woman’s stomach pain turns out to be rare case of ‘wandering spleen’

A woman who went to the emergency department with abdominal pain soon learned the source of her discomfort: Her spleen had shifted about a foot out of place, according to a new report of the case. This rare condition, known as “wandering spleen,” occurs when ligaments that normally hold the spleen in place become loose […]

Cretaceous cold case of ‘dueling’ T. rex and Triceratops may finally be solved

The “Dueling Dinosaurs” fossils — the 67 million-year-old remains of what may be the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops on record, beasts that were possibly locked in combat when they died — are finally spilling their secrets. The iconic fossils are heading to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS), where a cutting-edge […]

The Case Is Building That COVID-19 Had a Lab Origin

Shi Zheng-Li releases a bat

By Jonathan Latham, PhD and Allison Wilson, PhD If the public has learned a lesson from the COVID-19 pandemic it is that science does not generate certainty. Do homemade face masks work? What is the death rate of COVID-19? How accurate are the tests? How many people have no symptoms? And so on. Practically the […]