When doctors and nurses can disclose and discuss errors, hospital mortality rates decline

IMAGE: First author Veronica Toffolutti, Bocconi University and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. view more  Credit: Veronica Toffolutti The diffusion of a culture of openness in hospitals is associated with lower hospital mortality, according to a study conducted among 137 acute trusts in England by Veronica Toffolutti (Bocconi University and London School of Hygiene…

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Threatened sturgeon learns for the fitness

An international team led by IGB is providing one of the first proofs of the complex learning behaviour of fish in a recent study. The Atlantic sturgeon is considered extinct in Germany. The IGB is coordinating the reintroduction of these up to five meter large river giants and is investigating whether sturgeon training can increase…

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Research clarifies role of posterior parietal cortex in decision-making

To make judgements about an unknown sensory stimulus based on prior knowledge is a basic decision process, called perceptual decision-making. The posterior parietal cortex (PPC), one of the higher association regions of the mammalian cerebral cortex, has long been thought to play an important role in information processing during decision-making, as well as in many…

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Colorado nail salon workers face chronic air pollution, elevated cancer risk

IMAGE: CU Boulder civil, environmental and architectural engineering professor Lupita Montoya, left, and PhD candidate Aaron Lamplugh have been studying how Colorado nail salon employees are exposed to high levels of… view more  Colorado nail salon employees face increased health risks due to high levels of indoor airborne pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene, new University…

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New treatment for severe dry eye disease promising in early clinical trials

Participants in a phase I/II clinical trial of a new enzyme-based treatment for severe dry eye disease experienced reduced signs of disease and discomfort, according to a paper in Translational Vision Science and Technology. The trial compared eye drops containing a biosynthetic form of an enzyme called DNase with eye drops without the enzyme. DNase…

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Montmorency tart cherries may provide benefits for adults with metabolic syndrome

LANSING, Mich. May 7, 2019 — Montmorency tart cherries reduced systolic blood pressure, insulin levels and insulin concentrations in adults with metabolic syndrome participating in a small pilot study published in the Journal of Functional Foods. [1] While previous studies on Montmorency tart cherries have explored individual aspects of metabolic syndrome — such as blood…

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Does insulin resistance cause fibromyalgia?

GALVESTON, Texas — Researchers led by a team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston were able to dramatically reduce the pain of fibromyalgia patients with medication that targeted insulin resistance. This discovery could dramatically alter the way that chronic pain can be identified and managed. Dr. Miguel Pappolla, UTMB professor of neurology,…

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Front Burner: A New Bakery With Global Delights

Michaeli Bakery, which opens Thursday at the edge of the Lower East Side, has a multinational array of baked goods, with a nod to some Jewish classics like babka, rugelach and challah. There are Eastern European items like strudel and the Russian honey cake medovik; Israeli-style cheesecake and bourekas; and American brownies and pecan pie.…

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