University of Maryland first to use unmanned aircraft to deliver kidney for transplant

VIDEO: In a first-ever advancement in human medicine and aviation technology, a University of Maryland unmanned aircraft delivered a donor kidney to surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center… view more  Credit: University of Maryland Medical Center/University of Maryland School of Medicine BALTIMORE and COLLEGE PARK, MD — In a first-ever advancement in human medicine…

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Bactericidal action of violacein revealed

In an article published in the journal ACS Infectious Diseases, Brazilian researchers describe the bactericidal action mechanism of violacein, a violet pigment produced by environmental bacteria, especially Chromobacterium violaceum. According to the authors of the study, the substance targets the cytoplasmic membrane of bacteria, mainly affecting gram-positive bacteria such as those of the genera Streptococcus,…

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Children’s NICU slashes unintended extubation rates by 60% over 10 years

IMAGE: This is Lamia Soghier, M.D., MEd, Children’s NICU medical director and the study’s senior author. view more  Credit: Children’s National WASHINGTON-(April 26, 2019)-A quality-improvement project at the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Children’s National that included standardized taping methods, bedside review of events within 72 hours and reducing how often newborns received chest X-rays…

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Biological machinery of cell’s ‘executioner’ yields secrets of its control

IMAGE: Tudor Moldoveanu, Ph.D., an assistant member of St. Jude Department of Structural Biology, view more  Credit: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Researchers led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital structural biologists have discovered how the cell switches on an executioner mechanism called necroptosis that induces damaged or infected cells to commit suicide to protect the…

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Amid Measles Outbreak, Quarantine Is Ordered at U.C.L.A. and California State-Los Angeles

More than 200 university students and employees in Los Angeles were given quarantine orders on Wednesday and Thursday, just days after a measles outbreak was declared in Los Angeles County. U.C.L.A. and California State University, Los Angeles, have been working with county health officials to identify and contact students and employees who may have been…

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