How we get around

Whether or not we’re aware of it, humans — animals in general — constantly use environmental cues to navigate from one place to another. We choose a feature from the landscape and use it to guide our behavior, gathering and computing information about our surroundings. It’s a process so old and so essential for survival…

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Risk score predicts prognosis of outpatients with COVID-19

BOSTON – A new artificial intelligence-based score considers multiple factors to predict the prognosis of individual patients with COVID-19 seen at urgent care clinics or emergency departments. The tool, which was created by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), can be used to rapidly and automatically determine which patients are most likely to develop complications…

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‘What wound did ever heal but by degrees?’ delayed wound healing due to gene mutations

“Wound healing is one of the most complex biological processes,” write Professor Kazumitsu Sugiura and Dr Kenta Saito from Fujita Health University, Japan, in their article recently published in Nature’s Scientific Reports. As countless researchers in the field have noted, several automated coordinated biological activities take place during wound healing, from stopping the bleeding to…

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Why False Positives Matter, Too

In the high-stakes world of coronavirus testing, one mistake has taken center stage: the dreaded false negative, wherein a test mistakenly deems an infected person to be virus-free. These troublesome results, experts have said, can deprive a person of treatment and embolden them to mingle with others, hastening the spread of disease. But false negatives…

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The effects of social determinants of health on kidney transplant candidates

Highlights Social determinants of health are associated with patient-reported outcomes in adults who are eligible to undergo kidney transplantation evaluations. Results from the study will be presented online during ASN Kidney Week 2020 Reimagined October 19-October 25. Washington, DC (October 25, 2020) — Certain social determinants of health predict patient-reported outcomes in potential kidney…

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