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  • April 05, 2017
    In a recent study, young adults who developed uncomplicated epilepsy as children (meaning that they did not have other neurologic or intellectual impairment) had similar social outcomes as their siblings, but only if they had not experienced a seizure in at least 5 years. Those who were not in remission were more likely to be less productive in school or employment and to not have a driver’s license. Unsurprisingly, those with complicated epilepsy had worse outcomes than siblings...
  • April 04, 2017
    New research carried out online has found that 59% of 28,113 respondents preferred to eat chocolate rabbits starting with the ears, 33% indicated that they had no starting point preference, and 4% indicated that they started with the tail or feet.Researchers conducting the online search also found increased reports of confectionary rabbit auricular amputation—that is, ear amputations of chocolate bunnies—in late March through mid-April for each of the 5 years studied.Mapping techniques showed...
  • April 04, 2017
    Michelangelo often surreptitiously inserted pagan symbols into his works of art, many of them possibly associated with anatomical representations. A new analysis suggests that Michelangelo may have concealed symbols associated with female anatomy within his famous work in the Medici Chapel. For example, the sides of tombs in the chapel depict bull/ram skulls and horns with similarity to the uterus and fallopian tubes, respectively.Numerous studies have offered interpretations of the link...
  • April 03, 2017
    HOBOKEN, N.J. & WEINHEIM, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE:JWA) (NYSE:JWB), today announced the appointment of Guido F. Herrmann as publishing leader for Germany. Guido joins Wiley from Georg Thieme Verlag KG, where he has worked for much of the past 20 years as Managing Director for Chemistry. In his time at Thieme, Guido has digitized and internationalized the chemistry program. He managed institutional sales and led the digital product management for...
  • April 03, 2017
    Considered the pinnacle of mediaeval painting, the Ghent Altarpiece was painted around 1432 by Jan van Eyck and probably his brother Hubert. It is currently undergoing the most extensive conservation treatment for more than a century. The decision to remove all overpaint was underpinned by scientific arguments: Belgian researchers report in the journal Angewandte Chemie about their use of “chemical maps” to visualize the original paint layers under the overpainted surface. Having...
  • April 03, 2017
    Substituting nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses for physicians in healthcare for the aging population may achieve healthcare quality at least as good as care provided by physicians, according to a review of published studies.The review assessed outcomes such as patient morbidity, mortality, satisfaction, and quality of life; quality of healthcare; provider workload and job satisfaction; medication use; and costs. Evidence from two randomized controlled trials showed no...
  • March 31, 2017
    Although the major objective of the liquor, food and associated industries is to optimise profits, that is, to sell as much food and alcohol as possible, their success can create serious health risks and burdens for consumers.A new review notes that in Australia, government officials have a responsibility to protect and promote the health of citizens, which may involve intervening to maintain a balance between actions that support commercial growth and development and the health and welfare of...
  • March 30, 2017
    The plasma membrane serves as a major hub for signal cascades to control crucial cellular processes. But it is a fluid medium, which makes the signaling processes difficult to monitor. Now, German scientists have designed a molecular "paintbrush" technique to trigger, control, and also monitor signaling processes. As they write in the journal Angewandte Chemie, their modular system made of light-activatable molecular building blocks can, for example, induce patterned contraction inside living...
  • March 28, 2017
    A new paper published in the Annals of Neurology reports the most common neurological diseases pose a serious annual financial burden for the nation.  The report notes that the current estimated annual cost to American society of just nine of the most common neurological diseases is staggering, totaling $789 billion in 2014 dollars. These conditions include Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, low back pain, stroke, traumatic brain injury, migraine, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis,...
  • March 28, 2017
    Investigators have shown that certain screening methods that detect the genetic material of Zika virus can be used to ensure that donated blood supplies remain free of the virus.The methods, called Zika virus nucleic acid amplification technology assays, demonstrated similar excellent sensitivities to assays currently used for screening for transfusion-transmitted viruses. The methods were substantially more sensitive than most other laboratory-developed and diagnostic Zika virus assays.“The...