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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Health Research:Crowd computing to improve water filtration ♦ Many physicians, clinicians work sick despite risk to patient ♦ Restraint, confinement still an everyday practice in mental health settings

New insights into the genetics of drug-resistant fungal infections A study offers new insights into how virulent fungi adapt through genetic modifications to fight back against the effects of medication designed to block their spread, and how that battle leaves them temporarily weakened. These insights may provide clues to new ways to treat notoriously difficult-to-cure fungal infections like thrush and vaginitis.
Restraint, confinement still an everyday practice in mental health settings Providers of mental-health services still rely on intervention techniques such as physical restraint and confinement to control some psychiatric hospital patients, a practice that can cause harm to both patients and care facilities.
Crowd computing to improve water filtration Scientists propose a novel nanotechnology-based strategy to improve water filtration. The project was an experiment in crowdsourced computing -- carried out by over 150,000 volunteers who contributed their own computing power to the research.
Researchers develop world's most sensitive test to detect infectious disease, superbugs Infectious diseases such as hepatitis C and some of the world's deadliest superbugs -- C. difficile and MRSA among them -- could soon be detected much earlier by a unique diagnostic test, designed to easily and quickly identify dangerous pathogens, experts report after developing the world's most sensitive detection test.
Many physicians, clinicians work sick despite risk to patients, survey finds Many physicians and advanced practice clinicians, including registered nurse practitioners, midwives and physician assistants, reported to work while being sick despite recognizing this could put patients at risk.

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