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Designing Dementia-Friendly Environments

Aging and dementiaCreating a safe environmentReferences Further reading As the global population continues to age, the prevalence of dementia has similarly risen. With more dementia patients living at home, caregivers must be equipped with accurate information on how to design dementia-friendly environments to ensure their safety. Image Credit: Robert Kneschke/Shutterstock.com Aging and dementia Medical advances have […]

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Sustainability key focus in Neuroscience Research Building construction

The Neuroscience Research Building under construction on the Washington University Medical Campus promises great discoveries in an environmentally friendly building that meets sustainability goals. The completed structure will contain energy-efficient, low-energy research freezers in laboratories; electric charging stations in the parking garage; and numerous other sustainability-focused elements. The 11-story, 609,000-square-foot building at 4370 Duncan Ave. […]

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Revolutions in Infectious Disease Testing

Point of care testingNAATLab-on-a-chipSequencing methodsOther techniquesAutomation of laboratory testingSample collectionPooled samplesConclusionsReferencesFurther reading  Infectious diseases (IDs) still take 14 million lives worldwide each year, making up a quarter of total deaths. This makes them a leading cause of mortality. The management of IDs is dependent on accurate and rapid diagnosis. Beginning with Anton von Leuwenhoek’s first […]

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What is Bjornstad Syndrome?

IntroductionCauses and SymptomsThe human BCS1L geneCase reportsEpidemiologyDiagnosis and TreatmentReferences A rare condition, Bjornstad syndrome is associated with mutations in the BCS1L gene. The two hallmark features of the syndrome include pili torti and sensorineural hearing loss. Professor Bjornstad first described it in 1965. The syndrome follows the autosomal recessive pattern of inheritance. Causes and Symptoms […]

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Using Real-World Data to Accelerate Healthcare

IntroductionWhat is Real World Data?Experimental Data vs. RWDDifficulties with RWDBenefits of RWD     Real-World Effectiveness     Drug Repurposing     Safety EvaluationWhat Lies Ahead for RWD?References Healthcare is more of an art than a science since people are so different from each other. Today's gold standard of safety, potency, and efficacy regarding healthcare practices is the […]