New app improves treatment of atrial fibrillation

Science Daily - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 3:12pm
Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke. Treatment with oral anticoagulation reduces this risk but instead increases the risk of bleeding. Now, a new blood test based tool enabling better and more individualized stroke prevention treatment has been developed.
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The White House Finally Got Color Printers

Slashdot - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 2:42pm
An anonymous reader quotes an article on Gizmodo: Everyone loves an upgrade -- even POTUS. The New York Times reports that the White House has recently undergone a technological transformation, though it may not sound too impressive to many of us: Its employees are now equipped with modern laptops, iPhones and even... color printers. [...] Employees have new computers with "fast, solid-state drives and modern processors," according to the newspaper, along with color printers. There's a new phone system and many staff now tote iPhones. The Wi-Fi has been upgraded, so it's now fast enough to live-stream video. And security has been increased too, with a new software system for managing visitors and a chip-based card system which is used by staffers instead of passwords.

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Liraglutide may help nondiabetic overweight and obese adults lose weight and lower risks

Science Daily - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 2:32pm
For people with prediabetes who are overweight or obese, adding 3.0 mg of liraglutide for three years to a diet and exercise plan may lead to major health improvements, new industry-sponsored research suggests.
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Seeing the light: Chemists create mimic of key vision protein

Science Daily - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 2:29pm
An artificial mimic of a key light-sensitive molecule has been made by scientists. It could lead to new ways of building light-sensitive artificial cells, they say in a new report.
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Two-year data suggest added health risks of combining mitral-valve repair to bypass surgery with little benefit

Science Daily - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 2:07pm
Just released two-year follow up data comparing coronary-artery bypass grafting (CABG) with combined CABG and mitral-value repair in patients with moderate ischemic mitral regurgitation (IMR) found no significant differences in benefit. The patients with CABG and mitral-valve repair had an early hazard of longer hospital stay post-surgery, a higher incidence of postoperative supraventricular arrhythmias and higher rate of serious neurological events than those with CABG alone.
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Near-shore wind farms would have big impact on coastal tourism

Science Daily - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 2:07pm
Most people are unwilling to rent vacation homes that have a view of offshore wind turbines, a new study shows. Those who will rent expect steep rental discounts unless the turbines are more than eight miles offshore.
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Shocking collapse of gorilla subspecies

Science Daily - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 2:05pm
A catastrophic collapse of the world's largest great ape-- the Grauer's gorilla -- due to a combination of illegal hunting around mining sites and settlements, prior civil unrest, and habitat loss, a shocking new report by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Fauna & Flora International documents.
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Shifting sands on Mars

Science Daily - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 2:05pm
Researchers are traveling to Iceland to better understand sand dunes found all over the planet Mars. They hope the Iceland site will show how Martian sands have changed, which could yield more clues about Mars's geological history and the possibility of discovering microbial life entombed there.
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Search Reveals Who Cares Most About Red Hot Election Issues

Wired News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 2:04pm
It's not always who you'd think. The post Search Reveals Who Cares Most About Red Hot Election Issues appeared first on WIRED.









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Researchers report successful cardiac transplant outcomes in adult patients with congenital heart disease

Science Daily - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 2:01pm
While there is little data to inform best practices for treating patients with adult congenital heart disease (ACHD), a team of researchers have found that heart transplants can be performed in adult patients with prior corrective surgery for congenital heart disease with excellent outcomes.
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Transcatheter aortic valve replacement better for patients with severe aortic stenosis, study finds

Science Daily - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 2:01pm
For patients at intermediate-risk for open-heart surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) with the latest generation of balloon-expandable device -- SAPIEN 3 -- is superior to surgery, resulting in better patient outcomes, a new study has concluded.
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FBI Wants To Access Terror Suspect's Skype Records

Slashdot - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 2:01pm
Milton J. Valencia, reporting for BostonGlobe: The FBI is investigating whether a third, unknown person discussed an alleged terrorism plot with Alexander Ciccolo, the Western Massachusetts man accused of planning to attack a state university with guns and explosives on behalf of the Islamic State terror group. FBI Special Agent Jeffrey J. Lawrence said in an affidavit filed in US District Court in Springfield last week that Ciccolo told a witness who was cooperating with the FBI that he had discussed his terrorism plans with one other person. The affidavit was part of an application for a search warrant authorities filed with the court. Officials are seeking access to Ciccolo's online Skype account as part of their investigation into the alleged terror plot. The search warrant seeks to have Microsoft -- which owns Skype -- provide the government with logs and the content of conversations and written messages made on Ciccolo's account, as well as passwords. Given Microsoft's stance on these matters, the company is likely to hand over the data FBI is looking for.

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Absurd Creatures: The Fennec Fox Is So Cute I Think I Might Literally Die

Wired News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 2:00pm
The fennec fox is here to make you forget about all your troubles. Just look at this thing. The post Absurd Creatures: The Fennec Fox Is So Cute I Think I Might Literally Die appeared first on WIRED.









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Bone density lower with use of ADHD stimulant medicine

Science Daily - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 1:59pm
Children and teenagers who take stimulant drugs to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have lower bone density than their peers who do not take these medications, a new study finds.
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SSRI antidepressants promote bone loss during lactation

Science Daily - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 1:59pm
Antidepressant use with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy and breast-feeding causes decreased bone density in mothers that may put them at higher risk of broken bones later in life, a new study suggests.
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Few patients use weight-loss medications despite FDA approval

Science Daily - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 1:59pm
Despite guidelines that advocate the use of weight loss medications to treat obesity, and the availability of FDA approved medications, very few patients use this treatment option, a new study suggests.
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Twists and turns of life: Patterns of DNA supercoiling

Science Daily - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 1:59pm
Scientists have elucidated genome-wide patterns in the complex structures formed by the DNA of bacteria in different environmental conditions. These complex structures in DNA could be playing important roles in regulating gene expression.
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How ballet training could learn from football and rugby, says report

Science Daily - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 1:59pm
A new study points to using biobanding for ballet. The researchers behind the study point to a new approach to training known as 'bio-banding', something that groups individuals by their biological rather than chronological age and is growing in prominence for other sports including football and rugby. The researchers also stress the pivotal role of the teacher at this time and how the provision of further education for dance teachers regarding the implications of puberty upon dance training may be helpful.
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For post-operative atrial fibrillation, two common treatments show equal outcomes

Science Daily - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 1:59pm
Researchers have found that two common approaches to post-operative atrial fibrillation -- rhythm control and rate control -- are equally safe and effective.
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How Reporters Pulled Off the Panama Papers, the Biggest Leak in Whistleblower History

Wired News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 1:17pm
The 2.6 terabyte Panama Papers may be the first leak of their scale, but they won't be the last. The post How Reporters Pulled Off the Panama Papers, the Biggest Leak in Whistleblower History appeared first on WIRED.









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