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    How medical schools can evolve to tackle gun violence

    How medical schools can evolve to tackle gun violence

    Despite the shocking levels of gun violence in the USA and in the Americas, medical practitioners are taught little more than dealing with the direct biologic outcomes of bullets. Understanding gun violence as a disease requires examining complex behavioural health, environmental, and social issues not commonly imbedded in medical school curricula.

    Leading American emergency physician and gun violence researcher Stephen Hargarten and colleagues from the Medical College of Wisconsin are calling for change. They have provided guidelines on how medical school curricula can evolve and strengthen future physicians’ understanding of this patient and community disease burden.

    Read more in Research Outreach

    Read some of their latest work here: https://doi.org/10.1080/10401334.2021.1906254

    • 10 min.
    The future of sustainable agriculture

    The future of sustainable agriculture

    With a predicted global population of 9 billion by 2050, there is a need for increased, sustainable food production.  Additionally, climate change will have an effect on soil and crop health, due to changes in weather patterns and disease distribution. 


    Dr  Philippe  Rolshausen at the University of California in Riverside specialises in tree crops, viticulture and plant pathology. In today's podcast, he explains the role plant microbiomes , and how increased understanding of small changes in plant environments is helping to improve crop health.


    Read some of their latest work here: https://doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiaa053

    • 37 min.
    Can we do more to get college students vaccinated against HPV?

    Can we do more to get college students vaccinated against HPV?

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection globally, more than 80% of sexually active people will be infected at some point. It can cause genital warts and several types of cancer. Although a vaccine against HPV infection has been available since 2006, vaccination rates in the US remain low.

    This has led to Roanna Kessler and John Gentile, at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, accepting the challenge of improving vaccination awareness and increasing vaccination rates among college students.

    Read more in ResearchOutreach

    Read some of their latest work here: https://doi.org/10.32907/RO-129-2520902226

    • 11 min.
    Hypoxia-guided proton therapy for NSCLC

    Hypoxia-guided proton therapy for NSCLC

    Tumour hypoxia occurs when cancer cells lack oxygen, and is associated with decreased effectiveness of radiotherapy treatments. One way to counteract hypoxia is to increase the dose of radiation we use to kill cancer cells, a technique called dose escalation.  However, many side effects have been reported due to surrounding organs being damaged by off-target radiation.

    Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland, led by Dr Giovanni Fattori, have been investigating the clinical potential of hypoxia-guided radiotherapy with protons in advanced-stage lung cancer treatments.

    Read the original paper: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13014-021-01914-2

    • 8 min.
    Are we on the verge of uploading human consciousness?

    Are we on the verge of uploading human consciousness?

    Transferring human consciousness into a machine has long been a popular motif in science fiction, but for now, seems like a far-off dream. However, Prof Masataka Watanabe at the University of Tokyo believes we’re on the cusp of making mind uploading a reality.
    Prof Watanabe proposes a new type of brain‒machine interface that is capable of fully reconstructing transhemispheric connectivity, leading to a ‘seamless’ mind uploading procedure while the brains owner is still alive.
    Read more about this work in Research Features.
    Read Prof Watanabe's original publication "From Biological to Artificial Consciousness": https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-91138-6

    • 11 min.
    Modelling and analysis of flows of viscoelastic fluids: Beyond the Navier–Stokes equations

    Modelling and analysis of flows of viscoelastic fluids: Beyond the Navier–Stokes equations

    The Navier–Stokes equations are important for science and engineering, since they describe the motion of fluids.  However, these equations can not describe the physical responses of fluids with a complex microstructure.

    Michal Bathory, Miroslav Bulíček, and Josef Málek, Charles University, Czech Republic, have developed a robust mathematical theory for viscoelastic fluids. Which could serve as an analytical framework, to quantify errors between exact and computed solutions for these models.

    Read more in Research Outreach

    Read some of their latest work here: https://doi.org/10.1515/anona-2020-0144

    • 10 min.

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