EurekAlert January 20, 2015
(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Jan. 20, 2015) – A new study conducted jointly by The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine calls for a new global standard for improvements in household drinking water and sanitation access.
The study highlights that current benchmarks for access, established by the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP), treat water and sanitation differently, masking deficits in household water access. The JMP will soon set new targets for global progress in the Sustainable Development Goals, and the study’s results could significantly influence their development.
Findings of the study were published online Dec. 11, 2014, in the journal PLOS ONE.
Does Global Progress on Sanitation Really Lag behind Water? An Analysis of Global Progress on Community- and Household-Level Access to Safe Water and Sanitation Research Article | published 11 Dec 2014 | PLOS ONE 10.1371/journal.pone.0114699
(Imperial College London 11 January 2015) Electronic learning could enable millions more students to train as doctors and nurses worldwide, according to research.
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(Leopoldina 9 January 2015) Modern high-throughput screening methods for analyzing genetic information, proteins and metabolic products offer new ways of obtaining large quantities of data on life processes. These OMICS technologies are fueling hopes of major advances in, e.g., medicine, pharmacy, biochemistry, food sciences. The report ‘Life sciences in transition’ by Germany’s National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina sets out recommendations on how existing deficiencies can be overcome and research better equipped for the challenges.
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ABC News Online 9 January 2015
Scientists have discovered the first new antibiotic in nearly 30 years that can kill serious infections without encountering any detectable resistance, giving hope in the fight against evolving drug-resistant superbugs.
The Conversation Michael Clarke, Susan Lawler 1 January 2015
If we want to use scientific thinking to solve problems, we need people to appreciate evidence and heed expert advice. Disregard for experts who have spent years studying critical issues is a dangerous default position. The ability of our society to make decisions in the public interest is handicapped when evidence and thoughtfully presented arguments are ignored.
If we are passionate about applying the lessons learned from our research, we will need marketers, lobbyists, communication experts, accountants and economists. A multi-disciplinary team is required to convince society to change.
The Sydney Morning Herald |December 24, 2014 | Peter Hannam
Human health – and that of other animals and even plants – is likely to become an ever more pressing public issue as temperatures rise with global warming, cities grow and populations age. Continue reading…