Category Archives: Science – General

General Public health and other interesting cross-topic subjects.

Study calls for new global standard for safe drinking water and sanitation

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 Oliver Cumming, Mark Elliott, Alycia Overbo, Jamie Bartram Research Article | published 11 Dec 2014 | PLOS ONE 10.1371/journal.pone.0114699

eLearning as good as traditional training for health professionals

(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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Top 5 under 40 – giving a voice to science thinkers

University of NSW 3 December 2014

UNSW and ABC Radio National today launched Top 5 under 40, an exciting initiative to discover a new generation of science thinkers and give them a voice.

Applications are now open for outstanding early-career researchers under the age of 40 who are working in Australian universities and research institutions across science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical research.

Apply now: Early-career researchers who meet the scheme’s criteria have until Friday 16 January 2015 to  apply online.

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Leopoldina publishes recommendations on handling changes in the life sciences

(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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Scientists discover ‘game-changing’ new antibiotic for first time in 30 years

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.

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Why we need to listen to the real experts in science

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.

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As shepherds watched, it got hotter and hotter

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…