Study: 38 Percent of VA Outpatient Antibiotics Inappropriately Prescribed


Expressing alarming concern over increased antibiotic resistance in microorganisms, including deadly bacteria, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently been vocal about the dangers of antibiotic overprescription in private medical practices, and now a VA Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, has data to support inappropriate prescribing in government-held

VIDEO: This plane can fly how close to space?!


NASA's ER-2 is a flying laboratory that cruises at nearly 70,000 feet over Earth--so high, the pilot can see the curvature of the planet! While there is a similar high-altitude plane used for military operations (known as the U-2), ER-2's flights collect scientific data from the Earth. According to NASA, the plane's

Anti-GMO? This Modified Corn Could Save Lives!

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University of Arizona plant geneticist Monica Schmidt has genetically modified corn plants to turn off the ability of Aspergillus species of fungus to spread a toxin that leads to multiple life-altering and deadly conditions, which could be a game-changer for developing countries all over the world. The procedure is called host-induced gene

Fish skin to treat burns? Doctors in Brazil are paving the way


Doctors in Fortazela, Brazil, may have finally found a solution to their shortage of burn dressing options through a clinical trial that, at least temporarily, gives patients a fish-like appearance, according to a report by STAT. With only three functional skin banks in the entire country, and a lack of access

Study: Patient Expectations Influence Prescribing of Antibiotics

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An experiment published by the American Psychological Association (APA) shows that doctors are more likely to prescribe antibiotics if patients have high expectations of receiving them, even if the probability of bacterial infection is low. Researchers referred to this as the “expectations effect.” The APA's findings are based on two similar

NASA finds 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting one star


NASA announced on Wednesday that Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed "the first known system of seven Earth-sized planets around a single star," including three planets located in the star's habitable zone.  Never has there been a discovery outside of our solar system with so many habitable-zone planets around a single star. NASA