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Patients Are Feared At Critical Care Unit

The adult critical care unit at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust was over maximum safe capacity at the end of June, according to NHS England. critical care beds in the unit were occupied. Guidelines recommend that units run at no more than 85% capacity any higher and they say patient safety could be compromised. The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) has warned that many units across the country are either experiencing or approaching a ‘capacity crisis’.

Effect Of Microgravity On Sperm

NASA is sending sperm cells into space in the hopes to investigate whether a conception of a human life is possible in a zero-gravity environment. The American space agency is moving one step forward in space exploration as the Micro-11 mission carries frozen human and bull sperms aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9.

In a statement, NASA said the scientists are studying the effects of weightlessness on the sperms' ability to fertilize the egg, which is a crucial stage in conception. Previous experiments with sea urchin and bull sperm suggest that activating movement happens more quickly in microgravity, while the steps leading up to fusion happen more slowly, or not at all. Delays or problems at this stage could prevent fertilization from happening in space.

Levels Of Hormone Linked Between Diabetes And Hypertension

Physician-researchers with The Ohio State University College of Medicine at the Wexner Medical Center say increased levels of the hormone aldosterone, already associated with hypertension, can play a significant role in the development of diabetes, particularly among certain racial groups.

This research is an important step toward finding new ways to prevent a major chronic disease. This shows how our diabetes and metabolism scientists are focused on creating a world without diabetes. The study was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.