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Cholera Outbreaks: Fear and Anger Strikes Again in Zimbabwe

Sixty-year-old Emma Zhakata winces, struggling to hold back tears as she relates how her husband, one of 32 cholera victims in Zimbabwe, died within hours of falling ill. She never suspected her 69-year-old husband, Wonder Zhakata, would die suddenly after complaining that he felt weak and was suffering stomach pain. 

Chaperones Prepare Proteins For Folding By Their Own

A protein's folding patterns help them perform their dedicated tasks. As the real "doers" of the cell, even a tiny alteration in a protein's amino acid backbone can cause misfolding and hinder the protein's functionality or cause disease.

For instance, if tau, a protein that helps stabilize the structure of brain cells, is misfolded, it can form tau-tangles, which are commonly seen in Alzheimer's patients. Scientists seek to better understand protein folding to cure misfolding diseases, but this incredibly complex process requires sophisticated algorithms to identify the folding mechanisms.

They have proposed a new way to identify the most crucial factors for protein folding. They demonstrated the short simulation time of their approach on a small but intriguing protein, GB1 beta-hairpin. The study was published in the Journal of Chemical Physics.

Hospice Care To Those In Need Of Health Care

You laugh. You cry. You love. And you lose. It is nearly impossible, to sum up, the range of emotions felt each day within the walls of Barrie’s 10-bed Hospice, Simcoe. In only a few short hours spent touring the facility and engaging with residents a few weeks ago, sat in on a birthday singalong and watched a daughter hold her dying father’s hand for a casting mold. There is laughter in the kitchen and silence in a room where a resident has just died.

Enhance Rehab For Stroke Doubles Movement Recovery

A novel therapy technique invented by researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas has been shown in a pilot study to double the rate of upper limb recovery in stroke patients, a leap forward in treating the nearly 800,000 Americans who suffer strokes each year. The study was published in the journal Stroke.

NASA Deploys Telehealth to Care for Astronauts

Ultrasound and remote video tools are critical to keeping International Space Station crew members healthy. Much of what makes up a good telehealth program is the ability to deliver high-quality care advice to individuals from a distance. That's especially necessary for astronauts on board the International Space Station, since the closest medical doctor is a rocket-ship ride away, back on Earth.

"Telemedicine really is our only resource," said Shannan Moynihan, deputy chief medical officer for the NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, during a March 8 session at HIMSS 2018 in Las Vegas. "Unfortunately, we don't get to go make house calls. I've tried that it didn't fly."