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Cryo-EM Reveals Sharper Protein Structures

As the imaging technique produces ever-sharper protein structures, researchers are racing to develop tools to assess how accurate they are. Once derided as ‘blobology’ for its blurry images, cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) is now churning out high-resolution structures of everything from virus particles to enzymes.

The number of cryo-EM images uploaded to the Electron Microscopy Data Bank (EMDB) has boomed from just 8 in 2002 to 1,106 last year the same year the technique won its developers the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Psychotropic Drug Therapy In Patients In The Intensive Care Unit

Managing psychological problems in patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) is a big challenge, requiring pharmacological interventions. On the other hand, these patients are more prone to side effects and drug interactions associated with psychotropic drugs use.

Benzodiazepines (BZDs), antidepressants, and antipsychotics are commonly used in critically ill patients. Therefore, their therapeutic effects and adverse events are discussed in this study. Different studies have shown that non-BZD drugs are preferred to BZDs for agitation and pain management, but antipsychotic agents are not recommended.

Also, it is better not to start antidepressants until the patient has fully recovered. However, further investigations are required for the use of psychotropic drugs in ICUs.

Astronaut Blood Will Not Affect Space

Astronauts' blood changes in space but that may not stop them from getting to Mars. SpaceX founder Elon Musk often boasts about the imminent colonization of Mars, despite major human health problems that stand between us and the Red Planet. Fortunately for Musk and other aspiring space travelers, NASA scientists may have crossed one item off that list of potential problems. 

New Tool To Screen For Sleep Apnea In People With Wpilepsy

Rutgers researchers have developed a tool to help neurologists screen for obstructive sleep apnea in people with epilepsy whose seizures can be magnified by sleep disorders. The study was published in the journal Neurology Clinical Practice.

Although detection and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can improve seizure control in some patients with epilepsy, providers have not regularly assessed patients for those risk factors. The researchers developed an electronic health record alert for neurologists to evaluate a patient's need for a sleep study.

New Technology Offers Disruptive Potential For Diabetes

Digital Health’s combination of healthcare, life sciences, and technology capabilities offers the potential to fill unmet needs in the patient journey. And by pushing this advantage and seizing the opportunity to build, buy or partner on new solutions life sciences firms have a chance to disrupt the disruptors.

There’s no rule that disruptive business ideas must be limited to nimble startups with flashy technology. Take Digital Health, for example, where incumbent life sciences companies are well-positioned to identify opportunities and then deliver new products and services to improve the lives and customer experiences of the patients they serve.