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Space Crystals Used As Drugs To Treat Cancer

The author job is to insert 10 microliters of fluid into a microplate and watch as crystals grow. Ten microliters amount to a single droplet from his pipette, so Arnold must be exceedingly precise which is a challenge, because he is floating inside the International Space Station. Arnold repeats the process 96 times, filling small cells in the microplate with a solution mixed to grow protein crystals. He also tests ways to mix the solution with crystal-seeding material. 

Doctors Show Palliative Care Pushing Patients To Assisted Dying

Doctors are voicing concern that a lack of provincial funding for palliative care is pushing patients at the end of their lives to opt for doctor-assisted suicide instead. Since the province’s medical aid in dying law came into effect in 2016, Quebec doctors say access to palliative care has decreased while requests for medical aid in dying have increased. The group said patients have told them that they are choosing assisted dying because they can’t find adequate palliative care services.

Social Workers Are Excluded To Protect Emergency Staff

A study assess that the profession works in risky, sometimes dangerous situations yet is treated differently to other emergency service colleagues. Social workers prioritise people who are most marginalised, desperate and often unhelped, overlooked and angry; as a consequence, they work often in risky, sometimes dangerous situations. Yet they are treated differently to other emergency service colleagues.

Effective And Safe Nasal Spray For Elderly Patients

According to a new study, a statistically significant and clinically meaningful treatment effect was seen in patients aged 65 to 74 years who had treatment-resistant depression (TRD) when esketamine nasal spray was added to their oral antidepressant in comparison with patients treated with placebo plus an oral antidepressant.