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A Microbial Assessment Of The International Space Station

Researchers from the University of California, Davis who analyzed swabs taken by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) and compared them with samples from homes on earth as well as the Human Microbiome Project found that the microbial community in this unique habitat was very diverse and more closely resembled that of homes than of humans. The study has published in PeerJ.

New Device Could Improve Quality of Life for People with Tetraplegia

A person with a spinal cord injury could improve their ability to grip and move household objects by using an electrical stimulation device controlled by their own thoughts, according to a study presented at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Atlanta. The study suggests that this new technology could one day allow people with disabilities to live more independently and enhance their quality of life .

Posterior Cruciate Ligament: Human Knee Anatomy

A study estimates that posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is the largest and strongest ligament in the human knee, and the primary posterior stabilizer. Recent anatomy and biomechanical studies have provided an improved understanding of PCL function. PCL injuries are typically combined with other ligamentous, meniscal and chondral injuries. Stress radiography has become an important and validated objective measure in surgical decision making and post-operative assessment.

Hepatitis B Vaccination on Acute Hepatitis B Epidemiology In Europe

Hepatitis B is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV), an enveloped DNA virus that infects the liver and causes cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Primary HBV infection in susceptible individuals can be either symptomatic or asymptomatic, the latter being often the case. Hepatitis B surface antigen is the earliest marker of hepatitis B infection, and is widely used in seroprevalence surveys to estimate the number of infected people and as indicator of transmission risk.