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Fiber Optic Sensors Dissolve in the Body was created

For the first time, researchers have fabricated sensing elements known as fiber Bragg gratings inside optical fibers designed to dissolve completely inside the body. The bioresorbable fiber Bragg gratings could be used for in-body monitoring of bone fracture healing and for safer exploration of sensitive organs such as the brain.

Eye-Head Coordination in 31 Space Shuttle Astronauts

In this study, researchers determined that in between 1989 and 1995, NASA evaluated how increases in flight duration of up to 17 days affected the health and performance of Space Shuttle astronauts. Thirty-one Space Shuttle pilots participating in 17 space missions were tested at 3 different times before flight and 3 different times after flight, starting within a few hours of return to Earth.

Zika Causes Undetected Fetal Brain Damage

Zika virus may cause significant damage to the fetal brain even when the baby's head size is normal, according to a study published in Nature MedicineThe damage, which can be difficult to detect even with sophisticated brain scans, may also occur in children infected during early childhood and adolescence, the researchers warn.

COPD Patients on Long-term ICS Exposure are at Risk of Bone Fractures

In the present large cohort of patients newly treated for COPD, long-term ICS use at high doses was associated with a modest but significant increase in the risk of fractures of the hip and upper extremity. Long-term ICS use did not result in a higher risk of nonvertebral fractures in postmenopausal women, compared with men, with COPD. Clinicians need to carefully consider the benefits and risks of prescribing ICSs to patients with COPD, particularly over the longer term, and the prescribed dose should be kept as low as possible.

Characteristics of Traumatic Forensic Cases Admitted To ED

In a new study, investigators reported that the majority of traumatic medico-legal cases were male age 18-44 years, the most common source of trauma was traffic accidents and in the summer months. When writing a forensic report, emergency physicians made mistakes in noting physical examination findings and identifying external traumatic lesions.