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Protein-Folding Model Has Been Prompted

Researchers have shown the protein-folding replication and by using computer modeling to calculate how proteins fold. Proteins are huge molecules whose function depends on how they fold into intricate structures. To understand how these molecules work, a new algorithm can accelerate those vital simulations, enabling them to model phenomena that were previously out of reach. The results can eventually help scientists better understand and treat diseases like Alzheimer's. This study has been published in The Journal of Chemical Physics.

Prevention of Ebola Infection from Spreading

A single enzyme. That is all the researchers behind a new study need to manipulate to prevent the feared Ebola virus from spreading. Because with the enzyme they also take away the virus' ability to copy itself and thus produce more virus particles and more infection. The study was published in the scientific journal Molecular Cell

Regular Exposure To Radiation Causes Congenital Heart Disease

A study suggests that for increased lifetime risk of cancer, the cumulative incidence of cancer in >24,000 such patients, who were at least aged 25 in 1995, was 15.3%; cancer was diagnosed at a median age of 55. The risk over 15 years was 8.5% for those with a history of at least six cardiovascular procedures, during which they were exposed to low-dose ionizing radiation (LDIR), and only 3.3% for those who had undergone up to one such procedure (P<0.0001). This study was published in Circulation.

Pediatric Middle Ear Infection: Cipro Combo Was Effective

Researchers demonstrated a greater effectiveness of the combination versus each of its components for the treatment of ear infections with a draining ear after placement of tympanostomy tubes. In children with acute otitis media with tympanostomy tubes (AOMT), topical ciprofloxacin plus fluocinolone acetonide is more effective than either agent alone, according to results from two randomized trials. This study has published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Palliative Care Underutilized in Dementia Patients with Surgical Abdomen

According to a new study published in the journal Surgery, patients with dementia who develop acute surgical abdomen have high rates of in-hospital mortality and non-routine discharge but rarely receive palliative care.Those who received surgical treatment were less likely to receive palliative care than those who didn’t have surgery, while outcomes were worse in surgical patients, the researchers found.