Archive | October 2016

Wild cat brains: An evolutionary curveball

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The brains of wild cats don’t necessarily respond to the same evolutionary pressures as those of their fellow mammals, humans and primates, indicates a surprising new study led by a Michigan State University neuroscientist.
Arguably, the fact that people and monkeys…
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Three-year results from the EXCEL trial presented at TCT 2016 and published in NEJM

WASHINGTON – October 31, 2016 – A large-scale randomized trial examining percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) versus coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) in patients with left main coronary artery disease (LMCAD) and low-intermediate SYNTAX scores found that there was no significant…
Source: Three-year results from the EXCEL trial presented at TCT 2016 and published in NEJM

Model expands landscape for signaling protein mutations

Protein pairs that control stimulus response in bacteria maintain a sensitive balance between interaction specificity and promiscuity, according to Rice University scientists.
A computational model developed at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics will help biologists take…
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Underwater mushrooms: Curious lake fungi under every turned over stone

While fungi are well known for being essential in cycling carbon and nutrients, there are only about 100,000 described species in contrast to the 1.5 to 3 millions, assumed to exist on Earth. Of these, barely 3000 fungi belong to aquatic habitats. In fact, freshwater fungi have been…
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Complete sanitation of robotic surgical instruments virtually impossible

NEW YORK (October 31, 2016) – It is virtually impossible to remove all contamination from robotic surgical instruments, even after multiple cleanings, according to a study published today in Infection Control Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of…
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Blackstone to buy TeamHealth in $6.1 billion deal

(Reuters) – TeamHealth Holdings Inc TMH.N said on Monday it agreed to be bought by private equity firm Blackstone Group LP BX.N in a deal valued at about $6.1 billion.TeamHealth, a U.S. hospital staffing provider, has been the target of activist funds including Jana Partners LLC.Blackstone will…
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Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to FBI fitness test

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t hear a dispute over whether a physical fitness test for FBI special agents is biased against men.The justices on Monday turned down an appeal from an Illinois man who failed the test after completing 29 out of 30 untimed pushups.Jay Bauer said it’s u…
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