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Survey of U.S. registered nurses points to worsening shortages

The 2019 AMN Healthcare Survey of Registered Nurses raises concerns about the outlook for the nursing profession in the United States. Cole Edmonson, D.N.P., R.N., chief clinical officer of AMN Healthcare, and colleagues surveyed 19,967 registered nurses from March 27 to May 1, 2019. Respondents had an average of 19 …

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Potential entry points for Huntington’s disease drug discovery

Prof. Yu Ding(R) and his student. Credit: Fudan University Huntington’s disease (HD) is one of the four major neurodegenerative diseases that have been most extensively studied. The clinical symptoms include uncontrolled dancing-mimicking behavior (chorea), as well as cognitive deficiency and psychiatric abnormalities. Since the biochemical activity of the mutant huntingtin protein …

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Study points to virus as culprit in kids’ paralyzing illness

This 2014 file electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows numerous, spheroid-shaped enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68) virions. Scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that a virus is to blame for a mysterious and rare illness, called acute flaccid myelitis or AFM, that can start …

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Study points to new drug target in fight against cancer

When oxidized, the protein mitoNEET (green) can close voltage-dependent anion channels, or VDACs (center), passageways that allow metabolites and signaling molecules to pass through the outer membrane (blue band) of the mitochondria, the “power plant” that supplies cells with chemical energy. Credit: CTBP/Rice University Researchers have identified a potential new …

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Researchers identify focus points to reduce opioid overdose deaths

Social graphic explaining the opportunities to predict and prevent opioid overdose, based on a study at the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center. Credit: Larochelle MR et al. (2019). Touchpoints: Opportunities to Predict and Prevent Opioid Overdose. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. DOI:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.06.039 A new study identifies specific locations …

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New evidence points to viral culprit in AFM child paralysis

Scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the University of California San Diego report antibody evidence in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that points to enterovirus (EV) infection as a cause for …

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