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Airborne viruses live for 45 minutes

EurekAlert! - Sáb, 06/17/2017 - 22:00
Australian scientists from Queensland University of Technology and The University of Queensland have developed a new technique to study how some common disease causing bacteria can spread up to 4m and remain alive in the air for up to 45 minutes.

Forecasting strong precipitation -- the potential of potential deformation

EurekAlert! - Sáb, 06/17/2017 - 22:00
A new parameter, called potential deformation (PD), is used in a simulated mesoscale convective system (MCS) to examine its performance in precipitation diagnosis. The study implies great potential for using PD in precipitation detection and forecasting.

Using sunlight to the max

EurekAlert! - Sáb, 06/17/2017 - 22:00
A floating membrane that uses sunlight to evaporate water shows potential for water purification.

New three-in-one blood test opens door to precision medicine for prostate cancer

EurekAlert! - Sáb, 06/17/2017 - 22:00
Scientists have developed a three-in-one blood test that could transform treatment of advanced prostate cancer through use of precision drugs designed to target mutations in the BRCA genes. By testing cancer DNA in the bloodstream, researchers found they could pick out which men with advanced prostate cancer were likely to benefit from treatment with exciting new drugs called PARP inhibitors.

Acupuncture relieves pain in emergency patients: Study

EurekAlert! - Sáb, 06/17/2017 - 22:00
The world's largest randomized controlled trial of acupuncture in emergency departments has found the treatment is a safe and effective alternative to pain-relieving drugs for some patients.Led by RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, the study found acupuncture was as effective as pain medicine in providing long-term relief for patients who came to emergency in considerable pain.But the trial, conducted in the emergency departments of four hospitals, showed pain management remains a critical issue.

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