Measuring the cost of quality measurement

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Less than 2 decades after publication of the National Academy of Medicine’s (formerly the Institute of Medicine) Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, quality measurement has become routine and widespread throughout the US health care system.

More research needed on effects of maternal stress in wild animals

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If a human mother is stressed while pregnant, research shows her child is much more likely to have emotional, cognitive or even physiological problems, such as attention deficit, hyperactivity, anxiety, language delay, obesity, diabetes and hypertension. Conversely, the results of maternal stress on the offspring of other animals — particularly wildlife under threat from predators — is believed to be positive, and contributes to their survival.

Study reveals ways collegiate sports venues can achieve ‘zero waste’

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A new study analyzing waste and recyclables during Mizzou’s 2014 home football season demonstrates that by implementing several recommendations the team developed, such as offering better recycling receptacles and better sorting options for waste, sporting venues could be well on their way to achieving environmental benefits that exceed the standards for ‘zero-waste’ operations.

Does indoor spraying help prevent dengue?

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The prevention of dengue, the most prevalent mosquito-borne virus in the world, relies heavily on controlling mosquito populations, as the currently available dengue vaccine is only partially effective. Indoor spraying — which involves spraying of insecticides inside houses — has the potential to be a key part of those prevention efforts, researchers report.

Drugs targeting the beta2-adrenoreceptor linked to Parkinson’s disease

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Researchers want to prevent alpha-synuclein from accumulating in the brain. To do so, the team searched for drugs that turn down alpha-synuclein production. They then tested the drugs in mice and stem cells and studied in data from the health records of millions of people living in Norway. The results of their efforts, point to a new drug development path for PD.