The amount of methylation in ribosomal DNA accurately reflects biological age in dogs, flies and people, researchers reported in Genome Research. This biological clock also shows how activities such as periodic fasting affect biological age and could serve as a marker to gauge individual age and response to lifestyle and environmental variables in humans and other species, the researchers wrote.
A House bill that would require research facilities, zoos and other organizations to develop and document contingency plans for the handling, care, treatment and transportation of animals in the event of an emergency duplicates existing regulations -- verbatim, in some cases -- and is unneeded. Similarly, legislation introduced last year by Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., involving oversight of non-human primate research also would introduce redundancies along with new burdens. Speaking of Research has assembled summaries of existing laws and regulations that can be consulted by lawmakers considering animal protection bills.
Mitophagy, or cellular cleaning, appears to have been dysfunctional in the brains of people who died of Alzheimer's disease as well as in live mice and roundworms with Alzheimer's, researchers reported in Nature Neuroscience. Boosting mitophagy slowed tau and beta amyloid protein accumulation in the brains of animal models and improved Alzheimer's symptoms, researcher Vilhelm Bohr said.
Medical students, interns, residents and fellows; doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in biomedical research; graduate students in public health programs; and graduate students in other health profession programs are eligible to apply for the Lasker Foundation's 2019 Student Essay Contest. Applicants should write an essay of 800 words or less outlining an educational strategy that to increase interest in biomedical sciences among young men and women. Submissions are due by April 11. Learn more.
Officials at AdventHealth in Florida have informed 42,161 patients about a data breach in August 2017 that may have compromised their personal and medical information, including names, birth dates, medical histories, health insurance information and Social Security numbers. The hospital investigated after discovering in late December that an unauthorized third party accessed AdventHealth Medical Group Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine's computer systems.
CHIME released a statement addressed to a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee urging the group to commit to adopting 5G technology and pointing out its potential benefits to health care. CHIME said emerging technologies such as telehealth and big data stand to benefit from the removal of "today's bandwidth limitations."
Greater technology use, strong adoption of the internet of things and cyberregulation expansion are three of the eight major risks that businesses face this year, states Aon's 2019 Cyber Security Risk Report. Companies need to better share data and collaborate with each other on cyberthreats, says Aon Cyber Solutions CEO J. Hogg.
A report from the HHS Office of Inspector General urged the NIH to strengthen its information security controls for sharing data access and advised the agency to implement more security controls for the protection of sensitive data, perform a risk assessment and create a security framework. The OIG also recommended that the NIH "work with an organization with expertise and knowledge in scientific data misuse," the report said.
Poor communication is a common factor in negative healthcare provider reviews on Yelp, according to a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Meanwhile, a friendly demeanor and attentiveness tend to yield positive reviews, the study found.
Artificial intelligence will have a great impact on healthcare and could help clinicians with decision-making, said attendees at the HIMSS 2019 conference. Other technologies expected to have a major impact include mobile devices and wearables.
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