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The world’s seabirds have a poor conservation status, with the population of 47% of species in decline and 28% of species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List’s threatened categories. The status of the African penguin Spheniscus demersus is currently ‘Endangered’ and its population has declined by greater than 70% between 2001 and 2013. Thus, conservation strategies for this species are...

A study published this week reports that 70% of neurosurgeons in Turkey practice defensive medicine and a stunning majority of these surgeons are below 40 years old. Doctors practice defensive medicine because of the concerns of liability risk. The defensive treatment leads to excessive tests and prescriptions, and increased healthcare expenditure.  

 

There are many security technologies which are available today to keep our computers and information flow safe, but there is one that is beginning to gain more attention.  This is ‘biometrics’ technology. Biometrics is merely the science of verifying an individual’s claimed identity.  The verification process is based upon the premise of extracting the individual’s unique physiological, and/or behavioral...

Disease outbreak management is a subject of intense international interest at present in the context of the devastating Ebola outbreak. A new study in the journal PLoS Biology suggests that the flexibility of an adaptive management approach, in which real-time information is used to update the ongoing interventions, would improve response to and management of disease outbreaks. The study comes from a team of epidemiologists based in the...

A possible link has been found between the BRCA1 and BRCA2 (Breast Cancer Associated Gene 1 and 2) gene mutations and salivary gland cancer. A new study found that salivary gland cancer could occur 17 times more often in people with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations than those who do not carry a mutation.