Research

Rules for judging when a patient is brain dead vary widely from hospital to hospital

Rules for judging when a patient is brain dead vary widely from hospital to hospital

A latest study has found that the rules to decide when a patient is brain dead differ widely from hospital to hospital, despite the availability of national standards formed to ensure accuracy.

Lead researcher Dr. David Greer, a professor of neurology at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Conn said that in 2010, the American Academy of Neurology followed a set of updated guidelines to judge whether a person has lost all brain function and has been kept alive only via hospital machinery.

90% Increase in Risk of Overdose to Patients who Survive Narcotic Painkillers

90% Increase in Risk of Overdose to Patients who Survive Narcotic Painkillers

As per a new study, mostly doctors are unaware of the fact that their patients are overdosed. Researchers found that those patients who continue to survive prescription of narcotic painkillers are 90% more likely to be overdosed by their doctors. The rate of narcotic prescription painkillers hit all the record high in the United States. The study reports that patients who continued on drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet after an overdose had twice the odds of overdosing again within the next two years.

A Glowing Pint-sized Shark spotted off Central America Coast

A Glowing Pint-sized Shark spotted off Central America Coast

How about catching a shark with bare hands? No, we’re not talking about a rattling encounter with a giant shark, but a tiny shark that can even fit in your hand. Scientists claimed they have discovered a glowing a tiny shark in the deep ocean.

Scientists said they have spotted a tiny shark swimming in the deep ocean off the coast of Central America. The creature is so tiny that it could fit in your hand, according to the scientists.

CDC 2014 Report: Twin Birth Rates Hit Highest in US

CDC 2014 Report: Twin Birth Rates Hit Highest in US

As per the latest 2014 report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), twin birth rates hit all time high in 2014 in the United States. In 2014, the study reported 33.9 sets of twins per 1,000 births compared to 33.7 in 2013. It has been reported that mothers continued to get older in 2014 with the average age for the first-time mother has now become 26.3, which it was 26 in 2013. Despite of increase in twin birth rates, researchers reported 9% drop in birth rates in the United States in 2014 alone with some states showed more than 50% drop since 2007.

Newly-discovered species of shark appropriately given common name ‘Ninja Lanternshark’

Newly-discovered species of shark appropriately given common name ‘Ninja Lanternshark’

A newly-found species of shark has jet black skin and a dim glow, and it is a master of stealth. It has been given a common appropriate name ‘Ninja Lanternshark’. It lives in waters from 2,742 feet to 4,734 feet, or 836 to 1443 meters, deep, in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Central America.

A team of scientists have detailed the new found shark in a study carried by the Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation. One of the scientists in the team said that the animal owes its different name to Vicky Vásquez’s young cousins.

Sudden cardiac arrest may not always be so sudden

Sudden cardiac arrest may not always be so sudden

It is not always that sudden cardiac arrest is so sudden, as a latest research has suggested that a lot of people could ignore potentially life-saving warning signs long before they collapse.

In the US, cardiac arrest takes nearly 350,000 lives every year. It is quite worse than a mere heart attack, as the heart suddenly stops beating, its electrical activity gets knocked out of rhythm. Some critical time can be bought by CPR but very few patients survive that it’s very tough to tell how reliable the longtime medical belief is that it’s a strike with tiny or no advance warning.

UK’s chief medical officer warns Gonorrhoea could eventually become untreatable

UK’s chief medical officer warns Gonorrhoea could eventually become untreatable

The chief medical officer of the UK has issued a warning that one of the oldest sexually transmittable diseases in the world is likely to eventually become untreatable. The BBC reported that Dame Sally Davies said that Gonorrhoea may become untreatable, and has written to pharmacies and GPs to make sure they prescribe the right drugs for it.

She became concerned about the disease after cases of ‘super-gonorrhoea’ emerged in Leeds previously this year.

Florida wildlife agency may tighten rules for owning venomous reptiles

Florida wildlife agency may tighten rules for owning venomous reptiles

Following a couple of escapes of venomous reptiles in the recent past, Florida wildlife officials are considering stricter rules for owning venomous reptiles like cobras and anaconda.

Authorities confirmed that the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission is considering new rules and indicated that ownership of such reptiles could be banned altogether.

New Horizons’ LEISA instrument records movie for edge of our solar system

New Horizons’ LEISA instrument records movie for edge of our solar system

Using its infrared imaging spectrometer called LEISA, American space agency NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft recorded a movie for the first time from the edge of our solar system.

LEISA recorded the movie with a 256 x 256 pixel camera at a speed of two frames per second. The clever instrument takes 2-D images in a manner as a normal camera takes, but it took the images through a linearly-varying filter. One side of the camera can see only light of one specific wavelength of infrared light, and each row of pixels can see a dissimilar wavelength.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Research