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3 months ago

Research Laboratory | WBDG Whole Building Design Guide


Research Laboratories are workplaces for the conduct of scientific research. This WBDG Building Type page will summarize the key architectural, engineering, operational, safety, and sustainability considerations for the design of Research Laboratories.

The authors recognize that in the 21st century clients are pushing project design teams to create research laboratories that are responsive to current and future needs, that encourage interaction among scientists from various disciplines, that help recruit and retain qualified scientists, and that facilitates partnerships and development. As such, a separate WBDG Resource Page on Trends in Laboratory Design has been deve

3 months ago

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3 months ago

Top 10 Medical Research Issues and Trends to Watch in 2015


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At FasterCures, we are always thinking about ways to innovate the medical research system so that better treatments and cures get to patients faster. Read below to find out the top 10 issues and trends that we are watching this year:

3 months ago

Exploring Religious Aspects of Infertility Treatments by Mindy Berkson

Just because society is capable of doing something does it mean we should? When you view this question in regards to Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) this question becomes extremely personal due to its religious connotations. It is estimated that 7.3 million women are affected by infertility leaving many to believe that medical research and treatments should help these women fulfill their dreams of having a child, yet some religions state otherwise.

ART can be provoking, insightful, challenging, sometimes scary, often exciting and always powerful. Many religions have specific views on IVF, surrogacy, and egg or sperm donations creating a multitude of decisions and obstacles for

2 years ago

An unusual headache

Una M Graham, specialist trainee year 7, endocrinology and diabetes1, Mark Magorrian, consultant physician2, Paul Burns, consultant neuroradiologist3, John R Lindsay, consultant physician11Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Mater Hospital, Belfast BT14 6AB, UK2Department of Stroke and Elderly Care Medicine, Mater Hospital, Belfast, UK3Department of Neuroradiology, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, UKCorrespondence to: U Graham qublbc8athotmail.comA 68 year old woman presented to the emergency department with a 10 day history of gradual onset left temporal headache and scalp tenderness, which had increased in severity over this period. She had a 40 year history of migraine, for which she had been prescribed sumatriptan. She described her presenting headache as different from her usual migraine. She was otherwise well with no recent illness or head injury. On examination she was normotensive and her temperature was also normal. There was no evidence of meningism. Her temporal arteries were pulsatile and non-tender on palpation. She had no neurological deficit and no papilloedema on fundoscopy. Her left temporomandibular joint was tender.

Initial investigations showed normal inflammatory markers and an erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) of 2 mm in the first hour. A computed tomogram of the brain was normal, with no evidence of haemorrhage. Lumbar puncture was performed with an opening pressure of 16.5 cm H2O (reference range 8-21). The results of cerebrospinal fluid analysis were normal. There was no evidence of haemorrhage on spectrophotometrya sensitive method of detecting blood products in the cerebrospinal fluid.

Three days after admission she noted swelling of the tongue and difficulty in eating. She was able to swallow but found it difficult to move her tongue. She had no hoarseness. On examination her speech was dysarthric, and she had swelling over the left side of her tongue, with leftward deviation on tongue protrusion (fig 1). Taste and tongue sensation were normal. Careful examination of palatal movement identified no weakness.

Questions1. What is the differential diagnosis of headache in this patient?

2. What is the neurological deficit described?

3. How would you investigate this patient further?

4. How would you manage this patient?

5. What is the prognosis?

Answers1. What is the differential diagnosis of headache in this patient?Short answerIn this age group unilateral

2 years ago

In defence of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

We read with interest the editorial by Barry and colleagues on their perspectives of the planned NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP). Whilst we agree on some issues, we feel there are a number of errors regarding their interpretation of the evidence and that the projected relevance to the NHS has been underestimated.

The authors make two incorrect assertions with regards to the prevalence of non-diabetic hyperglycaemia and risk score use.

Firstly, the use of HbA1c to identify non-diabetic hyperglycaemia does not, as stated, identify twice as many people compared to oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) criteria. The prevalence of impaired fasting glucose and/or impaired gl

2 years ago

7 Health Advantages Of Eating Carrots

Some History About KnittingIn man's quest for better, more practical and much more beautiful textiles, the art of knitting was historically later than weaving. When someone features a habit of imagining things turning out very badly, rational thinking can show suggest to them that they often exaggerate. To make it possible to knit faster, many supports for your needles and other such aids were invented to consider some of the strain off the hands.

As of the late 1970's such methods were still noticed in remote areas of England, Scotland, Ireland or Wales. Although it contains caffeine, which sometimes lead to insomnia (the only negative complication reported), the caffeine content in tea is relatively small. It will seriously cleanse your system and you may lose a lot of water in 7 days.

Certainly it may take time to nurture plants, flowers and vegetables, but the organic taste packs far more nutrients to your health than the shop bought varieties do. It is imperative to help keep a watch on what we eat. The first knitting needles were shaped rather like long crochet hooks, but the technique was that relating to knitting.

The link between genetics and wonder and health can be a powerful one.