Category Archives: Case Studies

Health benefits of Olive Oil and Olives

Olive Oil

Summary:A research team discovered that the olive-derived compound oleuropein helps prevent type 2 diabetes.

The health benefits of olives — and associated natural products such as olive oil — have long been recognized and touted by proponents of the Mediterranean diet.

However, little was previously known about what specific compounds

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Kids with asthma are being prescribed with unnecessary antibiotics

asthma

Summary:Children with asthma are more likely to be prescribed antibiotics even though there is no evidence that they need them any more than children without asthma. Children with asthma are more likely to be prescribed antibiotics even though there is no evidence that they need them any more than children without asthma, according to research to be presented… Read More

Artificial skin giving robotic hand a sense of touch

Artificial skin

Summary:A team of researchers from the University of Houston has reported a breakthrough in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the difference between hot and cold, while also offering advantages for a wide range of biomedical devices.

A team of researchers from the University of Houston has reported… Read More

Algae fortifies coral reefs in the past and present

Algae fortifies

Summary:The Great Barrier Reef, and most other large reefs around the world, owe their bulk in large part to a type of red algae that grows on corals and strengthens them. New research has found that ancient coral reefs were also bolstered by their bond with red algae, a finding that could help scientists better understand how reefs will respond to climate change.… Read More

Benefits of waste to energy technologies | Trash to Treasure

waste-to-energy

Summary:Using landfill waste to produce energy generates less greenhouse gases than simply letting the waste decompose. The study highlights the benefits of food waste as a potential source of energy.

Instead of hauling food waste to landfills, we might want to use that organic waste to power garbage trucks, your car, truck or SUV while at the same time potentially… Read More

Air temperature | External trigger for Heart Attack

Air temperature | External trigger for Heart Attack

Summary:A 16-year study in more than 280,000 patients has suggested that air temperature is an external trigger for heart attack. The average number of heart attacks per day was significantly higher during seasons with colder outdoor temperatures as compared to warmer.

A 16 year study in more than 280,000 patients has suggested that air temperature is an … Read More

Oil and gas wells | A strong source of Greenhouse Gases

Oil and gas

Summary:Boreholes in the North Sea could constitute a significantly more important source of methane, a strong greenhouse gas, than previously thought. Large amounts of methane are released from the sediments surrounding boreholes, probably over long periods of time.

The pictures went around the world. In April 2010, huge amounts of methane gas escaped… Read More

To prevent overcrowding in Emergency Rooms

Preventing

Summary:A new study identifies four key strategies to reduce overcrowding in emergency rooms. The study concludes that engaged executive leadership can alleviate the problem when combined with a data-driven approach and coordination across the hospital from housekeepers to the CEO. Crowding in emergency rooms has been associated with decreased patient… Read More

AI predicts dementia before onset of symptoms

Artificial intelligence

Summary:Imagine if doctors could determine, many years in advance, who is likely to develop dementia. Such prognostic capabilities would give patients and their families time to plan and manage treatment and care. Thanks to artificial intelligence research, this kind of predictive power could soon be available to clinicians everywhere.

Imagine if doctors… Read More

Schools to encourage broader participation in science learning outside classroom

Schools to encourage

Summary:Schools are failing to offer sufficient opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds to engage in science-based learning outside of the classroom, and should be doing more to open up participation, according to new research.

Schools are failing to offer sufficient opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds to engage in science-based… Read More

Disposable alcohol test reveals whether you are fit to drive within two minutes

alcohol

Summary:A rapid alcohol test that measures the blood alcohol content from saliva has been developed. The disposable test fits easily into a small wallet and reveals the user’s fitness to drive within couple of minutes.

The Finnish company Goodwiller has launched a rapid alcohol test it has developed in collaboration with VTT that measures the blood… Read More

Devastating and costly are the losses that come after the earthquake

earthquake

Summary:Nature’s most unpredictable and one of her most devastating natural disasters. When high intensity earthquakes strike they can cause thousands of deaths and billions of dollars in damaged property. For decades, experts have studied major earthquakes; most have focused on fatalities and destruction in terms of the primary effects, the … Read More

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