Phys.org: Crowdsourced game aims to find solutions to aflatoxin

Phys.org: Crowdsourced game aims to find solutions to aflatoxin. “Mars, Inc., UC Davis and partners have launched a crowdsourcing initiative to solve the problem of aflatoxin contamination of crops. A series of aflatoxin puzzles will go online on Foldit, a platform that allows gamers to explore how amino acids are folded together to create proteins. The puzzles provide gamers with a starting enzyme that has the potential to degrade aflatoxin. Gamers from around the world then battle it out to redesign and improve the enzyme so that it can neutralize aflatoxin. Successful candidates from the computer game will be tested in the laboratory of Justin Siegel, assistant professor of chemistry, biochemistry and molecular medicine at UC Davis.”

U of Minnesota: Global antibiotic resistance tracking project launched

University of Minnesota: Global antibiotic resistance tracking project launched. “Global charitable foundation Wellcome Trust today announced a new research project to track and document the burden of disease associated with antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The Global Burden of Disease AMR project will be collecting data from all over the world to create a map of disease and deaths caused by drug-resistant infections, according to a news release from UK-based Wellcome, which announced that it will be investing £2.4 million ($3.2 million US) in the project as part of its efforts to address the AMR threat. “

University of Michigan: Expanding Cancer Research In Ethiopia

University of Michigan: Expanding Cancer Research In Ethiopia. “Inside Bereket Woldeab’s office at Ethiopia’s Public Health Institute in Addis Ababa, two things stand out in an otherwise bare room. One is the impressive microscope on top of the desk. The other is the plethora of black hardcover files stacked everywhere. These black files contain more than 14,000 handwritten notes and pathology reports regarding the health status of cancer patients—their tumors, diagnoses, treatments, progress and other details. Now, thanks to a project with the University of Michigan School of Public Health, these hand-written files are finding a place in a streamlined online database that can be used for research, look for patterns and assist public health officials with better information that is used in the management of cancer and ultimately, cures.”

FDA: FDA improves access to reports of adverse drug reactions

FDA: FDA improves access to reports of adverse drug reactions. “The new dashboard enables users to search for and organize data by criteria such as drug/biological product, age of the patient, type of adverse event, year the adverse event occurred, or within a specific timeframe. In addition to making it easier for consumers to search for adverse events reported with drug or biologic products, the FDA hopes the increased transparency will spur the submission of more detailed and complete reports from consumers, health care professionals and others, by making it easier for people to see other reports that the FDA receives, and search the database for similar observations.”

MedicalXPress: Social media feedback can identify high risk hospitals

MedicalXPress: Social media feedback can identify high risk hospitals. “Online patient feedback, including Twitter and Facebook posts, can provide accurate near real-time representations of the quality of care in NHS hospitals – thereby identifying high risk hospitals in need of inspection. These are the findings of a new study by researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) published today (29 September) in the BMJ Quality & Safety.”

Pork Network: U.S. Swine Disease Monitoring System Underway

Pork Network: U.S. Swine Disease Monitoring System Underway. “The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) is supporting a near real-time domestic swine disease monitoring system. The project will generate information useful for economic and animal health decision-making. Data will be analyzed to describe disease activity by major pathogen and/or by clinical syndrome, documenting disease activity (presence, incidence) with respect to geography while maintaining appropriate producer confidentiality.”

University of Colorado Boulder: Twitter a hotbed of anti-vaccine sentiment, finds CU Boulder study

University of Colorado Boulder: Twitter a hotbed of anti-vaccine sentiment, finds CU Boulder study. “Anti-vaccine sentiment is alive and growing in social media, with California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania showing the most negative tweets of any states, according to a new five-year CU Boulder study. In Colorado, Fort Collins ranked particularly high for the prevalence of anti-vaccine tweets. Regions around the country with high affluence and/or a large number of new moms were most likely to be hotbeds of anti-vaccine Twitter users, the study found.”