Author: vulgavis

From competition to collaboration: a global NHS

The NHS is synonymous with Britain, yet almost 15% of its workforce are originally from outside of the UK. It has always been so. In 1949, during its first full year of operating, the NHS launched a mass recruitment of health workers in the Caribbean. By 1962, over 10,000 medical students had been recruited from abroad. Quintessentially British the NHS may be, but it is profoundly shaped by the contribution made by overseas health workers and don’t we know it. When the government temporarily imposed visa restrictions on the recruitment of doctors from India last month everyone, from The...

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Risk and hardship on the way to Europe: what makes women migrants vulnerable in EU borderlands?

This blog has been cross-posted from the SpringerOpen blog. The recent diplomatic battle over the ship Aquarius, carrying over 600 migrants rescued from drowning off the Libyan coast in early June 2018 only to be denied disembarkation in both Malta and Italy, is a stark reminder of how, several years into the so-called European crisis of migration, political battles centered on numbers take the focus away from the concrete reality of desperate crossings into southern Europe. The data we gathered on their daily life and their struggle to continue their journeys document the circumstances that rendered them vulnerable to...

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Quo vadis blockchain in health and healthcare?

The last couple of years have seen a growing interest in blockchain technologies among the health and healthcare research and practice communities. Blockchain is the core distributed ledger technology powering the well-known bitcoin cryptocurrency. However, the interest of our communities in blockchain goes far beyond bitcoin. In March 2018, a consortium of scholarly publishers, including Springer Nature, launched Phase 1 of Blockchain for Peer Review “to make the peer review process more transparent, recognisable and trustworthy.” Earlier, in 2017, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) started experimenting with blockchain for sharing public health data to help...

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How do you solve a problem in palaeoproteomics?

The authors ran standard and error-tolerant searches of the proteomes of modern human samples against those of chimpanzees and Sumatran orang-utan. © Andyworks / Getty Images / iStock Palaeoproteomics – Exciting new frontiers Palaeoproteomics is the new-kid-on-the-block in archaeological science and evolutionary biology. Standards of practice have only recently been set out for this burgeoning field of investigation, used recently to study ancient humans, animals, and even dinosaurs (though this is somewhat disputed). Ancient protein sequences are incredibly robust compared to ancient DNA, with proteins recently retrieved from samples as old as 3.8 million years. Bioinformatics techniques Single amino acid...

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Medical imaging is lifting the lid on ancient Egyptian canopic jars

Ancient Egyptian canopic jars on display in the Egyptian collection of the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, Croatia. Image taken from article. This blog has been crossposted from the SpringerOpen blog. The Canopic Jar Project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, is the first in the world to investigate a large series of ancient Egyptian canopic jars from European and American museum collections in a truly interdisciplinary research environment. The inventive focus on the contents of canopic jars produces results unobtainable by conventional ancient mummy research methods. The project involves macroscopic, radiological, chemical, and paleogenetic studies of ancient Egyptian...

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