Someone named Joe Ryan, using Ryan's Social Security number, had indeed been admitted for surgery. A busy man, Ryan was trying to get his new sightseeing business, Rocky Mountain Biplane Adventures, off the ground. He figured clearing this up would take just a few phone calls.
At the start of his summer vacation, Alexander Craig couldn't have told you much about the kidney, let alone medical science in general. "Dialysis?" he said. "I didn't even know what that was."
But now, Craig can rattle off nephrology terms with ease. His newfound knowledge is the result of a job at Stanford University School of Medicine made possible by a new federal program. Craig, 19, a Palo Alto native and a rising sophomore at Princeton University in New Jersey, gets his paycheck courtesy of the National Institutes of Health.
A new study offers an encouraging yet cautionary tale on the nursing profession, indicating the recession may be easing the 11-year-long nursing shortage in many areas of the country, but urging action from employers and policymakers to avoid future shortages.
The study's authors focused on assessing the impact of the recession on current nurse employment, and on projections of the future age and supply of registered nurses in the U.S.
Researchers have found a way to transform ordinary cells from pigs into powerful stem cells in a move that may have implications for human health.
With these stem cells, they hope to modify porcine genes that are related to the immune system so that its organs may some day be used for people in need of transplants.
Can neuroscience read people's minds? Some researchers, and some new businesses, are banking on a brain imaging technique known as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to reveal hidden thoughts, such as lies, truths or deep desires.
New research by neuroscientists at UCLA and Rutgers University provides evidence that a MRI can be used in certain circumstances to determine what a person is thinking.
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Liz Di Bernardo