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10/18/2018

Company culture is one of the three primary reasons a job doesn't work out, according to a report published by GMR Group. (The other two are the boss and the job was misrepresented or changes once you're in it.) In this podcast episode, senior manager of human resources at MGMA, Jenny Morales, SHRM-SCP, GBA, explains the critical role company culture plays in finding and keeping the right job. Visit MGMA online for more.

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10/18/2018

While pay for performance is an important element of good management, the question is: What kind of pay for what kind of performance? How can practice leaders set up performance-based compensation for office staff that aligns with the practice's mission and required outcome measures? The first step is to define, in measurable terms, your organization's mission, objectives and perceived value outcome measures. Visit MGMA online for more.

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10/17/2018

A synthetic DNA vaccine that targets glycoproteins on the surface of the Ebola virus immediately stimulated a strong immune response in monkeys that continued for a year after the last dose, researchers reported in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. The vaccine was delivered directly into the skin.

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10/17/2018

Scientist in China said they used CRISPR gene editing to breed mice with same-sex parents, shedding light on a biological mechanism that prevents reproduction in the absence of both maternal and paternal DNA. The pups with two mothers grew to adulthood and were able to bear pups of their own, but none of the bipaternal pups survived to adulthood, the researchers reported in Cell Stem Cell.

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10/17/2018

Anesthesia causes changes in circadian rhythms and hormone levels in laboratory animals that could confound experimental results, and anesthesia timing should be standardized across individual studies, says Guy Warman, whose study on the effects of anesthesia was published in Experimental Neurology.

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Laboratory Equipment
10/17/2018

Basic firewalls and unsecured personal devices make businesses more vulnerable to cyberattacks, experts say, and a cyberattack could put the majority of small businesses out of business. However, working with partners that have solid security in place and shoring up your own security with multilayered protection could help prevent attacks.

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Due Payments Blog
10/17/2018

As airlines work to accommodate the demands of travelers who bring an increasingly diverse set of comfort animals on board, they are also yielding to pressure from animal rights groups and refusing to transport animals that contribute to research that seeks to cure cancer and other devastating diseases. Existing laws mean "that if the airline is willing to ship one woman's pig to help her feel comfortable and relaxed, it must also ship other similar animals being transported for different purposes -- including medical research," writes George Landrith. The Department of Transportation should enforce the law, he argues, and ensure animals get where they are needed for lifesaving research.

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NewsMax
10/17/2018

Environmental scientist David Keith, atmospheric physicist Joanna Haigh and environmental physiologist Christine Lattin have been repeatedly harassed and threatened on social media and via email. All try to ignore personal attacks and address false claims with respect and honesty, and Lattin says she has tried to make her research more accessible to a lay audience to improve public understanding.

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10/17/2018

A clinical trial is testing the safety of focused ultrasound to breach the blood-brain barrier during surgery to treat glioblastoma, and another is testing focused ultrasound in newly diagnosed glioblastoma patients undergoing chemotherapy. The approach, which has been successful in nonhuman primates, allows cancer-killing drugs to cross the blood-brain barrier and could improve survival of brain cancer patients.

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10/16/2018

A new publication released by the National Academy of Medicine highlighted the importance of a system's EHR interoperability and health data exchange capabilities when purchasing health IT devices and solutions. The group's health care industry experts recommend purchasing health IT tools from different vendors, implementing procurement strategies or certain standards when selecting or purchasing EHRs and health IT tools, creating interoperability steering groups across the organization and developing procurement specifications.

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