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2012-01-17 10:07:38

TV crime shows like Bones and CSI are quick to explain each death by showing highly detailed scans and video images of victims' insides. Traditional autopsies, if shown at all, are at best in supporting roles to the high-tech equipment, and usually gloss over the sometimes physically grueling tasks of sawing through skin and bone. But according to two autopsy and body imaging experts at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, the notion that "virtopsy" could replace traditional autopsy-- made popular...

2011-11-18 06:58:30

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Say what?! You heard right, nearly a fifth of all Americans 12 years or older have hearing loss so severe, it may make communication difficult. The findings suggest that many more people than previously thought are affected by this condition. "This gives us the real scope of the problem for the first time and shows us how big of a problem hearing loss really is," said study leader Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D., and assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine...

Nearly 1-in-5 Americans Have Hearing Loss
2011-11-15 06:34:04

According to a new study, about a fifth of all Americans 12 years or older have hearing loss so severe that it may make communication difficult. The researchers said that the findings suggest that many more people are affected by hearing loss than previously thought. The team said that several previous estimates of hearing loss focused on various cities or populations, like children or elderly patients. "I couldn't find a simple number of how common hearing loss is in the U.S., so we...

2011-10-05 15:15:42

Johns Hopkins-led research suggests levels of certain fats in blood might predict rate of cognitive decline A team of scientists, led by Johns Hopkins researchers, say they may have found a way to predict how quickly patients with Alzheimer´s disease (AD) will lose cognitive function by looking at ratios of two fatty compounds in their blood. The finding, they say, could provide useful information to families and caregivers, and might also suggest treatment targets for this...

2011-08-25 21:37:31

Johns Hopkins study suggests unfamiliarity with surroundings may contribute to more frequent serious medication errors Temporary staff members working in a hospital's fast-paced emergency department are twice as likely as permanent employees to be involved in medication errors that harm patients, new Johns Hopkins research suggests. Results of the research raise serious issues related to temporary nursing staff in particular because they already are a substantial and growing part of the...

2011-08-03 13:03:27

A combination of several well-known safety procedures could greatly reduce patient-harming errors in the use of radiation to treat cancer, according to a new study led by Johns Hopkins researchers. Radiation oncologists use more than a dozen quality assurance (QA) checks to prevent radiotherapy errors, but until now, the Hopkins researchers say, no one has systematically evaluated their effectiveness. Working with researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, the Hopkins team gathered...


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  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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