Health sciences

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The health sciences study all aspects of health, disease and healthcare. This field of study aims to develop knowledge, interventions and technology for use in healthcare to improve the treatment of patients.

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  • Research |

    Global environmental change complicates the goal of securing adequate nutrition for a growing world population. This study assesses the per capita availability of food nutrients for various scenarios to the year 2050. Results suggest that economic growth will expand food and macronutrient access more than climate change will suppress it, but that micronutrient inadequacies will plague some regions.

    • Gerald Nelson
    • , Jessica Bogard
    • , Keith Lividini
    • , Joanne Arsenault
    • , Malcolm Riley
    • , Timothy B. Sulser
    • , Daniel Mason-D’Croz
    • , Brendan Power
    • , David Gustafson
    • , Mario Herrero
    • , Keith Wiebe
    • , Karen Cooper
    • , Roseline Remans
    •  & Mark Rosegrant
  • Research |

    Archived vials of cadaveric human growth hormone contain substantial levels of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides and can seed Aβ plaques in susceptible mice, suggesting that this material could have transmitted Aβ pathology to humans.

    • Silvia A. Purro
    • , Mark A. Farrow
    • , Jacqueline Linehan
    • , Tamsin Nazari
    • , David X. Thomas
    • , Zhicheng Chen
    • , David Mengel
    • , Takashi Saito
    • , Takaomi Saido
    • , Peter Rudge
    • , Sebastian Brandner
    • , Dominic M. Walsh
    •  & John Collinge
    Nature, 1–5
  • Reviews |

    This Review Article describes how recent advances in viral genome sequencing and phylogenetics have enabled key issues associated with outbreak epidemiology to be more accurately addressed, and highlights the requirements and challenges for generating, sharing and using such data when tackling a viral outbreak.

    • Nathan D. Grubaugh
    • , Jason T. Ladner
    • , Philippe Lemey
    • , Oliver G. Pybus
    • , Andrew Rambaut
    • , Edward C. Holmes
    •  & Kristian G. Andersen
  • Reviews |

    Herein, advances in our understanding of the genomic landscape of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), encompassing both somatic and germline alterations, are reviewed. The clinical implications of these alterations, particularly those in the germ line, are discussed with regard to susceptibility to ALL, treatment responses and therapy-related toxicities.

    • Ching-Hon Pui
    • , Kim E. Nichols
    •  & Jun J. Yang

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