Thursday, October 23, 2014
Annual Burns Impact Hardwood Forests Decades Later

Castanea – In the southeastern United States, large forested areas were cleared, farmed, abandoned, and then burned to keep grasses under control. Some areas have been allowed to grow back into forests in recent decades, but whether they can even partially erase the centuries of human use is uncertain.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
The Popularity of the FLOTAC Method

The Journal of Parasitology – Identifying what ails us is always a daunting task, and we entrust our healthcare professionals with the job of diagnosing our illnesses and curing them. But how do healthcare professionals keep up with new diseases, virus strains, and parasites? Behind the scenes, researchers are hard at work developing faster and more accurate methods of detection to identify the “bugs” that may be the root of our illnesses.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
California’s Diversity Offers a Stage for the Exploration of Range Management Issues

Rangelands—California’s rangelands feature an enormous diversity of plant and wildlife species. Identifying this diversity and how it influences the management of rangelands is the subject of a special issue of the journal Rangelands as well as the upcoming meeting of the Society for Range Management.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Drug-eluting balloon angioplasty shows excellent results for refractory recurrent carotid in-stent restenosis

Journal of Endovascular Therapy—Restenosis, the recurrence of narrowing of the arteries after stenting, is a common risk of this endovascular treatment. There are no well-defined guidelines to treat restenosis, but recent studies have shown excellent results with drug-eluting balloon angioplasty in coronary and femoral artery stents. However, few studies have focused on the carotid arteries, which take blood to the neck and head.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
SageSTEP Examines Trade-Offs in Sagebrush Steppe Management

Rangeland Ecology & Management – The best intentions may not always be the right ones. Prescribed burns, mowing, and herbicides are important  tools for  managing healthy  rangelands, but these activities also greatly change the environment. Only a long view can reveal whether intent and results align.

Monday, September 29, 2014
Large Amounts of Weed Seed Present at Crop Harvest Offer Weed Control Opportunity

Weed Technology—Eliminating weed seeds before they can establish new plants is a practical and effective means of weed control in crop farming in certain parts of the world. At grain harvest, removing the weed seed often becomes a missed opportunity, and a tremendous amount of weed seeds are left on the field. Harvesting weed seeds can prevent them from becoming part of the soil seed bank.

Monday, September 22, 2014
Addition of ATP to midazolam offers enhanced dental sedation, fewer adverse effects

Anesthesia Progress - The anesthetic drug midazolam is in widespread use for brief dental and medical procedures due to its sedative and amnestic properties. However, cardiorespiratory depression can occur when it is given in higher doses or repeatedly to achieve deeper levels of sedation. A new study tests the ability of an added drug, adenosine 5′-triphosate (ATP), to safely achieve these deeper levels of anesthesia.

Monday, September 22, 2014
One-year outcomes are good for patients treated with superficial femoral artery stent

Journal of Endovascular Therapy – The use of stents has improved management and outcomes of coronary artery disease, and clinical trials are attempting to prove the same will be true for superficial femoral artery disease. Randomized trials have shown favorable results for self-expanding nitinol stents compared with balloon angioplasty. A new report seeks to test this treatment in a real-world population of patients enrolled in an observational registry.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
How Much Effect Does a Microhabitat Change Truly Have?

Herpetologica—To understand the behavioral patterns of all organisms co-existing together, we must examine our ecosystems, habitats, and even microhabitats. Even variation in climate change or human influence at small scales can ultimately have large impacts on the ecosystem as a whole.

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Parasites "Think Big" When Infecting Hosts

The Journal of Parasitology—Parasites are among the most successful organisms on our planet, and scientists need to know more about how they manipulate their hosts. To boost their chances of survival, parasites may slow the growth of a host, make mating difficult, or weaken the host’s offspring. However, the authors of an article published in the current issue of the Journal of Parasitology say such statements are insufficient to describe the effects of parasites.