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Posted 1/22/15 12:00:00 AM by Kristal Roberts

If you’ve ever wondered why you can smell when it rains, it seems as though scientists have cracked the code.

In a recent study published in Nature Communications, MIT researchers revealed the source of the rain fragrance as petrichor---aerosols released once rain fall hits the soil. As neat as that may be, researchers are now conducting experiments to see whether that same mechanism could be spreading dangerous bacteria in the atmosphere.  

The big revelation about the rain fragrance came from filming raindrops in slow motion, microseconds at a time.

Upon review of the film, it was observed that the raindrops released fine bursts of liquid that were suspended in gas after the rain fell.

Those fine bursts of liquid, which are aerosols, float off into the wind and spread that distinctive rain smell.

Heavy rain conditions doesn’t result in more petrichor, light or medium rainfall hitting porous surfaces like wet soil a

Posted 1/21/15 12:00:00 AM by Kristal Roberts

After a longstanding illness caused Michael Balzer to lose his job, by 2013, his health improved for the better and he developed an independent 3d graphics career.

He was also working with his wife, Pamela Scott, on treating video game addicts.  Scott's a psychotherapist, 

In August of 2013, Scott began having migraines, and an MRI revealed that she had a tumor behind her left eye.

It was horrifying to the couple, but the neurologist brushed it off saying it wasn’t a big deal, and that’s when Balzer took matters into his own hands.

He requested the DICOM files (standard digital format used for medical data) from his wife’s MRI results.  He then sent them to other neurologists around the country, and they mostly all of them agreed it needed to be operated on immediately.

To make matters worse, another MRI done a few months later revealed that the tumor grew in size.

Balzer decided to take

Posted 1/6/15 12:00:00 AM by Kristal Roberts

Is one of your new year’s resolutions to be a better nurse to your patient? Whether you planned on improving your nurse-patient relations or this article was the first time you’ve thought about that in a while, there are some simple improvements you can make in your day-to-day interactions with patients that won’t require additional continuing education courses or any major effort on your part--just a few tweaks in your approach.

This doesn’t mean that you don’t already incorporate good practices, but sometimes, it’s easy to get jaded and look at your patients as just another body in your hospital.

Here are a few tips to humanize your patients, have them feel better about their experience at your facility, and have you feel better about yourself.

Basics – Know Their Names, + 1 Factoid

This may be really obvious to some, but it’s easy to forget little patient details when