SCIENCE DISCIPLINES ON THE WEB – A CLOUD ANALYSIS OF THE GOOGLE RESULTS OF ESSENTIAL SCIENCE INDICATORS SUBJECT AREAS

Have you ever wondered what is the most discussed science discipline on the Web? As far as I am concerned, yes, I have.

So, firstly, I looked for both a popular and influential classification of science disciplines.
Therefore, I considered the Essential Science Indicators Subject Areas classification and I loosely adapted it for quering on line, resulting in the following 26 clusters:

1) Agricultural Sciences
2) Biology
3) Biochemistry
4) Chemistry
5) Clinical Medicine
6) Computer Science
7) Economics
8) Engineering
9) Ecology
10) Geosciences
11) Immunology
12) Materials Science
13) Mathematics
14) Microbiology
15) Molecular Biology
16) Genetics
17) Neuroscience
18) Pharmacology
19) Physics
20) Plant Science
21) Animal Science
22) Psychiatry
23) Psychology
24) Social Sciences
25) Space science
26) Toxicology

Then, I made the analysis of the presence on Google search engine of those terms, and these are the results:

science disciplines cloud

science disciplines cloud

As you can see in the above cloud, “Engineering” is the most used word, followed at a distance by “Economics”, “Chemistry”, “Physics” and the other ones, until “Animal Science”, the loss employed term.

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ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE: THE NEW SOLUTION IS TO DISARM BACTERIA, INSTEAD OF KILLING THEM

The next generation of antibiotics is going to allow the cure of an antibiotic-resistant infection by a new principle: disarming instead of killing the bacteria that cause it.

Brad Spellberg and his colleagues at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles report their findings in the last October 2 issue of mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

The study describes the discovery of a new class of antibiotics which has no ability to kill the bacteria responsible for antibiotic-resistant infections, but that can still protect, by completely preventing the bug from turning on host inflammation. One of these pathogens is Acinetobacter baumannii (A. baumannii), that usually strikes hospital patients and immune-compromised individuals through open wounds, breathing tubes or catheters.

Acinetobacter baumannii

Acinetobacter baumannii

According to this research, in laboratory mice it was possible to mitigate the potentially lethal effects of the bacterium by blocking one of its toxic products.

The researchers found that the strains of A.baumannii that caused the rapidly lethal infections shed lipopolysaccharide (also called endotoxin) while growing. So, thanks to a small molecule called LpxC-1, they managed to block the synthesis of the endotoxin and, consequently, prevented infected mice from getting sick.

Then, LpxC-1 is able to shut down the manufacture of the endotoxin and to stop the body from mounting the inflammatory immune response to it, that is the actual cause of death in seriously ill patients.

Doubtless, the antibiotic resistance is a living matter, since the antibiotic resistant infections are one of the most frequently cause of death.

Resistance the film - videos

Resistance the film – videos

In the matter of this, I suggest you to follow the film project “Resistance the film” on facebook.com/resistancethefilm and to watch its popular videos.

GAMIFICATION FOR WELLNESS – LEARNING HEALTH CARE WITH GAMES

Is it possible for adults and kids to do gamification for wellness, that is to make learning fun in health care with interactive games? It seems yes.
For example, here is a list of interesting links to some free on line games aimed at promoting health, subdivided as follows:

1) for adults:
HealthSeeker: http://apps.facebook.com/healthseeker
Syrum: http://syrum-game.com
Back in Play: http://eu.back-in-play.com
Science and Health-Related Games:         http://cttl.rice.edu/ScienceHealthGames

HealthSeeker Game on Facebook

HealthSeeker Game on Facebook

2) for everybody:
Interactive health games suggested by the U.S. National Library of Medicine: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/games.html
Sheppard Software: http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/health.htm
MouthPower Online: http://www.mouthpower.org/mouthpower.cfm

Mouthpower Game

Mouthpower Game

3) for kids:

Solusville: http://www.nourishinteractive.com/kids
Playnormous: http://www.playnormous.com
Little D’s Nutrition Expedition: http://www.nutritionexplorations.org/kids.php
PBS Kids: http://pbskids.org/games/health.html
Science Zone:
http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/revision/science/living/humanbody.html#heart
Learning Games For Kids:                             http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/health_games.html

Playnormous Game

Playnormous Game

Would you suggest further free on line games about the education in health care?