Quality research in Africa matters more than ever — for the whole world

We are at a unique moment in history. Two particular, ongoing events stand out. COVID-19 is one. The other is a long-overdue recognition of inequities among people in the US and worldwide, as exemplified by the Black Lives Matter movement. These issues provide a useful, timely lens through which to consider the role and value of African research.

There are many levels on which the future of the world, not just Africa’s, rests on African research. First, Africa represents the youngest and fastest growing population in the world. This makes intellectual investment an imperative, to harness talent that is a significant and growing share of the global population.

Second, Africans represent the oldest and most diverse genome in the world. Human genetics research has the potential to reveal some of the small differences in our genes that are influential in determining what makes Africa more susceptible or resistant to certain

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CompuGroup Medical recognized for quality and convenience in healthcare technology

CEO Benedikt Brueckle highlights CGM Remote Patient Monitoring in cover story for The Healthcare Insights

PHOENIX, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — CompuGroup Medical (CGM) was featured on the cover of the latest The Healthcare Insights for its efforts to support the healthcare industry through technology in its battle against the COVID-19 Pandemic.

CompuGroup Medical. (PRNewsFoto/CompuGroup Medical USA)
CompuGroup Medical. (PRNewsFoto/CompuGroup Medical USA)

“The future of CompuGroup Medical focuses on the evolution of provider delivery models and the entire patient journey.”

Supporting an embattled industry in its fight against a global pandemic, CompuGroup Medical has promoted more accessible care and improved patient outcomes by delivering telehealth and remote patient monitoring solutions to healthcare providers.

By harnessing the potential of telemedicine, CGM is changing the way medical care is delivered around the world. It is this innovation that first drew the attention of the editors at The Healthcare Insights.

Building on the success of its secure

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AUKEY KM-G12 Gaming Keyboard Review: A quality budget option

Gaming keyboards are often expensive, and the best gaming keyboards, in particular, typically cost anywhere between $100 and $200. Fortunately, you don’t have to shell out a ton of cash to get a quality keyboard thanks to the rise of high-quality budget-friendly options in recent years. One such device is AUKEY’s 104-key KM-G12 Gaming Keyboard, roughly half the price of more expensive options but still offers strong core performance. And even though there are a few problems with it, the KM-G12 overall is a great pick for gamers looking to get a keyboard on the cheap.

The best thing about the KM-G12 is that it’s built well and is comfortable to use. The keyboard’s chassis is made out of solid, sturdy steel, which isn’t always a luxury that budget keyboards have. The low profile keys are also very comfortable to use and properly actuate without issue, and the double-shot-molded ABS

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New technology is helping fire-struck communities predict air quality better

Historic wildfires on the West Coast of the United States have filled the skies with burnt-orange haze and thick ash, forcing residents to consider whether it’s even safe to step outside and take in a lungful of air. A warming climate means that wildfire seasons will likely continue to grow in duration and destructiveness. As smoke blankets the Western states, people have increasingly turned to air quality measurements to understand the air they’re breathing.

This data has become easily accessible online only in the last few years. While government agencies have been monitoring air quality for decades as part of the requirements of the Clean Air Act, low-cost air quality sensors obtainable by the general public only recently took off, filling in the gaps with more localized and frequent readings.

Before air quality maps were available on apps such as AirNow, IQAir, and PurpleAir, “you would get the L.A. Times

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‘Front of package’ nutrition labels improved nutrition quality — ScienceDaily

A new study analyzing 16 years of data on tens of thousands of products finds that the adoption of nutrition data on “front of package” (FOP) labels is associated with improved nutritional content of those foods and their competitors.

“We wanted to know whether food companies were responding to increased public interest in healthier food,” says Rishika Rishika, co-author of the study and an associate professor of marketing in North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management. “In other words, is the market driving change in the nutrition of food products? And the evidence suggest that this is exactly what’s happening.”

For this study, the researchers evaluated nutritional data on 44 categories of food products from 1996 through 2011. Altogether, the researchers looked at data on 21,096 products, representing 9,083 brands, covering everything from energy bars to soup.

Specifically, the researchers evaluated whether there was any impact when products adopted

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How feedback platforms can improve product quality by 20% in 30 days (VB Live)

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“Companies trying to grow, trying to increase engagement and retention, can’t do that if they don’t have actionable intelligence around quality issues,” says Anthony Heckman, head of growth at unitQ.

Companies compete around a variety of vectors, he explains. In the content arena, it’s incredibly easy for companies to copy functionality that works. Snapchat grows successful and Instagram launches Live. TikTok gets big, and Instagram launches Reels. A company can compete on price, but you don’t necessarily want to be the lowest cost provider in your industry. That means product quality is key.

“We see, across the board, that category-leading companies, without question, are winning on this

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New freshwater database tells water quality story for 12K lakes globally — ScienceDaily

Although less than one per cent of all water in the world is freshwater, it is what we drink and use for agriculture. In other words, it’s vital to human survival. York University researchers have just created a publicly available water quality database for close to 12,000 freshwater lakes globally — almost half of the world’s freshwater supply — that will help scientists monitor and manage the health of these lakes.

The study, led by Faculty of Science Postdoctoral Fellow Alessandro Filazzola and Master’s student Octavia Mahdiyan, collected data for lakes in 72 countries, from Antarctica to the United States and Canada. Hundreds of the lakes are in Ontario.

“The database can be used by scientists to answer questions about what lakes or regions may be faring worse than others, how water quality has changed over the years and which environmental stressors are most important in driving changes in water

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Smoke traveling from western wildfires spreads bad air quality across the US

Devastating wildfires across the Western United States has sent smoke traveling across the country and even into Europe. With that smoke comes bad air quality, not just for those near the fires, but for the entire continent.

Satelite images from NASA shows smoke thousands of miles from the fire. NASA says the smoke contains aerosols, a combination of particles which carry harmful things into the air and into your lungs. All the things that are burning, trees, grass, brush, homes, are turned into soot and absorbed by our lungs.

“This pollution, nobody knows how badly it will be affected but if we extrapolate from previous air quality it’s not good,” Dr. Malik Baz, the medical director at the Baz Allergy and Sius Center, said. “The long-term side effect, we’ll see many, many years down the line.”

Baz’s operates 13 locations in California, all of them are busy as Central California

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Scientists publish water quality database for 12,000 freshwater lakes

Sept. 22 (UPI) — Scientists have published a global water quality database detailing the health of nearly 12,000 freshwater lakes, almost half the world’s freshwater supply.

Compiled by researchers at York University, in Canada, the database offers water quality information on lakes in 72 countries and all seven continents, including Antarctica.

Researchers detailed the database compilation process in a new paper, published Tuesday in the Nature journal Scientific Data.

“The database can be used by scientists to answer questions about what lakes or regions may be faring worse than others, how water quality has changed over the years and which environmental stressors are most important in driving changes in water quality,” lead author Alessandro Filazzola said in a news release.

To build the database, researchers mined some 3,322 studies for information on chlorophyll levels in lakes all over the world. Scientists often use chlorophyll as a proxy for measuring an

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