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New article on silent carriers of COVID-19 published in 4open and discussed on German radio

We are pleased to share the publication of a new open access article in 4open “COVID-19: SARS-CoV-2 susceptibility in health workers – cluster study at a German Teaching Hospital” by Michael Scherer et al.

Authors, Prof.Dr. Michael A. Scherer and Björn Brücher, recently discussed the paper on the German radio show Tagesschau.de together with Dr. Susanne Johne.

The article addresses silent carriers of COVID-19 after the shutdown and quarantine of Helios Amper-Klinikum. One index patient and five health care workers were initially infected, so, all patients, health care providers, physicians, and nurses were tested in order to detect silent carriers.

“Despite prior proper preparation, a COVID-19 positive patient load of up to 34.8% (46 of 132 hospital beds) resulted in a 10- to 20-fold increase in risk for healthcare workers for SARS-CoV-2 compared to the general population. Because of asymptomatic carriers, a COVID-19-free hospital cannot be expected to exist.”

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“The Making of the COVID-19 Pandemic Surgery Guidance” – watch the interview with our EiC, Björn Brücher

Earlier this year, Björn L.D.M. Brücher and over thirty other experts for the Pandemic Surgery Guidance Consortium (PSGC) published “COVID-19: Pandemic Surgery Guidance” open access in 4open. The article provides guidance for surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance addresses the following key areas:

  • Emergency surgery
  • Planned surgery
  • Strategy
  • Operating rooms
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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4open now indexed in IET Inspec

We are pleased to announce that 4open is now indexed in IET Inspec, the definitive engineering, physics, and computer science research database.

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“COVID-19: Pandemic Surgery Guidance” - new open access article from 4open

We would like to bring to your attention a new open access article published in 4open “COVID-19: Pandemic Surgery Guidance”. The article, by Björn L.D.M. Brücher and over thirty other experts for the Pandemic Surgery Guidance Consortium (PSGC), provides guidance to address the special issues related to the exponential spread of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Update to 4open editorial arrangements from January 2020

The Editors-in-Chief of 4open, Björn Brücher, Stéphane Petoud, Elias Brinks and Theodore Simos, would like to bring to your attention new editorial arrangements from January 2020.

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“Sun-drying system could boost nutritional and medical value of a popular Mexican food” – new ‘Key Summary’ from 4open

4open is pleased to introduce the sixth free article in its ‘Key summaries’ series. The ‘Key summary’ offers an easy to understand description of an article published in 4open by researchers in Italy. The article describes the use and outcomes of solar air heating to dehydrate the leaf-like ‘cladodes’ of the Opuntia prickly pear cactus for increased nutritional and medical applications.

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“Using artificial intelligence to predict the success of laser eye surgery” – new ‘Key Summary’ from 4open

4open is pleased to introduce the fifth free article in its ‘Key Summaries’ series. This ‘Key Summary’ offers an easy to understand description of an article published in 4open by researchers led by Professor George Anogeianakis. The article describes how using an algorithm to predict surgery success can allow surgeons to tailor medical procedures for individual patients to maximise the chances of success.

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Dr Ijaz S. Jamall appointed as a member of the European Academy of Science and Arts

4open is thrilled that Dr. Ijaz S. Jamall, one of its editorial board members, has been appointed as a member of the European Academy of Science and Arts, under the class II (medicine) membership category.

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New publication – "Synopsis: Special Issue on “Disruption of signaling homeostasis induced crosstalk in the carcinogenesis paradigm Epistemology of the origin of cancer”"

We are pleased to share the publication of a new article in 4open "Synopsis: Special Issue on “Disruption of signaling homeostasis induced crosstalk in the carcinogenesis paradigm Epistemology of the origin of cancer”" by Björn L.D.M. Brücher and Ijaz S. Jamall. The synopsis concludes the open access special issue guest edited by Obul R. Bandapalli.

In this special issue, the authors set out to challenge established thinking on cancer and present a new cancer paradigm which “…provides compelling evidence that carcinogenesis is explained by a six-step sequence of events for the vast majority of cancers.”

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“Putting exams to the test: Do entrance exams predict academic achievement?” – new ‘Key summary’ from 4open

4open is pleased to introduce the fourth article in the ‘Key summaries’ series. The article, which is free for all to read, offers an easy to understand description of two articles published in 4open by researchers from the University of Campinas. Both articles apply mathematical models to the public educational system in Brazil, in particular, to predict performance, compare conditional probabilities and investigate the consistency of quality indicators.

The ‘Key summaries’ article uses non-technical language to help non-experts and other interested groups understand, in this instance, the correlation between entrance exam results and later undergraduate performance in Brazil.

“The assumption is that students who perform well in these two exams will also perform well in the university’s statistics course – a linear way of calculating success that Prof González-López and her colleagues decided to test.”

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