The current volatility in the oil and gas market has left companies scrambling for ways to maintain their annual earnings and profit margins. Unfortunately, the challenges they’re facing don’t appear to be leaving anytime soon. Thanks to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Companies (OPEC) maintaining record-high production to compete with the U.S. shale boom, the price of crude oil has hit corresponding record lows. Consumers may be rejoicing over having to pay less for gasoline, but petroleum firms must make some tough decisions to remain competitive.
The most innocuous of scrapes can become the ugliest of scars and the worst among them tend to be keloid scars, but why? And how can this occurrence be prevented? Scar formation is a natural part of the healing process in which fibrous tissue replaces normal skin after injury. Composed of the same protein found in tissue (collagen), the actual fiber composition (instead of random basketweave structures, the collagen in scars is aligned in one direction) is where the difference emerges.
Things have changed for the agrochemical market. What was once a sector filled with innovative, competing products geared toward protecting crops has been leveled due to upheaval in the agricultural industry. While the industry once focused on increasing the global food supply, it has moved toward improving the quality of […]
Are we finally about to see a change in the U.S. gene therapy sector? Stark Therapeutics would certainly like us to think so. The company recently announced that one of its drugs has succeeded in late-stage clinical trials. The medicine in question treats patients with rare, inherited retinal dystrophies that […]
When we think of items bought with disposable income, things like premium beverage products and razor-thin high-end technology come to mind. In many ways, the improving economy has helped drive the push for organic foods since, of course, these goods typically command a higher price tag than their non-organic counterparts. […]
For modern life sciences companies, quality management efforts often top the list of challenges they face when working to bring new products to market. Today’s highly competitive environment favors fast release cycles, while mergers and acquisitions have resulted in large organizations that span the globe and that are more difficult to oversee. […]
To be a soldier in 2050, what will be required? According to researchers at the Army’s Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit program (TALOS), the wars of the future will be fought in exoskeletons while load-carrying robots accompany human soldiers on dangerous patrols. 1 But something even less familiar to us […]
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects more than 1.4 million people in the United States alone. While IBD is often confused with irritable bowel syndrome, the two conditions are not the same. This isn’t to diminish irritable bowel syndrome, which can cause serious gastrointestinal discomfort. It simply doesn’t lead to the same visible inflammation and damage in the intestines that we usually see in IBD. IBD manifests in various forms, but the two most common—and well-known—types are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Cases of Crohn’s disease, in particular, are increasing, supporting the need to find an effective course of treatment for the condition.
Each year, almost 1.3 million people in the United States die in road crashes, with an astonishing average of 3,287 deaths each day. Unsurprisingly, a large number of these fatal accidents occur at night, and though extraneous factors such as driving speed, alcohol use and sleep deprivation contribute to the danger of driving at night, researchers do agree that “low luminance plays a major role in this effect.”
When it comes to releasing a product to the public, quality control and assurance are crucial. After all, no company wants to face a product recall six months later or a citation of failure to meet regulatory guidelines. Unfortunately, quality management phases can be tedious, often resulting in bottlenecks. However, […]