Adaptors Make Smartphones into ‘Eye-Phones’
Researchers at the Stanford Univ. School of Medicine have developed two inexpensive adapters that enable a smartphone to capture high-quality images of the front and back of the eye. The adapters make it easy for anyone with minimal training to take a picture of the eye and share it securely with other health practitioners or store it in the patient’s electronic record.
“Think Instagram for the eye,” says one of the developers, assistant professor of ophthalmology Robert Chang. The researchers see this technology as an opportunity to increase access to eye-care services as well as to improve the ability to advise on patient care remotely.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/03/adaptors-make-smartphones-eye-phones
The health hazards of sitting
“We know sitting too much is bad, and most of us intuitively feel a little guilty after a long TV binge. But what exactly goes wrong in our bodies when we park ourselves for nearly eight hours per day, the average for a U.S. adult? Many things, say four experts, who detailed a chain of problems from head to toe.”
(via Washington Post)
- Every med student who sits for 12-13 hours a day.
Monday, March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWAGHAAD) is a nationwide observance that encourages people to take action in the fight against HIV and raises awareness of its impact on women and girls.
In New York City:
- 1 out of every 5 new HIV cases is among women and girls
- By the end of 2012, black and Latina women accounted for more than 91% of all new HIV cases among women
- Women of all races and ethnicities can get HIV, but risks of HIV may be higher in some communities.
- The only way to know your HIV status is to Get Tested!
NYC Health community partners are holding numerous NWAGHAAD testing and educational events this week. Check out events in your area, call 311 or text ‘testNYC’ to 877-877 for your nearest testing location!
Saturday, March 8
12-4pm: BOOM! Health will be at The Point, 940 Garrison Ave., Bronx, NY 10474
“Secrets of Our Daughters: The VOICE Within Speaks.” This event will address the problems minority women and girls face in the Bronx community related to HIV.
Free HIV testing will also be provided.
Sunday, March 9
10am-3pm: Bridging Access to Care will be at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church - 760 Dekalb Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217
Free HIV testing will be provided.
Monday, March 10
10am-4:30pm: Harlem United Community AIDS Center, Inc. - 290 Lenox Ave., Lower Level, New York, NY 10027
Free HIV/STI/Hepatitis testing will be provided.
1-5pm: Voces Latinas will be along Roosevelt Avenue between 78th St. and 90th St, Queens, NY 11372
Voces Latinas will provide free information in Spanish focusing on HIV and women, demonstrations of the female condom, and free HIV testing.
Thursday, March 13
6-8pm: Robert Fulton Terrace Council in collaboration with National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS of NYC, Uptown Health Link and BOOM! Health will be at 530 East 169th St., Bronx, NY 10456
“Teen Talk, That’s What’s Up! A Real Conversation about Sex and your Health.” Free HIV testing will also be provided.
Sunday, March 15
10am-3pm: Bridging Access to Care will be at Berean Baptist Church 1635 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY 11213
Free HIV testing will be provided.
To help stop HIV in NYC, remember to:
Get Tested – In addition to all the free testing locations listed above, you can also call 311 or text ‘testNYC’ to 877-877 to find local testing sites at any time throughout the year.
Get treated – If you are living with HIV or know someone who is living with HIV, get medical care. The sooner you begin treatment, the less HIV will damage your body. And if you take your HIV medications as prescribed, you are much less likely to pass HIV to your partners. For help finding care in NYC, text ‘CARE’ to 877-877.
Get Educated – Learn about the basics of HIV and AIDS in your local community.
Get Involved – Host an event, speak out, or volunteer with a local community organization that is working to combat HIV. Visit NYC Health’s HIV/AIDS information pages to learn more about HIV.
Stay Safe—Condoms provide excellent protection against HIV, other sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy. NYC Health distributes free condoms in over 3,500 locations throughout the five boroughs of NYC. Click here for more information about free NYC Condoms.
Future global warming could lead to a significant increase in malaria cases in densely populated regions of Africa and South America unless disease monitoring and control efforts are increased, researchers said Thursday.
In a study of the mosquito-borne disease that infects around 220 million people a year, researchers from Britain and the United States found what they describe as the first hard evidence that malaria creeps to higher elevations during warmer years and back down to lower altitudes when temperatures cool.
This in turn “suggests that with progressive global warming, malaria will creep up the mountains and spread to new high-altitude areas,” said Menno Bouma, an honorary clinical lecturer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).
(Photo: Tomas Kubes/isifa/Getty Images)
A Staph infection can’t start unless Staphylococcus cells first cling to a surface, which is why scientists are exploring bacteria-resistant materials as a line of defense. Berkeley Lab scientists investigated how individual S. aureus cells attach to metallic nanostructures of various shapes and sizes that are not much bigger than the cells themselves.
"By understanding the preferences of bacteria during adhesion, medical implant devices can be fabricated to contain surface features immune to bacteria adhesion, without the requirement of any chemical modifications," says Mohammad Mofrad, a faculty scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Physical Biosciences Division and a professor of Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley.
Zeinab Jahed, Peter Lin, Brandon B. Seo, Mohit S. Verma, Frank X. Gu, Ting Y. Tsui, Mohammad R.K. Mofrad. Responses of Staphylococcus aureus bacterial cells to nanocrystalline nickel nanostructures. Biomaterials, 2014; DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2014.01.080
This scanning electron microscopy image reveals how Staphylococcus Aureus cells physically interact with a nanostructure. A bacterial cell (blue) is embedded inside the hollow nanopillar’s hole and several cells cling to the nanopillar’s curved walls. Credit: Mofrad lab and the Nanomechanics Research Institute
Measles in the Philippines - Watch - Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions - Travel Health Notices | Travelers' Health | CDC
According to the Department of Health of the Philippines, 1,163 cases of measles and a number of measles deaths were reported in the country from January 1 through January 11, 2014. CDC recommends that travelers to the Philippines protect themselves by making sure they are properly vaccinated against measles. Clinicians should keep measles in mind when treating patients with fever and rash, especially if the patient has recently traveled internationally.
Second HIV-positive Baby May Be Cured
A second baby born with the AIDS virus may have had her infection put into remission and possibly cured by very early treatment — in this instance, four hours after birth.
Doctors revealed the case at an AIDS conference in Boston. The girl was born in suburban Los Angeles last April, a month after researchers announced the first case from Mississippi. That was a medical first that led doctors worldwide to rethink how fast and hard to treat infants born with HIV, and the California doctors followed that example.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/03/second-hiv-positive-baby-may-be-cured
New study looks at carnitine’s role in staving off potentially deadly condition
A clinical trial of an experimental therapy that could start accepting patients next year in the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s emergency department may help save critically ill sepsis patients.
The trial, funded by a $3.8 million federal grant awarded this spring to Dr. Alan Jones, professor of emergency medicine, will spread to eight other hospitals across the U.S.
Sepsis is a body-wide bacterial infection. Left unchecked, it can cause damage and failure in vital organs, poor oxygenation and life-threateningly low blood pressure. Various studies claim sepsis kills anywhere from 14 to 50 percent of patients diagnosed with it.
Funding: The National Institute of General Medical Sciences awarded Jones the five-year grant for nearly $3.8 million to pay for this second phase.
Two relatives of the UC Berkeley student who contracted measles earlier this month have also come down with the illness, Contra Costa Health Services confirmed this week.
Bay Area public health officials notified the public about a possible measles exposure from Feb. 4 to Feb. 7 after the student identified with measles attended class and commuted to school on BART from home in Contra Costa prior to his diagnosis.
Health officials recommend that anyone who used BART on those days should remain vigilant for symptoms of measles through this weekend.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease whose symptoms include high fever, runny nose, coughing and watery red eyes. The disease spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Neither the student nor his sick relatives were vaccinated against measles.
“People who aren’t immunized are very likely to get measles if they are exposed to the virus,“ said Erika Jenssen, chief of the Communicable Disease Programs with CCHS. “This really underscores the importance of everyone getting vaccinated.”
Just an update