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Nonspecialists To Deliver Mental Health Care in Low-Income Countries

Text messaging, mobile apps, and other digital technologies are being used in innovative ways to support nonspecialist health workers in increasing access to mental health care in low- and middle-income countries (LIMCs), according to a narrative review in the March/April issue of Harvard Review of “There is immense potential to leverage the increasing availability and reach…

Pipettes

Pipettes Of The Future, Automation For Acceleration

Hypotheses are rigorously tested, experimental conditions tightly controlled, and increasingly complex data sets meticulously analyzed. This vital step in the research discovery process is critically dependent on the consistent and precise preparation, and handling, of these samples, together with often costly reagents. Of the $56 billion per annum spent on research in the United States…

Parkinson's Disease

Startup Releases AI App To Detect Parkinson's Disease

A South Australia startup, Lookinglass, based at UniSA’s Innovation & Collaboration Centre has today released an artificial intelligence (AI) web app that can detect early-stage Parkinson’s disease. Users simply upload a video recording and while it uploads, the computer vision system simultaneously uses AI to track movement and compares it with known Parkinson’s symptoms. A report is…

Laboratory

Digital Integration In Laboratory Practice Highlighted In Labvolution 2019

Technology, infrastructure, and analytics solutions will all take center stage at Labvolution 2019. The event will include tech solutions for laboratory across the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, as well as areas such as environmental technology, food technology, biotechnology, medicine, life sciences, and R&D. Taking place in Hannover, Germany, Labvolution will feature exhibitors from Europe, North…

E-Scooter

Helmet Churn Adds To Challenges Of E-Scooter Disruption

You’re smiling as your e-scooter whispers along the riverside path. Without the helmet, the wind can blow through your hair and it looks good! You hear a shout, “Pull over!”, and turn to see police heading towards you with your helmet in hand. Police conducted a blitz on safety breaches by eletric scooter riders in Brisbane…

Cellphones

Scientists Develop Supercomputer Imulations Of Heart On Cellphones

You can now perform supercomputer simulations of the heart’s electrophysiology in real time on desktop computers and even cellphones. A team of scientists from Rochester Institute of Technology and Georgia Tech developed a new approach that can not only help diagnose heart conditions and test new treatments; but pushes the boundaries of cardiac science by…

Emergency Medicine

New App Helps Young People with Arthritis Communicate

Young people living with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), the most common type of arthritis in children and teens, struggle to communicate their needs to their families and care teams. While it is important to support young people managing their own treatment and decision making; often they are ill-equipy to do this. Health researcher An international…

Skin Vibration

Study: The Mechanism Of Tactile Sensation

The mechanism of tactile sensation has not yet been solved, though it is a fundamental sense for humans. NITech scientists investigated its mechanism and found the important cues in touch could be different for each person. When evaluating roughness, different individuals weigh skin vibration information, spatial information, and other mechanical properties differently. The goal is…

online consultation

Patient Online Consultation Requests 'Mirror' Busiest Surgery Times

Patients are using online consultations in the same way they would arrange a consultation via traditional means; so a new independent evaluation by the University of Warwick reveals. Despite this, the study identifies several opportunities to tailor online platforms to specific patient requirements and improve their experience. Primary care researchers from Warwick Medical School have today…

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence Can Improve X-Ray Identification Of Pacemakers

Researchers have created new artificial intelligence software that can identify cardiac rhythm devices in x-rays more accurately and quickly than current methods. The team believes this software could speed up the diagnosis and treatment of patients with faulty devices in an emergency setting. The software, created by researchers at Imperial College London, has been able…

Robot

Robot Is An Effective Pain Management Tool For Premature Babies

Researchers at the University of British Columbia, BC Children’s Hospital, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre have design a therapeutic robot that simulates human skin-to-skin contact, helping reduce pain for babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at BC Women’s. Premature babies admit to the neonatal intensive care…

Facebook

Analyzing Facebook Fueled Anti Vaccination Attack: It Not About Autism

Social media has given those espousing anti-vaccination sentiments an effective medium to spread their message. However, an analysis of a viral Facebook campaign against a Pittsburgh, pediatric practice reveals that the movement isn’t all about autism.” Instead, the research from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Media, Technology. Health finds that anti-vaccination arguments…