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Unexplored Fall Detection Devices for Geriatric Patients

The high-tech aids, seniors rely on to summon help if they fail, might not be too effective. A new review co-written by University of Alberta researchers concludes that fall detection technologies monitors need to be extensively explored and tested outside the lab settings.

Timestrip aid to fight Rabies in Africa

Timestrip® – the UK-based developer of ‘smart indicator’ technology – has provided self-adhesive temperature monitoring strips to Malawi to ensure that canine rabies vaccines are maintained in their ‘Goldilocks zone’ – neither too hot nor too cold. The easy to use indicators can be deployed as a low-cost alternative to thermometers in both storage fridges and field cooler boxes.

New approach for microbial control

Researchers at Rice University and the University of Science and Technology of China have developed a new approach for treating water system contaminated with microbes. Magnetic nanoparticle clusters had the ability to control microbial growth as they could punch through the biofilms. They carry bacteriophages and deliver them to targets that generally resist chemical disinfection. These were developed through Rice's Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Engineering Research Center.