Archive: May 2013

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words. New iPhone app aims to help us share pictures of our patients DFU’s. Brilliant!

May 29, 2013

Review: Figure1 Clinical Image Sharing App for iPhone (VIDEO) by DAN BUCKLAND on May 28, 2013 • 1:24 pm 16 inShare Figure1 is a free iOS app (Android to come) debuting today at the Apple app store that hopes to be a “crowdsourced medical image library that healthcare professionals can use to share, rank, and discuss images.” This editor sat down with Annie Williams and Gregory Levey of MovableScience, the company putting out Figure1, back at TEDMED and reviewed a pre-release version of the app.  In comparison…

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“Go into the Light. There is peace and serenity in the Light”…Tangina in ‘Poltergeist’, 1982 She may have been on to something!

May 28, 2013

L1 annotation Hide GIZ EXPLAINS ANDREW TARANTOLA5/07/13 4:50pmg 12,209L 60   How Ultraviolet Light Will Sterilize Super Bugs Hospital infection rates are on the rise with 1 in 20 Americans already being admitted to the hospital this year, according to CDC estimates, and in some instances, winding up more sick than when they arrived. These infections kill around 100,000 vulnerable patients and cost the healthcare industry $30 billion annually. To combat hyper-infectious agents like Clostridium difficile (C-diff) or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), doctors are turning to…

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The Pressure and Pain of Charcot Neuroarthropathy

May 27, 2013

Pressure pain perception in the diabetic Charcot foot: facts and hypotheses. Authors Chantelau EA, et al. Show all Journal Diabet Foot Ankle. 2013 May 21;4. doi: 10.3402/dfa.v4i0.20981. Print 2013. Affiliation Diabetic Foot Clinic, Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany. Abstract BACKGROUND: Reduced traumatic and posttraumatic (nociceptive) pain is a key feature of diabetic neuropathy. Underlying condition is a gradual degeneration of endings of pain nerves (A-delta fibers and C-fibers), which operate as receivers of noxious stimuli (nociceptors)….

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Diabetes Epidemic Growing

May 24, 2013

Diabetes Epidemic Growing.

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Rapid Bacterial Identification: Speed is everything in saving a catastrophically infected diabetic foot. New device from Mass General aims to give us this info.

May 24, 2013

MGH Bacterial Detector Rapidly Identifies Specific Strains by EDITORS on May 13, 2013 • 11:40 am 4 inShare Some time ago, researchers at Massachusetts General developed a microfluidic device that uses magnetically tagged particles coupled with antibodies to detect cancer. They’ve been attempting to transfer the technology to identifying bacterial strains in body fluid samples, but finding matching antibodies has proven a challenge. To overcome this, the team targeted the DNA directly, developing sequences of nucleic acids (AGTC) that couple to specific bacterial strains. Nuclear…

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Making Measurements Easier So We Can Manage Better

May 24, 2013

Paper-Thin Device Performs Pulse Wave Monitoring in a Tiny Package by EDITORS on May 15, 2013 • 2:56 pm 4 inShare Engineers at Stanford developed a tiny new sensor that is capable of monitoring the pulse with impressive resolution. About the size of a postage stamp, the device can be worn under a bandage on one of the body spots where a pulse is easily felt. The flexible pressure-sensitive organic thin film transistors inside the device feature “maximum sensitivity of 8.4 kPa−1, a fast response time…

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