With 25% of Lesotho’s people HIV positive, lifesaving treatment comes from mobile app/traveling clinics

The Vodacom Foundation, USAID, Elton John AIDS Foundation, ViiV Healthcare and The ELMA Foundation combined to develop a mobile app, a mobile payment service (to assist in transportation to appointments) and traveling clinics to help HIV-positive women and children in remote areas of Lesotho get medication and support.

The program has Text to Treatment, a money payment service to assist in transportation to health clinic, and mobile treatment and identification clinics. It also provides women access to programs for the prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT). Read more at: https://www.newsdeeply.com/womenandgirls/articles/2017/02/10/lesotho-uses-mobile-tech-help-hiv-positive-women-access-treatment

 

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Social Media meets Emergency Department: UCHealth pilots CareLoop

Medcity.com reports that in December 2016 thru January 2017, Colorado-based UCHealth piloted a social network platform developed by CareLoop in it’s emergency department. Patients overwhelmingly enjoyed the experience, where “doctors and care team members can communicate directly with patients, and patients get notifications on their phone.” Read more at: http://medcitynews.com/2017/04/uchealth-facebook-like-feed-ed-careloop/?rf=1

Bio-sensing contact lens could someday measure blood glucose/detect disease

From a press release from acs.org on April 4, 2017, is a contact lens with transparent sensors built in that could do a number of non-invasive tests.

From the actual press release:

” Transparent biosensors embedded into contact lenses could soon allow doctors and patients to monitor blood glucose levels and a host of other telltale signs of disease without invasive tests. Scientists say the bio-sensing lenses, based on technology that led to the development of smartphones with more vivid displays, also could potentially be used to track drug use or serve as an early detection system for cancer and other serious medical conditions.”  Read more at: acs.org

Human Head Transplant: Is it real or horror film come to life?

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Sorry  to have been away so long. The blog had over 100 posts before updates stopped but it is back now and hopefully will have 100 more before there’s another break….Today we talk about a doctor who claims he is close to being able to transplant a human head from one person to another. Moral and ethical questions aside, this would be one of the most newsworthy events for a long time. Read more at:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3412928/The-real-life-Doctor-Frankenstein-plotting-human-HEAD-transplants-Controversial-neurosurgeon-wants-paralysed-patient-new-body.html

 

MicroBiome Therapeutics: Reducing Side-Effects of Drugs Like Metformin

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Earlier this year, Colorado-based MicroBiome Therapeutics kicked off a round of funding to finance a drug intended to improve the tolerability of Metformin (also known as Glucophage), a popular diabetes drug with numerous side-effects. If this drug, a reformulation of Metformin know as NM505 , is successful, it will provide relief to the approximately 50% of Metformin patients who experience diarrhea from the drug and the approximately 25% of patients who experience vomiting. Read more at: http://medcitynews.com/2015/04/colorado-startups-microbiome-modulating-drug-improve-metformin-tolerability/?rf=1 or http://www.mbiome.com/.

Livongo Health: Three Step Program for Diabetes

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Livongo Health, which secured $20 million in financing earlier this year to support expansion of it’s connected device, has a “three step” program for managing diabetes. They say that their program ” …fits right into your life. It listens, responds, and adapts to you.” The program is made up of these three pieces: 1) A Connected Device, 2) Smart Cloud, and 3) A Care Team made up of  Certified Diabetes Educators.  Read More at:  http://www.livongo.com/

Phraser: Translated Information Delivered to Patients

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One way to improve care delivery is by providing communications in the patients’ own language. Geacom, Inc has developed Phraser a rugged, designed-for-healthcare device that is intended to “integrate easily into your practice, enabling you to provide the best experience.” Read more about this award-winning device at: http://www.myphrazer.com/