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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

3/26/14 Health News: Three Ways to Take Action on Ocean Health ♦ New Way to Reduce E. Coli in Cows ♦ Smartphones Diagnose Diseases ♦ China 'Has Halved its TB Problem

Three Ways to Take Action on Ocean Health
The earth isn't called the “blue marble” for nothing: All life on Earth is linked to our oceans, including the oxygen we breathe, the plants and fish that we eat, and the moderation of weather patterns all around us.
Despite their key role, oceans are taken for granted. People expect that oceans will keep providing us with life-sustaining services. But the reality is, without swift and wide-scale action, they won’t.They can’t.Continue Reading

University of Florida Finds Way to Reduce E. Coli in Cows, Improving Food Safety
By: Brad Buck, University of Florida A new biological treatment could help dairy cattle stave off uterine diseases and eventually may help improve food safety for humans, a University of Florida study shows. Kwang Cheol Jeong, an assistant professor in … Continue Reading

Smartphones to Diagnose Diseases in Real Time
A team from the US is developing a disease diagnostic system based on nanotechnology that will only require a smartphone and a $20 lens attachment to read results. While there are still some challenges to overcome, they are hopeful the end result will be an affordable diagnostic tool that can be used in the field. Continue Reading
China 'Has Halved its TB Problem,' Survey Data Suggests

China has more than halved its tuberculosis (TB) prevalence, with rates falling from 170 to 59 per 100,000 population, figures suggest. The Lancet report says the success is due to a huge expansion of a community-based disease control programme. The World Health Organization says other countries could use a similar approach. China is a major contributor to the global TB pandemic, accounting for more than one-tenth of cases worldwide.Continue Reading

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