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Friday, May 8, 2015

Health Research: Mobile phone video microscope detects parasites ♦ Targeted medicine in tiny Silicone spheres ♦ Survival rates in trauma patients

Mobile phone video microscope automates detection of parasites in blood A new mobile phone microscope that uses video to automatically detect and quantify infection by parasitic worms in a drop of blood has been developed by researchers. This next generation of CellScope technology could help revive efforts to eradicate debilitating diseases in Africa
Tiny Silicone spheres come out of the mist: Targeted medicine? Technology in common household humidifiers could enable the next wave of high-tech medical imaging and targeted medicine, thanks to a new method for making tiny silicone microspheres. The researchers made silicone microspheres with a variety of properties for different applications, including colored, fluorescent and magnetic spheres.
A better way to build DNA scaffolds: Long, custom-designed DNA strands Imagine taking strands of DNA - the material in our cells that determines how we look and function - and using it to build tiny structures that can deliver drugs to targets within the body or take electronic miniaturization to a whole new level. Scientists have moved the use of human-made DNA structures closer to a variety of real-world applications.
Carrot or stick? Punishments may guide behavior more effectively than rewards When it comes to rewards and punishments, which is more effective -- the carrot or the stick? A simple experiment suggests that punishments are more likely to influence behavior

A study of survival rates in trauma patients following health insurance reform in Massachusetts found a increase in mortality rates, suggesting that simply providing insurance incentives and subsidies may not improve survival for trauma patients.

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