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Prize-Winning Pulmonary Diagnostic System For Rural India

SpiroSense of Johns Hopkins University won the 2015 Undergraduate Global Health Technologies Design Competition. Team members, from left, are Angelo Cruz, Rohith Bhethanabotla, Rohit Joshi, Rachel Yung, Manyu Sharma and Rodolfo Finocchi. Source: Johns Hopkins

SpiroSense, a seven-member team from Johns Hopkins University, took top honors in the 2015 National Undergraduate Global Health Technology Design Competition held at Rice University March 27. The team captured first place in the annual competition with a complete diagnostic system for obstructive lung disease. The competition, which is in its fifth year, is sponsored […]

Common Bacteria On Verge Of Becoming Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

Bacteria that cause many hospital-associated infections are ready to quickly share genes that allow them to resist powerful antibiotics. The illustration, based on electron micrographs and created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows one of these antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Source: CDC/James Archer

Antibiotic resistance is poised to spread globally among bacteria frequently implicated in respiratory and urinary infections in hospital settings, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The study shows that two genes that confer resistance against a particularly strong class of antibiotics can be shared easily among a family […]

Experience Saves Lives: Study Of Advanced Life-Support Reveals Big Differences In Adult Survival Rates

In ECMO, the blood is carried out of the body to machines that take over the function of both the heart and lungs.
Source: University of Michigan

An advanced form of life support that takes over for the failing hearts and lungs of critically ill patients saves lives. But for adults, the odds of surviving depend on which hospital provides the life-supporting treatment – with the best odds at ones that use the technique dozens of times a year, a new study […]

Rutgers Cancer Institute Of New Jersey Experts Address Smoking Dangers And Quitting In Advance Of March 18 ‘Kick Butts Day’

Source: Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

According to the American Lung Association, every day 4,000 young people under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette, accounting for nearly 1.5 million youth annually. Today, one out of four high school seniors and one out of three young adults under age 26 are smokers. In an attempt to drastically cut these numbers, […]

Twitter Helps Smokers Kick The Habit, UCI-Stanford Study Finds

New Study results indicate incorporating social media-delivered automessages from trained counselors was effective in promoting smoking cessation.
Source: UC Irvine

When subjects in a smoking cessation program tweet each other regularly, they’re more successful at kicking the habit, according to a study by UC Irvine and Stanford University researchers. Specifically, daily “automessages” that encourage and direct the social media exchanges may be more effective than traditional social media interventions for quitting smoking. Cornelia Pechmann, professor […]

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