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New Smartphone App Can Detect Newborn Jaundice In Minutes

Parents or physicians can monitor a newborn baby’s jaundice with their smartphones through BiliCam.
Source: U of Washington

Newborn jaundice: It’s one of the last things a parent wants to deal with, but it’s unfortunately a common condition in babies less than a week old. Skin that turns yellow can be a sure sign that a newborn is jaundiced and isn’t adequately eliminating the chemical bilirubin. But that discoloration is sometimes hard to [...]

Center For Minimally Invasive Surgery At Rutgers Cancer Institute Of New Jersey Offers Array Of Services

Mira Hellmann, MD
Source: Alan Schindler Photography

Minimally invasive surgical procedures have become more common over the past decade, and when offered through a comprehensive program that has a specialized focus in this type of surgery “it is of great benefit to the patient,” says Mira Hellmann, MD, director of the new Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Rutgers Cancer Institute of [...]

As Ebola Rages, Controlling The Deadly Spread

Rutgers infectious disease physician Rajendra Kapila says it will be extremely complicated both to evaluate and to manufacture an experimental Ebola drug.
Source: Rob Forman - Rutgers Today

The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has Americans concerned about their health and safety. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an international public health emergency in an effort both to contain the spread of the virus, which is considered 90% fatal, and to warn people about its seriousness. A WHO [...]

Device Implanted For Tricuspid Valve Replacement: First In United States

Doctors at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center use the Edwards SAPIEN valve in landmark valve-in-valve tricuspid implantation.
Source: Image courtesy of University of Michigan Health System

The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center is the first heart center in the nation to perform percutaneous implantation of the Edwards SAPIEN valve to replace a patient’s tricuspid valve. Percutaneous interventions use hollow tubes called catheters to reach chambers of the heart rather than opening a patient’s chest, and are increasingly used to fix [...]

Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Found To Grow On Trees

This false-color electron microscope image catches the fungus Cryptococcus gattii in the act of producing its infectious spores. The club-shaped blue structure is a reproductive organ called the basidium, which projects off the fungus body like an apple off a tree. The spores are colored yellow, and are like seeds that can give rise to a new organism.
Source: Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, Duke University

Researchers have pinpointed the environmental source of fungal infections that have been sickening HIV/AIDS patients in Southern California for decades. It literally grows on trees. The discovery is based on the science project of a 13-year-old girl, who spent the summer gathering soil and tree samples from areas around Los Angeles hardest hit by infections [...]