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Can Radar Replace Stethoscopes?
In conjunction with researchers at Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) in Cottbus and the Department of Palliative Medicine at Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, electronic engineers at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have developed a procedure for reliably detecting and diagnosing heart sounds using radar. In future, mobile radar devices could replace conventional stethoscopes and permanent touch-free monitoring of patients' vital functions could be possible using stationary radar devices.
Along with a white coat, a stethoscope is the hallmark of doctors everywhere.
Stethoscopes are used to diagnose the noises produced by the heart and lungs. Used in the conventional way, vibrations from the surface of the body are transmitted to a membrane in the chest-piece and then to the user's eardrum where they are perceived as sounds. Acoustic stethoscopes are compar
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Pharmacy And Health Partners Announce ONE Rx Program To Help Prevent Opioid Misuse
Preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a nearly 7% increase in drug overdoses in 2017, with more than 72,000 deaths. Of the total deaths, almost 68% of them were tied to opioid use. A new statewide program in North Dakota called ONE Rx aims to stem opioid misuse by increasing awareness when patients first fill an opioid prescription.
ONE (which stands for opioid and naloxone education) Rx is an innovative approach to screen and educate patients who receive prescribed opioid medications in participating community pharmacies in the state of North Dakota.
In an earlier pilot program with 107 participants in eastern North Dakota, 26% of patients identified at some risk of opioid misuse. Approximately 30% of patients in the pilot study identified at risk of accidental overdose.
The ONE Rx project is a collaborative effort of the North Dak
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Autoinjector Shortage? Alternatives Are Available
Autoinjectors are in especially high demand as the new school year begins. Reports of a shortage of EpiPens have been surfacing lately as parents attempt to stock up on the epinephrine autoinjectors for school, home, backpacks and grandma’s house.
The manufacturer of EpiPen, Mylan, has been dealing with manufacturing issues since May, and the device was placed on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) list of drug shortages.
The good news is that alternative devices are readily available. These include Auvi-Q and Adrenaclick. If you find that you are having issues filling your EpiPen prescription, call your allergist for help.
“Your allergist will be able to prescribe you an alternative autoinjector,” explained Bradley Chipps, MD, FACAAI, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). “They can also teach you how to use them, as each device works dif
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First Biomarker Evidence Of DDT-Autism Link
A study of more than 1 million pregnancies in Finland reports that elevated levels of a metabolite of the banned insecticide DDT in the blood of pregnant women are linked to increased risk for autism in the offspring. An international research team led by investigators at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the Department of Psychiatry published these results in the American Journal of Psychiatry. The study, conducted in collaboration with investigators at the University of Turku and the National Institute of Health and Welfare in Finland, is the first to connect an insecticide with risk for autism using maternal biomarkers of exposure.
Researchers identified 778 cases of childhood autism among offspring born from 1987 to 2005 to women enrolled in the Finnish Maternity Cohort, representing 98 percent of pregnant women in Finland. They matched these mother-child pai