Frédérique Sunstrum, was recently a gold award winner in the Next Gen category for the Good Design Australia Awards. Her design replaces the needs for Diabetes patients to remove a sample of blood from their body and test it externally for glucose levels with a non invasive determination of those levels using radio waves. Most importantly the device worn on the ear monitors changes in the levels and sends a phone alert to the patient if action is needed. Congratulations Frédérique.
Article written by Liam Mannix in the Sydney Morning Herald outlines exciting new work exploring changes in our blood and what they can indicate. I know that once someone has had a heart attack the fear of having another can limit how they let themselves experience life. So great news from this team of Melbourne based researchers.
Image of detail of Blood on Silk: Buy/Sell 2017
From an article ‘How a beer at a uni bar sparked an idea that could save millions’ by Blake Foden in the Sydney Morning Herald. Click on beer to get the link to the SMH Site to read the full article
The title of the article on the quartz website is Google is using 46 billion data points to predict the medical outcomes of hospital patients’. This includes the claim by Google that they have …. ‘the ability to predict patient deaths 24-48 hours before current methods… ‘
The research paper from Google apparently hasn’t been peer reviewed yet and it will be very interesting to see how this all plays out.
Credit: NIH/Wikimedia Commons
A magnified dendritic cell.
Funded by the Wellcome Trust, researchers from the Broad Institute spanning MIT and Harvard, have discovered four new subtypes of white blood cells using single cell genomics. The image above, from the Wellcome announcement is of a beautiful almost fungal shape, an expression of the body’s defence system.
This work is part of an ongoing project to map every cell type in the body.
From someone who has had more than their fair share of failed attempts by staff to get blood out for testing this sounds like a great medical advance to me. On the flip side it does raise issues about how well it could be set up for the farming of humans.
Video credit – The National Science Foundation
Saw this documentary last night on the ABC 4Corners program in Australia. Its one thing to read about it but another thing to see it. Just watch it.