Innovations in Heathcare in 2019

Early detection of dementia

One of the leading causes of death in the US is Alzheimer’s disease, a common form of dementia. With the slow increase in the average age of the population, there is likelihood for the rise in the number of deaths because of dementia. In spite of this it stays a challenge to catch the early signs. Oxford brain diagnostics say that they have technology, which can identify the conditions much before the symptoms show up. They use the technique called CDM-cortical disarray measurement. Scientists can use this technique to get detailed information from existing MRI scans. With this changes in the micro-anatomy of the brain can be detected. Damage to the set up on politics in the early stages of the disease can be revealed by this method as it is sensitive to disruption at a cellular scale

Blockchain for health

The patient has always been central to healthcare but recently it has become necessary to involve the patient even more deeply. There have conversations doing rounds about how doctors Store data, who is responsible for keeping them and in what manner they are shared. Medicalchain has taken efforts and help people get access to their medical records. They have devised a way that patients can view as well as share their data and information with their medical care providers by using block chain technology, which also finds use in cryptocurrency. This technology will empower the patient, as there is growth of online consultations.

Mobile cancer screening

Over 570,000 cases of cervical cancer what discovered in 2018 globally. The low and middle-income societies see nearly 90% of deaths from cervical cancer. Early intervention and improve the screening can reduce the mortality rate. MobileODT have come up with a handheld colposcope called Eva system. This is powered by battery and can capture high-quality images of the cervix. They have also worked with the National Cancer Institute and have developed a machine learning algorithm and have called it automatic visual evaluation (AVE). This helps to produce an accurate diagnosis within minutes.

Please follow and like us:

Ready for tech trends in 2020?

Mobile Commerce

It has slowly been creeping up and now stands right in front of us. Shopping on phone is now commonplace especially with mobile friendly websites and intuitive apps. With the introduction of Apple Pay and Google Wallet, the facility to pay for products in brick and mortar stores through them is set to make a big difference to the world. Go visit any major city in China. You can see how life would be in a completely cash and cardless world. The QR code has gained importance once again. Well, yes this can affect your phone’s battery life.

Prescriptive Analytics

Prescriptive analytics has been gaining importance since data analytics products have been in use. Analytics tools so far have been used for descriptive and predictive applications. These applications are used to arrange historical data in a way where it is possible to understand the changes that have happened. The data can also be used to predict behaviour and future events.

Prescriptive analytics is used when the results of descriptive and predictive analytics need to be deferred and further steps need to be taken based on that information. This may sound similar to predictive analytics but there is some discrepancy about the exact definition. The oil and gas industry and healthcare Industry have already put prescriptive analytics to good use.

AI as a service

The SaaS Business model combined with AI services can bring AI to a lot of people in a cost-effective manner. Companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Google are offering solutions based on machine learning and related training materials. There are many advances being made in this field. Some AI platforms are providing services such as processing-intensive GPU workloads. Subscription-based AI solutions are a likely development in the near future.

Please follow and like us:

Is zinc the cure for the common cold?

Solution Zinc ions are useful

The common cold is a very uncomfortable condition and people are always looking for solutions which can help. While the metal zinc is not of any use, the solution zinc ions are very powerful. A single atom of zinc with its 2+ electrical charge is soluble in water. When the atom combines with 4 to 8 molecules of water it forms a solution zinc iron, which carries a 2+ charge. It is seen that it is powerful and can be used to treat upper respiratory tract infections. Cold is an infection of the nasal cavity. Rhinovirus is considered to be one of the causes of the common cold.

Sprays or Lozenges

In 1974 it was found that Zn2+ ions were anti-rhinoviral. It has also been shown that Zn2+ ions trigger T-cell lymphocytes to release huge amounts of a powerful anti-viral agent. The Zn2+ ions help in treating common cold through their anti-inflammatory activities. They destroy histamine, stabilise cell plasma membrane by preventing a running nose and congestion and stimulate T-cell lymphocytes.

Nasal sprays, which release Zn2+ irons, have been used for more than hundred years as a gentle nasal decongestant but has had no role in reducing the duration or curing the cold. Instead Zn2+ ions, which are released directly in the mouth, have shown to reduce the duration of common colds as they get soaked into tissues through the mouth nose biologically closed electric circuit. In studies that were conducted it was found that lozenges made of zinc gluconate, which released Zn2+ ions at 5 to 8 milligrams concentration when kept in touch with the oral mucosa for approximately half an hour and used around nine times in a day reduced the symptoms of common cold by nearly a week.

ZIA 50 zinc acetate lozenges are the only ones that have a ‘Cure for the Common Cold’ patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark office

Lets choose to stay away from the common Cold while we can

Regular good nutrition can help build an immune system, which is strong and is ever ready to ward off the common cold.

Please follow and like us:

Ultra Processed foods cause gain in weight

2 weeks to weight gain

Scientists have found that two weeks is all it takes to gain weight by eating ultra processed foods. Studies have been conducted on mice linking processed foods and problems such as intestinal inflammation and obesity. Studies in humans show a connection between ultra processed foods and health outcomes like cancer, autoimmune conditions, obesity and even death.

Ultra processed foods are those that are low in unprocessed ingredients. They include packaged snacks, soft drinks, frozen meals, meat nuggets etc.

Findings from research

A controlled clinical trial was conducted to compare the facts of unprocessed and ultra-processed food on humans. 10 male and female volunteers were a part of the research and they stayed at the NIH clinical Centre for 28 days. Ultra- processed food was given to half of the participants for the first two weeks and unprocessed food was given to the other half. After this two week period the diets were switched between the groups. The volunteers ate around three meals a day and they could eat how much ever they wanted.

An average of 508 calories more was consumed every day by the volunteers on the ultra-processed diet than when they were on the unprocessed diet. This made them gain an average of 2 pounds during the two weeks in the form of body fat. The findings from the study was surprising because both the diets were matched for components like carbohydrates, proteins, fat, sugars and sodium. It was also noted that the participants in the unprocessed food group lost approximately 0.9 kg during the two week study period.

Is it a social problem?

Ultra processed foods account for more than half of the calories consumed in USA. They come across as convenient and cheap options. Those from a lower strata in the society tend to consume more ultra processed foods especially due to lower availability and high prices of healthy and fresh foods.

Please follow and like us: