HealthWatch: An App For Ear Infections And Surgery Without The Scar


WHAT IF I COULD HELP DIAGNOSE YOUR CHILD’S EAR INFECTION AT HOME? RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON DEVELOPED A SMART APP. OUR DOCTOR IS HERE. HOW DOES THIS HELP? EAR INFECTIONS START UP WITH A BUILD UP OF FLUID WHICH CAN BECOME CONTAMINATED WITH BACTERIA AND CAN CAUSE SYMPTOMS BUT CAN DECREASE HEARING AND IN YOUNG KIDS CAN AFFECT THEIR ACQUISITION OF LANGUAGE. OKAY. IS THERE RESEARCHERS CREATED THE SMART PHONE APP, WHICH CAN DETECT FLUID BY SENDING A SERIES OF CHIPS THROUGH A SMALL PAPER FUNNEL. THE CHIRPS REFLECTED BACK TO THE PHONE, ARE DIFFERENT DEPENDING ON WHETHER THERE IS FLUID THERE OR NOT, SO THAT’S HOW THEY CAN DETERMINE WHETHER IT’S THERE AND IN A STUDY WHERE THEY LOOKED AT 90 KIDS HEARS, IT WAS ABOUT 70% EFFECTIVE OF IDENTIFYING FLUID. FAMILIES CAN USE THIS AT HOME TO DECIDE WHETHER THERE IS FLUID, AND DECIDE TO GO TO THE DOCTOR. PRETTY GOOD. 85%. HERE’S ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY. RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA DEVELOPED A DEVICE THAT CAN PERFORM SURGERY WITHOUT CUTTING THE SKIN. YOU’LL HAVE TO EXPLAIN THIS. IT’S TECH TIME. THIS IS A SPECIALIZED MICROSCOPE THAT USES AN IN FARED LASER BEAM TO SCAN FOR TISSUE LOOKING FOR LEESIONS AND ABNORMALITIES. SURGEONS CAN INTENSIFY THE HEAT TO TREE THE AREA WITHOUT CUTTING THROUGH THE SKIN AND WITHOUT DESTROYING SURROUNDING TISSUE. THEY HOPE ONE DAY THIS COULD BE USED TO TREAT AREAS THAT NEED SORT OF PRECISE TREATMENT THAT YOU DON’T WANT TO CUT THE SKIN, LIKE NERVES AND VESSELS IN THE BRAIN AND OTHER ORGANS COULD ALSO BE USED TO TREAT POSSIBLY CANCEROUS SKIN LEESIONS, AS WELL. IT LOOKS LIKE WE’RE ENTERING A WHOLE NEW UNIVERSE WHERE THINGS ARE CHANGING.

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