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Low-cost Anemia Screener Connects to Health Workers’ Cell Phones

Concept: To display test results, the HemoGlobe anemia screening device is slipped onto a patient’s finger and connected with a health worker’s cell phone. [Credit: JHU]
It’s estimated that 600,000 newborns and 100,000 mothers in developing countries die of anemia each year. Biomedical engineering undergraduates at Johns Hopkins have developed a low-cost screening device that works with health workers’ cell phones to help combat this devastating disease.

“This device has the potential to be a game-changer. It will equip millions of health care workers across the globe to quickly and safely detect and report this debilitating condition in pregnant women and newborns. The team members realized that every community health worker already carries a powerful computer in their pocket — their cell phone. So we didn’t have to build a computer for our screening device, and we didn’t have to build a display.”

Soumyadipta Acharya, assistant research professor, Johns Hopkins’ Department of Biomedical Engineering

The noninvasive, “prick-free” device, which goes by the name HemoGlobe, is able to detect and report anemia at the community level. To measure blood hemoglobin levels, the HemoGlobe sensor shines various wavelengths of light through the skin on a patient’s fingertip. The color-coded test results are then displayed on a cell phone’s screen.

The results are also used to create a real-time map that shows the prevalence of anemia, which helps health workers follow-up and distribute additional resources.

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Learn more at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-07/jhu-uic072412.php

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Access to Scientific Research In Developing Areas Grows Significantly

Since 2002, four public-private partnerships have been working together under the collective name of Research4Life to help people in the developing world gain access to vital scientific research.

In May, the partners announced that the content available has increased significantly since 2011. The number of items available has reached 17,000, which includes peer reviewed scientific journals, books, and databases.

The developing world benefits enormously from the online book collections made available by our publisher partners. The new content is a significant addition, more than doubling Research4Life’s information resources previously accessible to researchers and practitioners in low- and middle-income countries.”

— Kimberly Parker, Programme Manager, HINARI (a Research4Life partner organization)

To help achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goals through access to critical scientific research, Research4Life is providing researchers at over 6,000 institutions in more than 100 developing countries and territories access to peer-reviewed scientific research.

The material is provided by some of the world’s leading science publishers for free or at a low cost online.

A culture of evidence-based practice can no longer be an option but the rule. The publishers involved in the HINARI project should be praised for their commitment to improving access to information to students, researchers and practitioners in some of the poorest countries in the world. Elsevier appears to be leading the way and our hope is that other publishers will follow suit and help achieve the target of ‘Health Information For All by 2015’.”

— Dr. Patrick Kyamanywa, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, National University of Rwanda

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Learn more at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-05/e-rge051612.php

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