The SONO Month in Review for December includes interesting news that is worth reading and may have a positive impact for the future practice and experience if you are in the field of Health and Medicine. Moreover, if your goal is to work in the interest of human health, the first advice, besides getting a medical degree and reading many books for having knowledge of past years, is also reading news for staying up-to-date and be aware of all new discoveries and findings. News presented below concerning ultrasound technologies and high-level disinfection of different medical items, will provide the information that enables you to take part in every discussion pertaining to the medical world’s current events.
December 4, 2018
After decades of medical dramas filling our TV screens, the figure of a technician wielding an ultrasound wand is so prolific, it’s easily called to mind. Even if you’ve never needed an internal abdominal exam, the steps are familiar: The clear, cool gel on the belly; the pressing of a sturdy, plastic device against the patient’s torso; the grainy images that appear on a nearby screen…Expanding on this traditional use for ultrasound technology, Professor Vince Clark at The University of New Mexico’s Psychology Clinical Neuroscience Center asked the question, “What would happen if we pointed an ultrasound wand not at the abdomen, but at the head?”
December 19, 2018
Developed by researchers at the University of Queensland (UQ), the technology first came to prominence in 2015. In the original trials, ultrasound was used to remove amyloid beta (Aβ) from mouse brains. Aβ is the main component of the amyloid plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Clearing it from mouse brains was found to restore memory and counteract the disease’s degenerative impact. Since then, the technique has also been successfully trialled on higher level mammals and a phase 1 safety trial on a small number of human patients is now due to take place in late 2019.
December 20, 2018
One area for which the technological innovations of the past decade are making a tremendous impact center around improving both the detection and treatment methods for many illnesses and disorders. Some of them were previously seen as untreatable or represented significant challenges. For various forms of dementia such as Alzheimer's disease, creative solutions have emerged, from one company's wearable QR code thumbnails for tracking seniors with dementia, to new detection methods for the presence of memory-robbing illness.
December 24, 2018
In a recent study, researchers found DNA from bacteria linked to a number of infections on stethoscopes carried by Intensive Care Unit (ICU) healthcare professionals. On a set of forty ICU stethoscopes, all had a high abundance of Staphylococcus DNA, with “definitive” S. aureus DNA present on 24 of 40 of the instruments tested, according to Ronald G. Collman, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia and his colleagues. The authors wrote, “Staphylococcus, the bacteria responsible for Staph infections, was found in abundance on all stethoscopes.”
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