March 28, 2018
The Medicine Woman
Emory University Researcher Cassandra Quave looks into traditional plant compounds to find alternative treatments for antibiotic resistant super bugs.
It’s bubbling, buzzing, humming and rattling in the small lab on the third floor of Emory University’s anthropology building. The room is packed with drying ovens, evaporators and centrifuges. Test tubes and petri dishes pile up behind glass windows. Researchers in lab coats scratch dark green powder out of mortar dishes.
This is where Cassandra Quave pursues a cure for infections, especially those that are resistant to common antibiotic treatments. But instead of developing more powerful antibiotics and joining a bacterial arms race, she revisits natural remedies that traditional healers have used for hundreds of years.
March 1, 2018
Georgia Health News
High Tech and High Touch
Atlanta based IT entrepreneur Jeff Arnold, founder of WebMD and now CEO of the health and wellness platform Sharecare, wants to create a place where all health information comes together.
Jeff Arnold remembers well the day he was sitting at a table at the White House restaurant in Atlanta’s Buckhead district, wearily sipping a cup of coffee. As on almost every day over the previous four years, he had just sent out several hundred faxes filled with EKG data.The Internet was just beginning to be a force in the business world. “I thought, ‘We need to put this information where the doctors can see it the same time we do,’ ” recalls Arnold, who was then owner of a small heart-monitoring company.
And not just the EKG data. “I was wondering how to put all of a person’s medical information in just one place. His idea: “Health needs a homepage.” He sold his heart-monitoring business and founded WebMD, which would become the leading health information website worldwide. He launched it in the summer of 1998, when he was 28 years old.
February 2, 2018
Georgia Health News
A Hand Named Skywalker
In a Georgia Institute of Technology lab, science fiction has moved to a galaxy a little closer.
Gil Weinberg, the director of Georgia Tech’s Center for Music Technology has developed an ultrasonic sensor that allows amputees to individually move the fingers of their prosthetic hands. It’s a movement that even the most state-of-the-art, commercially available prosthetic devices do not offer. Weinberg named his device “Skywalker” in honor of the hero of the ”Star Wars” saga who gets a fully functioning bionic hand after losing his own in a duel against villain Darth Vader.