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.
December 15, 2017
Pain Treatment, the European Way?
The opioid crisis in the United States forces physicians to focus more on alternative pain therapies, ranging from acupuncture and mindfulness to food supplements.
Dr. Anne Marie McKenzie-Brown is familiar with pain. Pain of varying degrees, stages, perceptions, types and sources. “All of my patients have chronic pain, some have muscular skeleton pain, some have nerve pain,” says the director of the Emory Pain Center, an outpatient clinic located at Emory University's Hospital Midtown.
And then there is the dark side of pain management - opioid addiction. More than 53,000 Americans died from opioid abuse in 2016.
Such staggering numbers have McKenzie-Brown and many of her colleagues studying new ways to manage pain. “We should consider multiple ways to treat pain,” McKenzie-Brown says, “and not exclusively refer to opioids as pain medication.”
October 25, 2017
Atlanta Experts Discuss Innovative Approaches to Antibiotic Resistance
The rise of deadly, drug resistant superbugs is one of the world's most pressing public health concerns.The dangerous development is driven by overuse and misuse of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture, resulting in a dramatic increase of people infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria.
By 2050, 10-million people globally could die from drug resistant bugs, which could lead to a loss of productivity of $100 trillion. Experts from the fields of public health, medicine and biology discussed innovative approaches to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance during an Atlanta Chapter event of the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ).
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