Public Health Fictions: An Interview with Miriam Doyle Health Science Policy 

Public Health Fictions: An Interview with Miriam Doyle

By Kate Stone @GotScienceOrg Miriam Doyle is a public health professional and one of an estimated forty thousand people who participated in the 2017 March for Science in Washington, DC. GotScience: What motivated you to make that sign? Miriam Doyle: Back in 2015, the Center for Medical Progress released manipulative and fraudulent videos about Planned Parenthood. The public uproar over the idea of Planned Parenthood profiting from the illegal sale of “baby parts” had no factual basis, but the impact was still significant. Congress formed the Select Investigative Panel on…

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15 Minute Blood Test: A user presses the bulb of the smartphone attachment to initiate the fluid flow. (Tassaneewan Laksanasopin, Columbia Engineering) Engineering Health Technology 

Dialing in Blood Tests with a Smartphone

Researchers at Columbia University have developed a low-cost smartphone accessory that tests for infectious diseases — HIV and syphilis — from a finger prick of blood in only 15 minutes. The device replicates all of the functions of a lab-based blood test. Furthermore, it does it all with power from any smartphone. With this little gadget, health workers around the world can quickly perform blood tests without sending vials of blood to a lab. The 15-minute Blood Test The prototype blood test attachment (or “dongle”) is designed to be small…

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