Author: vulgavis

A new era in mosquito-borne disease surveillance

Mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals on the planet, thanks to the variety of arboviruses and other pathogens they transmit. Surveillance of these pathogens in collected mosquitoes allows us to detect them before they infect people and become public health concerns. Unfortunately, mosquito surveillance is a tedious and expensive enterprise, and local mosquito control districts and researchers spend a lot of time, money and effort doing that. I know this at a personal level, as a mosquito surveillance partner of the Washington Department of Health in Spokane County. For the last 4 years, once a week in the summer,...

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Research on Augmented Reality in nursing still in its infancy

Augmented Reality In recent years, there has been an increase in the development of innovative digital technology, including Augmented Reality (AR). AR is the overlaying of virtual content on a user’s view of the real world. Cases supporting the use of AR smart glasses exist if an application is needed to be timely, mobile, and hands-free and continuous attention on the task is necessary. For example, in maintenance a worker could use a smart glass with a live-streaming feature to get advice of technicians, including watching demonstrations, while doing the work. Because of the novelty of AR applications, we...

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Is aerobic exercise an effective treatment strategy for patients with migraine?

© FS-Stock / Migraine is a highly prevalent disorder. Patients with migraine often use acute medication to reduce an acute migraine attack or prophylactic medication to prevent migraine attacks from occurring. However, not all patients tolerate these drugs equally and some might request non-pharmacological alternatives. Non-pharmacological prophylactic treatments like self-management strategies, manual therapy and aerobic exercise are also being used in clinical practice. The rationale for the application of aerobic exercise in migraine is based on the fact that exercise can decrease pain by modulating the pain process in the brain. For example, exercise is already used as...

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Geospatial artificial intelligence: the technology standing on the shoulders of giants

Nanos gigantum humeris insidentes. GeoAI is ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’, namely AI/deep learning and GIS technologies. Wikimedia Commons The synergistic confluence of artificial intelligence (AI, especially ‘deep learning‘, a type of machine learning) and the geographic/GIS (geographic information systems) dimension creates GeoAI. The latter is the term commonly used to refer to a battery of technologies that is much more powerful than the sum of its parent components (AI + GIS). GeoAI opens up big opportunities and applications in health and healthcare, as location plays a key role in both population and individual health. GeoAI opens up...

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