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Linda McSweeny

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Ringtone cancer. Are phones really safe?

Ringtone cancer. Are phones really safe?

New WHO advice has intensified the mobile phone safety debate, but should we be concerned?

A life devoted

Child health advocate, Professor Fiona Stanley, retires this year. Linda McSweeny looks back on a remarkable career.

How about salad with your FBC?

A CHEAP kitchen tool could come to the rescue of doctors battling to diagnose anaemia in isolated or low resource areas of the world, say researchers who have built a hand-powered centrifuge. The device, built from a commercially available salad spinner, was used to determine haematocrit values, and results were compared with those of a benchtop centrifuge. With constant manual pumping, the spinner basket rotated an average 600 revolutions per minute. The packed cell volume measured with the spinner device correlated linearly with results from the benchtop centrifuge, they reported. The simple centrifuge “has the potential ...

How about salad with your FBC?

A CHEAP kitchen tool could come to the rescue of doctors battling to diagnose anaemia in isolated or low resource areas of the world, say researchers who have built a hand-powered centrifuge. The device, built from a commercially available salad spinner, was used to determine haematocrit values, and results were compared with those of a benchtop centrifuge. With constant manual pumping, the spinner basket rotated an average 600 revolutions per minute. The packed cell volume measured with the spinner device correlated linearly with results from the benchtop centrifuge, they reported. The simple centrifuge “has the potential ...

CV risk important in rheumatoid arthritis

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis face an increased risk of cardiovascular events due to disease-related inflammation, as well as from traditional factors. The finding has been suggested by a five-year prospective study of 440 Swedish patients.  However, the study also showed treatment with disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) reduced the risk. Disease progression in the patients (with a mean age of 55 years) was measured by using chemical markers of inflammation and physical appearance of symptoms. Some 97% of the participants had been treated with DMARDS by the close of the study, and lifestyle changes such as ...

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