As most of my regular readers know, I love drones. I've been flying since the DIY days and some of my best relaxing moments have come as my quadracopter zips around overhead. However, drones can be more than just high priced toys... much more.
Lots of companies are investigating where drones might fit into their business plans. Amazon, UPS, and even Domino's Pizza are looking at adding drones to their delivery services in order to get their shipments to customers faster and easier.
Now, you can imagine my joy when I read the portion of the article below from Healthcaredive.com It seems that drones even have use in healthcare. Here is the drone piece in full:
Unmanned aerial vehicles are a curiosity for most Americans, but in some remote parts of the world, drones are already having an impact on healthcare.
In October, drone startup Zipline, in partnership with UPS and Gavi, began delivering blood supplies to transfusion facilities in western Rwanda where barriers to land transportation can prevent blood supplies from reaching critically ill or injured patients in time to save a life.
“Because of infrastructure deficiencies like impassible or nonexistent roads and supply chain challenges, many remote health centers across the world only receive deliveries twice a year,” the company told Healthcare Dive via email. “Zipline will make it possible for these same clinics to receive deliveries twice a day.”
Each drone, or Zip, can carry 1.5 kg of blood and fly up to 150 km round trip, dropping down low to air drop the package at a designated spot, before returning to the Nest at Zipline’s distribution center within the Central African nation. The whole trip takes about 30 minutes.
To date, Zipline has made close to 100 flights in Rwanda as it works to bring the first two of 21 clinics online. “Some of those have been test flights to map out the routes to hospitals. A smaller number of those flights have been deliveries to clinics,” the company said.
The plan is to stand up five delivery sites to start and then expand one by one to serve the remaining clinics. At that point, Zipline expects to be making between 50 and 150 flights a day.
The company plans to expand the drone delivery service to the eastern half of Rwanda in early 2017, and, from there, to other countries in Africa and around the world, including the sites U.S. Federal aviation regulators have cleared Zipline to deliver blood — Smith Island, MD, and the San Juan Islands of Washington, and Nevada.
Zipline also plans to move beyond blood to deliver medications and vaccines for HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other life-threatening diseases.
Since the company partners with governments, there’s no worry about reimbursement. “We’re able to make medical deliveries for about the same cost as current modes of transportation — like motorcycles and cars — just faster and more efficiently,” Zipline representatives said. “And the economic benefits of a healthier population are immeasurable."
If you would like to read the full article that features other tech pieces coming to the healthcare sector, follow this link.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Monday, January 30, 2017
Thursday, January 26, 2017
I’ve been a drone pilot for the past several years. In fact, I’ve been flying these things long enough to be able to say I was part of the hobby when a lot of it was DIY.
One of the things that has always amazed me about these devices is the amount of air they throw off. My first drone was a hexacopter (6 blades) and the first time it took off, it left a mini crop circle in the grass of the launch area. I’m now flying a DJI Quadcopter and even though it has 2 fewer rotors, it still throws of an amazing amount of air.
Up until now, the only way you could get an appreciation for this was to get sort of close to the copter which really isn’t the safest thing to do. Now, thanks to NASA we can SEE exactly what is going on.
The bright minds at NASA’s Ames Research Center did a computer simulation of airflow coming from a DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter. It shows graphically how the air interacts and moves on the props and the body of the drone. Airflow interactions are shown an undulating lines. Pressure changes are shown using color. Areas of high pressure are red; low are blue.
As a diehard geek, this is one of the coolest things I’ve seen lately.
For the video above: Credits: NASA Ames Research Center/NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division/Tim Sandstrom
If you’d like to see the webpage featuring this, here is the link.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
The 2017 schedule for the Center for Esthetic Excellence features six new courses and nine top clinicians for an incredible year of learning, fun and comradery at the popular CEE in Chicago.
The faculty this year features three presenters new to the CEE:
- Dr. Dipesh Parmar,
- Dr. Matt Costa
- Dr. Danièle Larose.
Returning faculty include:
- Dr. Jason Smithson,
- Dr. Buddy Mopper,
- Dr. Newton Fahl,
- Dr. Corky Willhite,
- Dr. Dennis Hartlieb
- Dr. Brian LeSage.
These small hands-on courses with top clinicians will take your dentistry to a new level.
For information, contact Erika at 800-837-2321 or visit www.ceechicago.com.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The huge mistake that could cripple your dental practice
Backing up your data is easy to do — but not doing it could mean the end of your practice.
Monday, January 23, 2017
We recognized the urgent need for a less-expensive epinephrine auto-injector, and are proud to offer a low-cost option at all CVS Pharmacy locations. Patients can now purchase the authorized generic for Adrenaclick® at a cash price of $109.99 for a two-pack – the lowest cash price in the market. This authorized generic is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved device with the same active ingredient as other epinephrine auto-injector devices.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Becoming a dentist involves a marathon of training and testing. Ideally, the pathway starts as early as high school, when you focus on Advanced Placement courses in chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics. As an undergrad, aspiring dentists will need to take a host of pre-med courses in mathematics, chemistry and biology, particularly because most dentists take the Dental Admission Test (DAT) by their junior year. Getting into dental school is competitive, and scoring well on the acceptance test is only one of the hurdles. Aspiring dentists will also need to acquire top marks in undergrad and glowing letters of recommendation to get into dental school.
Dental school itself is a rigorous mix of practical and technical training, and the time spent in a program is determined by specialty. The residency program is usually one to two years. To practice, dentists will need to obtain a state-specific license. And while practicing, each state will require dentists to keep up with changes in ethics, technology and more by taking continuing dental education courses.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Contribution Will Provide Complete Dental Care Facility for
the Organization’s New Location
Malvern, PA (January 10, 2017) – For its latest philanthropic endeavor, DentalEZ®, a supplier of integrated products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, recently donated a full shipment of dental supplies and equipment to Project Chimps, a rescue organization dedicated to the lifetime sanctuary care of hundreds of captive chimpanzees.
Specifically, the Company donated various dental products, and operatory and utility room equipment to Project Chimps’ new northern Georgia sanctuary including NevinLabs™ steel cabinets, DentalEZ® delivery units and operatory lights, StarDental® handpieces, and RAMVAC vacuums and compressors. Because of the Company’s generous donation, the new dental facility will now have all components needed for complete and optimal dental care of the rescued animals.
Peter Volk, Territory Sales Manager for DentalEZ is heading the mission along with Southern Region Manager, Chuck Seeger, and Jason Hodkowski, Senior Institutional Sales Manager. The team is currently working with the company to create the dental facility. “It is interesting because as dental professionals our focus is almost always on our human patients,” remarked Volk. “What most people don’t think about is that all of the animals that they only see on Animal Planet or at the zoo need dental care. Once in a captive environment these animals need to receive all of the preventive care that we humans are accustomed to.”
A recent transfer carried out by Project Chimps prompted the charitable donation by DentalEZ, as well as widespread national attention. Nine chimpanzees once used as research animals at the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana were just relocated to the new Project Chimps refuge, hundreds of miles from their former home in a lab where they were used as subjects in biomedical testing.
Workers with the non-profit organization transported all nine animals and now Project Chimps sanctuary, located in Morganton, Georgia, is their new home, a sprawling preserve where over 200 chimps will eventually roam free. The 236-acre sanctuary is located along a temperate rainforest, with rolling hills and a lush, green landscape. In addition to office buildings, a full veterinary clinic, and an upscale kitchen designed by celebrity chef Rachael Ray, there are currently four "villas" that can house 10-15 chimps each, and one larger group building that can house two groups of 10-15 chimps.
“It’s a very rewarding feeling to know that we are providing the medical and dental equipment to chimps that, up to this point, have spent most if not all of their lives in a research laboratory,” continued Volk. “As a DentalEZ representative, it is important that we give back not only to the people in our community, but also to those that do not have a voice. It is our calling as dental professionals to make sure that everyone, both human and animal, are treated with the utmost care and respect.”
In 2015, all chimpanzees were designated an endangered species, marking the end of privately funded research on chimpanzees in the US. Chimps are considered the smartest primate and the closest relatives to humans, which is why the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana has used 220 of them for medical testing.
The opening of the new Project Chimps sanctuary follows a steady shift away from controversial biomedical research on chimpanzees across the country. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) began significantly phasing out its funding of federal research on chimps in 2013, and announced the retirement of its 50 remaining chimpanzees in November 2015.
NIH also ended its research support for chimps but did not own approximately 360 remaining around the US. Now the private institutions that own them, like the New Iberia Research Center, are following suit. However, due to limited space at existing sanctuaries such as Chimp Haven in Louisiana and Save the Chimps in Florida, the creation of new refuges like Project Chimps is crucial.
For more information about Project Chimps, please visit www.projectchimps.org.
For more information about the DentalEZ company and its complete offerings of dental product and equipment solutions, please visit www.dentalez.com.
About Project Chimps
Project Chimps was founded in late 2014 by a “super group” of chimpanzee, nonprofit, philanthropic, and legal experts to solve the critical question of what would happen to the hundreds of chimps still left in private biomedical research. Primatologists and professionals from all over the country left their current roles and signed on to work for Project Chimps, a nonprofit organization that is making unprecedented advances for captive chimpanzees. Through relationship-building, collaboration, and tenacity, Project Chimps was able to come to an agreement with the University of Louisiana’s New Iberia Research Center. They agreed to let Project Chimps have all of their remaining chimpanzees and provide them with lifetime sanctuary care. This decision is unprecedented and shows what positive collaboration can do for the betterment of others, in this case: chimpanzees. For more information, please visit www.projectchimps.org.
Monday, January 16, 2017
During the recent holiday season there were announcements that Rediwhip, the whipped cream in the aerosol can) would be in short supply because the product uses nitrous oxide as the propellant. Due to the potential shortage, cans flew off the shelves (not literally).
Thursday, January 12, 2017
At the beginning of next week, Norway will begin to shut down the FM (Frequency Modulation) radio network. The country will transition to an all digital satellite network over the same time that FM is being shelved.
There were a couple of reasons for this.
- Geography: Norway is a country of mountains and fiords. Getting standard radio waves into incredibly high and incredibly low places can be done, but it is expensive. Digital broadcasting or DAB as it is called, will be much more cost efficient.
- Cost: Government estimates show a savings of over $23.5 million per year which radio companies can use to create new and better programs to broadcast. Also the FM network is aging and would require a significant capital investment to keep it going .
However it’s not all flowers and candy. Norway is a country of 5 million people and about 2 million cars there don’t have a way to receive digital signals. However adapters can be purchased and as older vehicles are retired they will be replaced with new ones that can receive digital signals.
Personally I find this interesting news. Change is one of the things we are guaranteed. I’ve had satellite radio for a few years now and would never go back. However, could FM be shut down in the US? Norway’s effort will be followed with interest, I’m sure.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
- 79% of American adults agree there is a connection between oral health and overall health
- Adults who are extremely satisfied with their oral health rate there overall wee-being as very good (48%), compared to those who report they are not satisfied (28%)
- 63%feel that good oral health helps them feel confident on a daily bases, more so than having clear skin (56%) or being in shape (50%)
Monday, January 9, 2017
A couple of weeks ago I posted about how the EPA would soon be requiring Amalgam separators. Now comes info from Kerr and DRNA (the company I use) about helping dentists to have the necessary equipment to be in compliance. Read on for the details.
Broader commitment to environmental responsibility underscored by dual focus on equipment and education for the dental community.
January 2, 2017 – Understanding that any successful transition requires the right equipment and the necessary education, Kerr is partnering with Dental Recycling of North America, Inc. (DRNA) to support dental practices through information, training, documentation and equipment.
RecyleAmalgamWaste.com — a new site hosted by DRNA — builds on the organization’s successful relationship with Kerr to provide resources exclusively for Kerr customers. These include:
- A complete checklist of key points regarding compliance with the new EPA regulations, including FAQ’s
- A list of future dates of DRNA webinars on the new EPA regulations
- An update on disposal and recycling policies of Evac-u-Traps™ and chairside Pinnacle™ traps, as well as the best solutions for compliance
- Offices can also sign up for the Free Environmental Compliance report which is sent out via email on a monthly basis
DRNA will also make available — at no cost — an eight-hour continuing education course that walks dental offices through compliance requirements. Valued at $299, “Public Health, the Environment and Dentistry: From Policy to Clinical Practice,” offers a comprehensive understanding of the EPA regulation, set to be issued in June 2016. Created by Dr. Al Frost, a dentist, epidemiologist, public health specialist and Vice President for Clinical and Scientific Affairs for DRNA, the course guides clinicians through the changing EPA landscape. It offers a thorough understanding of topics including:
- The impact of environment on human health;
- Environmental policy and the rationale for regulatory development;
- Dentistry's role in environmental public health; and
- How to develop and implement compliance policies.
For a limited time only, DRNA will be offering Kerr customer base a free recycling unit with the purchase of a year-long service agreement. The success of this effort also requires reporting, and to that end, DRNA has agreed to offer Kerr customers help with all of the documentation they are now required to provide to the government — a major benefit to busy dentists who care about compliance with the new guidelines.
“Kerr is highly committed to the environment and pleased to support DRNA’s mission to see that the environmental aspects of amalgam are addressed in the most satisfactory manner,” said Todd Norbe, President for Kerr Corporation, North America. “Given the upcoming EPA federal rule on amalgam recycling, we are keen to do our part to educate the dental profession on the best solutions in place to address this important environmental compliance issue.”
For more information, visit www.kerrdental.com or call 877-685-1484.
For nearly 125 years, Kerr has been serving the comprehensive needs of the entire dental care community in pursuit of enhancing oral health. Individual Kerr brands are encompassed within the Kerr Restoratives, Kerr Endodontics, Kerr Rotary, and Kerr TotalCare platforms. By providing best-in-class, patient-based solutions, we believe that in partnership with those we serve - “Together we’re more.”
Visit us at www.kerrdental.com or call 800-KERR123.
About DRNA, Inc.
DRNA is the North American leader in dental waste management and recycling. Whether amalgam waste, x-ray chemistry, lead, bio-hazardous or pharmaceutical waste, DRNA provides essential and affordable solutions for every dental office. DRNA is the number one compliance partner providing equipment, recycling, long-term documentation and education.
For more information on DRNA please visit www.drna.com.
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
For decades now, on the edge scientists and science fiction writers have envisioned a future where body parts are replaced by being regrown and then attached.
Imagine that instead of Luke Skywalker’s mechanical hand he could actually have a real human hand instead. The possibilities for helping those injured catastrophically injured warms my heart and gets my thoughts soaring just thinking about it.
One of the biggest hurdles to cross in this science has been rejection of the new tissue by the recipient. Animals don’t like mixing their body parts as they are frequently identified by the recipient as something foreign and the immune system sets in to reject the tissue, organ, etc.
Now comes word from a company named Spiderwort that could change all of that. The company had the brilliant idea of using plant material instead of animal material as a lattice to grow tissue. Utilizing a CO2 incubator, the company is hoping to let anyone with the knowledge create their own body parts.
Sound interesting? I sure was fascinated by the above video and the entire story on this I read at motherboard.com
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Recently the news has been abuzz with the discussion of President-Elect Donald Trump berating Boeing about the 4 billion dollar price tag for 2 new jets to serve as Air Force One.
A small bit of trivia here: Air Force One is the call sign of the plane ONLY when the president is on board. That’s why there can be 2 of them that can serve with that designation.
Anyway, Wired Magazine (one of my geek/tech favorites) has an article on what the original planes looked like complete with a visual tour. If you’d like to actually see one of them for yourself, there is one on display at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.
Monday, January 2, 2017
Exposure to chemicals in e-cigarettes could trigger severe gum disease – and even increase the risk of mouth cancer, scientists have warned.
New studies have highlighted concerns over potential damage to cells in the gums from vapour released by the devices.
Tests showed substances used to flavour e-cigarettes cause inflammation and damage tissue that helps hold teeth in place.
Experts at the University of California Los Angeles found e-cigarettes contained toxic substances and nanoparticles that could kill the top layer of cells in the mouth and gums.
They warned the changes noticed in tests could increase the risk of mouth cancer if the same thing happened in e-cigarette users.
Since then, a team at Université Laval in Canada has found gum tissue cells appear to mutate when they come into contact with e-cigarette vapour.
They warn: ‘The adverse effects of e-cigarette vapour could lead to oral disease.’
Another study, at the University of Rochester in New York, found flavourings in e-cigarettes triggered inflammation and DNA damage and that ‘vaping’ – the name giving to using e-cigarettes – damaged tissue joining the teeth to the jawbone.
Researcher Dr Irfan Rahman said: ‘When the vapours from an e-cigarette are burned, it causes cells to release inflammatory proteins. This aggravates stress within cells, resulting in damage that could lead to oral diseases.’
Nearly three million people in Britain use e-cigarettes. Public Health England insists they are 95 per cent safer than tobacco.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4044776/New-e-cigarettes-alert-experts-warn-exposure-chemicals-trigger-severe-gum-disease-increase-risk-mouth-cancer.html#ixzz4TKN4oAKi
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