Tonya Hall and Dr. Achin Bhowmik, chief technology officer and executive vice president of engineering at Starkey Hearing Technologies, discuss the future of wearable and perceptual computing.
Recently, I was honored to be invited by Dr. Robert Boege, Executive Director of ASTRA to join ASTRA’s Futurist Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein, and serve as a NetGeneration of Youth Cyberjournalist covering a Congressional Briefing held in the Rayburn House Office Building on October 11, 2018 entitled, “Ending Opiod Use: A New Hope”. The event was co-sponsored by ASTRA, The World Association for Laser Therapy, NetGeneration of Youth, The Optical Society of America, and thirteen other science and medical organizations. What an opportunity to learn about PBM, “photobiomodulation,” an innovative medical technology, as well as, to be exposed to the organizational stakeholders who advocate for support of America’s ‘science and technology innovation ecosystem.’
Can being in the middle of an opera take your mind off pain? Here at the University of Maryland, scientists are studying the therapeutic value of experiencing a virtual-reality recording of Francis Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites.” The hope is that, at least in some situations, the distraction of an immersive virtual experience can provide pain relief without having to turn to opioids.
ASTRA was among the hosts and co-sponsors of a Congressional Briefing event titled, Ending Opioid Use; A New Hope, on October 11, 2018.
James Carroll (CEO, THOR Photomedicine), Prof. Praveen Arany (University at Buffalo, NY), Annette Quinn RN (Program Manager, Radiation Oncology, University of Pittsburgh (UPMC) Cancer Center) introduced Photobiomodulation (PBM) to a large gathering of senior policy officials at the Rayburn House Office Building.
One thing people not familiar with the heroin scene (which is a good thing) tend to find most surprising is heroin is not regarded by addicts, dealers, or professionals addressing the crises as even remotely an upgrade on prescription pain pills. Next to nobody starts out on heroin, which is cheaper to an extreme compared to prescription pill’s street prices...
“Overdoses on opioids -- such as prescription pain pills or heroin -- are killing 116 Americans every single day, more than 40,000 lives a year,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II said during the ceremony. “Think about this: Almost 1-in-100 American babies are born dependent on drugs.”
August 27,2018 - Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $8 million in funding for 12 research awards on a range of topics in both basic and use-inspired research in particle accelerator science and technology. Projects include work to develop faster methods of applying ion beams to help cure cancer, increase the power of ultrafast lasers, improve technology for industrial-scale accelerators, and research new methods of acceleration.
The first drug that takes advantage of this natural biological process, called RNA interference, was approved August 10 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It targets a rare hereditary disease that causes misshapen proteins to build up in patients’ nerves, tissues and organs, causing loss of sensation, organ failure and even death.
Ryan Murphy, an economist at Southern Methodist University, recently published a working paper in which he ranked each of the states by the predominance of--there’s no nice way to put it--psychopaths. The winner? Washington in a walk. In fact, the capital scored higher on Murphy’s scale than the next two runners-up combined.
In April, the Congressional Budget Office reported the U.S. annual budget deficit will reach $1 trillion by 2020. That’s a troubling trajectory, but no one in Washington seems to care enough to stop spending money. I only see one answer. Washington needs to spend more money. Spending in one area now might actually help avert a fiscal apocalypse later.