Newswise — During the AACC – Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, held in Anaheim, California (USA) from July 23rd to 27th, the Brazilian health tech company Hilab, specializing in clinical analysis tests, participated in the congress alongside ABIMO – Brazilian Association of Medical Devices Industry. The company showcased innovative solutions for the healthcare industry, including two notable launches and the world’s only point-of-care Hemogram device capable of delivering a complete blood count with the assistance of AI and other technologies within 30 minutes.
The Hilab Lens, the smallest point-of-care device for a complete blood count, represents a significant breakthrough in the field of digital microscopy. According to information from ANS- National Health Agency, this test is requested in nearly half of medical orders, as it can identify hundreds of diseases.
The device works by healthcare professionals collecting a blood sample from the fingertip, similar to rapid glucose tests. The extracted sample is placed in a capsule and inserted into the device. The sample information is sent via the Internet of Things to the company’s central laboratory, where the test is verified first by Artificial Intelligence and then by a specialized healthcare professional in hematology. Finally, the test results are sent to the patient’s mobile phone via SMS and email, all within half an hour, while traditional methods take approximately 12 to 48 hours.
Bernardo Almeida, an infectious disease physician, and Chief Medical Officer of Hilab, explains that “the complete blood count is so popular because it evaluates the quantity and quality of the main blood components, supporting the assessment and monitoring of acute infectious conditions, anemia evaluation, as well as assessing overall health. With the test’s ease and speed, medical professionals and patients can benefit from the prompt delivery of results in both routine and emergency cases.”
The efficiency of the device was demonstrated through a pilot operation at the Brazilian hospital Erasto Gaetner, a reference institution for the clinical and surgical treatment of oncology patients in Curitiba (PR). Moreover, its theses were presented and validated in articles published by Nature, one of the most relevant scientific journals in the world. Today, the device is already in use in various healthcare facilities across the country, including occupational medicine companies, clinics, and other locations.
Additionally, Hilab will introduce two new devices at the event: the Hilab Volt and the Hilab Wave. These compact devices will also operate remotely connected via the internet to the health tech’s central laboratory. The Hilab Volt functions based on electrochemistry and reads an electrode that selectively interacts with the sample, generating a useful analytical electrical signal. It will allow the evaluation of indices such as calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, and glucose, among others. The Hilab Wave operates through spectrophotometry, an optical analysis methodology that quantitatively measures the absorption of light by solutions, used for biological and physicochemical investigations. It enables dozens of tests, including phosphorus, magnesium, cholesterol, Vitamin D, and even the incidence of Malaria.
“Participating in a scientific and international event of this magnitude reinforces Brazil’s ability to transform the healthcare sector using technology as an ally. For Hilab, as a Brazilian company, this is a particularly special and rewarding moment, marking a positive milestone in their history, indicating that they are on the right path by providing quality and innovative services that can address urgent healthcare access issues worldwide“, says Marcus Figueredo, CEO, and co-founder of Hilab.
Certifications and Recognitions
In 2016, the United Nations, in conjunction with DNV-GL, published a report called “Future of Spaceship Earth,” aiming to showcase companies that were creating technologies capable of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Hilab was the only company from South America to be chosen and mentioned in the report.
Hilab has also received recognition from the Global Entrepreneurship Competition in Barcelona, being among the 16 most promising ventures in the world. Moreover, it was the winner of the Med Tech Awards, a competition seeking companies with innovative solutions in the healthcare sector, organized by the British Government.
Recently, the company was awarded the MIT Innovative Workplaces seal for its disruptive work in the healthcare sector. The certification from MIT Technology Review, the world’s largest ecosystem for content and innovation, measures the effectiveness of the startup’s innovation-related actions.
Hilab is a 100% Brazilian health tech founded in Curitiba with headquarters in Manaus, developing national devices and technologies for clinical analysis. Its innovative approach allows tests to be conducted using just a few drops of blood. Hilab’s disruptive model differentiates it from traditional laboratories, eliminating the need to transport biological samples. This innovative approach enables the delivery of results in a matter of minutes, providing a faster and more efficient experience for patients. The company employs an advanced technological platform that integrates Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT), enabling the digitization of tests from anywhere in the world, creating a decentralized laboratory.
The company also offers the possibility of conducting tests in loco, without the need to send information remotely. Additionally, Hilab revolutionizes the patient experience by providing less uncomfortable and fingertip-based sample collection. With the use of innovative devices, Hilab simplifies the result delivery process, sending reports signed by healthcare professionals directly to the patient’s mobile phone within 30 minutes.
Exploring the Healthiest Communities in the United States: California Counties Shine Bright
Discover how California’s Marin County leads the healthiest U.S. communities, boasting high life expectancy and low obesity rates in a recent study.
A recent study by MarketWatch has unveiled a list of the healthiest communities in the United States, with California counties claiming top spots. Marin County, nestled across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, emerged as the healthiest county, boasting a remarkable life expectancy of 85, a lower-than-average adult obesity rate, and a mere 5 percent of residents without health insurance.
The study evaluated 576 U.S. counties using 14 key metrics, including food insecurity, healthcare access, life expectancy, health insurance coverage, and environmental factors like water and air quality. Western states dominated the top 10 list, with Colorado, Hawaii, and Montana also showcasing exemplary county health profiles.
The findings emphasized a correlation between community health and wealth, with affluent areas exhibiting lower rates of food insecurity and higher levels of health insurance coverage. The presence of nature parks in many of the healthiest counties underscored the positive impact of green spaces on well-being, aligning with scientific research on the subject.
However, the study also shed light on disparities, highlighting that residents in the unhealthiest counties face challenges such as limited access to grocery stores, higher rates of food insecurity, and inadequate primary care services. Harris County, Texas, home to Houston, was identified as the least healthy county due to high uninsured rates and poor environmental quality.
In California, 37 out of 58 counties were ranked, with Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties clinching top positions. The data revealed a stark contrast in median incomes between the healthiest and unhealthiest counties, with Marin County boasting a median income well above the national average.
This comprehensive analysis serves as a valuable resource for policymakers and healthcare professionals striving to address disparities and promote well-being across communities. It underscores the importance of factors such as access to healthcare, environmental quality, and socioeconomic status in shaping overall community health outcomes.
Empoderar a los afroamericanos con el aprendizaje de habilidades que salvan vidas
(Family Features) En el espíritu del Mes de la Historia Afroamericana, usted puede empoderarse, educar a otros y mejorar la salud cardíaca de su comunidad convirtiéndose en un defensor de la RCP (reanimación cardiopulmonar) y del DEA (desfibrilador externo automático). Compartir la importancia de estas habilidades que salvan vidas puede ayudar a crear un futuro más saludable para las generaciones futuras.
Según la American Heart Association, los afroamericanos tienen la mayor incidencia de paro cardíaco fuera del hospital y tienen muchas menos probabilidades de sobrevivir. El paro cardíaco en las colonias negros se asocia con bajas tasas de tratamiento y supervivencia; los estudios han demostrado tasas más bajas tanto de RCP como de uso de DEA por parte de transeúntes en estas colonias.
En Estados Unidos, las desigualdades en salud son diferencias sistemáticas en el estado sanitario de diferentes grupos demográficos y, a menudo, son el resultado de barreras como el racismo, la pobreza, la discriminación, la falta de vivienda asequible, educación de calidad y acceso a la atención médica.
El Mes de la Historia Afroamericana sirve como telón de fondo relevante para la campaña Nation of Lifesavers de la American Heart Association, cuyo objetivo es alinear los principios de empoderamiento, participación comunitaria y equidad en salud. Al celebrar la abundante herencia y la resiliencia de la comunidad afroamericana, también se puede reconocer la importancia de fomentar la educación sobre la salud cardíaca y construir un legado de salud.
Puede defender la importancia de la capacitación en RCP y DEA compartiendo esta importante información en su comunidad.
Debido a que alrededor del 70% de los paros cardíacos fuera del entorno hospitalario ocurren en el hogar, aprender RCP puede salvar la vida de alguien que conoce y ama. De hecho, si bien el 90% de las personas que sufren un paro cardíaco fuera de un entorno hospitalario no sobreviven, se pueden duplicar o triplicar las posibilidades de supervivencia de una víctima realizando RCP de inmediato. Consta de dos sencillos pasos:
- Llamar al 9-1-1 (o enviar a alguien para que lo haga).
- Presionar fuerte y rápido en el centro del pecho.
Un DEA es un dispositivo portátil y liviano que administra una descarga eléctrica a través del pecho hasta el corazón cuando detecta un ritmo anormal y luego cambia el ritmo a la normalidad. Más del 15% de los paros cardíacos fuera de un entorno hospitalario ocurren en lugares públicos, lo que significa que los DEA de acceso público y la capacitación comunitaria desempeñan un papel importante en la desfibrilación temprana. La RCP combinada con el uso de un DEA ofrece las mejores posibilidades de salvar una vida.
Las ambulancias, los vehículos policiales, muchos camiones de bomberos y otros vehículos de primera respuesta contienen DEA. Además, se pueden encontrar en áreas públicas, como recintos deportivos, centros comerciales, aeropuertos y aviones, empresas, centros de convenciones, hoteles, escuelas, piscinas y consultorios médicos. Por lo general, puede buscar cerca de ascensores, cafeterías, áreas de recepción y en las paredes de los pasillos principales donde se reúne un gran número de personas.
Siga estos pasos para utilizar un DEA:
- Encienda el DEA y siga las indicaciones de voz.
- Retire toda la ropa que cubra el pecho. Si es necesario, seque el pecho.
- Retire el protector de las almohadillas y colóquelas en el pecho desnudo de la persona siguiendo la ilustración de las almohadillas.
- Enchufe el conector de las almohadillas al DEA, si es necesario.
- El DEA verificará si la persona necesita una descarga y le indicará cuándo administrarla. Mientras el DEA analiza, asegúrese de que nadie toque a la persona.
- Reanude la RCP si no es necesaria ninguna descarga. Si es necesaria una descarga, asegúrese de que nadie toque a la persona y presione el botón de “descarga” y luego reanude inmediatamente la RCP.
- Continúe la RCP hasta que llegue el personal de emergencia.
Obtenga más información y descubra cómo empoderarse a sí mismo y a su comunidad en heart.org/blackhistorymonth.
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American Heart Association
4 Tips to Get High Cholesterol Under Control
(Family Features) Heart disease is the nation’s leading cause of death for men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but many people aren’t aware they may be at elevated risk. More than 71 million adults in the United States have high low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and nearly 50 million don’t have it under control, which puts them at higher risk for cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke.
What’s more, nearly one-third (31%) of U.S. adults are not aware that having high cholesterol puts them at greater risk for heart attack and stroke, according to the findings of a recent study conducted by The Harris Poll commissioned by Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. The poll also revealed some inconsistent understanding about treatment options available for those with uncontrolled cholesterol. Fully 3 in 10 (30%) of those taking statins believe statins are the only LDL lowering treatment available for those with high LDL cholesterol.
“In auto racing, the red flag means danger on the track, stopping the race immediately,” said Dr. JoAnne Foody, chief medical officer at Esperion. “We are launching a patient education program, ‘Wave the Red Flag,’ to encourage people with uncontrolled high cholesterol to have their levels checked right away and discuss appropriate treatment options with their health care provider.”
If your high cholesterol is uncontrolled, understanding how you can achieve greater control can reduce your risk for serious health conditions, including potentially life-threatening cardiovascular events.
Consider these tips to get high cholesterol under control.
Talk with your doctor. Speaking with your physician is an important first step to managing any health condition. Your doctor can help you understand the severity of your condition and whether a treatment plan should be moderate or aggressive.
Check your progress. Keeping tabs on your cholesterol can help you and your health care team gauge whether your treatment plan is working. If you don’t have heart disease, you may not need to check as frequently, but your doctor can recommend the appropriate intervals to help manage your cholesterol most effectively.
Take medications as prescribed. Statins are the medications most often recommended by treatment guidelines for the management of blood cholesterol, and nearly one-third (30%) of those taking statins believe they are the only cholesterol-lowering treatment available, according to the survey. However, even with maximal statin therapy, some patients with chronic disease do not meet recommended LDL cholesterol levels. Taking your medications regularly and as instructed helps your doctor determine whether additional therapies – including non-statin treatments – could be useful to help manage your blood cholesterol.
Make lifestyle adjustments. Your diet plays a major role in lowering LDL cholesterol. Limiting fatty foods, especially those that are high in saturated and trans fats, is key. Monitoring your overall diet and exercising can also help reduce your risk of high cholesterol. Even if you don’t have high cholesterol, adopting more cholesterol-friendly habits can help prevent your levels from rising to unhealthy levels in the future.
To find additional information about managing your high cholesterol, talk to your health care provider and visit WaveTheRedFlag.info.
Fast Facts About Cholesterol
What is cholesterol?
The liver creates a fat-like waxy substance called cholesterol. It serves useful purposes for the body, including producing hormones and helping digest food.
How do you get high cholesterol?
The human body makes all the cholesterol it needs naturally, so any cholesterol you eat is cholesterol you don’t need. However, it can be difficult to avoid because you can find dietary cholesterol in many common foods, including meat, seafood, poultry, eggs and dairy. Other non-dietary contributing factors include health conditions like obesity and diabetes, as well as family history and advancing age.
What is a normal cholesterol level?
An average optimal level of LDL cholesterol is about 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).
An average optimal level of high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, cholesterol is at least 40 mg/dL for men and 50 mg/dL for women. HDL cholesterol can actually lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Are there symptoms of high cholesterol?
Unlike many health conditions, there are rarely any symptoms that your cholesterol is high. That’s what makes regular screening so important.
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