Enlisting mHealth in the Fight Against River Blindness
Reblogged from the NIH Director's Blog. Originally posted by Dr. Francis Collins, NIH Director, on June 4, 2015.
When it comes to devising new ways to provide state-of-the art medical care to people living in remote areas of the world, smartphones truly are helping scientists get smarter. For example, an NIH-supported team working in Central Africa recently turned an iPhone into a low-cost video microscope capable of quickly testing to see if people infected with a parasitic worm called Loa loa can safely receive a drug intended to protect them from a different, potentially blinding parasitic disease.