Optical device helps detect oral cancer
A personalized optic device allows the dentist to see if a patient may have developing oral cancer, according to a study published in the Journal of Biomedical Optics.
A simple, manual-support device called a Visually Enhanced Lesion Scope (VELScope) emits a blue light cone inside the mouth, which stimulates several molecules inside the cells, causing them to absorb the light energy and reemit it in the form of visible fluorescence. When the light is removed, the fluorescence of the tissue is no longer visible.
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For the study, the effect of bovine lactoferrin on monkey kidney cells was tested before and after of virus infections, acting in both cases. The researchers found that there was a reduction of up to 80% in viral actions, and that the higher the protein dosage, the more effective the action was. No effect on protein toxicity has been observed.
If a patient's diabetes is not adequately controlled, their overall health will suffer. One of them is the diabetic foot, a condition that occurs when a wound or ulcer develops in a bruised or infected area of the feet. Feet are more susceptible to injury precisely because of the characteristics of diabetes.
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