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It is through these cracks in surveillance that the disease sometimes escapes, like a thief through a back-alley exit.

In the past few years, however, a new weapon has emerged that’s proved difficult even for mutating airborne bacteria to shake: the omnipresent smartphone.

Mobile technologies devised by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, and Johns Hopkins are allowing patients to use their phones to record daily medication intake. The encrypted videos are sent to public health workers who can watch them from their cubicles, instead of traveling long distances every day to visit patients at their homes or workplaces. …

…continue reading ‘How Smartphones Are Becoming a Weapon in the Global Fight Against Tuberculosis’

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