PSFK Picks: Top 10 Health Innovations Of The Week
From crowdsourcing a cure for cancer to an 'ouchless' band-aid, we bring you the most innovative stories from the world of wellness research.
PSFK has partnered with Boehringer Ingelheim to bring you a snapshot of Ten Innovative Ideas each week that are reshaping the health care industry. Continue reading below for the most exciting ideas from the past seven days.
Citizen Scientists Combine To Identify Effective Cancer Treatments Cancer Research UK has launched an interactive database of cancerous cell samples and is inviting the public to help lab researchers investigate the images. The website, clicktocure.net is a collaboration with Zooniverse, a website that invites amateur astronomers to analyze NASA data. The Cell Slider project breaks down a specific area of research into small, easily accessible parts, asking participants to match up a database of two million cell images. Guided by a tutorial, the public is asked to identify what type of cells they are seeing – irregular, white blood cells or normal tissue. If they spot irregular cells, they're asked what percentage of those cells have turned yellow. The idea is to match up the results from this analysis of cell type, with how the anonymous patient in question responded to that treatment. It will help researchers see how effective different treatments are in helping specific cell types. Initially, the project will concentrate on breast cancers, but if this stage is a success, other cancers with their own distinct biological markers will begin to be introduced.