Tufts scientists develop warning system for cholera epidemics; Device spots seizures with brainwaves;

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> Scientists from Tufts University have developed a new early warning system for cholera epidemics, according to an announcement. Using satellite images, the researchers created a "satellite water marker" (SWM) index to "estimate the presence of organic matter including chlorophyll and plankton based on wavelength measurements." They discovered a relationship between SWM index measurements taken from October to December and the severity of cholera epidemics in the following spring. Announcement

> A device developed by researchers at Imperial College London could spot seizures by reading brainwaves through the ear, according to an article in MIT Technology Review. "The ideal is to have a very stable recording system, and recordings which are repeatable," explained co-creator Danilo Mandic. "It's not interfering with your normal life, because there are acoustic vents so people can hear. After a while, they forget they're having an EEG." Article

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> The plea deal reached on on Wednesday for "serial infector" David Kwiatowski revealed for the first time the extent of the hospital worker's scheme and the lack of communication among hospitals involved which allowed him to continue hurting patients. Article

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> Ohio is the most populous state whose leadership has yet to decide whether to fully embrace the Affordable Care Act. It stands to lose money if it doesn't expand its Medicaid program, reported the Cincinnati Enquirer. Citing data from a study undertaken by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio and Ohio State University, Ohio would spend $17.4 billion a year on its Medicaid program. Article

And Finally... Everyone will be found guilty, but this time, of having orange fingers. Article

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