UC Berkeley researchers use mobile phone-based technology to detect river blindness - (Xinhua via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Researchers at University of California, Berkeley have developed a smartphone-based microscope technology called LoaScope to help detect and treat river blindness, Xinhua reported Friday.

  • LoaScope uses CellScope technology, which turns the camera of a mobile phone or tablet computer into a high-quality light microscope, to automatically detect and quantify infection by parasitic worms in a drop of blood, the university said.

  • According to the news source, LoaScope, which was used to analyse the blood of volunteers from villages in Cameroon, helped doctors to successfully treat more than 1000 patients with ivermectin without serious complications.

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