A Smartphone App That Could Save 1,600 Lives a Day

“Preeclampsia is a scary condition no matter where it strikes. Ten million pregnant women develop it every year, and about 76,000 of them die. It also causes more than 500,000 fetus and infant deaths each year, for a total of about 1,600 preeclampsia deaths a day. The condition causes high blood pressure, kidney problems in pregnant women and can eventually lead to seizures if it advances to eclampsia. (That’s what happened to Lady Sybil on Downton Abbey, as you may recall.) Even in modern days, women die of preeclampsia everywhere, including developed countries like the United States and Canada, but it is much harder to identify and treat in the developing world, which leads to more deaths.

Now the Canadian development company LGTmedical has recently completed a $2 million funding round to mass-produce a sensor and mobile phone app called Phone Oximeter that promises to improve preeclampsia detection in challenging environments.” MORE

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About The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

Ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010.
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