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Weekend Pulse: Going digital in Nairobi, what it’s really like to run a healthcare system, and ultrasound at the US Open

This week in health, science and tech: the tech introduced in Nairobi that’s doing away with radiography darkrooms, ultrasound at this year’s US Open, and an inside look at the workings of a healthcare system. Spoiler alert: it’s harder than it looks! This weekend, catch up on what you might have missed from The Pulse and beyond.


Out of the Darkroom, Into the Light: Going Digital in Nairobi

By Hannah McNeish

Having clothes ruined by ink and inhaling chemicals for hours in the hospital darkroom used to bother Margaret Njuwe and other radiographers at East Africa’s largest referral hospital in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.

But when ink runs rendered X-rays unusable or mammograms came out too soft to see suspected lumps, Njuwe’s heart would sink as she climbed Kenyatta National Hospital’s (KNH) stairs to the radiology department’s constantly packed waiting room.

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What it’s really like to help keep a U.S. health system’s vitals in check

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t’s no secret that U.S. health system leaders are under enormous pressure – reducing costs while improving the patient experience is no simple task. What’s it really like to be a part of this high pressure, vitally important environment? The Pulse asked some of Mission Health’s top leaders to share their personal take.

These questions come at the same time as these top strategists are trying to find innovative solutions to tackling these challenges. The result? A unique collaboration between this Asheville, North Carolina health system and GE Healthcare that promises higher efficiency and better patient care.

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In Mice, a Way for Stem Cells to Build Bone

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Credit: Sarah Laval, Flickr Creative Commons

Credit: Sarah Laval, Flickr Creative Commons

Researchers say they’ve found an easy way to spur stem cells to build bone in mice — a discovery that could lead to new treatments for bone disease.

The team of scientists from the University of California, San Diego used a naturally occurring molecule called adenosine to prompt human stem cells to regenerate bone tissue. The new tissue helped repair cranial bone defects in the mice.

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Mount Sinai to Serve as Official Medical Services Provider for Athletes at the 2016 US Open

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Mount Sinai Health System orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, and radiologists will use the latest technology to care for athletes at this year’s US Open. This is the fourth year in a row that Mount Sinai is serving as the official medical services provider for the tournament.

For the first time at the US Open, radiologists will have advanced image-viewing workstations on hand to improve patient care, and ensure a quicker diagnosis.

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