You're looking what could become the next frontier in global health and medicine across the developing world: A credit-card sized "microfluidic" biochip that scans blood to detect HIV and accurate T-cell counts.
The test takes less than 20 minutes and costs about ten dollars, according to new research from scientists at the University of Illinois and Daktari Diagnostics.
The chip is designed to work in a battery-powered handheld device that would “deliver simple HIV diagnostics to patients anywhere in the world, regardless of geography or socioeconomic status,” the researchers say in the paper.
The chip, developed by researchers at the University of Illinois and Daktari Diagnostics, is enclosed in a small chamber. Because cells block electric current, passing a current through a tiny microfluidic pore causes the cells to essentially announce their size and shape. That’s enough to identify the cell by type, so the test can count CD4 and CD8 cells, types of T cells that indicate how healthy the patient’s immune system is.
Once in wide use, the reader would cost less than $1,000 and each test would run less than $10, according to project lead Rashid Bashir.
The microfluidic chip could become a tremendous asset in frontier medicine across Sub Saharan Africa. That region is home to about 70 percent of all people living with HIV/AIDS, according to AVERT. Many areas are without electrical power, telephone service, adequate roads, hospitals or clinics ... which severely impacts conventional testing and treatment strategies.
HuffPost Live's Ahmed Shihab-Eldin hosted a great segment on Wednesday that explored the experiences and challenges of Black gay men who came out to their families. The conversation was inspired by Chase Simmons’ new documentary Dear Dad: Letters From Same Gender Loving Sons. The panel included Simmons, R20 friend and poet/performance artist/teacher Yolo Akili and pop culture journalist Deron Dalton. Akili interviewed Chase Simmons at the Huffington Post in September.
Deron Dalton made interesting comments on the perceived notions of masculinity that is omnipresent across Black communities. "
"You're already a minority so it makes it a little bit harder," said the writer. "There is a lot of hyper-masculinity and there is also the Black church."
"Very masculinity in America is very rigid," added Yolo Akili. "When you are African-American because of the history of slavery and racism that is even more rigid. So when you come out, historically that is not connected to 'masculinity'. Masculinity is seen as rigid."
Bravo Yolo, Deron and Chase. It's a great conversation especially the voices that are featured are not the "usual" go-to voices we often see/hear when discussing Black gay men. Watch the segment as well as the trailer and the film by Chase Simmons AFTER THE JUMP ...
This has been an incredible year for Tarell Alvin McCraney, the 32-year-old Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright sometimes described as the "heir" to August Wilson's legacy.
On Wednesday: McCraney—who is openly gay—was announced as one of the 24 winners of the 2013 MacArthur Fellows. These so-called “genius” grants from the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation come with a no-strings-attached stipend of $625,000 paid over five years. In March: McCraney became one of the first winners of Yale University's new Windham Campbell Prize earlier. That award has a $150,000 cash tag and has been described as "one of the largest literary prizes in the world."
In June: His critically-acclaimed new work Choir Boy made its American premiere in New York. The play explores the competing roles of religion, Black cultural identity and sexual repression at a fictional African-American prep school. Choir Boydebuted in London in September 2012.
Choir Boy also made its Atlanta premiere on Wedneday—the same day that the MacArthur Fellows were announced. Creative Loafing Atlantainterviewed the wunderkind dramatist ... who also participated in a Google+ Hangout that evening to discuss the production. Watch the Google Hangout and the MacArthur Fellow video WHEN YOU JUMP ...
Twenty-six-year-old economist Jonathan W. Jones is running for the Atlanta City Council District 5 seat and hopes to implement what he describes as "direct democracy"—allowing constituents to directly vote on pending legislation via smartphone or computer.
"I would send a tremendous message to have a black gay man, the first, elected to the Atlanta City Council in the city ...," Jones said. Atlanta is considered a black gay mecca and, according to U.S. Census figures, has a high population of black and gay lesbian couples.
Jones is one of three openly gay people running for District 5 held by incumbent Natalyn Archibong. Matt Rinker, who has been endorsed by the Log Cabin Republicans, announced earlier this year and lesbian Christine Enterkin, who was interviewed by Project Q Atlanta last week, are also running as openly gay.
Alex Wan, seeking his second term as the District 6 representative, was the first openly gay man elected to the council. Lesbians have served on the council, including Cathy Woolard, who was president of the council, and Anne Fauver, who also represented District 6....
Jones said he is seeking endorsements from the Democratic Party of
Georgia, Georgia Equality and also the Evolution Project, a division of
AID Atlanta that serves young gay black men.
Jones initially qualified to run for District 2 but now lives in District 5 after last year's redistricting.
He received a business degree from Rutgers University, studied graduate public policy at UCLA and international relations at Oxford.
Jones first moved to Atlanta in 2010. The candidate says that he first became fascinated with direct democracy when he studied public policy at UCLA, reports Creative Loafing.
"How could this be applied to a real government?" he says. "Technology would have to be a crucial part of that. Fundamental to a direct democracy is getting everyone to put their ideas [together] and
vote on what they want to see happen."
[In July 2012], Jones started laying the groundwork for his campaign. The concept prompted Jones to develop the Atlanta Direct Democracy Interface,
a website that he says combines elements of Wikipedia and Reddit. If
elected, he says, constituents would use the platform to vote on city
proposals as well as submit their ownwhen ideas. The approach, he says, would allow for city government to
become more transparent, boost voter participation, and even curb
lobbyist influence. He thinks citizens have "reached a boiling point"
with how elected officials make decisions.
And technology. The models presenting the "swim-inspired active-wear" collection at The Standard emerged from a "21' x 10' video curtain studded with thousands of LEDs [featuring] their own face, walked the runway—often in skimpy and well-tailored swimwear—before disappearing into the same screen," reports MILK MADE.
The presentation was part of the S/S 2014 MADE Fashion Week which connects "emerging talent in fashion, music, art and pop-culture" during the larger Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. More looks that you'll see next summer in Ibiza and Miami AFTER THE JUMP ...
HuffPost Live's Alicia Menendez hosted a great segment segment earlier this afternoon on the phrase "undetectable." Antiretroviral drugs have become so effective at suppressing viral loads that HIV can be rendered essentialy "undetectable." Data suggest that "HIV-infected persons with undetectable viral load are less infectious and may be less likely to transmit HIV via sexual intercourse," according to the Centers for Disease Controls.
Thursday was the 45th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The civil rights icon was shot April 4 1968 while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
The Shelby County Register's office has released newly digitized footage of Ray's arrest and trial of Ray. This includes footage of Ray being given his Miranda rights on an airplane after his arrest in London in July 1968. Ray is seen in the checkered shirt.
"The personnel using the equipment were learning how to operate this technology as they recorded," said the Shelby County Register in a statement. "As a result, the footage is not always as clear as we are accustomed to seeing today. ... Audio portions are not always clear."
More than 200 of the nation's leading publicly traded companies are joining two separate actions to oppose Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act at the Supreme Court, reports Bloomberg.
Apple Inc and Morgan Stanley [lead] the corporate group [which] includes Facebook and Intel. [It] will argue in its brief that gay-marriage bans in 41 states harm workplace morale and undermine recruiting.
The publicly traded companies backing gay marriage include Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Alcoa Inc., American International Group Inc, EBay Inc., Marsh & McLennan Cos., NCR Corp., Nike Inc, Oracle Corp, Office Depot Inc., Panasonic Corp., Xerox Corp., Barnes & Noble and Caesars Entertainment Corp.
A larger group of companies -- more than 200, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) -- is also poised to side with gay- rights advocates in a second Supreme Court case, involving a federal law that defines marriage as a heterosexual union. Under that law, known as the Defense of Marriage Act, legally married gay couples can’t claim the federal tax breaks and other benefits available to opposite-sex spouses. The companies in that case are part of a collection of more than 250 employers, including cities, counties and law firms.
Meanwhile: More than 100 lawmakers, politicians and former Republican leaders have now signed on to the Republican SCOTUS brief opposing Prop 8, reports the New York Times.
The list of Republicans on the brief now tallies more than 100, organizers say. It now includes Beth Myers, who ran Mr. Romney’s 2008 campaign and was a senior adviser to him in 2012. The brief, organized by Ken Mehlman, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee who is gay, will be filed on Thursday as a friend-of-the-court, or amicus, brief to a lawsuit that seeks to overturn Proposition 8.
Towleroad published a list on Tuesday of the Republican signatories so far. The list includes Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, former Reagan budget director David Stockman, former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, former California Rep. Mary Bono Mack ... and Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, the former California Republican gubernatorial nominee who infamously supported Proposition 8 and vowed to defend it in court.