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This is the VOA Special English Technology Report.

Mobile phone technology is quickly changing the way the world operates. Today, we tell about two new projects involving mobile health, also known as m-health.

手机科技正在快速地改变着世界的运行方式。今天,我们要说的是两项有关手机健康的新项目,也就是m-health.

Doctors and technology experts in London are developing a new way to test for sexual infections. The new device uses mobile phones and computers to help people find out if they have been infected with a sexual disease. People will be able to perform the test in the privacy of their own homes.

伦敦的医生和科技专家们发明了一种新的用于检测性传染病的方法。这种新的设备是用手机和电脑来帮助人们检测他们是否被传染了性病。人们可以在家中私底下进行检测。


People place urine or saliva on a small piece of paper. They place the test strip in a small device that contains a computer chip. Then they place the device in their mobile phone or a computer for testing.

将尿液和唾液滴在一小张纸上,放入含电脑芯片小型设备中。然后再把这个小型设备放入手机或者电脑中进行检测。


Within minutes, they receive information telling them if they have a sexual disease. And they receive advice on what to do next.

几分钟后,人们就会获得信息,得知是否患有性病。并且,还会得到进一步的建议。


Claudia Estcourt is with Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is also part of the research team working on the project.

Claudia Estcourt是巴兹伦敦医学牙科学院的工作人员。她也是该项目研究小组的成员。


CLAUDIA ESTCOURT: "This isn't designed to replace traditional clinics. This is really opening testing up to people who might find it embarrassing or difficult to get into their clinic. And this might be a much quicker, easier option for them --- that they can be assured of very accurate results."

CLAUDIA ESTCOURT:“这项发明并不是要取代传统的诊所,而是为了方便那些去诊所感到尴尬或者困难的人们。这对他们来说是更快捷、更简便的选择——可以确保他们得到非常精确的检测结果。


Health experts say many young people are too ashamed to visit a clinic to be tested. This increases the risk of them passing on sexual diseases. The researchers hope the tests will help persuade people to be tested and reduce the number of sexually transmitted infections.

健康专家说许多年轻人认为去诊所看病非常难为情。这也增加了他们传播性病的危险性。研究人员希望通过这项检测设备能说服人们进行自我检测,以减少性疾病的传播数量。


Dr. Estcourt says the project is still seven to ten years away from completion. But she says it holds great promise for the future.

Estcourt说此项目的完成还需要七到十年的时间,但还是非常有前景的。


CLAUDIA ESTCOURT: "Clearly one of the major implications of something like this would be for use in developing countries: maybe for testing HIV, maybe for testing for tuberculosis, or perhaps even malaria."

CLAUDIA ESTCOURT:“很明显,类似于这种项目的一项重要意义就是可以应用于发展中国家:可以用于检测HIV,可以用于检测肺结核,甚至可以用于检测疟疾。”


Researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada are studying a mobile phone system that may help people with diabetes control their blood pressure.

加拿大多伦多大学的研究者们正在研究一种可以帮助糖尿病患者控制血压的手机系统。


The system collects blood pressure readings from home testing devices that have wireless technology. The readings are then sent to a health-care monitoring system.

这种系统从家用无线电检测设备中收集血压数据,然后发送到卫生保健监控系统。


Patients receive a mobile phone message telling them how they are doing. If their blood pressure is too high, they are advised to make an appointment with their doctor. Several high readings will cause the system to automatically contact the doctor.

病人会收到手机短信告知他们现在的状况。如果血压过高,那么病人会被建议预约医生。如果几组数据都过高,那么系统就会自动联系医生。


Patients in the study used the mobile phone system for one year. The researchers found that thirty-seven percent of the patients were able to get their blood pressure under control. This compares with about fourteen percent of patients using common equipment.

该研究项目的病人使用该手机系统一年左右的时间。研究人员发现37%的病人血压得以控制。而使用普通设备的病人中只有14%的人血压能够得以控制。


And that's the VOA Special English Technology Report, written by June Simms. Our programs are online with transcripts and MP3 files at voa.com. I'm Steve Ember.


 1. involving v. 涉及;包括(involve的ing形式)
              例句:Projects involving industry, agriculture, high-tech industry, market construction and other fields to become the new force of industrial growth.
              项目涉及工业、农业、高新技术产业、市场建设等领域,成为工业增长的新生力量。


2. infect vt. 感染,传染
              例句:The flu virus infected almost the entire class.
              全班几乎人人都染上了流行性感冒病毒。
              例句:The air is infected with noisome gases.
              空气受到了有害气体的污染。


3. embarrass vt. 使窘;使不好意思,使局促不安
              例句:Arthur seemed embarrassed by the question.
              亚瑟似乎被这个问题弄得有些窘迫。


4. persuade vt. 说服,劝说;使某人相信;劝某人做(不做)某事
              例句:I am trying to persuade him to give up the attempt.
              我正力图劝他放弃这种尝试。
              例句:Can you persuade him out of his foolish plans?
              你能劝他放弃他那些愚蠢的计划吗?
 

Mobile Phones May Soon Test for STIs and Blood Pressure


This is the VOA Special English Technology Report.


Mobile phone technology is quickly changing the way the world operates. Today, we tell about two new projects involving mobile health, also known as m-health.


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May Soon Test for STIs and Blood Pressure


Doctors and technology experts in London are developing a new way to test for sexual infections. The new device uses mobile phones and computers to help people find out if they have been infected with a sexual disease. People will be able to perform the test in the privacy of their own homes.


People place urine or saliva on a small piece of paper. They place the test strip in a small device that contains a computer chip. Then they place the device in their mobile phone or a computer for testing.


Within minutes, they receive information telling them if they have a sexual disease. And they receive advice on what to do next.


Claudia Estcourt is with Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is also part of the research team working on the project.


CLAUDIA ESTCOURT: "This isn't designed to replace traditional clinics. This is really opening testing up to people who might find it embarrassing or difficult to get into their clinic. And this might be a much quicker, easier option for them --- that they can be assured of very accurate results."


Health experts say many young people are too ashamed to visit a clinic to be tested. This increases the risk of them passing on sexual diseases. The researchers hope the tests will help persuade people to be tested and reduce the number of sexually transmitted infections.


Dr. Estcourt says the project is still seven to ten years away from completion. But she says it holds great promise for the future.


CLAUDIA ESTCOURT: "Clearly one of the major implications of something like this would be for use in developing countries: maybe for testing HIV, maybe for testing for tuberculosis, or perhaps even malaria."


Researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada are studying a mobile phone system that may help people with diabetes control their blood pressure.


The system collects blood pressure readings from home testing devices that have wireless technology. The readings are then sent to a health-care monitoring system.


Patients receive a mobile phone message telling them how they are doing. If their blood pressure is too high, they are advised to make an appointment with their doctor. Several high readings will cause the system to automatically contact the doctor.


Patients in the study used the mobile phone system for one year. The researchers found that thirty-seven percent of the patients were able to get their blood pressure under control. This compares with about fourteen percent of patients using common equipment.


And that's the VOA Special English Technology Report, written by June Simms. Our programs are online with transcripts and MP3 files at voa.com. I'm Steve Ember.

 


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