What’s happening at Augusta University? June 6-12 – Jagwire

Story ideas include: a health fair for people over 55, Augusta University alumni working to reduce water pollution, and a non-invasive way to collect tear fluid could be used to diagnose other health conditions.

Free Health Fair June 11

The Winning at Wellness Health Fair and Walk will be held from 9 am to noon on Saturday, June 11 at the Warren Road Community Center at 300 Warren Road in Augusta. The event is designed for people over 55 years of age and is organized by the College of Allied Health Sciences and the Georgia College of Dentistry.

There will be several booths providing medical education and screenings on fall prevention, home safety, oral health, women’s health, men’s health and more. There will also be a one-mile wellness walk and wellness-focused giveaways throughout the day.

Augusta alumni participate in nature preservation project

the Phinizy Center in Augusta received a grant from the Georgia Power Foundation’s Waters for Georgia program to investigate the cause of bacterial contamination in Brushy Creek, which runs through the town of Wrens, Georgia. Scientists at the Phinizy Center have been tracking contamination from the creek for three years.

Part of the team investigating the contamination includes Augusta University alumni Rachel Gonzalez, Jacob Lott, Jillian Amurao and current ecology student Trevor Jordan. This work brings Brushy Creek one step closer to no longer being an “impaired body of water,” which would mean the water is clean and safe.

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Streams can become polluted in a number of ways.

“Heavy rains can wash pollutants into the stream, including manure-based fertilizers and domestic animal waste,” said Lott, a research technician at the Phinizy Center and a graduate of Hull College of Business. “It can also come from wild animals that live in the watershed or from carcasses that have been dumped into the creek.”

Non-invasive technique collects tear fluid to look for biomarkers of health and disease

A noninvasive way to collect tear fluid could help diagnose a wide variety of conditions, from dry eye disease to Alzheimer’s. The protective outer layer of our eyes, called the tear film, contains thousands of proteins that provide clues to wellness and disease.

Drs. Ashok Y Shruti Sharmascientists in the Center for Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine in the Medical College of Georgia and the James and Jean Culver Vision Discovery Institute at Augusta University, said a major hurdle may have been overcome with this noninvasive way of collecting tear fluid. A piece of tissue paper called a Schrimer strip, which is placed painlessly against the eye to measure tear production, can also capture a sufficient volume of tear fluid for detailed protein analysis.

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