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Smartphone apps could help treat depression

September 25, 2017
Smartphone apps could help treat depression

Smartphone applications have been found to be a safe and accessible treatment option for people diagnosed with depression, according to an Australian-led research that examined the efficacy of smartphone-based treatments for depression. Mental health services all over the world are struggling to meet the demand for treatment for depression as it is considered the most [...]

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ITE staff develop new mechanism to simplify kidney stone removal

September 20, 2017
ITE staff develop new mechanism to simplify kidney stone removal

An innovative device that can simplify the process of removing large or complex kidney stones has been developed by a team of staff from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE)in collaboration with the National University Hospital (NUH), the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Invivo Medical. The mechanism, called a Percutaneous-Access-to-Kidney-Assist Device (PAKAD), can reduce [...]

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Medical “pen” identifies cancerous tissue in 10 seconds

September 8, 2017
Medical “pen” identifies cancerous tissue in 10 seconds

A new handheld medical device can identify cancer in tissue in just 10 seconds, which could make surgery to remove a tumor quicker, safer and more precise, according to scientists at the University of Texas in the US. Tests suggest that the medical “pen”, called MasSpec Pen, is accurate 96% of the time. It takes [...]

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745,000 Abbott pacemakers confirmed to have cyber-security issues

September 4, 2017
745,000 Abbott pacemakers confirmed to have cyber-security issues

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed that 465,000 pacemakers, manufactured by global healthcare company Abbott, have cyber-security issues. There were a further 280,000 devices elsewhere that are affected, the company said. The cyber-security flaws could theoretically be used to cause the devices to pace too quickly or run down their batteries. However, [...]

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New smartphone app could detect pancreatic cancer with just a selfie

August 30, 2017
New smartphone app could detect pancreatic cancer with just a selfie

Doctors may be able to detect pancreatic cancer and other diseases earlier in people with just a snap of a smartphone selfie using a mobile app developed by researchers at the University of Washington in the US. BiliScreen uses a smartphone camera, computer vision algorithms and machine learning tools to detect increased bilirubin levels in [...]

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New device developed to measure systolic blood pressure more accurately

August 14, 2017
New device developed to measure systolic blood pressure more accurately

Researchers from the Jerusalem College of Technology and the ShaareZedek Medical Center in Israel have developed a new device using a technique called photoplethysmography  to more accurately measure systolic blood pressure. An estimated 1 in 3 US adults have high blood pressure. Blood pressure levels are often assessed by using automatic blood pressure devices. But [...]

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Medical Industry: Having a heart for polymers

August 12, 2017
Medical Industry: Having a heart for polymers

Also, download this story from the electronic issue here Polymeric materials, with their broad range of properties, are ushering in advancements for cardiovascular devices, says Angelica Buan in this article. Like a thief in the night”, that is how cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are epitomised, bringing havoc to patients unexpectedly and silently. CVDs are the number one [...]

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Breakthrough nanochip tech reprograms cells to repair injured organs

August 9, 2017
Breakthrough nanochip tech reprograms cells to repair injured organs

A novel nanochip technology that can reprogram cells to repair or replace injured tissue or restore function of aging tissue including organs, nerve cells and blood vessels has been developed by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State’s College of Engineering have developed a new technology, Tissue Nano transfection (TNT) [...]

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APHM 2017: WTK launches effortless ICU bed for healthcare providers

July 28, 2017
APHM 2017: WTK launches effortless ICU bed for healthcare providers

Healthcare providers in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) department can now push the ICU bed easily, with the new ARVÜNNCARE plus, the ICU bed that is able to move laterally. Malaysia-based WTK Technologies introduced the ARVÜNNCARE bed three years ago. Now, the model returns as ARVÜNNCARE plus, with a motorised caster for easier movement. “The [...]

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Medical technology companies turning to robots for complex knee surgeries

July 7, 2017
Medical technology companies turning to robots for complex knee surgeries

Leading global medical technology companies are turning to the use of robotic systems to aid doctors in complex knee surgeries, offering quicker procedures and better results in operations that often leave patients dissatisfied. Demand for artificial replacement joints is growing fast, as baby boomers’ knees and hips wear out, but for the past 15 years [...]

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