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You can help medical research with Fitbit

January 22, 2019
You can help medical research with Fitbit

Fitbit is a smart watch-cum-fitness tracker. For the casual jogger to hardcore athletes, there is a recommended Fitbit for everyone. Recently, Fitbit and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have launched a digital health technology initiative for both fitness and precision medicine study. Fitbit’s Bring-Your-Own-Device project and the All of Us research program is a [...]

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‘Game-changer’ test predicts risk of breast cancer

January 15, 2019
‘Game-changer’ test predicts risk of breast cancer

Experts have developed a potentially “game-changing” test to predict a woman’s risk of breast cancer. It combines information on family history and hundreds of genetic markers with other factors, such as weight, to give the most comprehensive assessment possible, says Cancer Research UK. The test is not yet routinely available on the NHS – some [...]

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New bionic eye successfully restores sight in Australian patients

November 21, 2018
New bionic eye successfully restores sight in Australian patients

Bionic Vision Technologies Pty Ltd (BVT) revealed that medical researchers had successfully restored a sense of vision in four blind people with its bionic eye as part of a clinical trial in Melbourne. All four patients have a degenerative genetic condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa which causes loss of vision. Principal investigator Associate Professor Penny Allen, [...]

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NHS set to make wearable glucose monitor widely available

November 15, 2018
NHS set to make wearable glucose monitor widely available

Wearable glucose monitors will be made available to tens of thousands of Brits with type 1 diabetes from April 2019, thanks to the NHS. The new wearable reduces the need for finger-prick blood tests and helps people with diabetes to manage their condition. In England, around 300,000 people live with type 1 diabetes. The Freestyle [...]

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Medical Industry: Biocompatible materials in medical technology

November 7, 2018
Medical Industry: Biocompatible materials in medical technology

Also, download this story from the electronic issue here In the field of medicine, a rule of thumb when prescribing medical treatment is that the benefits must outweigh risks. However, when it comes to using medical devices, there are no taking chances. Throughout the continued advancements in medical technology, patient safety comes first, says Angelica Buan [...]

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Medical bracelet can detect and monitor seizures

October 29, 2018
Medical bracelet can detect and monitor seizures

A new device designed to monitor epilepsy is able to detect 85% of all severe night-time seizures. The bracelet, known as Nightwatch, is a big development in epilepsy wearables, according to its researchers in Netherlands. 28 intellectually disabled epilepsy patients were monitored over an average of 65 nights per patient. Their results were published in [...]

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Robotic pants to aid mobility

September 13, 2018
Robotic pants to aid mobility

Johnathan Rossiter’s new trousers are bright, colourful, Lycra, perfect for track and soon they will be robotic. A team of British researchers have started developing soft robotics in wearable tech. They are currently inventing robotic muscles – air-filled bubbles of plastic that can raise a leg from a seated to a standing position. “We are [...]

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New robotic system for keyhole surgery to be released in the UK

September 7, 2018
New robotic system for keyhole surgery to be released in the UK

A British company has designed the Versius robot, a rival to the American da Vinci system.Built in Cambridge by CMR Surgical, the Versius is smaller and the company believes it will be more flexible than existing robots, allowing it to perform a wider range of operations. Versius has independent modular arms which are “quick and [...]

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Medical Fair Asia 2018: No more eye strain for doctors

September 7, 2018
Medical Fair Asia 2018: No more eye strain for doctors

Japanese company Yamada Shadowless Lamp have unveiled their line of “Medical LED” operation lights.The IXM Series is fully equipped with “ultra-high colour rendering” LEDs that mimic natural light in order to lessen the strain on a doctor’s eyes. The lamp head has soft curves that are designed to put nervous patients at ease before their [...]

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Medical Fair Asia 2018: Blood sampling made painless with a needleless laser system

September 6, 2018
Medical Fair Asia 2018: Blood sampling made painless with a needleless laser system

Secure methods for blood sampling have been a concern in modern medicine for a long time. Needles are costly, can cause infections and can be painful for many people, especially for patients with Type 1 diabetes and for people who are just generally afraid of needles and who are more sensitive to the pain. In view of this, South Korean medical R&D company LaMeditech [...]

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