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Necklace ECG enables fast and easy monitoring for a trial fibrillation

May 8, 2020

A trial fibrillation – essentially an abnormal heart rhythm – is a major, often symptomless cause of strokes. An experimental new necklace designed by scientists at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) could greatly help people most at risk of atrial fibrillation by ensuring fast, simple and periodic checks of their heart. Just like a […]

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Ventilator shortage due to COVID-19 to be eased with UK-designed, modern, iron lung

April 9, 2020

The fast spread of the COVID-19 virus has overwhelmed healthcare systems in many countries with the most obvious difficulty being that Intermittent Positive Pressure Ventilators (IPPV) – which aid breathing in people whose lungs have been heavily affected by the virus – are in short supply. They are also complex, expensive and require constant monitoring […]

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Sewage sensors are being modified to give early warnings of COVID-19

April 7, 2020

Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) is focused on analysing the contents of our sewage to better understand human behaviour and public health. For example, the presence of certain metabolites in sewage samples could indicate the prevalence of illicit substance use in communities. WBE technology has become a very valuable tool for many authorities around the world– UK […]

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New, two-step treatment refills and patches herniated discs

March 16, 2020

Along our backs, between each of our vertebrae, is a spinal disc consisting of a rubbery exterior called the annulus and a shock-absorbing, jelly like substance called the nucleus.  Although mostly resistant to the wear and tear of daily life, the annulus may allow some of the nucleus to leak out and bulge into adjacent […]

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Blue light shown to relieve concussion symptoms; promises new treatment for mild brain

March 11, 2020

There is much criticism about the effects of blue light emanating from modern devices, such as smartphones, as the light disrupts our circadian rhythm and leads to problems with sleep. On the other hand, there is much research looking to harness blue light to overcome medical issues, such as using blue light to kill off […]

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Quick and simple MS tracking possible with multi-sensor armband

March 2, 2020

Detecting subtle changes in movement in patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is doable with an existing device, the MYO-band, which ensures minimal lag between problems identified at the clinic and corresponding changes in treatment. Normally worn on the arm, the MYO-band was designed primarily for gesture control – it is equipped with accelerometers, gyroscopes and […]

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Cancer care advances in Singapore with new digital project

February 28, 2020

Singaporean medical start-up Oncoshot has recently partnered with the Singapore Clinical Research Institute (SCRI); private oncology groups, Novena Cancer Centre and Curie Oncology; and Act Genomics to build Southeast Asia’s first ecosystem for cancer clinical trials and treatment options. Oncoshot and SCRI are planning to introduce Project Enhanced Clinical Trial Initiation, Screening and Enrolment (EISE), […]

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Powerful new antibiotic to fight deadly superbugs discovered by AI system

February 26, 2020

Medical science has always strived to stay ahead of bacteria as evolving antibiotic resistance could lead to a dismal future. Researchers at leading US universities – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard – have just identified a powerful new antibiotic called halicin, using an artificial intelligence (AI) model. The drug is effective against many […]

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Synthetic Rubber: Medical care improved with silicones

February 19, 2020

Silicones, owing to their unique qualities, enhance the efficiency of advanced medical technologies, says Angelica Buan in this article. Today’s fast-paced lifestyle predisposes populations to a myriad of health conditions that often go unchecked until it’s too late. Debilitating conditions can have a massive impact on a patient’s quality of life. But with today’s advances […]

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