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FDA proposes new fast path to market for certain medical devices

December 13, 2017
FDA proposes new fast path to market for certain medical devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently proposed creating a new fast track to market for certain medical devices and a potential reduction in the amount of safety data required for approval. Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced the proposal in a blog posted on the FDA’s website. If implemented, it could save device companies millions of [...]

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Having menstrual cramps? Try acupuncture mobile apps

December 11, 2017
Having menstrual cramps? Try acupuncture mobile apps

Women with intense menstrual cramp pain may get more relief from smartphone app-guided acupressure than with typical medical treatments like painkillers, a recent study suggests. Some previous research has linked acupressure – which uses precise finger placements at pressure points throughout the body to relieve pain – with reduced discomfort from menstrual cramps. To see [...]

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These drones scatter mosquitoes to fight diseases such as malaria

November 29, 2017
These drones scatter mosquitoes to fight diseases such as malaria

Technology company WeRobotics are developing drones that scatter mosquitoes to help fight diseases such as malaria and Zika. Sterile male mosquitoes cannot produce offspring when they mate with females. By crowding out other males, they reduce the mosquito population. But spreading them is difficult in areas without roads, so technology organisation WeRobotics has been developing [...]

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This skin cancer-detecting device bags 2017 James Dyson award

November 13, 2017
This skin cancer-detecting device bags 2017 James Dyson award

Four engineering graduates from Ontario’s McMaster University have created a skin cancer-detecting device, bagging them this year’s international James Dyson Award. The Skan is low cost and non-invasive andmade from widely available and inexpensive components and could make detection of the disease more accessible. The handheld device is The World Health Organisation says one in [...]

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This smart jacket uses Bluetooth to diagnose pneumonia

October 25, 2017
This smart jacket uses Bluetooth to diagnose pneumonia

Ugandan inventor Brian Turyabagye knows all too well how pneumonia which is mistaken for something else can be fatal. The problem is particularly acute with infants. According to UNICEF, pneumonia kills half a million children under five each year in sub-Saharan Africa. Turyabagye‘s close friend and business partner, Olivia Koburongo, lost her grandmother to pneumonia – she [...]

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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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