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German-developed rescue mat to ease CPR efforts

September 9, 2019

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is an impromptu measure for those experiencing a heart attack. While many people are not confident in performing an emergency CPR for various reasons, a device has been developed by German scientist to simplify the process. The “Rescue Aid” mat was designed jointly by students and scientists from the Munich University […]

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MIT’s robo-thread to ease removal of blood clots in the brain

September 2, 2019

Blood clots in the brain that cause strokes could potentially be overcome in the near future, as mechanical engineers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US, have developed a breakthrough robotic thread that can tend to the blockage in the brain quickly and safely. MIT’s slender robotic thread is made of nickel-titanium alloy and is […]

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Scientists invent smartphone-controlled device to study the brain

August 9, 2019

Conventional methods used by neuroscientists to study brain diseases like Alzheimer’s or depression usually involve rigid physical connections to deliver drugs. However, these routinely cause lesions in soft brain tissue over time and are not suitable for long-term implantation. To achieve continuous drug delivery, scientists from the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) […]

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Danish wearable prevents injury-related muscle strain

August 5, 2019

Muscle strain -common among office workers and even athletes-comes with repetitive action, but the problem could be alleviated by a new Danish wearable. The world’s first “digital therapist” was introduced in 2016, specifically targeting muscle strain which results in tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, and “mouse arm.” The Muscle Load Index (MLI) Elbow is actually […]

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US breakthrough research eliminates HIV from infected mice

July 8, 2019

The elimination of the HIV virus requires clearance and removal of infected DNA from cells and tissues but, current treatment can only suppress its replication. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is then required to stall the virus’ spread – usually a lifelong process. Recently, US researchers from Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Philadelphia, and the Department […]

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US team introduces first, implant-less robot arm technology

July 5, 2019

Prosthetics technology has come a long way from brain implants or external sensing systems that are needed to control the robotic appendage – motions can be smooth or jerky depending on the type of control system used. However, the first noninvasive, mind-controlled robotic arm that exhibits smooth, continuous motion previously reserved only for systems involving […]

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Scientists develop new laser tech to destroy cancer cells

June 19, 2019

Accurate detection of circulating tumour cells (CTC) inpatients’ blood can offer insight into the underlying tumour and predict metastases; their elimination is key to containing widespread cancer. Recently, American and Russian scientists have together developed a new kind of laser that can pinpoint and destroy CTCs without surgical interventions, which is a huge advantage to […]

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Singapore introduces improvised exoskeleton rehab

June 7, 2019

Much of rehabilitation for paralysing injuries is repetitive and tiring. In a changing approach, the island Republic has adopted new technology for better rehab programmes. Using the US-made robotic exoskeleton suit, EksoGT, was found to improve rehabilitation therapies by a significant margin. The EksoGT allows a trained physiotherapist to safely increase the intensity and variation […]

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Canadian researchers optimise laser surgery

May 30, 2019

Surgical options so far involve cutting the skin, patching it up and leaving it to heal. This process may soon be redundant as researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, have recently developed a specialised laser microscope that dually diagnoses and performs precise surgical removals without breaking the skin’s surface. The multiphoton excitation […]

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US scientists introduce brain-controlled hearing aid

May 21, 2019

Hearing loss can prove challenging, especially when trying to make out a particular sound in a noisy/crowded space. Complete hearing loss is usually avoidable, but in the event of hearing difficulties, a new type of hearing aid may ease conversation through brain waves that channel sound while also drowning out background noise. Researchers from Columbia […]

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