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Inner ear implant restores balance and quality of life to vertigo sufferers

February 15, 2021

Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Vestibular Neuroengineering Laboratory have modified an existing cochlear implant such that would help reduce vertigo and enable sufferers to return to independent daily living. Bilateral vestibular hypofunction (BVH) is quite a debilitating condition, where the sufferer’s inner ear doesn’t maintain their sense of balance properly. As a result, the person […]

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Smart pneumatic knee brace uses air to relieve pressure

February 5, 2021

Exoskeleton manufacturer C-EXO has designed a “smart” pneumatically-activated knee brace to help runners minimise the chances of injury. Known as the E-Knee, the device’s standard features include a main body made of an elastic, breathable fabric, flexible support bars running vertically along the sides, and a gel-ring stabiliser around the kneecap. Its most unique addition […]

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New SMART Singapore tool helps investigate deadly and drug-resistant bacteria

February 2, 2021

Hospital-associated infections – predominantly those caused by Enterococcus faecalis, a bacteria found in the human gut – can lead to a variety of multidrug-resistant, life-threatening complications. Thankfully, researchers at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) have developed a new tool that can help understand and prevent physiological behaviours of bacteria such as E. […]

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Mask sensor to detect and track coronavirus in development

January 29, 2021

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has been awarded US$1.3 million by The National Institutes of Health to develop a mask sensor that detects the presence of the novel coronavirus. The lightweight sensor would be attached to face masks to monitor a person’s breath or saliva for virus-related molecules. The sensor will also detect […]

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Philips to acquire Capsule Technologies to expand patient care solutions offering

January 21, 2021

Dutch health technology company Royal Philips has signed an agreement to acquire Capsule Technologies, a Massachusetts-headquartered global provider of medical device integration and data technologies for hospitals and healthcare organizations for US$ 635 million (approximately EUR 530 million). According to Roy Jakobs, Chief Business Leader Connected Care at Royal Philips, the acquisition of Capsule should further […]

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Enhanced blood test monitoring with new lab-on-chip technology

January 12, 2021

Stanford researchers have developed a new device that can continuously sense levels of virtually any protein or molecule in the blood. The researchers say it could be transformative for disease detection, patient monitoring and biomedical research. The RT-ELISA (Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay) prototype consists of three modules: in the first (bottom), blood from the subject is […]

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Smart jewellery concept design helps monitor blood glucose levels

December 14, 2020

Instead of frequent finger pricks to analyse blood glucose levels, a student from England has designed an earring that would track blood glucose levels via the earlobe. The Sense Glucose Earring (Sense) would pierce the earlobe and pulse high-frequency radio waves through the surrounding tissue as a way of measuring blood sugar levels. The earring […]

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Manage glaucoma with an injectable, natural polymer-based hydrogel

December 8, 2020

In glaucoma patients, the main opening through which fluid, or aqueous humour, within the eye drains is sometimes blocked. It leads to pressure buildup, which in turn will press on the optic nerve and eventually blind the patient. Scientists at the Georgia Technical Institute, US, have developed an experimental technique to relieve this pressure – […]

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Modified device offers non-invasive way to detect liver fibrosis

December 7, 2020

Liver fibrosis is a condition whereby too much scar tissue or fat cells (fatty liver disease) accumulate within the organ, causing inflammation and other serious conditions. The current method of diagnosis for liver fibrosis is often too late, and involves an invasive procedure; thankfully, scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US, have developed […]

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Detecting Alzheimer’s disease through blood test shows real potential

December 3, 2020

A new blood test is able to check if those with mild memory loss are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD) later on.  AD is notoriously difficult to diagnose until much too late, so scientists at Sweden’s Lund University looked at ways to pick up the disease during its early stages, before it develops […]

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