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Tiny Implantable 'Tea Bag' Senses Glucose Levels

Children with Type 1 diabetes have only one option to control their blood sugar: insulin treatment. Ravaged by an autoimmune disease that attacks their own pancreas and islets; microscopic clusters of cells that sense blood sugar and produce insulin — patients are forced to rely on insulin from an external source. But for the 200,000…

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Remote Blood Pressure Monitoring Via Smartphone App

People with both diabetes and uncontrolled high blood pressure who used a smartphone app to monitor their blood pressure remotely, get tips on healthful living and connect with a health coach saw significant declines in their blood pressure within six weeks, according to research being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific…

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Addiction Counselor Creates Smartphone App To Thwart Overdoses

In his dozen years using heroin, Lucien Izraylov took pains to avoid detection. He was ashamed of what he was doing, so he almost always shot up alone. It’s a risky behavior that can lead to a fatal overdose, especially as drugs are commonly tainted with the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl. But Izraylov, who says…

Mobile Bioprinter

Mobile Bedside Bioprinter Can Heal Wounds

Imagine a day when a bioprinter filled with a patient’s own cells can be wheeled right to the bedside; to treat large wounds or burns by printing skin, layer by layer, to begin the healing process. That day is not far off. Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) scientists; have created such a mobile…

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Smartphones Could Help Detect Heart Conditions

A smartphone-based heart monitor could be up to five times more effective at diagnosing heart rhythm problems than standard tests, research suggests. Using the technology could also help emergency departments working within the NHS save time and money. Researchers say the results suggest that emergency departments around the country should consider incorporating the device into standard…

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Tracking Daily Food Consumption Using Free App

Those who tracked food and weight lost pounds in new Duke study. Without following a particular diet, overweight people who tracked daily food consumption using a free smartphone app lost a significant amount of weight in a new Duke University study. The results were achieved using automated, free tools; but rather than expensive in-person interventions,…

Techniques

New X-ray Measurement: Improve CT Scanners

A new measurement approach proposed by scientists; at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) could lead to a better way; to calibrate computed tomography (CT) scanners; potentially streamlining patient treatment by improving communication among doctors. The approach, detailed in a research paper in the journal PLOS ONE, suggests how the X-ray beams generated…

Technology

Antibiotic Treatment? Chemical Impairs The Response

Grocery store aisles are stocked with products that promise to kill bacteria. People snap up those items to protect themselves from the germs that make them sick. However, new research from Washington University in St. Louis finds that a chemical that is supposed to kill bacteria is actually making them stronger and more capable of…

Sequencing Technology

New cDNA Kits For Its Sequencing Technology

Oxford Nanopore has launched new ‘109’ cDNA Kits for its real-time, scalable sequencing technology. The new kits provide high throughput whilst generating complete sequences of full-length cDNA strands, with a low input option of just 1ng PolyA+ RNA. The new cDNA sequencing method enables users to sequence whole transcriptomes to high coverage on a single…

Technology

Big Data Effective: For Evaluating Autism Treatments

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute who developed a blood test to help diagnose autism spectrum disorder have now successfully applied their distinctive big data-based approach to evaluating possible treatments. The findings, recently published in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, have the potential to accelerate the development of successful medical interventions. Firstly, one of the challenges in assessing…

Heart

From Life-saving Devices: Engineers Harvest Heart's energy

The heart’s motion is so powerful that it can recharge devices that save our lives, according to new research from Dartmouth College. So, using a dime-sized invention developed by engineers at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, the kinetic energy of the heart can be converted into electricity to power a wide-range of implantable…

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The Future Of Psychiatry: By Smartphone Therapy

Ella, who is in her early 20s, has depression. When her sleep started to fall away after a stressful term at school, her smartphone was programmed to note the late-night texts and phone conversations indicating her insomnia. It made suggestions to improve her sleep. When her social media posts grew more negative and she was calling friends…