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Telemedicine Report: Patients are keen to use remote services

A new survey finds that 53 percent of the respondents have indicated that a major benefit of Telemedicine Service is to get consultation without leaving the comfort of home. Despite these advantages, the provision and take-up of telemedicine remains slow.

New treatment for MS recommended in Europe

The European Medicines Agency has recommended a new treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS). The new medication is called Mayzent, and it provides a much-needed therapeutic option for those with MS.

Weight gain by college football players leads to heart problems

A research team have bene examining if college football players' weight gain leads to heart problems. The indications are that college footballers face increased blood pressure, arterial stiffening, and thickening of the heart wall.

Mucus helps inactivate bacterial biofilms

Boston - New research into mucus shows that it plays an essential role in controlling bacterial biofilms and helping to prevent infection. This is due to sugar molecules present, termed glycans and these disarm opportunistic pathogens.

Better health effects by exercising before breakfast

Bath - When is the best time to workout, in order to maximize the health-effects? The answer, according to a new study, is early – undertaking an exercise routine prior to breakfast. This is because more fat is burnt.

Artificial skin improves robots' sensory abilities

A new study demonstrates how a biologically-inspired skin improves robots' sensory abilities. This development is seen as a stepping stone towards developing robots that are able to interact more closely with people.

Dog ownership is associated with longer life

A new study finds that dog ownership is associated with longer life. This finding is especially so when it applies heart attack and stroke survivors, where owning a dog was found to lower the risk of death for those who live alone.

Q&A: Solving the tuberculosis crisis using technology Special

LLamasoft, a supply chain design software designer, and a FIND non-profit healthcare organization, have recently partnered to use AI technology to find millions of undiagnosed patients impacted by tuberculosis.

Best hospital cities of 2019 revealed

A new survey shows the 100 leading hospital cities globally, drawn from data relating to infrastructure, the medical workforce, education, quality of care, satisfaction, treatment efficiency, citizen accessibility, and other factors.

Olivia Newton-John on medical cannabis, to auction Grease jacket

Veteran actress and singer Olivia Newton-John feels that medical cannabis should be readily available to people for medicinal purposes. She will be auctioning off her "Grease" jacket.

U.S. states with the highest and lowest vaccination rates

Vaccines being essential for preventing disease outbreaks, but this important part of preventative medicine has been hampered by misinformation over the past decade. A new survey from WalletHub reveals the variations across U.S. states.

Essential Science: Has a blood test for autism been developed?

Autism is difficult to detect at the early stages and this tends to be based on assessing behavioral signs. To address this, scientists are working on a new blood test based on biological markers.

Q&A: Predictive AI can help to prevent sepsis Special

Healthcare facilities, like Virginia’s Sentara Healthcare and Alabama's Southeast Healthcare, are using AI to predict which patients are likely to become septic and prevent the life-threatening condition. Expert Dr. John Showalter explains how.

New digital technique to assess heart rhythms

Do our hearts beat digital or analog? Answering this seemingly simple question will have implications for the development of new new classes of drugs to treat heart rhythm disorders.

New tech calculates blood pressure via a selfie video

Scientists have developed a straightforward way to assess blood pressure where the user takes a selfie video. The technique works well with some people, but it is less effective with certain skin tones.

Health service partners with Alexa to provide medical support

The U.K. National Health Service (NHS) is to partner with Amazon’s Alexa in order to provide health information. This is being piloted as an alternative to medical advice helplines and to reduce the number of medical appointments.

Q&A: How fruit flies aid personalized cancer treatments Special

London - London-based startup My Personal Therapeutics are pioneering the use of fruit fly avatars and big data to create fully personalized cancer treatments for patients. To find out more, we've interviewed founder Laura Towart.

IBM technology detects breast cancer risk before it happens

IBM has taken a step forward in disease prevention by designing an artificial intelligence technology that can predict the risk of breast cancer developing up to one year before the first signs of cancer appear.

Q&A: Hand-held alternative to the blood test in development Special

Emerging and sophisticated technology now enables people to use their smartphone and a single tiny drop of body fluids (i.e. blood, saliva, urine, and/or sweat) to deliver clinical lab-quality. Steven Chou from Essenlix explains more.

Aspirin may be 'safe' for brain-bleed strokes

Edinburgh - People who have suffered a stroke can reduce the risk of a future strike by taking aspirin each day, according to a new study. As aspirin thins the blood, some medics had previously been cautious about recommending the drug to patients.

Breakthrough military study results for concussion announced

New research on the first highly-scalable intervention for mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (mTBI) -- commonly from concussions and blast exposures -- has been presented at the 9th Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference in Washington, D.C

Essential Science: Big data assists with personal health metrics

Big data analytics can play a significant role in assessing human biology and health. But how significant? To assess the extent that digital data capture and analysis can assist scientists, a new study has assessed health data over several years.

Opening the blood-brain barrier for Alzheimer's research

A new clinical trial is investigating opening up the blood-brain barrier in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. The trial will explore the benefits of low-intensity ultrasound.

Essential Science: Breakthrough for patients with pneumonia

New research, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, presents the first clinical results with CAL02 in patients suffering from severe pneumonia, the first cause of infectious mortality in the world.

Artificial intelligence assesses PSTD by analysing voice patterns

Artificial intelligence can be used to assess whether a person is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder through an analysis of the subject’s voice patterns, noting and processing any variations to predict the medical diagnosis.

Sleep patterns for high-school and college students revealed

High school vs. college – what is the difference when it comes to sleep? According to new internal data from Sleep Cycle, college students go to bed much later than high schoolers during the school year and also wake up later. Does this matter?

Virtual reality assists with the treatment of Parkinson’s disease

A new study shows how virtual reality can assist Parkinson's disease patients. The research demonstrates how training in virtual environment helps people to improve their balance and to avoid obstacles when walking.

Best and worst U.S. states for children’s healthcare identified

The U.S. is marking ‘Every Kid Healthy Week’, which runs from April 22. While the nationwide campaign is important, a review of state-by-state data reveals disparity in terms of child welfare, according to WalletHub.

Q&A: How AI can be a lifeline for overworked radiologists Special

Artificial intelligence can analyze hundreds of images in a matter of minutes and triage abnormalities so that radiologists can prioritize potentially critical cases and save lives. An expert from the startup Aidoc discusses the potential.

Essential Science: Gum bacteria implicated in Alzheimer's disease

The bacteria that inhabit the mouth, and especially the gums, if imbalanced can lead to some species dominating others. In these circumstances, there may be a connection with diseases like Alzheimer’s, according to a new study.
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