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New sensor detects inflammatory bowel disease

Nashville - The world’s first sensor, able to assess inflammatory bowel disease, has been developed. The sensor will help medics to take a more personalized approach to treating the disease.

Essential Science: Heartburn drugs may raise stroke risk

Copenaghen - A recent concern has been raised about heartburn drugs and a connection to an increased risk of stroke. This follows earlier studies linking this type of medication to dementia, kidney and heart problems. Digital Journal looks into the issue.

Surgical forceps removed from man after 18 years

Medics in Vietnam have extracted surgical forceps from a man. The forceps had been inside the man’s body for 18 years; the man had not known he was carrying the medical equipment.

Fingertip sensors developed for breast cancer exams

For women, regular check-ups for unusual lumps in their breasts is important and it has saved countless lives. To make this process more accurate, scientists have developed special gloves with built-in sensors.

Adding barcodes to breast implants for safety

London - In an attempt to protect the health of women, the U.K. is to start having all breast implants barcoded. This is to stop previous problems with implants made from dangerous materials finding their way into medical centers.

Essential Science: Nanoparticles fight resistant breast cancer

Scientists have developed nanoparticles to accurately target and treat a form of breast cancer that is resistant to conventional therapeutics.

Ultraviolet light can control inflammation

With a potential medical breakthrough scientists have come up with d a chemical tool to control inflammation, one that is activated by ultraviolet light.

Medics use sonic waves for deep brain surgery

London - British medial researchers have successfully used sonic waves to operate deep inside the brain of a patient. The novel treatment was used with a person who suffered from uncontrollable tremors in their hands.

British doctors request three-person baby study

Newcastle - British doctors have made a formal request to the national fertility regulator to undertake mitochondrial replacement therapy. This involves creating a baby with DNA from three people.

Diabetes monitoring breathalyzer developed

A new hand-held breathalyzer that allows individuals to easily assess their blood glucose levels has been developed. The device informs the user bout diabetes risk and it differs from a medical device we reported on earlier this month.

Blood flow patterns provide stroke predictions

The shape and flow of blood through the heart can acts as model to predict the likelihood of a person developing a stroke, according to a new medical study.

New survey examines spread of hospital pathogens

The rooms in which patients are in, be they wards, waiting rooms, or operating theaters, are a source of pathogens, according to a new study. The findings could have implications for patient management.

New medical device technology set to benefit patients

As regular readers of Digital Journal will be aware, health technology and digital health have introduced a range of important innovations. Many of these involve ‘connected technology.’ We survey five new innovations.

Hospital quarantined after unexplained hallucinations

A hospital department in a hospital in Oregon has been quarantined after five people experienced unexplained and mysterious hallucinations.

Why are kidney stones passed on multiple roller coaster rides?

Taking several rides on a roller coaster can help to pass kidney stones. Researchers amusingly established this by taking multiple rides. Back in the lab, they've found out why.

Bacteria in the blood could trigger dozens of diseases

Are bacteria in the human blood system responsible for indirectly triggering a range of diseases? New research suggests a link to strokes and heart attacks, and other ill-health conditions.

EpiPen maker says it will market generic version of allergy RX

Canonsburg - Pharmaceutical maker Mylan NV has agreed to begin offering a generic version of its EpiPen emergency allergy treatment after enduring widespread criticism for sharply raising the sales price of the device.

Essential Science: Parkinson's test offers faster diagnosis

Edinburgh - Medics hope that a new Parkinson's protein test could lead to earlier diagnosis of the disease. The disease is connected to the accumulation of the protein alpha-synuclein.

Scientists find high level of zinc can increase seizure risk

Austin - Zinc might be an important nutrient, but it can raise the risk of seizures when it gets into the brain, according to new research Texas A&M scientists.

International rates for skin cancer revealed

A new global study has revealed variations in the rate of skin cancer around the world. The key variations relate to geographical and socio-economic factors, which make the disease more or less common.

Peeking at the payments made to doctors

London - New figures, relating to the U.K., reveal some of the payments made by pharmaceutical companies to the medical profession. The key word is “some”, since the declarations remain voluntary.

Seriousness of fungal infections neglected by medical services

There are many pathogens that pose risks to human populations. Despite fungal infections killing more people than malaria, or from certain cancers like breast cancer, the level of research into combating fungal diseases is relatively low in comparison.

FDA suspends clinical trial after three deaths

A clinical trial of a promising new therapy in which white blood cells are reprogrammed to attack cancer cells has resulted in the deaths of three patients. As a result, the U.S. FDA has suspended the trial.

Feeling ill? Google will now help you find some relief

When you're feeling ill, chances are you turn to Google for help, searching for your symptoms to find some relief. According to Google, 1 percent of all searches are people doing this so it has created a special experience to help you find aid faster.

Pharma News: Merck and Boehringer report successes

The company Merck announced strong financial results for the first quarter of 2016, based on increases in sales and earnings. Meanwhile, Boehringer Ingelheim has licensed a cancer drug to Horizon Pharma.

Rapid test for Zika virus developed

Scientists have come up with a new way to diagnose Zika virus infection in under four hours. The test is based on paper and uses an electronic reader.

Would you trust a robot to sew up your appendix?

Washington - A robot has been used to operate on soft tissue for the first time. This wasn't a human controlled device; the robot operated "autonomously," according to a computer program.

Blue light bathing could prevent organ damage

A new study has found exposing rodents to blue light for 24 hours prior to surgery helps to minimize the risk of the type of organ damage that can occur after an operation.

Brain tumor research funding declared inadequate

London - Funding for research into brain tumors is inadequate and it receives too low a profile. These comments have been made in relation to global research and specifically for funding in the U.K.

Healthcare breaks for wearable tech users

For those living in the U.S. taking up wearable technology and using one of the health or fitness apps could lead to a reduction in insurance premiums, provided the collected information is shared.
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