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AI-powered digital treatment can aid COPD treatment: Study

Could an AI-powered digital approach successfully treat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)? According to WHO, COPD will be the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2030.

Q&A: Minimizing waste in the medical supply chain Special

Waste is a big issue in the medical industry where supplies are often bought in bulk and deemed useless prior to their expiration dates. The company H-source have designed a web-based platform to drive purchasing efficiencies.

Graphene helps to repair broken bones

Researchers have successfully used phosphate graphene as a scaffold, enabling the body's own cells to rapidly reform the missing or damaged bone and hence to promote bone healing.

AmazonSmile supports funding of anti-vaccine groups

Despite the scientific consensus in favour of vaccines, Amazon's charitable arm appears to be supporting some anti-vaccine campaign groups via the AmazonSmile Foundation.

Essential science: Link between heart disease and climate change

It may not seem the most immediate connection, but new medical research has drawn a connection between climate change and an increase in the proportion of babies born with heart defects.

Essential Science: AI can reduce X-ray screening times

A new study shows how machine learning can be applied to reduce the amount of time needed to process abnormal chest X-rays. The system was developed through reviewing thousands of medical images.

Key trends shaping digital health

The healthcare sector has been subject to a rocky disruption during the past decade due to the advent of new digital technologies. The application of wearable monitors and artificial intelligence are changing the way human health is assessed.

Project aims to grow human organs in space

There is a shortage of organs patients worldwide. This has led to developments with lab-grown organs, but these are hampered by various factors. Growing organs in micro-gravity may be the answer.

New materials promote natural healing methods

London - Medical researchers have demonstrated how the use of new materials can be used to treat wounds by enhancing the body's natural healing processes.

Q&A: New robotics being adopted for physical therapy Special

The robotics company BIONIK Laboratories is to work with Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services on 21 BIONIK InMotion Arm Robotic Systems to help patients regain mobility. CEO Eric Dusseux discusses how robots can assist with physical therapy.

Soundwaves used to levitate objects to improve surgery

Bristol - Researchers have successfully used soundwaves to levitate multiple objects, paving the way for the technology to be used for techniques like surgery, enabling medics to undertake procedures without having to touch parts of the patient directly.

AI program aims to power-up medical research

A new venture called the Open aiForward program has called upon medical researchers to ‘power up’ and advance research into new medicines and diseases using artificial intelligence for no additional cost.

Could a machine replace a doctor?

Whether an artificial intelligence could replace a medical doctor is both a matter for future conjecture and a hotly contested subject. According to one scientist, technology may have the potential to be more accurate than doctors at making diagnoses.

Schizophrenia symptoms alleviated in new model

Scientists have succeeded in alleviating schizophrenia symptoms using a mouse models. This involved restoring brain cell receptors, which was demonstrated to help to restore ‘normal behavior’.

Essential Science: Skin sensor can measure oxygen in the body

A new sensor can monitor oxygen levels inside the human body, by scanning the surface of the skin. The new device can be used to track the progress of oxygenation in relation to healing wounds in real time, providing valuable medical data.

Plant based compound acts as anti-venom treatment

Researchers have discovered that a flavonoid found in plants is effective as acting as an anti-venom compound against the toxin from the South American pit viper Bothrops jaraca. This could become the basis of a new medicine.

Alzheimer’s can be treated with antidepressants

Medics have been undertaking tests to determine whether antidepressants can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, a condition for which there is no cure. The results to date are encouraging.

New technology addresses backpack strain issues

Backpacks are standard load carriers for people of all ages, such as school children and the military. A new research study has assessed the impact of different weights in different locations, in order to study the full impact on the spine.

3D medical imaging to detect irregular heartbeats

An advancement has been made with medical imaging software. A new application can make a 3D representation of the human heart in order to assess the heart for irregular heartbeats, which might signal a cardiovascular problem.

Q&A: Digital dentistry becomes the new standard Special

As digital dentistry becomes the new standard, dental practitioners are rushing to adopt 3D printing technologies and transition away from traditional dentistry. Gideon Balloch, Dental Product Lead at Formlabs explains more.

Essential Science: Scientists decode mood swings

A new research tranche puts forward the idea of decoding depression. This involves translating mood signals as a novel means for the treatment of affective disorders.

New blood test reveals body’s internal clock

A new blood test has been designed that can indicate the body’s internal clock in order to guide treatments and to improve health. The test is of potential use to the medical field as many diseases are linked to circadian misalignment.

Sleeping wearing contact lenses carries infection risk

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) has highlighted a rise in health incidences associated with people wearing contact lenses while sleeping. This relates to corneal infections.

Smartphone-powered ultrasound machine developed

A new scientific breakthrough from Canadian researchers has paved the way for a smartphone-powered $100 ultrasound machine. This could considerably lower the costs of ultrasound scanners.

The under-reported issue: Mental health issues at work

London - Levels of mental health issues in the workplace are rising in many countries. A new survey conducted by the charity Mind has assessed that half of all employees experience a mental health issue during their working life.

New approach to fighting antibiotic resistant bacteria

One of the most pressing concerns on the planet is the issue of multi-drug resistance bacteria and the risk these organisms pose to human health. One of the ways to address this could stem from a new research project.

Researchers develop AI platform to detect cancer group

A research group have applied artificial intelligence to assess how cancers can progress and evolve. The aim is to enable medics to use personalized treatments for individual patients, thereby boosting survival rates.

Researchers 3D print of prototype for 'bionic eye'

Scientists have successfully 3D printed an array of light receptors on a hemispherical surface. This is the structural basis for developing a bionic eye, with the aim of improving the sight of the visually impaired.

Flexible wearable for smart drug delivery

A new flexible wearable, from South Korea, has been designed to allow for customize drug delivery upon diagnosis and to improve patient health.

Artificial intelligence system detects often-missed cancer tumors

Florida - Medical scientists and engineers have come together to develop an artificial intelligence system designed to detect often-missed cancer tumors, thereby helping to boost patient survival rates.
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