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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.

AI system to be developed to detect eye disease

London - Can artificial intelligence have detected eye disease as accurately as a medical professional? This might not yet be the case, however advances with algorithms have led to a new platform being considered to assist medics.

Q&A: Looking to the future of telehealth Special

Telehealth could save millions of dollars within the healthcare industry. One example is Call9, a tech-enabled healthcare service that delivers immediate care to patients in skilled nursing facilities.

Best and worst U.S. states for healthcare revealed

The personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on “2018’s Best & Worst States for Health Care”, examining for regional differences and differences across different demographic groups.

AI and behavioral sciences to pair people with healthcare

Change Healthcare has developed a new solution that uses AI and behavioral sciences to accurately identify and pair the right people with the medical benefits suitable for them.

Tackling hepatitis C elimination via diagnostic technologies

Research group FIND has announced a new wave of activities designed to address the challenges threatening hepatitis C elimination. This is through several potential diagnostic technologies.

Chatbot designed to cure chronic pain: Interview Special

Curable is a chatbot-like app that uses a combination of pain science education and evidence-based techniques to address pain. To discover more about this form of AI in healthcare, Digital Journal spoke with John Gribbin, Curable's CEO.

Knowledge College connects patients and insurance companies

Fellow Health Partners have announced the launch of the “Knowledge College.” This is designed to be a process of continuous, formal training intended to increase the successful interaction between patients and insurance companies, for U.S. healthcare.

FDA approves first marijuana-derived drug

Washington - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a medication called Epidiolex. This is the first FDA-approved drug derived from marijuana.

AI-based diagnostic for faster blood tests

Medical startup firm Sight Diagnostics has begun producing an artificial intelligence-based diagnostics device, enabling faster blood tests to be conducted.

Babylon vs Doctors: Can a chatbot provide better medical advice?

London - The healthcare chatbot company Babylon has claimed its chatbot beats doctors at medical exams. This claim is disputed by some in the medical profession.

Digital medical visits: Risks and benefits

It's estimated that one in ten people record their consultation with their doctor. A new report recommends that doctors should embrace this, although both parties need to weight up the good and bad points.

App helps doctors screen for opioid dependency

The problems of opioid dependency have been widely reported and the problem is affecting many high-income nations. To overcome the challenges faced by the medical community, a new digital health solution is proposed.

Smartphone app for diagnosing cardiac disease

A new medical smartphone app has performed better than a traditional medical exam for cardiac assessment, based on the findings of a randomized clinical trial and reported to the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Doctors ask Syria to lift 7-year ban on access to wounded

Beirut - Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday called on Syria's government to reverse its seven-year ban on the medical charity, issuing an urgent appeal for access to wounded people in regime-held territory.
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