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VR’s emerging role in medical detox

There are many types of addiction and overdose and coming off an addictive substance is challenging. To assist with the detox process, medical staff are turning towards virtual reality technology as a solution.

One billion medical images are exposed online Special

Over one billion medical images of patients across the world have been exposed is a major data breach. This arise due to hundreds of hospitals, medical offices and imaging centers are running insecure storage systems, as Anurag Kahol explains.

Microsoft creates first-ever medical school of innovation

The University of South Florida medical school and Microsoft have created the first-ever Medical School of Innovation. Classes begin Jan 13th, 2020, and students will learn from the most recent cutting edge technology

Using machine learning to estimate risk of cardiovascular death

Research from MIT CSAIL uses machine learning to estimate risk of cardiovascular death. The system, called “RiskCardio,” uses just the first fifteen minutes of a patient's raw electrocardiogram (ECG) signal to produce a risk score.

Essential Science: Is a vaccine for MRSA possible?

MRSA has caused numerous deaths in the hospital setting. Despite good progress with other vaccines, no vaccine for MRSA appears in sight. A new study shows why this is and points towards the best direction to go forwards.

First at-home diagnostic test for hemophilia patients

The Japanese firm Takeda, working with the biotech company Enzyre, has developed the first diagnostic test for hemophilia patients to use at home. The test enables people to measure their coagulation status accurately with a straightforward test kit.

Air Doctor launches new telemedicine service

Air Doctor has announced it will make available telemedicine services to all travelers, aimed at improving insurer care, and reducing costs by up to 75 percent.

If Santa was human he’d have died aged 54

With a long list of health risks and ailments, experts say that if Santa was human, he’d have died well before retirement age and would have long struggled to deliver presents. A seasonal tale with some important medical findings.

Meth boom adds to Afghanistan's opium and heroin woes

Kabul - At a sprawling rehabilitation centre on the outskirts of Kabul, dozens of dazed-looking drug addicts clamber out of police buses and shuffle toward the facility.

Q&A: Transforming healthcare through eLearning Special

E-learning is being applied to healthcare in various ways, from helping with trainee nurses to providing support learning to medical staff in mental health issues. Recognized expert Elaine Teale explains more.

Amazon is diving ever deeper into healthcare Special

Amazon is showing an increased interest in healthcare and health-related technology. The latest news is with Amazon announcing it has launched a speech recognition tool for doctors.

New AI-driven technology for breast cancer screening

Developments with artificial technology are transforming medical diagnosis. A new offering from the company iCAD is a prime example, helping medics to assess for Digital Breast Tomosynthesis and other signs of breast related cancer.

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.
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