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The University of California, Irvine was award $8 million to head a group that will develop a brain-computer interface that can restore walking ability and sensation in individuals with a spinal cord injury.

Engineers from Brigham Young University have developed a 'smartfoam' capable of detecting a sport-caused concussion in real time.

Researchers from the State University of New York at Binghamton have developed a non-invasive paper-based sensor patch, capable of measuring blood glucose levels for diabetic patients.

Researchers from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom have developed a genetically engineered common molecule capable of being programmed to fight cancer, influenza and other diseases.

Researchers from the University of Houston have developed an artificial skin, capable of stretching over robotic hands and sense the difference between hot and cold. Findings are published in Science Advances.

 

Recent Headlines

Watson AI provides comprehensive, personalized cancer reports

IBM's artificial intelligence platform Watson is being trained to help cancer patients receive more personalized care by identifying the specific genetic mutations causing their disease. With Watson's reports, healthcare providers will be able to develop and administer therapies to directly treat each patient.

Brain implant delivers ultrasonic waves to brain treating cancer, Alzheimer’s

A recent study published in Advanced Healthcare Materials outlines a new ceramic skull implant capable of delivering ultrasound treatments.

Reducing brain injury, sensory damage following cardiac arrest

Those who have experienced cardiac arrest face long-term health effects related to brain activity. Recent research examined the impact of such events, including the deprivation of oxygen to the brain, and subsequent resuscitation efforts.

Non-invasive technology predicts onset of asthma attacks

Predicting the onset of an asthma attack by identifying symptoms early could improve outcomes in children with high risk asthma. Researchers have evaluated a new non-invasive technological approach to analyze lung sounds in young patients to hopefully predict the onset of an attack. Findings are published in Respirology.

Philips wearable blue light device relieves psoriasis symptoms in 84% of users

Royal Philips has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its wearable therapy device, BlueControl, to treat people with mild psoriasis. Philips aims to assist people in easily treating their psoriasis with a wearable device that can be used at home.

Pulse rate monitoring before C-section can reduce need for medication

Expectant mothers undergoing a Caesarean section are often prescribed preventative medications to maintain blood pressure. But these medications come with side effects for both the mother and newborn. In a study, published in Annals of Biomedical Engineering, researchers evaluated pulse rate monitoring in identifying mothers who would not need medication and reduce side effects.

Comprehensive discharge protocol improves patient satisfaction

Minimizing readmissions is a hefty charge—one that involves myriad variables before, during and after patient discharge. New research examines a standardized, in-hospital discharge program, known as Project ReEngineered Discharge (RED), developed by Brian Jack, MD, chief of family medicine at the Boston University Medical Center.

Special shades may help concussed athletes with light sensitivity

Concussions have been a hot topic in relation to contact sports—whether professional football or youth soccer. New research examines how symptoms related to mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be improved with specially designed tinted sunglasses.

Self-administered flu vaccine patch passes first clinical trial

Having a fear of needles may not prevent patients from receiving their flu shot much longer. Developed by researchers at Georgia Tech and Emory Universities, a new patch embedded with microneedles provides patients the option to manually administer the flu shot at home.

Fitness trackers close, but not close enough, to be utilized properly in exercise research

Fitness wearables might be good for tracking daily activity but they lack complex functions needed to properly contribute to research. In a new report, published in Progress in Preventive Medicine, researchers suggested how fitness trackers can improve to contribute to research on the benefits of exercise.

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