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Researchers from the University of Warwick have developed a machine learning model capable of predicting the interactions between proteins and drug molecules with 99 percent accuracy. Findings have been published in Science Advances.

Belgian researchers have identified a protein formulation that mimics the structure and rigidity of the natural lining in a women’s ovaries, a breakthrough for women with infertility or cancer patients who had radiation or chemotherapy treatments. Findings are published in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota used 3D printing to build lifelike artificial organ models that mimic the look, structure, mechanical properties and feel of human organs. Findings were published in Advanced Materials Technologies.

Elderly patients who played 3D-platform games such as Nintendo's Super Mario 64 saw improvements in short-term memory and an increase in gray matter in the brain, according to a study published in PLOS ONE.

A video game that promotes balance by instructing users to hold poses could help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

 

Recent Headlines

Increasing complexity in aortic dissection reduces complications, improves outcomes—but mortality remains constant

When it comes to type A aortic dissection, cardiac surgeons have increasingly opted to perform more complex operations to reduce complications and improve postoperative care. A study, published online June 6 in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, examined cardiac surgeries from 2003 to 2015 to examine the association between a procedure’s complexity and risks faced by the patient.

Patch for at-home use detects sleep apnea

Researchers have developed a wearable patch to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea at all severity levels. Researchers, who published findings in Sleep, aimed to create a cost-effective, lightweight wearable to monitor patients without disrupting sleep patterns.

Wearable system gives visually impaired patients a new view

Researchers from the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a wearable system for the visually impaired that offers a more comprehensive view of their surroundings. Findings were presented at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation.

Pocket colposcope allows in-home screenings for cervical cancer

Screening for cervical cancer could one day be done in a woman’s home. Researchers from Duke University, published their findings in PLOS One, have developed a handheld device that combines complex cervical screening tools.

Stroke patients use brain-computer interface to move hands

Using a brain-computer interface and exoskeleton device, stoke patients gained the ability to open and close a previously paralyzed hand. The findings, published in Stroke, hope to aid paralyzed stroke patients to regain some aspects of life previously lost to them.

ISDD device reduces blood draw contamination by 88%

Researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) have reduced false positive in patient blood samples by 88 percent with the SteriPath initial specimen diversion device (ISDD). Findings were published in the May issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

One innovation links bad breath, kidney failure

Thanks for a new sensor developed by researchers at the University of Illinois, bad breath can a blessing when it comes to diagnosing kidney failure. Published in Advanced Functional Materials, researchers' findings outline the sensor's development and how it is able to diagnose kidney failure.

Surgical site infections are as seasonal as allergies, warmer weather increases risk

Allergies aren’t the only thing that are seasonal. In a study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, researchers found the risk of developing surgical site infections (SSI) increased as the weather warms up.

9 recommendations to prevent surgical site infection via patient engagement

Undergoing a surgical procedure is enough to worry about for a patient, yet many have the additional fear of developing surgical site infections (SSIs). A study published in Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control outlines nine recommendations for patients to take charge of their own care and reduce the chances of developing an SSI using patient engagement. 

Augmented reality gives surgeons x-ray vision in real time

Cambridge Consultants, a product design and development firm, has introduced an augmented reality (AR) surgical system capable of giving surgeons “x-ray vision” in real time. This system aims to improve patient outcomes and reduce surgical risk.

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