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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.

Clinical trials often go unregistered or unpublished and have differences in the reporting of primary outcomes, according to a study published in JAMA.

Researchers from RMIT University have developed a diagnostic software tool capable of identifying patients with early Parkinson’s disease—before physical symptoms appear. The tool aims to provide patients and providers with the ability to treat Parkinson’s more effectively by addressing the disease in its earliest state.

 

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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.

In-ear device filters out medical alarms for ICU patients

Medical alarms may be necessary for hospital staff, but they also keep patients awake. Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have developed a wearable capable of silencing audible medical alarms to improve outcomes of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Test and device combination effectively diagnoses concussion symptoms

Concussion diagnoses remain difficult as proper diagnostic devices are short in supply but researchers, in collaboration with Neuro Kenetics, Inc., have developed a new test and device combination to accurately measure concussion symptoms. Findings were published in Wiley Online Library.

3D-printed patch treats smaller ischemic blood vessels

Surgery is one way of treating ischemia, but it becomes exponentially more complicated the smaller the vessels are. Developing a new treatment for the smallest vessels, researchers have started work on 3D printed patches capable of infusing with cells to grow healthy blood vessels. Research is published in the latest issue of Nature Biomedical Engineering.

Wearable lab on a chip could ID bacteria, cancer

Wearables could one day soon analyze sweat for certain proteins to detect breast and lung cancer. A study, published in Lab on a Chip, described the development of biosensor technology for wearable devices to monitor health and identify bacteria and viruses.

Microsoft develops deep learning tool to combat SIDS

Data scientists form Microsoft have donated a newly developed research tool to Seattle Children’s Research Institute to advance research into sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The tool will also be available to researchers around the globe.

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