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April 10th, 2014 at 8:21 am

Flexible, stick-on electronic patches for wireless health monitoring


Researchers at at John A. Rogers’ lab at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign have incorporated off-the-shelf chips into flexible electronic patches to allow for high quality ECG and EEG monitoring. (Video)



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March 27th, 2014 at 9:33 am

India has declared the end of polio


India has been polio free for the past 3 years.

India had over 200,000 cases of polio reported in 1988. For the past three years, they’ve had 0. At the end of this month, the WHO will announce the end of polio in India.


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March 25th, 2014 at 10:40 am

Cefaly – an electric headband that zaps migraines away



More than 36 million people suffer from consistent migraine pain in the U.S. alone. Migraine pain is intense, debilitating, and recurring. It usually consists of a throbbing pain on one side of the head, and is often accompanied by other symptoms, including nausea and vomiting, dizziness and a sensitivity to sounds and light. There are both prescription and over-the-counter medications that can help, but some migraine sufferers cannot tolerate these medicines, at least without nasty side effects. The FDA now has good news for these people: the agency just approved a new headband-shaped device that uses electrical stimulation to battle migraine pain. (Video)



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March 14th, 2014 at 10:58 am

WHO proposal to cut recommended sugar intake by half


WHO recommends that adults have less sugar per day than is found in one glass of many soft drinks.

Scientists are gearing up for a battle with the food industry after the World Health Organization (WHO) moved to halve its recommendation on sugar intake.



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March 3rd, 2014 at 1:49 pm

How wearables will redefine the doctor-patient relationship


Embedded tracking technologies are being used to remotely monitor individual health and performance.

Personal wearable devices are painting a more intimate picture of your health and overall fitness level by the data they are collecting. The real opportunity of wearables may be in connecting that information to a person who can help us make sense of the data and in turn, build a new relationship between patients and experts, one that carries with it highly personalized layers of analysis and recommendations.



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March 1st, 2014 at 8:50 am

Stem cells repair and strengthen muscles in aged mice

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Stem cell therapy could be used to help older patients recover from muscular injuries.

People become less able to bounce back from injuries as they age. This is a problem that adds risk to many of the common medical procedures the elderly face. At the same time, stem cells’ greatest promise is to allow people to produce new, healthy tissue to recover from illness or injury. But because stem cell therapies remain cutting edge, they have largely been used to target life-threatening problems such as heart failure.



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February 16th, 2014 at 8:21 am

Instant skin graft spray gun offers new treatment for burn victims

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Revolutionary development: The stem cell spray gun treats burns in 1.5 hours.

Doctor Jörg Gerlach, of the University of Pittsburgh’s McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine has created a prototype medical device that literally sprays skin cells onto burn victims to re-grow skin.



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February 13th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Can a nicotine patch make you smarter?

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A nicotine patch could be used for the treatment of neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s, mild cognitive impairment, ADHD, Tourette’s, and schizophrenia.

Dan Hurley, author of  Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power, is on a quest to make his brain work better. He is looking into the evidence for why nicotine may be the best bet for building brain power.



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February 12th, 2014 at 11:42 am

FDA approves PillCam, an alternative to the traditional colonoscopy



The FDA has approved the PillCam for use as an alternative for patients who are unable to have a complete colonoscopy.  The pill-shaped capsule has a camera on both ends. It navigates through your intestines over an eight-hour period, taking high-speed images that are sent to a device worn by a patient that are later examined by a doctor. (Video)



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February 6th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

How a breast milk antibody plays an important role in infant gut development


Breastfeeding is an important strategy to ensure a healthy balance of good bacteria in an infant’s gut.

 Babies have legions of microbes that set up shop in their guts, skin, and more right from birth. These microbes are vital. They help the growing human to digest its food, and to keep harmful microbes away. They are so important that newborns temporarily suppress their own immune system to give their microbial partners a chance to establish themselves.



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