• 5 wearable technologies for the hospital
    Wearable technology is now moving towards the medical field, with its potential to improve care in and around hospitals. No longer just a form of fashion, wearables can enable doctors to monitor the vitals of both hospitalised patients – as well as those recently discharged – less invasively.
  • The power of AI: 3 systems to assist doctors and patients
    AI or Artificial Intelligence is the latest technology to revolutionise the medical industry. With the power to sift through hundreds of clinical trials and make decisions on par with doctors, medical professionals can be assisted in designing treatment plans and finding the best-suited methods for every patient.
  • News Bites: Metastasis of cancer cells now on video, Gif and image encoded into bacterial DNA
    This week, the US FDA has approved the first sickle cell drug in almost 20 years, while international research has suggested that the meningitis B vaccine could protect against drug-resistant gonorrhoea. A separate international team of researchers have also found that a microbiome exists in the eye, which plays a role in defending against eye infections.
  • Data breach of Australia’s Medicare exposed, EHR safety concerns raised
    The recent health data breach in Australia has forced the Australian Government to pass mandatory data breach notification laws that all health service providers will have to follow.
  • Drones: Propelling the progressions in healthcare
    The advent of drones has brought about a large shift in the autonomous machine. While normally associated with aerial videography and enthusiasts flyers – drones are fast impacting our medical field.
  • News Bites: PPIs found to increase risk of early death, Mini colons in-a-dish could allow personalised drug testing
    This week, a graduate from London University developed a self-assessment kit to help individuals overcome mental health issues. 3-D printed models by US researchers could better predict the fitting of heart valves, reducing the likelihood of paravalvular leakages. A high sugar intake during pregnancy has been found to increase risk of the children developing allergies or asthma.
  • DNA studies could expose disease-linked genetic mutations in one in five individuals
    Recent studies have investigated the use of DNA testing and found that one in five healthy people could be carrying a disease-inducing mutation in their genes. It has drawn attention from clinicians who question the current use of this data and insurance agencies that seek to benefit from it.
  • 3 recent developments on HIV research
    While a definite cure has yet to be discovered, HIV has improved by a large margin, as each new research outcome brings us one step closer to finding a cure. Here we look at three of the latest discoveries in HIV research.
  • Science Bites: Novel beta cells discovered in pancreas, Rab32 protein tied to multiple sclerosis
    A virgin beta cell type has been found in the pancreas and can produce insulin to potentially aid in diabetes treatment. On a different note, the presence of a protein called Rab32 appears to be affecting the cellular mitochondria behaviour to possibly trigger multiple sclerosis.
  • Red alert: All metal-on-metal hip implants could cause bone or muscle damage, says MHRA
    The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued an alert for patients with "metal-on-metal" hip implants – believing that they would be at risk of bone or muscle damage from the devices. Approximately 56,000 patients in the UK have such devices implanted in them and will be recalled for a series of tests, including MRI scans and blood tests, due to concerns over toxicity.
  • Age-related blindness: How a revolutionary eye-drop can address the problem
    According to a review of the global prevalence of age-related macular degeneration AMD and disease burden projection for 2020 and 2040, Asia will see the largest projected number of cases of AMD – and this is expected to increase more rapidly than other regions.
  • 3 diagnostic mysteries solved through DNA sequencing
    DNA sequencing tools have now become more powerful, evidently, as they have begun to solve diagnostic mysteries from identifying brain parasites to discovering risk genes related to Tourette syndrome.
  • News Bites: Microneedle patch could replace flu vaccines, Tick saliva could pave way for a range of new drugs
    This week, Novartis proves targeting inflammation could reduce incidence of heart diseases in a 10,000-patient study. British researchers suggest that inserting a plastic film into the stomach could cure or control diabetes and US scientists and engineers have developed a new microscope that could help surgeons remove breast tumours – completely.