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New cancer scan could guide brain surgery

05/03/2021

The new ultrasound technique, called shear wave elastography, could be used during brain surgery to detect residual cancerous tissue, allowing surgeons to remove as much as possible.
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Restoring movement in ataxia with deep brain stimulation

05/03/2021

New research from Baylor College of Medicine scientists shows that a combination of deep brain stimulation (DBS) and exercise has potential benefits for treating ataxia, a rare genetic neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive irreversible problems with movement.
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Image: testing device; Copyright: Vidiia

Trialing a new COVID-19 test at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary

04/03/2021

A new, highly accurate COVID-19 test is being trialed at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Virus Hunter 6 (VH6) has been developed by Lancaster University in partnership with Brunel University London and the University of Surrey in collaboration with commercial partner Vidiia Ltd.
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Image: printing electrodes on hydrogels and rolling fibers over electrodes; Copyright: Korea Institute of Science and Technology(KIST)

E-textiles that can be used to measure photoplenthysmography

04/03/2021

Advances in wearable devices have enabled e-textiles, which fuse lightweight and comfortable textiles with smart electronics, and are garnering attention as the next-generation wearable technology. In particular, fiber electronic devices endowed with electrical properties, while retaining the specific characteristics of textiles, are key elements in manufacturing e-textiles.
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Image: Graphic depictions of heart and injectable hydrogel; Copyright: CÚRAM, National University of Ireland Galway

Injection may change heart muscle healing after a heart attack

03/03/2021

Researchers at CÚRAM, the SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices based at National University of Ireland Galway, and BIOFORGE Lab, at the University of Valladolid in Spain, have developed an injectable hydrogel that could help repair and prevent further damage to the heart muscle after a heart attack.
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Soft tactile sensor with skin-comparable characteristics for robots

03/03/2021

A joint research team co-led by City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has developed a new soft tactile sensor with skin-comparable characteristics. A robotic gripper with the sensor mounted at the fingertip could accomplish challenging tasks such as stably grasping fragile objects and threading a needle.
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Image: regenerative tissue filler for breast conserving surgery; Copyright: Sherry Harbin/Purdue University

Tissue, scaffold technologies provide new options for breast cancer

02/03/2021

New technology from Purdue University innovators may help improve tissue restoration outcomes for people with breast cancer and other diseases or traumatic injuries.
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Image: PDMS monitor in the paediatric intensive care unit; Copyright: Karin Kaiser / MHH

Digital alarm system for paediatric intensive care medicine

02/03/2021

Working in intensive care units poses special challenges for healthcare workers. They have to safely and reliably detect whether the condition of their seriously ill patients is deteriorating in a life-threatening way, and they have to do so under great time pressure because every minute counts. The stress level increases even more when the patients are children and adolescents.
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Image: robotic arm during treatment; Copyright: Simon Fraser University

Sensing robot healthcare helpers being developed at SFU

01/03/2021

The current pandemic highlights how remote healthcare robots currently being developed at SFU could be beneficial in the future.
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Image: Gel electrophoresis; Copyright: Fraunhofer IKTS

New type of ventilator for virus-free air

01/03/2021

With the advent of winter, life has moved back indoors – and, with it, the danger of catching the coronavirus in schools, offices and shopping malls. A ventilator that reduces the danger of infection could play a significant role in combating the coronavirus.
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