Asthma: Self-management thanks to apps and wearables --

Image: graphic, how tumor epigenetics are extracted from childrens blood; Copyright: Tatjana Hirschmugl

Blood test detects childhood tumors based on their epigenetic profiles


A new study exploits the characteristic epigenetic signatures of childhood tumors to detect, classify and monitor the disease. The scientists analyzed short fragments of tumor DNA that are circulating in the blood. These "liquid biopsy" analyses exploit the unique epigenetic landscape of bone tumors and do not depend on any genetic alterations, which are rare in childhood cancers.
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Image: A info graphic showing the results of a poll about telemedicine use in pediatrics; Copyright: C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan

Telemedicine: more kids see doctors virtually, some parents still hesitant


One in five parents in a new national poll say their child had a virtual health visit over the past year for either check-ups, minor illnesses, mental health or a follow up - a marked increase in remote care for children.
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Image: Display of male infertility images generated by Google Cloud AutoML Vision.; Copyright: Hideyuki Kobayashi

Male infertility scoring using AI-assisted image classification


Clinicians at Toho University in Japan developed an AI-based scoring model for testis images to assess patients with severe male infertility. Creation of the image classifier on a cloud-based machine learning framework needed no help from data scientists.
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Image: a baby with a sticker on its arm; Copyright: T.R. Ray et al.

"Sweat stickers" may streamline diagnosis of cystic fibrosis in children


New "sweat stickers" may streamline the early diagnosis of cystic fibrosis by enabling scientists to easily gather and analyze sweat from the skin of infants and children. The stickers matched the performance of previous, more cumbersome devices, suggesting the stickers could address design obstacles that have held back the diagnosis and treatment of cystic fibrosis in pediatric patients.
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School-based telehealth for underserved kids


Implementation of school-based telehealth in communities facing health care barriers across South Carolina provides children with accessible care.
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Image: Asthma monitoring device is taped to the chest; Copyright: Respia

Breathe a sigh of relief with Respia


There are many different kinds of mobile devices to help people with chronic diseases. Asthma is one of those diseases, which can be monitored with wearables to improve everyday life. Especially for parents, the stress and anxiety which come with asthma-afflicted children can be reduced with a reliable solution like Respia.
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Image: the robot AV1 at school; Copyright: Estera Kluczenko

Robotics: an avatar to end loneliness


A child who has to miss many days of school due to long-term illness? An older adult living alone or in a nursing home? The Norwegian startup No Isolation believes that nobody should have to experience social isolation, no matter how old you are. The company uses technology to help combat loneliness.
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Sports medicine - performance values in best health


Those who integrate physical activities into their own lifestyle live healthier and more balanced. But where are the physical limits? Can health status measurements also be carried out on the road? Discover more about how sports medical examinations contribute to maintain performance and minimize health risks in our Topic of the Month.
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Image: Screenshot of the VR app: a small penguin sitting on the treatment table of the MRI device; Copyright: Entertainment Computing Group, Uni DUE & LAVAlabs Moving Images

Gamification: how penguins help children overcome their MRI fear


It's noisy, tight and scary - that's how children feel about a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. Because they are scared, they are often too fidgety and anxious during the procedure, causing the images to blur or the scan to be stopped. Researchers have now developed a VR app called Pingunauten Trainer that’s designed to gently prepare the little patients for MRI scans.
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