Improvements in optical mammography to advance breast cancer diagnostics

Researchers from Politecnico di Milano, Italy report improvements in the design of optical mammography used in diagnosis and monitoring of breast cancer.  They report increase sensitivity by a thousandfold.This research is presented at Biomedical Optics meeting 2018.Schematic diagram of new and improved optical mammography device.Credit: Edoardo FerocinoOptical mammography uses infrared light and is used in conjunction … Continue reading Improvements in optical mammography to advance breast cancer diagnostics

Smartphone app to reliably diagnose irregular heartbeat or atrial fibrillation

Researchers from the University of Turku developed a smartphone app to detect atrial fibrillation with phone alone, without any extra equipment. This application provides a potential tool for timely diagnosis of atrial fibrillation as it is crucial for effective stroke prevention. The results of the study were published in the journal Circulation. Smartphone app to … Continue reading Smartphone app to reliably diagnose irregular heartbeat or atrial fibrillation

Researchers develop ultra thin wearable skin electronics

This latest research by a Japanese academic-industrial collaboration, led by Professor Takao Someya at the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Engineering presents a new ultrathin, elastic display that fits snugly on the skin and can show the moving waveform of an electrocardiogram recorded by a breathable, on-skin electrode sensor. Combined with a wireless communication … Continue reading Researchers develop ultra thin wearable skin electronics

Big data from smart thermometer utilized to track and predict flu activity.

A study by researchers at the University of Iowa shows that anonymous data from a "smart thermometer" connected to a mobile phone app can track flu activity in real time at both population and individual levels. They also showed that this data can be used to improve flu forecasting. The study findings are published in … Continue reading Big data from smart thermometer utilized to track and predict flu activity.

Glassy carbon electrodes advances brain-computer interface technology

The Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering-a collaboration of San Diego State University with the University of Washington and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is working on an implantable brain chip that can record neural electrical signals and transmit them to receivers in the limb. Results of the research study utilizing above technology are published in … Continue reading Glassy carbon electrodes advances brain-computer interface technology

Research shows reduced Surgical Site Infections with use of Antimicrobial Sutures

New analyses of the published clinical studies indicate that antimicrobial sutures are effective for preventing surgical site infections (SSIs), and they can result in significant cost savings. The results are published in the British Journal of Surgery.In one analysis that included 21 randomized clinical trials, investigators found a risk of 138 surgical site infections per … Continue reading Research shows reduced Surgical Site Infections with use of Antimicrobial Sutures

Painless skin patch created with flexible base and stainless steel microneedles

It’s only a matter of time before drugs are administered via patches with painless microneedles instead of unpleasant injections. But designers need to balance the need for flexible, comfortable to wear material with effective microneedle penetration of the skin. Researchers from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm say they may have cracked the problem.A … Continue reading Painless skin patch created with flexible base and stainless steel microneedles

Carbon nanotube based electrical immunosensor to rapidly detect troponin I during a heart attack

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Therefore, a fast and reliable diagnosis of heart attack is urgently needed. A study, led by Prof. Jaesung Jang (School of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering) has developed an electrical immunosensor to detect the acute myocardial infarction, also known as a heart attack … Continue reading Carbon nanotube based electrical immunosensor to rapidly detect troponin I during a heart attack

Novel bio-signal measuring electrodes to advance health diagnosis using internet of things devices

Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) announced that Professor Kyung-in Jang's research team from the Department of Robotics Engineering succeeded in developing bio-signal measuring electrodes that can be mounted on Internet of Things (IoT) devices through joint research with a research team led by professor John Rogers of the University of Illinois, USA.Optical … Continue reading Novel bio-signal measuring electrodes to advance health diagnosis using internet of things devices

New technology using gold wires on flexible plastic for wearable electronic devices

Researchers from National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has come up with a way to build safe, nontoxic gold wires onto flexible, thin plastic film. Their demonstration potentially clears the path for a host of wearable electronic devices that monitor our health.NIST research has found that the flexible plastic membrane on which wearables would be … Continue reading New technology using gold wires on flexible plastic for wearable electronic devices