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Smart bandages monitor and tailor treatment for chronic wounds

Smart bandages monitor and tailor treatment for chronic wounds

Jul 11, 2018 United States
A team of engineers has developed a prototype bandage designed to actively monitor the condition of chronic wounds and deliver appropriate drug treatments to improve the chances of healing. While the lab-tested bandages remain to be assessed in a clinical context, the research is aimed at transforming bandaging from a traditionally passive treatment into a more active paradigm to address a persistent and difficult medical challenge.
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Artificial ovary for fertility preservation

Artificial ovary for fertility preservation

Jul 5, 2018 Europe
An artificial ovary for fertility preservation without the risk of reintroducing malignancy. Important steps in the development of an artificial ovary have been successfully completed by one of the world's leading groups in fertility preservation.
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Skin patches: the advantages of the ultimate wearable

Skin patches: the advantages of the ultimate wearable

Jul 3, 2018
Electronic skin patches could well be described as the ultimate wearable electronic devices. IDTechEx's latest market research report covers the entire product ecosystem for smart skin patches.
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Plaster sticks inside the mouth to revolutionise oral treatments

Plaster sticks inside the mouth to revolutionise oral treatments

Jun 28, 2018 United Kingdom
A plaster which sticks to the inside of your mouth is revolutionising the treatment of painful recurring ulcers. Scientists have developed a unique patch using special polymers which are able to stick to moist surfaces.
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Tracking cancer-cell development with "drinkable" electronic sensors

Tracking cancer-cell development with "drinkable" electronic sensors

Jun 27, 2018 Switzerland
Thanks to an unorthodox approach being proposed by researchers, patients may soon be able to track their illness simply by drinking a solution containing millions of tiny electronic sensors disguised as bacteria.
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This is what a stretchy circuit looks like

This is what a stretchy circuit looks like

Jun 21, 2018 China
Researchers have made a new hybrid conductive material--part elastic polymer, part liquid metal--that can be bent and stretched at will. Circuits made with this material can take most two-dimensional shapes and are also non-toxic.
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3D printed contact lenses treat eye disease

3D printed contact lenses treat eye disease

Jun 19, 2018 United States
A researcher has received a U.S. Department of Defense grant to develop a more convenient, less expensive and less painful way to treat serious eye diseases using 3D printing to develop a programmable microneedle array that can deliver drugs directly into the eye in a sustained manner.
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New sensors open door to wearable medical diagnostic device

New sensors open door to wearable medical diagnostic device

Jun 19, 2018 Australia
Scientists from ANU have designed tiny optical sensors that open the door to developing a wearable device that allows doctors to medically diagnose people's health in real time.
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Fiber Lasers Outshine Competing Laser and Non-Laser Technologies

Fiber Lasers Outshine Competing Laser and Non-Laser Technologies

Jun 14, 2018
In the recently published IDTechEx market report titled Fiber Lasers 2018-2028: Technologies, Opportunities, Markets & Forecasts, Dr Nilushi Wijeyasinghe explores how recent fiber laser technology developments affect the growth of key market segments.
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Topical wound oxygen effectiveness

Topical wound oxygen effectiveness

May 28, 2018 United States
AOTI Inc announced that two study abstracts were presented demonstrating Topical Wound Oxygen healing effectiveness in 115 recalcitrant chronic ulcerations of varied etiologies at both the recent Society of Advanced Wound Care conference in Orlando, Florida and European Wound Management Association conference in Krakow, Poland.
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Researchers operate lab-grown heart cells by remote control

Researchers operate lab-grown heart cells by remote control

May 23, 2018 United States
Researchers have developed a technique that allows them to speed up or slow down human heart cells growing in a dish on command — simply by shining a light on them and varying its intensity. The cells are grown on graphene, which converts light into electricity, providing a more realistic environment than standard plastic or glass laboratory dishes.