Skin surface nanochip for healing injuries or organ regrowth.

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A new device that reprograms skin cells could represent a breakthrough in repairing injured or ageing tissue. The new technique, called tissue nanotransfection, is based on a tiny device that sits on the surface of living skin. An intense, focused electric field is applied to the device, allowing it to deliver genes to the skin cells beneath it – turning them into different types of cells. This is an exciting opportunity when it comes to repairing damaged tissue – turning a patient’s own tissue into a “bioreactor” to produce cells to either repair nearby tissues, or for use at another site. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/07/nanochip-could-heal-injuries-or-regrow-organs-with-one-touch-say-researchers

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A drug that helps stop the spread of cancer

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Scientists working with Cancer Research UK have discovered that a drug developed to treat organ fibrosis can block an enzyme that assists in the spread of cancer cells. In tests conducted on mice, it was able to reduce the size of tumors by up to 50 percent. https://futurism.com/researchers-have-found-a-drug-that-can-help-slow-down-the-spread-of-multiple-cancers/

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Drug addiction prevented by vaccination

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One of the best defences we have against viral infections is vaccination. Vaccines prime the body’s immune system to fight an incoming infection and have been credited with the widespread eradication of smallpox and the near-eradication of polio. There are nine vaccines currently in development that could dramatically change how humans live. They include vaccines for cancer, HIV, malaria and drug addiction. https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/anti-drug-vaccines-could-be-game-changer-people-battling-addiction-n749416

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A vaccine for diabetes

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A vaccine for type 1 diabetes developed by Finnish researchers will be tested on human subjects in late 2018. The scientists first found that the prototype works effectively and safely on mice, and now say that the vaccine could be in mainstream use within eight years if the coming rounds of tests prove successful. http://www.snopes.com/diabetes-vaccine-2/

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Turnaid for patients. Brilliant!

Turnaid for patients. Brilliant!

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A wearable that helps you with EQ

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The tone of a conversation can drastically affect its emotional intent – conveying sadness, aggression or happiness through nuanced changes in pitch and intonation. While many of us may pick these up naturally throughout life, some people find this particularly difficult. An AI with the ability to navigate through nuanced social cues could lead to an improvement in the quality of life for these people. This can already be done with a Samsung Simband, a wearable device which collects and displays this information. http://www.wired.co.uk/article/mits-artificial-intelligence-could-solve-social-miscommunication

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World-first bone glue

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Australian biotech startup Trimph has developed a new treatment for osteoarthritis, bone defects and maxillofacial disorders.  The company’s first product, TrimphDent, has been developed specifically for dental applications and aims to improve success rates and recovery from oral surgeries. http://anthillonline.com/australian-biotech-startup-produced-world-first-bone-glue-secured-3-4-million-funding/

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A wristband that accesses your critical medical data

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WRIXO is a high-tech ID wristband. In place of words engraved directly on the bracelet, a QR code directs medical professionals to your unique profile in the Cloud. It also contains a Near Field Communication, or NFC, chip embedded inside. All first responders have to do is tap their NFC-enabled smart device to the wearable, or if they don’t have NFC capabilities, scan the band’s QR code with their phone. From there, they can access personal data such as family history, doctors’ notes, current medications, emergency contacts, and blood type. http://mentalfloss.com/article/502682/id-wristband-stores-live-saving-medical-information-cloud

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A wearable device that could help us read minds

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What if you could “see” directly into another person’s brain? The ability to read minds, referred to as telepathy, is a concept that’s abundant in science fiction. It may however be possible courtesy of a brain-computer interface (BCI) — a wearable device that works like a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine. https://futurism.com/this-wearable-mri-device-could-help-us-read-minds/

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An easier way to access clinical trials

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HealthMatch is a mobile app that allows you to find clinical trials in the fastest and simplest way possible in real-time and tailored to your profile. It structures and aggregates clinical-trial listing data, making it ‘machine-readable’ so that you can be ‘smart matched’ with trials relevant to your condition. By simply inputting data about your condition and answering a series of machine generated questions, you will be able to easily qualify for trials and access new treatments. You can register interest in this new app which is under development. www.healthmatchapp.com

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Smart Contact Lenses for Diabetics

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Diabetes NSW and ACT are testing a a glucose-sensing contact lens – a non-invasive way to monitor glucose from tears. Glucose levels in tears are five to ten times less concentrated than those found in blood, requiring more sensitive detection. However, based on the prototype, the lenses are expected to generate a reading once per second and to not need calibration. http://diabetesnsw.com.au/smart-contact-lens-to-provide-glucose-readings/

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A selfie that estimates how long you will live

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Artificial intelligence is being trained to estimate your health status and how long you will live-all from a selfie. With Chronos technology, you can take a selfie and scan your driver’s licence photo, against which your selfie is compared, to assess your premium for life insurance. http://www.smh.com.au/money/super-and-funds/a-selfie-could-become-the-new-way-to-obtain-life-insurance-20170616-gwsl2m.html

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Wearable tech that can help detect diseases

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Engineers have invented a new kind of chip that’s a biosensor and can be fixed to wearables. It performs multiple functions that have traditionally required the use of a laboratory. It can analyze sweat or blood in order to detect multiple biomarkers linked to several diseases. The cells and the metallic layer of the chip work together to generate digital signals in the same way that cellular telephone networks keep track of each caller’s identity. This allows for the automatic detection of cancer cells, bacteria, and viruses. https://futurism.com/lab-on-a-chip-wearable-technology-could-help-detect-disease/

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A medical device that draws energy from your body

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Researchers have created a battery-free medical device that can be implanted in your body and charged using your body’s fluids. Despite advances in technology, batteries are still used within medical devices such as pacemakers, which are potentially harmful and need to be replaced throughout your lifetime via surgery. https://www.springwise.com/battery-free-implantable-medical-device-draws-energy-human-body/?

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A tattoo that monitors your health

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Researchers have developed a tattoo ink that could provide real-time updates on your body’s health. You would have the ink tattooed onto your body and the tattoo would then change color according to the amount of the activating agent present. A tattoo using the ink designed to respond to glucose levels, for example, would change color from blue to brown your blood sugar level rises. https://futurism.com/color-changing-tattoos-could-help-millions-monitor-their-health-in-real-time/

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A new online course that combats binge drinking

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A new online course for schools called Climate Schools has been proven to halve the rate of kids binge drinking and delay drinking. My daughter did a project at school on binge drinking and found out that the way to help prevent it is to focus on negative reaction from peers rather than negative outcomes like headaches, or danger- a key reason I liked this approach. Binge drinking is a huge problem with kids today and needs a solution. More schools should subscribe to this course to help. www.Climateschools.com.au http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/four-personality-traits-that-predict-teen-drug-and-alcohol-problems-20170605-gwl4m1.html

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The Ready Glove

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The Ready Glove is a disposable ambidextrous medical glove with a convenient list of basic vital signs printed on its outer surface. This allows first responders (like me, Rural Fire Brigade medic) the opportunity to record a baseline set of vitals without having to find a notebook; and I can keep referring to it during patient care without having to consult said notebook.

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The key to early cancer detection

A new algorithm that detects the early formation of blood vessels could lead to early diagnosis of malignant tumours and improved success rates of treatment. To progress clinical trials in humans, CSIRO researchers are looking for 3D imaging technologies and partnering with a hardware manufacturer that can produce high-resolution images with safe levels of radiation for humans. https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/sciencesprings.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/from-csiro-new-software-key-to-early-cancer-detection/

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