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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 future of stitches?

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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

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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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A dishwasher for your brain

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Research shows that lymphatic vessels extend to the brain and this has significant implications for a wide variety of brain diseases, including dementia, multiple sclerosis, stroke and traumatic brain injury. This system, called glymphatic, is said to be a dishwasher for the brain. Previously the brain was seen only as a bunch of nerve cells or as a computer. This finding relates to research showing the importance of sleep to help your brain function well. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/when-scientists-saw-the-mouse-heads-glowing-they-knew-the-discovery-was-big/2017/05/19/f33cc574-246a-11e7-a1b3-faff0034e2de_story.html?

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Robotic eye surgery

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Remotely operated robots have recently been used to perform eye operations. These robots were able to produce better results than traditional methods, signaling a turning point in the future of robot-assisted surgeries. Robots can provide steady heads and hands, which will be especially useful for clinical treatments that require precision and stability. Testing such systems by operating on eyes, which are very sensitive, yet not vital human organs, seems like an ideal step forward. https://futurism.com/for-the-first-time-ever-a-robot-performed-an-operation-inside-a-human-eye/

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Volunteers help drug-addicted babies with cuddles

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Babies in withdrawal who are held often require less medication and go home sooner than babies who aren’t. Cuddling helps them manage through their symptoms by making them feel safe and secure. Cuddle-care programs are now offered in many US states and volunteers are encouraged to join. http://educateinspirechange.org/health/can-volunteer-cuddle-drug-addicted-babies-order-help-heal/

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A win for public health!

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The World Trade Organization has upheld Australia’s right to impose plain-package label restrictions on the sale of tobacco products, dealing a blow to the cigarette industry. A WTO dispute-settlement panel backed Australia’s argument that the rules it set in 2011 don’t violate trade law because they qualify as a legitimate public health measure. More countries are now expected to introduce plain-package laws, one of the most popular ideas on IdeaSpies. http://www.ideaspies.com/clever-legislation-stops-branding-on-cigarette-packets/ https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2017-05-04/wto-said-to-uphold-australia-s-ban-on-cigarette-logos

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A vaccine for malaria

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is now one step closer to achieving their goal of eliminating malaria by 2040. Last week WHO announced that one of several potential malaria vaccines in development has made it through a crucial phase in trials and is now ready to be field tested. https://futurism.com/worlds-first-malaria-vaccine-will-be-given-to-thousands-of-babies-in-africa/

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A 3D printed robot that medical students can use for practice

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A medical venture firm based in Japan, has teamed up with a University Hospital to create what could very well be the future of medical simulations: a 3D printed robot. This life-like robot is equipped with special sensors that allow it to give real-time feedback to trainees—as well as score their practice. http://www.3ders.org//articles/20170412-realistic-mikoto-3d-printed-medical-training-robot-developed-in-tottori-japan.html

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