Detecting infections and diseases through an individual’s breath

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have designed a organic compounds detector to diagnose diseases and infections from a patient’s breath at the point-of-care. This system is sensitive enough to detect trace levels of analytes (parts per billion to parts per trillion range), making it possible to detect specific VOCs released by a pathogen. https://app.in-part.com/login?returnTo=/articles/9Lx0Rq1Ygv26

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New therapy for those suffering Rheumatoid Arthritis

Global research-based biopharmaceutical company AbbVie has announced U.S FDA approval for their new therapy for adults with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RINVOQ is a once-daily (15mg) oral Janus kinase inhibitor supported by data from the SELECT program – one of the largest registrational Phase 3 programs in RA. Approximately 4,400 patients were evaluated across all treatment arms in five studies. The company says that RINVOQ has the potential to help additional people living with RA achieve remission who have not yet reached this goal. https://urlzs.com/SxYV2

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Closed Loop Insulin Pump Aiding Type 1 Diabetic Patients

Insulin pumps have been around for the past decade, aiding type 1 diabetics in controlling their blood glucose levels. Previous pumps have required manual input for it to administer insulin. Recent developments of the closed loop system mean you are only required to add of discrete amount of insulin within a specific time that corresponds to the amount of carbs you are about to consume. The closed loop system then continues to monitor your blood sugar level throughout the day, automatically administering slightly more insulin as levels rise, and reducing the amount when levels lower. There are many ways to wear the pump. You can attach it to your belt, protect it in your pocket, or even clip it under your clothing. https://diabetesnsw.com.au/helpful-resources/news/artificial-pancreas-now-available-in-australia/

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Safe, automated process for the decontamination of ultrasound probes

Australian company Nanosonics have launched the latest innovation in ultrasound probe high-level disinfection: Trophon®2. A fully automated process for the decontamination of ultrasound probes, Trophon2 is safe for the environment, users and most importantly patients. Full decontamination and traceability occurs within seven minutes with the press of a button. https://www.nanosonics.com.au/trophon2/

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New app to help detect symptoms of sick children using facial recognition

This app by PainChek is designed to help with identifying the health problems in infants and children who are unable to communicate their medical symptoms and pain to health professionals. With the use of facial recognition technology, the app is able to detect and analyse any pain and signals with just the slightest change of facial expression by the child. This would be great help for medical staff and hospitals who have difficulty identifying specific and accurate problems – which will reduce the risk of misdiagnosis. https://neweconomy.media/2019/08/05/app-to-reveal-unspoken-pain-in-kids/

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Groundbreaking Aussie program to help IBD sufferers

Australia-based gut health biotech company Microba has launched a research and development program to develop gut microbiome derived therapeutics for IBD. Microba has identified distinct differences in the gut microbiome of healthy individuals and those with IBD. Using deep learning artificial intelligence, their scientists are now able to predict IBD in patients from microbiome data alone with 86% accuracy. The program aims to create novel therapeutics that will rapidly induce and maintain remission in those with IBD. Microba launched the program at BIO in Philadelphia with the Queensland Minister for Innovation, The Hon. Kate Jones in June. | http://bit.ly/2T5B37F

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Female doctors in Pakistan providing healthcare for women in low-income disadvantaged areas

Female doctors are in short supply in Pakistan despite women making up 70% of all medical students. This is because what is known as the “doctor bride” phenomenon; women in Pakistan who have medical degrees but stop practising to look after their children and/or because of social pressure. These doctors are desperately needed as 50% of the total Pakistani population lacks access to a doctor in their community. Sehat Kahani is the solution. Trained female doctors work from home using telemedicine and consult with patients in remote areas who come to an E-Health clinic. https://sehatkahani.com/

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Alternative treatment for respiratory or sleep disorders

SoeMac is an alternative treatment for people with respiratory and sleep disorders. It is a CE marked, Class I Medical Device, that uses patent protected technology to produce and deliver a beneficial form of Oxygen Energy for the body to use. Typical health benefits include; easier and deeper breathing and clearance of excess mucus, a deeper and better quality of sleep, more energy to go about the daily tasks, and an increase in the user’s positivity. There is no mask or canula. The SoeMac is located on the bedside table, and runs each and every night. There are already thousands of satisfied customers, and a formal controlled Clinical Study is currently underway in the East Midlands, with health professionals and academics. www.soemac.com .

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Australians create clinical passport enabling healthcare staff to identify their strengths

A clinical passport enabling healthcare staff to identify strengths, competencies and areas for improvement was developed on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Osler Technology was founded in 2015 by Dr Todd Fraser – intensive care and retrieval medicine specialist – and colleagues Steve Sacks and Jeff Ayton. Dr Fraser believes a better approach is possible for students and medical professionals to achieve excellence in patient care. Osler is a “clear record of competence that allows users to migrate between facilities with a known and verifiable scope of practice.” This is the first such record of this type. | http://tiny.cc/nnc39y

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A new screw to help in complex surgeries

The new REX screw is a removable, expandable titanium screw that aims to assist in complex surgeries to treat hip fractures and other bone injuries, as well as spinal conditions. It should benefit patients all over the world requiring complex surgeries. https://news.curtin.edu.au/media-releases/innovative-curtin-led-medical-start-up-takes-important-step-forward/

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Pain-free device to assist diabetics

Nanophotonics expert, Professor Xiaoke Yi is leading a team of medical and engineering researchers at the University of Sydney’s School of Electrical and Information Engineering to develop the breath ketone analyser. The device aims to help people with type 1 diabetes to detect and manage life-threatening ketoacidosis which occurs due to the liver producing high levels of ketones in response to low insulin levels. Professor Yi says that the process to use the device will be as simple as roadside breath testing, where blood ketone levels can be calculated by measuring the concentration of acetone in a patient’s breath. Yi’s team are working on a more compact and low-cost solution into the future. | https://www.createdigital.org.au/australian-engineer-develops-pain-free-device-diabetics-monitor-health/

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Connecting communities with telepsychology

Australia is a vast country, with many living in rural, regional and remote (RRR) areas and lacking access to mental health support services. Source Health is a multi-disciplinary mental health service that offers support to individuals, communities and corporate bodies via telepsychology with local medical and allied health service providers. With a special interest in RRR and Indigenous mental health, their goal is to reach out to the immediate communities and individuals who may have difficulty travelling to a service provider due to geographical distance, isolated jobs, poor time availability or incapacity. Mental health support is available anytime, anywhere through this innovative online platform. https://www.facebook.com/mysourcehealth/

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