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World first- robot dentist fits implants

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A robot dentist in China has carried out the world’s first successful autonomous implant surgery by fitting two new teeth into a woman’s mouth. The implants were fitted to within a margin of error of 0.2-0.3mm, reaching the required standard for this kind of operation.The technology was designed to overcome mainland China’s shortage of qualified dentists and frequent surgical errors. The teeth were 3D printed. http://m.scmp.com/news/china/article/2112197/chinese-robot-dentist-first-fit-implants-patients-mouth-without-any-human

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A retirement village calculator

A new retirement village calculator developed by business analysts is designed to protect seniors from making devastating financial mistakes. The free calculator takes a complex range of fees such as entry fee, ongoing fees and exit fee, and calculates a simple ‘equivalent monthly rent’ for the years of residence. A second version of the app will be aimed at people who advise consumers considering retirement villages, such as lawyers and financial planners. www.rvcalculator.org

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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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A DNA test that’s helpful in treating depression

According to the National Institutes of Mental Health 50 percent of people diagnosed with depression use a medication to treat it. The right drug can radically improve patients’ quality of life; the wrong one can actually make their symptoms worse. A new genetic test called GeneSight analyzes 12 genes from a sample to predict how a person will respond to more than 55 psychotropic medications (drugs designed to affect a patient’s mental state). A study has showed that patients in the GeneSight segment were 50 percent more likely to achieve “remission” (a score in the “normal” range) than patients in the control group. https://futurism.com/genesight-dna-test-treating-depression/

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A drug that can mimic the benefits of exercise

Not everyone can exercise. People with muscle-wasting diseases and movement disorders, the frail, the very obese and post-surgical patients are among those who face a significant challenge when it comes to exercise. This can be frustrating, considering the well-established benefits of exercise. A pill may be on the way to stimulate the body into producing some of the same effects as exercise -a drug that can help us game the system that is naturally activated during exercise.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/an-exercise-pill-may-be-in-the-future-for-those-incapable-of-working-out/2018/03/02/e8af9370-1bdb-11e8-ae5a-16e60e4605f3_story.html?

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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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Immunotherapy to cure cancer

A friend was diagnosed with cancer this year and advised he had 3 months to live. He was given the option of immunotherapy at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre in Sydney and, though it had risks, took the option and his cancer has now gone. This exciting new approach to cancer treatment involves creating drugs that target cells of the immune system, not the cancer. Basically, the immune system is strengthened to protect against, or attack a specific tumour type. https://www.garvan.org.au/foundation/immunotherapy-changing-way-think-cancer-treatment/

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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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Tobacco companies forced to tell the truth in advertising

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Major American cigarette manufacturers are now publishing anti-smoking ads to correct the misleading statements they made over many years about the effects of smoking, a move that complies with a court order filed in 2006. The ads explain that smoking kills and cigarettes are intentionally designed to get people addicted. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/big-tobaccos-anti-smoking-ads-begin-after-decade-of-delay/2017/11/21/8841d418-ce82-11e7-a87b-47f14b73162a_story.html

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A glue that could save lives

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Australian and American biomedical engineers have developed a stretchy surgical glue that rapidly heals wounds. It’s seen as a breakthrough that has the potential to save lives in emergencies. The injectable glue, MeTro, is based on a naturally occurring protein. It’s applied directly to the wound and then activated with UV light to form a complete seal, eliminating the need for staples or stitches. Its elasticity means it’s designed to work well on shape-changing internal organs like the lungs and heart. http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/human-body/injectable-stretchy-glue-that-heals-wounds-in-60-seconds-could-save-lives/news-story/f00161d15e7ae014d01380e5dba40ffc

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