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Australian Government invests in kid's lung health advancements
The Australian Government has announced $100 million investment in the development of new technologies to improve diagnosis and treatment of stroke, epilepsy and lung disease, including COVID-19. $28.8 million will go toward the Australian Lung Health Initiative's 4D Functional Diagnosis project. This groundbreaking project will deliver revolutionary lung scanners that are safe, rapid, and easy to use for children. The scanners will allow functional analysis of lung health and can be immediately applied to managing COVID-19, establishing Australia at the forefront of lung science, and kick-starting a high-value, high-tech industry. | https://alhi.com.au/about/
1 March 2021 by Mel Raassina
 
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Wound telehealth program established globally for VA Medical Centres
New Zealand-based ARANZ Medical's Silhouette wound telehealth program will be established as a VA national platform by the US Department of Veteran's Affairs. The new agreement with distribution partner Iron Bow Technologies, LLC, will include a national server and new hardware and software upgrades. This global solution will assist patients and providers by reducing cost of care, waiting times and improve patient experience. Veterans with wounds will have access to significantly improved care. | https://www.biospectrumasia.com/news/53/17667/nz-unveils-national-platform-for-wound-telehealth-assessments.html
1 March 2021 by Mel Raassina
 
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Grapes - an edible sunscreen
The skin of study participants who consumed lots of grapes developed an increased resistance to UV light.Grapes contain polyphenols, good stuff for repairing skin and fighting inflammation.After their grape adventure, biopsies revealed less skin-cell damage from UV light.The researchers also found that a topical application of a grapeseed extract containing the polyphenol proanthocyanidins inhibited the formation of sunburn cells.https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/grapes-uv-protection?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1
24 February 2021 by Jenny Morawsk...
 
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Copper is the New Silver
MedCU's (https://medcu.com/) copper antimicrobial dressings. The first, and only, in the world with regulation clearance for commercialisation, holding both FDA & CE. One of the core properties of copper is the spectrum of antimicrobial efficacy. Copper kills a wide array of microorganisms, including gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria, fungi and viruses. The biocidal effect is achieved through several non-specific mechanisms, preventing the development of copper resistance, allowing copper to be an effective treatment against antibiotic-resistant microorganisms. For more information about MedCU's antimicrobial wound dressings and to see how it can be applicable to hospitals, diabetic patients, and more, click here:  
22 February 2021 by Jeremy Ungar
 
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A weight loss drug repurposed to save lives
A weight-loss drug could be repurposed to prevent organ failure in patients in intensive care, research from the University of Auckland and Monash University in Australia shows.Orlistat, marketed in New Zealand as Xenical, can be retooled to treat conditions such as severe acute pancreatitis, severe infection and haemorrhagic shock, according to the study published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutics.Patent filed. Seeking commercial partners.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2021.120247
16 February 2021 by Lynn Wood
 
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Smart watches keep track of Parkinson's patients
A recent pilot study has shown the possibility for a smart watch to bridge the gap between doctors and patients, by monitoring symptoms in Parkinson's disease sufferers. A new application developed by Apple Inc, the Motor Fluctuations Monitor, will allow doctors to monitor patients via built-in hardware such as gyroscopes and accelerometers that can detect and measure subtle motor movements. A study published in Science Translational Medicine used the Apple smartwatch and app to follow 225 patients with Parkinson’s over the course of half a year. There is currently no cure for Parkinson's disease. | https://www.labroots.com/trending/clinical-and-molecular-dx/19800/smartwatches-close-eye-parkinson-s-patien
12 February 2021 by Mel Raassina
 
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