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With new tests predicting cancer, effective therapies can be started on time. But speed is also vital when it comes to diagnosing heart attacks.

When these occur high levels of troponin – a protein found in the heart muscles – are released into the bloodstream.

Now, a Brazilian startup has developed new patented technology which measures troponin levels in the blood within 8 minutes.

A whole blood sample is inserted into a device with highly specific sensors. Results are analysed in a platform with the help of Artificial Intelligence.

This enables medical professionals to make swift decisions in the emergency room. 1,000 clinics should have access to the system by 2023.

In more remote areas, meanwhile, drones could soon be saving lives.

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