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A US medical centre is encouraging Hispanic patients to attend colorectal cancer screenings, while new software could help detect Parkinson’s in its infancy.

Now, an 18-year-old woman from India has developed a system for detecting oral cancer that can be used at home.

The system comprises a small heating device and a test kit that costs approximately 50 cents.

1 ml of saliva is mixed with a solution, then heated using the device.

Biomarkers of oral cancer react with the reagent, which grows darker in colour depending on the number of indicators present.

A colour scale makes a diagnosis possible. Allowing chronic smokers to seek treatment in good time.

A French app, meanwhile, can help give up smoking altogether.

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