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Profound personalisation

In Nigeria, mothers can obtain no-strings support to help them prepare for birth, while a special lab in Canada is looking after the health of older women. Now, another Canadian startup is helping women counter pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence by manufacturing customised pessaries from medical-grade silicone. First, a patient’s pelvic floor is digitally measured. Using this data,...

Improving provision

Encounters in the virtual world can have a major impact in reality. Now, a Hamburg startup is using mixed reality to improve provision in the medical industry. Their software converts CT scans or X-rays into 3D models, which can then be viewed with the help of augmented reality glasses. Thanks to artificial intelligence, the holograms can be split into...

Optimal output

Playing games promotes muscle development after a stroke, and time management can help patients with brain injuries re-integrate into society. Now, a startup from Montenegro has developed a smart solution to ensure patients with long-term illnesses take their medication on time. Their air-conditioned pill box has 4-8 compartments with different coloured lamps. An app helps users allocate box parts...

Regulated respite

Dragonfly wings have served as inspiration for flexible splints. And it seems we could learn a thing or two from grizzly bears. Despite consuming up to 20,000 calories per day and hibernating for long periods, the animals are able to regulate their blood sugar levels. A US research team fed honey water to six hibernating grizzly bears during wake...

Considerate growth

Mobile beds with LED lights help treat babies with jaundice in Nigeria. Now a startup from London is providing medical support for pregnant women in the country so that even more newborns can enjoy a good start to life. An artificial intelligence sends text and voice messages through an app, with information tailored to symptoms and advance of pregnancy....

Influential removal

Infrared light helps wounds to heal, and a damaged retina can be restored. Meanwhile, a US research team has gained new insights into how rheumatoid arthritis might be treated in future. The chronic disease sees the immune system attack the body’s own joint tissues. Inflammatory molecules cause cells to grow rapidly, while at the same time activating proteins that...

Alleviating assessment

Our blood can reveal a physical illness. A hairband may be equally helpful, so too a sympathetic text. And now a Swiss startup has launched an app to support people with chronic illnesses such as asthma, migraines or bipolar disorder. Users respond to 3-5 daily questions, which help record their mood. Next come data from smartphones and wearable devices...

Successful removal

Fasting can help our nerves to regenerate. Now a research team from Tel Aviv University has removed glioblastoma, a nasty type of brain tumour, by starving it. Literally. With no known effective treatment, the team investigated what helped the tumour to survive and grow. They discovered that so-called astrocytes in its vicinity played a key role. These brain cells...

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