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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...

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...

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...

Simple deduction

Acoustic sensors can detect whether coconut trees are infested with parasites. Now, a research team from the USA has developed a new system to test for Zika virus. A cartridge containing reagents is inserted into an instrument, which is then attached to a smartphone camera. After adding a drop of blood, any viruses present are separated from the blood...

Regenerating renouncement

Chronic wounds can be healed without pain thanks to new plasters. Now a research team from Imperial College, London, has discovered that nerve damage could be repaired through intermittent fasting rather than surgical procedures. The team’s research showed that fasting led to the gut bacteria producing more of a certain metabolite, which helped the ends of nerve cells to...

Early sighting

Autism could be detected before birth. Now, a San Francisco female inventor has created an app which recognises the early stages of Parkinson’s. A person’s face is filmed while they carry out various online tests; the film is then analysed using facial recognition software. The AI is trained to perceive initial signs of the disease, usually caused by low...

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