Inspirational appetizers with curated news on startups, emerging trends and bleeding-edge research

HomeTagsMedical

Tag: Medical

Incorporated detection

A wristband could help menopausal women cool down. Breast cancer can affect young people, too, and the earlier it’s treated, the better. Which is why an MIT research team has developed a wearable ultrasound scanner to be incorporated into a bra. The device is an egg-shaped, honeycomb-like patch with six magnetic slots spread across it; a small tracker containing...

Nigh on target

The spicy compound in chillies can do wonders for our health. Now, a US research team is looking for a silver bullet when it comes to the Big C. They’re nearly there, with a new study taking in more than 70 cancer types. Key here is a specially developed molecule that targets a cancerous variant of PCNA, a protein...

Concentrated cognition

Sweating can help power smartwatches. Sweat itself contains proteins, which provide information about our general health. Enter a Californian research team, which has developed a wearable sensor aimed at detecting inflammation. Inside the device, a graphene layer and gold nanoparticles are embedded with antibodies which react to the protein CRP, a biochemical marker secreted by the liver. Additional molecules...

Local effect

Mobile and solar-powered beds can provide speedy relief to babies with jaundice. During outbreaks of infectious diseases such as Ebola or Polio, however, many doses of vaccines are required locally. To help with logistics and storage, a research team from MIT has developed a mobile printer to produce vaccination patches. They can be stored at room temperature for months....

Harmonious shells

Coral landscapes can be re-generated with the help of probiotics. Using the body’s stem cells for bone grafts sometimes leads to complications or disease transmission. But the alternative - so-called xenograft materials from mammalian tissue - is both ethically and environmentally problematic. Which explains why a research team from Oslo has developed a sustainable solution, using eggshells. As well as calcium and...

Shared experience

Our bodies are unique. Good that 3D X-ray images are helping diagnoses become even more precise. People from underrepresented groups have special needs when it comes to medical treatment, and don’t always receive the care and attention they deserve. Cue a non-profit organisation from Cologne which helps them find the right treatment. Their platform contains an index of medical...

Individual culture

Volunteer test subjects for mosquito repellents can breathe easy. And testing new medication on animals could also be old news thanks to an important development made by an Australian-led research team. Instead of cultivating human cell samples in a Petri dish statically, the team has successfully replicated conditions like air and blood flow in the human lung, creating advanced...

Amplified prediction

Brain tumours may be detected thanks to a urine test. Meanwhile, an American research team is turning its attentions to Parkinson’s, having discovered a biomarker that could help accelerate pre-symptom diagnosis. Parkinson’s is caused when the body produces low levels of dopamine, and high levels of abnormal proteins. The latter, known as alpha-synuclein, are notoriously difficult to detect, even...

Stay connected

Your headstart thanks to the newsletter

Sign up for our regular newsletter to receive the inspiration directly into your inbox on Fridays. Providing you with positive news on innovation and fresh perspectives that spark ideas. Not to forget – these cool topics make for warm-hearted conversations.

Editor's Picks