New stimulation method against brain and nervous disorders

A wearable device measures cortisol in sweat

The CardiacSense: reliable cardiac and blood pressure monitoring

Smart bandages designed to monitor and tailor treatment for chronic wounds

A prototype bandage designed to actively monitor the condition of chronic wounds and deliver appropriate drug treatments to improve the chances of healing has been developed by the researchers at Tufts University (TU). While the lab-tested bandages remain to be assessed in a clinical context, the research is aimed at transforming bandaging from a traditionally passive treatment into a more active paradigm to address a persistent and difficult medical challenge. Chronic skin wounds from burns, diabetes (lat. Diabetes Mellitus), and other medical conditions can overwhelm the regenerative capabilities of the skin and often lead to persistent infections (lat. Infectio) and amputations.

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2019.01.08

Sun exposure gets personal with wearable UV sensors

Managing vitamin absorption and avoiding sun damage could soon be as simple as slipping on a bracelet thanks to new personalised sensors. Scientists at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT) have developed an ultraviolet (UV) active ink that changes colour when exposed to different types of UV rays and can be printed and worn as a single use, disposable wristband. The process of sensor creation is based on the personal struggle of Professor Vipul Bansal with Vitamin D deficiency that led him to the development of the colour-changing sensors that come in six variations to reflect the range in human skin tone. As the result, this invention could help to provide people with an accurate and simple measuring tool of their personal exposure levels throughout the day.

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2019.01.08

A portable device for rapid and highly sensitive diagnostics

A portable and low-cost diagnostic device has been developed by the researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. This microfluidic tool, which has been tested with Ebola (lat. Zaire ebolavirus), requires no bulky equipment. It is thus ideally suited for use in remote regions. Over the past several years, microfluidic devices have shown extraordinary potential in the area of diagnostics. They are composed of silicone rubber with minuscule channels the width of a hair. Microfluidic devices, and can rapidly detect a number of different biomarkers in very small quantities of blood (lat. Sanguis).

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2019.01.08

A new waterless toilet can detect biomarkers

An innovative blood collection device

Technology that detects dangerously low white blood cell levels

A special device for medical examination of ears

Ear Care is a special device for medical examination of ears of patients suffering from ear infection. The design of this medical instrument does not require many hands movements to inspect the patient, which reduces the risk of pain or damage to the drum membrane. This device is ideal for the examination of children, which usually move a lot that creates barriers during the inspection. Additionally, its miniature form does not cause stress and fear in children as ordinary large medical instruments.

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2019.01.08

Illuminated baby clothes cure jaundice

Pajamas, which help treat jaundice in newborns, were developed at the Swiss Federal Empa Laboratory of Materials Science and Technology. Infants who were born with jaundice are forced to spend a considerable amount of time in a specially lighted incubator before they learn to metabolize bilirubin in the liver. Irradiation with blue light in the incubator is necessary because toxic products of decomposition of the haemoglobin of the pigment of blood (lat. Sanguis) are deposited in the skin of newborns with jaundice. Usually, parents do not like the fact that the child is taken away and placed in a glass box.

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2019.01.08

The cicada-inspired anti-bacterial coating can kills bacteria upon contact

Scientists have developed the anti-bacterial nano-coating for disinfecting of various oftentimes touched surfaces such as tables, door handles and lifts buttons. They have found that wings of dragonflies and cicadas have the ability to prevent bacterial growth and kill them due to their natural structure. Their physical structure breaks down the cell membrane leading to the death of the bacterium. Furthermore, this innovational discovery can be applied in water disinfection.

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2019.01.08

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