A wearable device measures cortisol in sweat

A new device attached to a smartphone could be the future of early cancer diagnosis

A new waterless toilet can detect biomarkers

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).


Patient-specific aptamer generation for noninvasive diagnosis of MRD

Minimal residual disease (MRD) is a leading complication of multiple myeloma, in which small amounts of cancerous cells remain after standard chemotherapy, resulting in relapse and often death. However, methods to detect minimal residual disease (MRD) are often invasive or give frequent false negatives. As such, there is a need for a simple, noninvasive method that detects patient-specific biomarkers of minimal residual disease to improve patient outcomes and survival. Therefore, a scientific group, led by Professor Qiao Lin at Columbia University, developed an innovative technology that is a microfluidic device that generates aptamers for individualized detection of minimal residual disease (MRD).


Getting electricity from the atmosphere

The technology that produces electricity from the atmosphere was developed by the inventor from Ukraine. After winning the national stage of the International Competition of scientific and technical creativity Intel ISEF 2015 Ukrainian student Samuel Kruglyak received the right to take part in the Olympics geniuses that were held in Oswego, USA. The inventor presented a draft invention that will help clean water from spilled oil in less harmful and significantly cheaper methods than the known ones. According to him, the hydrophobic adsorbent will only collect oil and repel water. The oil is collected in lumps that can be taken from the water by any mechanical means. This adsorbent can collect liquids seven times its weight.


Smart bandages designed to monitor and tailor treatment for chronic wounds

Serious game aims to save lives of African-Caribbean men most at risk of prostate cancer

A low-cost wireless AI heart monitor

An innovative safe and painless microneedle patch

Needle phobia is a common fear for both children and adults. However, with the microneedle patch invented by Chulalongkorn University Mechanical Engineering Professor, Assistant Professor, Dr Werayut Srituravanich, there may very well now be a quick and affordable solution for needle fear.  Through over 4 years of research, Dr Werayut has developed the microneedle - a small transdermal patch used for drug delivery that is low in cost and safe to use. This innovative microneedle patch is not the first of its kind, however, it is economical and takes less time to apply.


A retinal implant that is more effective against blindness

A new type of retinal implant for people who have become blind (lat. Caecitudo) due to the loss of photoreceptor cells in their retinas has been developed by the researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. The implant partially restores their visual field and can significantly improve their quality of life. The retinal implants currently available consist of a grid of electrodes placed directly on the retina. The implants are wired to a pair of glasses and a camera and to a portable microcomputer. The camera captures images that enter the implantee’s field of vision and sends them to the computer, which turns them into electrical signals that it transmits to the electrodes. 


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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