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Health News - Medical Devices

New testing method allows for more effective diagnosis of genetically-based high cholesterol
A new genetic testing method developed at Western University called LipidSeq can identify a genetic basis for high-cholesterol in almost 70 per cent of a targeted patient population. (Medical News Today)

Study suggests benefits of laser treatments for dental problems
Researchers have developed computer simulations showing how lasers attack oral bacterial colonies, suggesting that benefits of using lasers in oral debridement include killing bacteria and... (Medical News Today)

Engineers, mathematicians and doctors unite to develop new breast cancer-detection option
An international team comprising engineers, mathematicians and doctors has applied a technique used for detecting damage in underwater marine structures to identify cancerous cells in breast cancer... (Medical News Today)

Women report vaginal ring for preventing HIV had little effect on sexual intercourse
Most women who used an experimental vaginal ring for HIV prevention report that the physical act of sex was largely unaffected by using the product, which is inserted monthly for continuous wear. (Medical News Today)

Developing a sensor for vitamin B12 deficiency
University of Adelaide researchers have developed a world-first optical sensor that can detect vitamin B12 in diluted human blood - a first step towards a low-cost, portable, broadscale vitamin B12... (Medical News Today)

Wearable artificial vision device shows promise in helping legally blind people 'read'
Study shows potential of assistive technology to improve quality of life for the visually impaired. (Medical News Today)

Study finds mixed results for use of mesh for hernia repair
Among patients undergoing incisional hernia repair, the use of mesh to reinforce the repair was associated with a lower risk of hernia recurrence over 5 years compared with when mesh was not used... (Medical News Today)

Cervical cancer screening could be less frequent, start later
Women may only need cervical cancer screening every 5-10 years - instead of every three years, as currently recommended - and may be able to start the screenings later in life, according to a new... (Medical News Today)

Contaminated devices putting open-heart surgery patients at risk
CDC encourages hospitals to take action, advises patients to seek care if ill. (Medical News Today)

Researchers use breakthrough technology to detect glaucoma progression
In a first of its kind study, Mount Sinai researchers are using optimal coherence tomography (OCT) angiography to look at the earliest stages of glaucoma and identify characteristic patterns of... (Medical News Today)

Avatar-based application improves symptom recognition in heart attack survivors
An avatar-based application improves symptom recognition in heart attack survivors, reveals research presented at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2016 by Jintana Tongpeth, a PhD student at the School of... (Medical News Today)

New "beacon" method detects cancer recurrence
A new detection method for tumour recurrence in bowel cancer patients is proving to be twice as effective as regular treatment. (Medical News Today)

Test improves detection of proteins in starch; aids in 'gluten-free' labeling
For people with celiac disease, wheat allergies or gluten sensitivity, the options for gluten-free foods are growing. (Medical News Today)

Surgical procedure to fix aortic aneurysm associated with increased long-term mortality risk
A minimally-invasive procedure to fix a life-threatening condition may be associated with an increase in long-term complications, compared to an alternative procedure. (Medical News Today)

Fruit fly model of deadly brain diseases could lead to blood test for vCJD
A new model of fatal brain diseases is being developed in the fruit fly by a team led by Dr Raymond Bujdoso at the University of Cambridge, and could lead to a low cost, fast and efficient blood... (Medical News Today)

MRI technique tracks tumor progression, response to treatment for a common type of brain cancer using new biomarker
UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have developed an MRI-based method that can track the state and progression of a common type of genetically mutated brain cancer. (Medical News Today)

Cancer: Targeting tumors with microwave-activated nanoparticles shows promise
With cell and animal models, study shows microwave-activated nanoparticles can potentially target deeply situated tumors without harming healthy tissue. (Medical News Today)

Genetic signature linked to cancer prognosis identified
Researchers from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Cancer Unit at the University of Cambridge have identified a genetic signature related to metabolism associated with poor patient prognosis. (Medical News Today)

Diagnosis of cancer as a medical emergency leading to poorer prognosis for many patients
Too many patients - particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds - are being diagnosed with cancer as medical emergencies, say researchers. (Medical News Today)

New imaging method could enable dentists to detect and heal tooth cavities much earlier
Dental caries - tooth decay - is the most prevalent dental disease among children and adults around the world. (Medical News Today)

Rapid blood test by general practitioner can rule out serious infections in children
Using a simple decision rule and a finger prick to test blood, general practitioners can now detect serious infections in children very quickly. (Medical News Today)

Researchers report invention of glucose-sensing contact lens
Blood testing is the standard option for checking glucose levels, but a new technology could allow non-invasive testing via a contact lens that samples glucose levels in tears. (Medical News Today)

Handgrip strength provides a new window to health
Handgrip could be used for early detection of health problems that may lead to premature death, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE, by IIASA researcher Nadia Steiber. (Medical News Today)

Concussion can now be diagnosed with 95 percent specificity
A team of researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has shown that the I-Portal Neuro Otologic Test, which uses the head-mounted goggle that gauged eye movement through... (Medical News Today)

"Virtual physiotherapist" helps paralysed patients exercise using computer games
A simple device can improve the ability of patients with arm disability to play physiotherapy-like computer games, according to new research. (Medical News Today)

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