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We could see STD-killing condoms soon

As I’m sure you know, condoms don’t only prevent pregnancy and give you the edge when an impromptu water balloon fight breaks out, they also protect against sexually transmitted diseases. But you might not be aware that they’re about to get a lot better at it, thanks to an Australian biotech firm called Starpharma. They’ve developed an antimicrobial lubricant called …

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Diane ShipleyWe could see STD-killing condoms soon
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Low-frequency shock treatment could treat depression

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), also known as shock therapy, is still often shown as something terrifying and torturous that can mangle your brain and turn you into a blabbering fool. But while decades ago it was used without regard for patients’ pain thresholds or desire to retain memories, these days it’s a more civilised affair actually involving anaesthetic. And for people …

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Diane ShipleyLow-frequency shock treatment could treat depression
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NHS tests patient-monitoring Wi-Fi patches

First we told you about smart bandages, now plasters get their turn to show off. The NHS is about to trial a small, wireless patch designed to monitor patients’ health. Made by Oxford-based firm Sensium Healthcare, the plaster-sized patch is battery-powered and stuck on just above the heart, where it collects information on pulse, breathing and body temperature. This data …

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Diane ShipleyNHS tests patient-monitoring Wi-Fi patches
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Sound could be the key to better cancer diagnosis

We usually think of medical tests as involving sight or touch, but it turns out that in some cases, sound might provide a faster way to get a diagnosis – without invasive procedures or the need for a specialist referral. A study from research network GÉANT, Birmingham City University, and the University of Central Lancashire shows that conveying data by …

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Diane ShipleySound could be the key to better cancer diagnosis
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Scientists use 3D printed tissue to study cells

Scientist Guohao Dai, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the U.S, has won the Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation for his research into making replicated human tissues using 3D printing. Unlike the cells in the body, most lab cultures are 2D, which makes them harder to study …

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Diane ShipleyScientists use 3D printed tissue to study cells
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Cubii is the world’s first under-desk elliptical trainer

Sitting in front of the laptop all day isn’t a healthy lifestyle, but it’s something we’re all guilty of doing. It’s also the reason that the standing and treadmill desks have caught on as a healthy alternative. If you do have to sit though, there is now the Cubii. Developed by FitnessCubed, the Cubii is basically a small device that …

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Hayley MinnCubii is the world’s first under-desk elliptical trainer
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Gold could be the future of medication delivery

The days of swallowing medicine and hoping it does the job are numbered. In future, precious metals will deliver drugs to a specifically targeted type of cell or part of the body. At least, that’s according to scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and EPFL, who have discovered that gold nanoparticles are able to penetrate cell membranes, meaning they …

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Diane ShipleyGold could be the future of medication delivery
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Safer IVF is on the way

Twelve babies have been born after researchers tested a new, safer way of stimulating ovulation for women undergoing IVF. Scientists from Imperial College London and doctors at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust worked together to trial the technique. They recruited 53 women who were healthy but experiencing infertility, and injected them with the adorably-named natural hormone kisspeptin to encourage their …

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Diane ShipleySafer IVF is on the way
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Social media is increasing our complaints against doctors

Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook are making us more apt to moan about our GPs and surgeons. At least, that’s the conclusion from a new report from the General Medical Council (GMC). They asked a team of researchers from Plymouth University to blame the internet investigate after the number of complaints against doctors almost doubled in five years, going from 5,168 …

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Diane ShipleySocial media is increasing our complaints against doctors
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New ‘nanojuice’ could diagnose gut problems

Researchers have developed a juice containing nanoparticles 10,000 times smaller than a human hair to help improve diagnosis of intestinal issues. Sure, it might not be the most glamorous field of medical research, but it’s an important one. According to the NHS, 10-20% of people experience IBS at some point in their lives, and more severe digestive illnesses like Crohn’s …

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Diane ShipleyNew ‘nanojuice’ could diagnose gut problems
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New bandages could monitor your recovery

We love wearables here at shinyshiny, but they’re not all about tracking your fitness or giving you supersonic hearing. In future, they could help hospital patients to receive personalised care. The National Taiwan University in Taipei is now working on a project called Bioscope, developing bandages that can monitor patients’ temperature, heart rate, movement, and other vital stats, wirelessly transmitting …

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Diane ShipleyNew bandages could monitor your recovery
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Good news! Beef burgers can lower blood pressure (probably)

We’re not saying that a trip to [insert fast food restaurant of your choice] is good for you. But surprisingly, beef isn’t the enemy of heart health it’s often been painted as. In fact, new research by nutritional scientists shows that eating beef can actually help reduce risk factors for heart disease. The key is that it has to be …

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Diane ShipleyGood news! Beef burgers can lower blood pressure (probably)
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Wearable robotic fingers are now a reality

You know how people joke about needing an extra set of hands to get everything done? Well, that’s not on the horizon quite yet, but researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have just invented a pair of wearable robotic fingers. Graduate student Faye Wu unveiled details of the device this week at the Robotics: Science and Systems conference …

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Diane ShipleyWearable robotic fingers are now a reality
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Bubble wrap doubles as test tubes, who knew?

Bubble wrap might just seem like a fun toy an incredibly useful way to wrap things so they don’t get broken but it turns out, it has a scientific purpose, too. A new report by scientists in the journal Analytical Chemistry shows that it can actually be used to contain, protect and transport medical samples. David K. Bwambok and his …

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Diane ShipleyBubble wrap doubles as test tubes, who knew?
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The new narcissism: why am I addicted to my own Facebook profile?

I’d like to admit something, and ask politely that none of you judge me. We are all friends here, in the cozy and confidential circle of trust that is the internet, aren’t we? Right then, here goes. My name is Lauren, and I Facebook-stalk myself. I am ashamed of the amount of time I spend looking at my own profile. …

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Lauren BravoThe new narcissism: why am I addicted to my own Facebook profile?
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Grow-your-own pacemakers are coming (eventually)

Researchers at Cedars Sinai Heart Institute in L.A. have developed a biological pacemaker that’s powered by nothing more than cells. Conventional pacemakers are implanted into the chest and use electrical impulses to regulate the heartbeat. But this new development uses gene therapy to turn heart cells into more specialist cells designed to keep the heart beating at a steady rate. …

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Diane ShipleyGrow-your-own pacemakers are coming (eventually)
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New self-assembling nanoparticle makes MRIs more effective

Scientists from Imperial College London have developed a nanoparticle that activates and expands when it comes into contact with cancer cells, making MRIs more effective. The nanoparticle has a protein coating which seeks out signals given off by cancerous tumours. When it comes into contact with cancer cells, this strips off its protein coating, causing the nanoparticle to assemble, Transformers-style, …

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Diane ShipleyNew self-assembling nanoparticle makes MRIs more effective
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Early cancer diagnoses could increase thanks to sophisticated new test

Cancer research has traditionally focused on the early warning signs of cancer, called biomarkers, which can alert doctors to the presence of the disease before patients even have symptoms. For years, scientists have attempted to spot these biomarkers increasingly early but their progress has been slow. Now a new study from Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute suggests that the key …

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Diane ShipleyEarly cancer diagnoses could increase thanks to sophisticated new test
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Jawbone UP adds smart food tracking, becomes our favourite health and fitness app

When Jawbone’s app is combined with one of the UP or UP24 fitness trackers, the killer combo nails sleep monitoring and step storing. But now Jawbone wants to become even more effective at tracking what we all eat too in a bid to become the ultimate quantified self brand. Today Jawbone announced that the latest version of its app, version 3.2, …

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Becca CaddyJawbone UP adds smart food tracking, becomes our favourite health and fitness app
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Heart rate sensors could be added to car seats to prevent accidents

Researchers from Nottingham Trent University are working on a study that could make in-built car seat heart rate sensors a reality. The Technology Strategy Board, which offers funding to help businesses bring innovative concepts to market, has awarded £88,318 to a feasibility study by the university’s Advanced Textile Research Group, led by Professor Tilak Dias and William Hurley. The idea …

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Diane ShipleyHeart rate sensors could be added to car seats to prevent accidents