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A new ovarian cancer test could save lives

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Scientists have developed a new test for ovarian cancer. As the BBC reports, in future it should make it easier for doctors to recommend the right treatment. Researchers from Imperial College London and University of Leuven in Belgium worked together on the new testing protocol, using blood tests and ultrasound scans, as well as patients’…

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A new cancer sensor was inspired by the mantis shrimp

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Scientists have developed a new cancer-detecting camera inspired by the mantis shrimp, Smithsonian reports. The shrimp have compound eyes capable not only of seeing waves of light but of spotting differences in polarised light, which is light radiating in different directions. It’s easier to see cancer cells under polarised light because they reflect light differently…

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A new wearable senses skin temperature to monitor heart health

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We just shared ten ways medical wearables are changing medicine for the better, and now here's another innovative example. It’s a small (around 5cm square) ultra-thin patch that sits on the skin and is usually worn on the wrist. It was developed by scientists at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Each…

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Now depression can be diagnosed by a blood test

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American scientists have developed a new blood test for depression, Psych Central reports. The researchers, from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, say this is the first unbiased scientific way to diagnose the illness. This is a huge breakthrough given that depression is the most common mental illness in the world and the second biggest…

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IBM’s artifical intelligence program Watson is helping medical research

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It might not have the charm of Martin Freeman, but IBM’s cognitive computing program Watson could even out-think Sherlock Holmes. Three years ago, it beat US quiz show Jeopardy’s most successful contestant of all time, Ken Jennings. In future, it could help cure diseases. This week, scientists from the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas…

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Now computers can predict heart attacks more quickly than doctors

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The team behind a new algorithm claims that it can predict someone’s chance of having a heart attack up to four hours before doctors see the early warning signs. Heart attacks are hard to forecast, but doctors rely on a scorecard system called the Modified Early Warning Score which looks at indications like a patient’s…

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The first antipsychotic patch could replace medication

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The NHS has begun a trial of the world’s first antipsychotic patch. As Mental Health Today reports, it will deliver a medication called asenapine, which is used in the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and schizoaffective disorder (a condition which includes elements of both bipolar and schizophrenia). Though the term is often confused with being…

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Google’s Baseline Study will find out what makes us healthy

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Google wants to map every aspect of a healthy human body. (I mean, why not? It’s not like they’re busy.) The company’s ambitions are right there in its mission statement: ‘to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful’. Thinking small, we once thought they were just referring to text on the…

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Sound could be the key to better cancer diagnosis

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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…

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Safer IVF is on the way

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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…

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New ‘nanojuice’ could diagnose gut problems

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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…

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Bubble wrap doubles as test tubes, who knew?

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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.…

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Grow-your-own pacemakers are coming (eventually)

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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…

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New self-assembling nanoparticle makes MRIs more effective

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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…

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Early cancer diagnoses could increase thanks to sophisticated new test

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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…

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Clever skin cells can detect aromas to accelerate wound healing

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You might think that your nose is the only part of your body that smells things, but you’d be wrong. Oh, so very wrong. Olfactory receptors (i.e. the things that detect odours) are also found in the colon – which seems unfortunate – and, if you’re a man, in the prostate and sperm (yep, that’s…

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Scientists have discovered your brain’s on/off switch

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Scientists from George Washington University have discovered a way to switch human consciousness on and off – and they weren’t even looking for it. As New Scientist reports, lead researcher Mohamad Koubeissi and his team were monitoring an epileptic patient’s brain activity by sending high frequency signals to deep brain electrodes, to try to identify…

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Researcher wants to treat men’s low testosterone with women’s scrunchies

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So much scientific research, especially when it comes to sex hormones, seems to boil down to one essential question: clever or creepy? And, as with so much scientific research, this proposed experiment could well be both. Thomas David Kehoe from Casa Futura Technologies has designed an experiment that will involve giving young women a scrunchie…

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