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Assisted reproduction technology leaves its mark on genes temporarily, study shows

Any effect that assisted reproduction technology has on babies’ genes is largely corrected by adulthood, new research led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has found. Published in the latest edition of Nature Communications, the study found events that occur in early development, including ovarian stimulation, manipulation of the embryo and the extra hormones common […]

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Microneedle technology gets green light

Innovators at Cardiff Medicentre have pioneered microneedle technology that could end certain types of injections. Picofluidics Ltd – based at Cardiff University’s medtech incubator—has completed rigorous proof of concept tests. Working with scientists from Coventry University and backed by funding from Innovate UK, Picofluidics is preparing to go to market. Thinner than human hair, microneedles […]

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Apple Heart Study demonstrates ability of wearable technology to detect atrial fibrillation

Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine today presented preliminary results of the Apple Heart Study, an unprecedented virtual study with over 400,000 enrolled participants. The researchers reported that wearable technology can safely identify heart rate irregularities that subsequent testing confirmed to be atrial fibrillation, a leading cause of stroke and hospitalization in the […]

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Advancing bandage technology with lifelike skin tissue

Professor Sally McArthur’s bioengineering team have begun to make lifelike skin tissue to further studies on innovations such as cutting-edge smart bandages. In future, a bandage could attract and trap bacteria in its polymer mesh, trigger drug delivery in response to infection, or colour-map a wound. Humans have always been the best study subjects for […]

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Innovative imaging technology effectively measures disease severity in rare neurodegenerative disorder

A rapid, non-invasive eye exam that uses innovative imaging technology effectively measures the severity of disease in patients with a rare neurodegenerative disease called Friedrich ataxia, according to a study by Weill Cornell Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar and NewYork-Presbyterian researchers. The results suggest that the exam, known as corneal confocal microscopy (CCM), could be a […]

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Advanced imaging technology measures magnetite levels in the living brain

Investigators at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have used magnetoencephalography (MEG) – a technology that measures brain activity by detecting the weak magnetic fields produced by the brain’s normal electrical currents—to measure levels of the iron-based mineral called magnetite in the human brain. While magnetite is known to be […]