Long Covid diagnostic test could be available in UK within six months, scientists suggest
The simple blood test detects rogue antibodies in people with long-term symptoms
How bioengineers tackled the leaky mask problem

Researchers from Harvard and MIT have formed a company to mass-produce a more effective three-ply mask for everyday use.  Anyone who wears glasses knows that the ubiquitous blue pleated mask leaks vapor upward, despite the wire designed to conform to the shape of the nose.

Microchip Nanosensor Detects Stress Hormone from Drop of Blood
Researchers at Rutgers University have developed a microchip that can perform real-time measurements of stress hormone levels in a drop of blood.  The technology could provide a replacement for bulky and expensive lab tests for such hormones, and allow patients to monitor their stress levels more easily.  The chip includes tiny wells that contain antibodies, and the technology monitors antibody binding through impedance measurements performed using electrodes within the device.
Self-powered biodegradable patch zaps broken bones to heal them

Studies have already shown that electrical stimulation helps heal wounds, including broken bones.  Scientists have now developed what could be a better way of delivering electricity to such bones, in the form of a biodegradable implant.

Ultrasound to predict placental pathology

Despite the Umbilical Artery (UA) Doppler pulsatility index being used to detect elevated fetoplacental vascular resistance, the metric is confounded by variation in fetal cardiac function and is only moderately predictive of placental pathology.

FDA finalizes long-awaited UDI guidance
The United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) finalized its guidance on the form and content requirements for Unique Device Identifiers (UDI), nearly five (5) years after releasing its draft guidance and eight years after issuing the UDI final rule in early July 2021.
Student designs device to save stabbing victims' lives
When someone is suffering from a deep stab wound, it is important to apply pressure within that wound, not just down onto it.  A new student-designed device is intended to let first responders do just that, potentially saving lives that might otherwise be lost.
Could people one day get pacemakers that dissolve into the body?
Wireless, battery-free, fully implantable pacemakers made of bioresorbable components could represent the future of temporary pacing technology.
Harvard, MIT researchers create COVID-19 diagnosing mask
Researchers from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), both based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have created small diagnostic biosensors that can be inserted into face masks and can diagnose COVID-19 within 90 minutes, The Mercury News reported on 29 June 2021
Cambridge University team develops spinal implant to treat severe pain
Early tests showed the device could help treat various forms of severe pain, with potential for paralysis or Parkinson’s treatment.
Monash University creates rapid test for neonatal jaundice
The test measures bilirubin levels using a colorimetric diazotization method and offers results within ten minutes.
Study says cancer blood test accurate enough to screen for disease
Scientists have concluded that a simple blood test that can detect 50 types of cancer, even before the onset of typical signs of the diseases, is accurate enough to be used as a screening test for older people.
Canadian researchers developing blood test to detect lung cancer early and save lives: If lung cancer is detected early then treatment outcomes improve enormously
Detecting the early stages of lung cancer could soon be as simple as a blood test.
Smart clothes powered by AI could monitor health
Purdue University engineers are touting a method for turning cloth items into battery-free, wearable and wireless “smart clothes.”
Cutting-edge test detects early tumor recurrence in some cancers

Signatera can detect tumor DNA in the bloodstream… A new blood test seeks to change the game in cancer management.

Researchers Develop Blood Test that Can Detect Neurodegeneration

Levels of a protein called neurofilament light chain (NfL) in the blood can identify those who might have neurodegenerative diseases such as Down's syndrome dementia, motor neuron disease (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia, when clinical symptoms are not definitive.

Singapore researchers develop blood test for cancer treatment and detection
Researchers in Singapore have developed a blood test which will not only allow doctors to determine the effectiveness of cancer treatment within 24 hours, but also detect the disease in annual check-ups.
Electronic nose successfully detects elusive cancers: Odor-based test detects pancreatic, ovarian cancers
Scientists have developed a new electronic nose capable of sniffing out the molecular signatures of hard-to-detect pancreatic and ovarian cancers in the vapors emanating from blood samples.
How will PCPs use telehealth after the COVID-19 pandemic?
Thirty-five percent (35%) of adults in the United States who were surveyed said they would consider leaving their primary care physician for qualified physicians providing on-demand telehealth services.
University of Utah engineering professor to work on jetlag-fighting medical implant
A medical implant that could address the uncomfortable nature of jetlag is being developed with help from a University of Utah group.

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