NASA is ready to begin testing the E-Nose COVID-19 screening device prototype developed by subcontractor Variable Inc., of Chattanooga, Tenn. NASA received $3.8 million from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to enhance E-Nose, which was originally developed to measure air quality inside spacecraft. The updated version is intended to facilitate screening for SARS-CoV-2 by "sniffing out" the signature volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the breath of infected individuals.
Despite the fact that mental illness is quite common, it is still heavily stigmatized across cultures and sometimes even challenging to diagnose and treat. Even if you are lucky enough to have good behavioral health care, your doctor has to combine their subjective observations with your self-reported symptoms in order to figure out what is ailing you. In that way, mental health diagnosis is just not an exact science. Luckily, these scientists are trying to change that by developing a blood test to diagnose depression and bipolar disorders. This is huge, since being able to “prove” that depression is real will reduce some of the stigma attached to mental illness so that those who are struggling can get the care they need.
Telehealth advocates are rallying behind a bill that would allow rural and remote hospitals to use telehealth to treat patients in surrounding communities who are dealing with mental health issues. A new bill before Congress aims to expand telehealth access for patients living with mental health concerns at rural hospitals.
Scientists in the UK have developed an advanced handheld imaging device that could prove a powerful tool when it comes to tackling cancer, offering 3D (three dimensional) images of cancerous growths beneath the skin. The technology uses a mix of gamma and optical imaging to measure the depth of radioactive material, with the team hoping the portable device can help plug existing gaps in healthcare where larger imaging devices are not always available.
In the near future, the protective gel bandages for a patient who has undergone surgery could be composed of fully organic materials. Currently, they are made from synthetic materials like polymethacrylate, more commonly known as acrylic.
The results of studies by a University of Manchester-led team suggest that it may be possible to diagnose and potentially even monitor the progression of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) by analyzing compounds present on the surface of the skin. Using high-resolution mass spectrometry (MS) techniques to profile the complex signature of metabolites in sebum samples from more than 200 participants with and without PD, the researchers identified novel diagnostic sebum-based biomarkers for PD, and uncovered subtle, but fundamental changes as the disease progresses.
Researchers in Japan say they have developed the first wearable device to precisely monitor jaundice, a yellowing of the skin caused by elevated bilirubin levels in the blood that can cause severe medical conditions — even death — in newborns.
A urine test that measures cancer-specific genes for prostate cancer could be an effective alternative to invasive biopsies, according to validation study results published in the March 2021 issue of the Journal of Urology.
Just days after ordering 8.5 million at-home tests from Ellume, the Biden Administration announced in February that it is in talks with six (6) other at-home coronavirus test manufacturers.