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Microfluidics Device Helps Diagnose Sepsis

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35345
Published 2019-10-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

A novel sensor could dramatically accelerate the process of diagnosing sepsis, a leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals that kills nearly 250,000 patients annually. To diagnose sepsis, doctors traditionally rely on various diagnostic tools, including vital signs, blood tests, and other imaging and lab tests.

Smart Brain Stimulators: Next-Generation Parkinson's Disease Therapy

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35341
Published 2019-10-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Researchers at the University of Houston have found neuro biomarkers for Parkinson's disease that can help create the next generation of “smart” deep brain stimulators, able to respond to specific needs of Parkinson's disease patients. Those with the disease often undergo the high-frequency brain stimulation, a well-established therapy for the progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement, but the therapy has been imprecise.

Probe Detects Kidney Failure Early

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35086
Published 2019-09-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Researchers have developed a type of imaging probe that allows for earlier detection of acute kidney failure, a rapidly developing condition that can be fatal. The new renal probes, which have been tested in mice, are injected into the bloodstream. They light up when they detect molecular changes caused by the onset of acute kidney failure.

3D Printed Pill Samples Gut Microbiome to Aid Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35088
Published 2019-09-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

A research team led by Tufts University engineers has developed a 3D printed pill that samples bacteria found in the gut — known as the microbiome — as it passes through the gastrointestinal tract (GI). The ability to profile bacterial species inhabiting the gut could have important implications for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that are affected by the microbiome, according to the researchers.

Improving Afib Detection after Stroke

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35091
Published 2019-09-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

A new method of evaluating irregular heartbeats outperformed the approach that’s currently used widely in stroke units to detect instances of atrial fibrillation (Afib). The technology, called electrocardiomatrix, goes further than standard cardiac telemetry by examining large amounts of telemetry data in a way that’s so detailed it’s impractical for individual clinicians to attempt.

5Ws of the Ear Infection Smartphone App

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35158
Published 2019-09-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Ear infections are the most common reason that parents bring their children to a pediatrician, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Magnetic Metamaterial Amplifies MRI

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35120
Published 2019-09-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnetic fields and radio waves to create images of organs and tissues in the human body, helping doctors diagnose potential problems or diseases. Doctors use MRI to identify abnormalities or diseases in vital organs as well as many other types of body tissue, including the spinal cord and joints.

Cancer Lab-on-a-Chip Enables Personalized Treatment

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35087
Published 2019-09-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

A new generation of pathology labs mounted on chips is set to revolutionize the detection and treatment of cancer by using devices as thin as a human hair to analyze bodily fluids. The technology, known as microfluidics, promises inexpensive, portable devices that not only could enable widespread screening for early signs of cancer but also could help to develop personalized treatments for patients.

Palm-Sized 3D Ultrasound for Scoliosis Mass Screening

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-34968
Published 2019-08-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind palm-sized 3D ultrasound imaging system for radiation-free scoliosis assessment. Named “Scolioscan Air,” the system is designed to bring accurate, safe and cost-efficient mass screening to schools and communities.

Miniature Robot Could Check Colons for Early Signs of Disease

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-34976
Published 2019-08-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Engineers have shown it is technically possible to guide a tiny robotic capsule inside the colon to take micro-ultrasound images. Known as a Sonopill, the device could one day replace the need for patients to undergo an endoscopic examination, where a semi-rigid scope is passed into the bowel — an invasive procedure that can be painful.