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Drowned toddler’s brain damage sees ‘startling’ reversal with simple treatment

Drowned toddler’s brain damage sees ‘startling’ reversal with simple treatment

Researchers have successfully reversed brain damage in a drowned two-year-old using a low-risk treatment option. The toddler was the victim of a drowning incident in which she suffered cardiac arrest and lost all responsiveness to stimuli. Though resuscitated, the child had suffered notable white and gray matter loss and was described as having 'deep gray matter injury.' That has changed substantially, though, thanks to hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

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Your iPhone could soon contain your entire medical history

Your iPhone could soon contain your entire medical history

While most tech companies are scrambling to climb the machine learning mountain, Apple has its sights on a different goal. Sure, it did just dip its fingers in the smart home speaker jar, but its interests apparently lie elsewhere. According to insiders, Apple is looking to turn your iPhone into a one-stop shop for your medical information, with the goal of making it easier for users to share their information with health care personnel without having to go through the hoops and potential errors involved in traditional health care systems.

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Microsoft HoloLens to serve as AR tool for doctors during spinal surgery

Microsoft HoloLens to serve as AR tool for doctors during spinal surgery

While augmented reality is often touted as the future of entertainment and mobile communication, the technology has the potential to be useful in a number of practical and professional situations as well. Case in point: Scopis, a company that specializes in technology for surgical purposes, has announced a new AR platform that uses Microsoft's HoloLens to aid surgeons operating on the spine.

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Alzheimer’s Treatment Restores Memory Function : human trials on roadmap

Alzheimer’s Treatment Restores Memory Function : human trials on roadmap

Human trials are now in the conversation with recently famed "repeated scanning ultrasound" (SUS) Alzheimer's disease treatment research. Alzheimer's research saw a jolt of interest over the past year as scanning ultrasounds were found to be effective at memory restoration. In repeated scanning ultrasound treatments of mice brains, positive results of amyloid-β and memory restoration were enough to publish research in AAAS-certified Science Translational Medicine - a publication of good repute.

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Facebook B8 device will help you “hear with your skin”

Facebook B8 device will help you “hear with your skin”

The folks at the Facebook innovation lab "Building 8" have announced Project: Hear With Your Skin, one of two projects aimed at new types of communication. "Two projects focused on new capabilities of communication" is what the folks at Building 8 (B8) are suggesting this set is all about - the other is "Project: Type With Your Brain". With Project: Hear With Your Skin, work begins by developing and building the hardware and software Facebook will need to "delivery language through the skin."

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Apple tipped to be working on non-invasive glucose monitor

Apple tipped to be working on non-invasive glucose monitor

Wearables are great for keeping track of activity and reminding us to stay fit, but they are hardly medical devices. The closest some, but not all, get is having a heart rate monitor or a blood oxygen level sensor. In the very near future, however, at least one wearable might have one more thing: a sugar level monitor. According to insider sources, Apple is probably closer anyone has ever been to creating the holy grail of the intersection of medicine and mobile technology: a glucose monitor that you can simply wear on your skin, just like an Apple Watch.

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Birth Control pills saved 200k lives in 10 years, say scientists

Birth Control pills saved 200k lives in 10 years, say scientists

A study conducted by a group at Oxford showed that 200,000 lives have been saved from endometrial cancer over a 9-year period. This group, known better as the Collaborative Group on Epidemiological Studies on Endometrial Cancer (Oxford), showed that "about 400 000 cases of endometrial cancer before the age of 75 years have been prevented over the past 50 years (1965–2014) by oral contraceptives." Their conclusion, based on this study, is that use of oral contraceptives (birth control pills), confers long-term protection against edometrial cancer.

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Study: schizophrenia symptoms ‘significantly reduced’ by B vitamins

Study: schizophrenia symptoms ‘significantly reduced’ by B vitamins

A new study funded by the University of Manchester and The Medical Research Council reveals that B vitamins may ‘significantly reduce’ schizophrenic symptoms in afflicted individuals. Those B vitamins include the most common ones like B6 and B12, and may greatly aid standard treatments for schizophrenia to improve the outcome for patients. The finding were recently published in the Psychological Medicine journal.

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This “sensor pill” can be powered by your stomach acid

This “sensor pill” can be powered by your stomach acid

Electronic devices are invading every aspect of our lives and, soon, even our own bodies. Pills that contain sensors that transmit data from inside the human body have long been a holy grail for scientists and doctors but they have always been stumped by one critical part of the setup: the power source. Now researchers from MIT might have gotten one step closer by harvesting electricity from the most ubiquitous material inside our stomachs: our own stomach acid.

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Jawbone said to be abandoning consumer wearables for clinical health products

Jawbone said to be abandoning consumer wearables for clinical health products

We've known that Jawbone has been in trouble for quite some time now, with last year seeing reports about the maker of the UP band ending production of it fitness wearables, as well as looking to sell its portable speaker business. Jump forward to 2017, and the latest news about the company is that it's looking to completely drop consumer wearable products and pivot towards products and services for clinical health use.

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Cancer cured in two infants using genetically engineered T-cells

Cancer cured in two infants using genetically engineered T-cells

Researches recently used genetically-engineered T-cells from a donor to cure two infants of their leukemia, according to a newly published study, hinting at a future in which leukemia treatments may be simple and relatively inexpensive. Per the study detailed in Science Translational Medicine, the work done by London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital was a first attempt at such a treatment, proving wildly successful.

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Stanford researchers cure diabetes in mice using rat-grown organ

Stanford researchers cure diabetes in mice using rat-grown organ

Researchers with Stanford University and the University of Tokyo have announced a new breakthrough treatment that successfully cured mice of diabetes using a rat-grown mouse pancreas. The achievement could help lead to future treatments — or possibly even a cure — for diabetes in humans. Even better, these lab grown organs are genetically matched to the recipient, meaning anti-rejection drugs only need to be taken for a few days rather than one’s entire life.

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