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Image: a white robotic hand with many sensors; Copyright: University of Houston

Medical robotic hand? Rubbery semiconductor makes it possible


A medical robotic hand could allow doctors to more accurately diagnose and treat people from halfway around the world, but currently available technologies aren't good enough to match the in-person experience.
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Image: The black device with different white parts; Copyright: OIST

Low-cost chip to detect COVID-19 antibodies


Light-sensing technology promises to make COVID-19 antibody testing cheaper, easier, faster and more accurate.
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Image: A man in a blue T-shirt has a patch on his arm, which is connected to a transparent box - you can see different tubes - on his belt; Copyright: Purdue University/Rahim Rahimi

Wearable: treating antibiotic-resistant infections


A team of innovators from Purdue University has developed a wearable solution that allows a patient to receive treatment without leaving home. The Purdue team's work is published in the journal Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology.
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Image: A luminous strip similar to a bend light, which is held and bent by one hand; ; Copyright: Photo courtesy of Biwu Ma / Florida State University

Researchers develop new X-ray detection technology


Florida State University researchers have developed a new material that could be used to make flexible X-ray detectors that are less harmful to the environment and cost less than existing technologies.
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Image: Microphotograph of the new material; Copyright: Gregor Lang

Spider silk: preventing infection, facilitating healing


New biomaterials developed at the University of Bayreuth prevent colonization by bacteria and fungi, but at the same time proactively assist in the regeneration of human tissue. These nanostructured materials are based on spider silk proteins.
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AI accurately identifies infants with low risk of serious bacterial infection


Artificial intelligence, or "supervised machine learning," could help identify which well-appearing infants with fever, who are 60 days old or younger, are at low risk for a serious bacterial infection, according to a study published in Pediatrics.
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Image: Colorful shining vials; Copyright: Universität Siegen

Nanoparticles of the future


Researchers in Siegen have developed the world's first afterglow-magnetic nanoparticles. The patented invention is designed for various applications including cancer detection in medicine and the detection of fine particulates in living organisms.
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Biomorphic batteries could provide 72x more energy for robots


Like biological fat reserves store energy in animals, a new rechargeable zinc battery integrates into the structure of a robot to provide much more energy, a team led by the University of Michigan has shown.
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Image: Smartwatch on a wrist; Copyright: Jialun Zhu, Shuyu Lin, and Yichao Zhao (I²BL/UCLA)

Smartwatch tracks medication levels


Engineers at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering and their colleagues at Stanford School of Medicine have demonstrated that drug levels inside the body can be tracked in real time using a custom smartwatch that analyzes the chemicals found in sweat. This wearable technology could be incorporated into a more personalized approach to medicine.
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Image: Head of a robot and a robotic hand; Copyright: Center for Diagnostics and Telemedicine

Platform for self-testing of AI medical services


Experts from the Center for Diagnostics and Telemedicine have developed a platform for self-testing services which is based on artificial intelligence and designed for medical tasks, such as for analyzing diagnostic images.
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Image: graphic of the device’s effectiveness; Copyright: 2020 Konishi et al.

Photonic crystal light converter – new device could be powerful tool for observation


Spectroscopy is the use of light to analyze biological samples. Different kinds of light can provide different kinds of information. Vacuum ultraviolet light is useful as it can aid people in a broad range of research fields, but generation of that light has been difficult & expensive. Researchers created a device to generate this kind of light using an ultrathin film with nanoscale perforations.
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Improved cochlear implant allows MRI in children without discomfort


A study from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago found that children with a MED-EL Synchrony cochlear implant device can undergo MRI safely, with no discomfort and reduced need for sedation or anesthesia. Findings were published in the peer-reviewed journal Laryngoscope.
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COVID-19: Chatbots can ease medical providers' burden


Research from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business found that chatbots -- software applications that conduct online chats via text or text-to-speech -- working for reputable organizations can ease the burden on medical providers and offer trusted guidance to those with symptoms.
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Image: three persons around a computer showing a video call with a physician and radiological images of a chest; Copyright: PantherMedia/DragonImages

Telehealth: important tool for rural hospitals in treating COVID-19


Rural hospitals are more likely than urban facilities to have access to telehealth, a once-underused service that now is playing a key role in treating coronavirus patients, according to research by two health administration professors in Florida Atlantic University's College of Business.
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