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Sensor technology could speed up blood test analysis

Sensor technology could speed up blood test analysis
Researchers at the University of York have developed a sensor that is capable of detecting multiple proteins and enzymes in a small volume of blood, which could significantly speed up diagnostic healthcare processes. Currently tests to detect the presence of infection or disease require a sample of blood from a patient, which is later analysed in a laboratory to detect markers of disease.
14th September 2016

Scientists develop revolutionary heart attack sensor

Scientists develop revolutionary heart attack sensor
Cardiovascular diseases account for around 30% of adult deaths in the 30−70 year age group, which is greater than the combined deaths from all types of cancer. The ability to diagnose cardiac disease is therefore of utmost concern to doctors. When someone has a heart attack, certain chemicals are released into their bloodstream in elevated amounts, and blood tests are therefore the key to diagnosis.
8th September 2016

Sensor could help fight deadly bacterial infections

Scientists have built a sensor that can detect the potentially deadly E.coli bacteria in 15-20 minutes, much faster than traditional lab tests. E.coli can be transmitted in contaminated food and water, posing particular risks to children and the elderly. In the late spring of 2011 a serious outbreak of E.coli bacteria sickened thousands of people in Germany and killed more than 50.
7th September 2016


Sensor helps anaesthetists accurately guide needles

Sensor helps anaesthetists accurately guide needles
Over 13 million pain-blocking epidurals are performed every year in the United States and, although generally regarded as safe, there are complications in up to 10% of cases where the needles are inserted too far or placed in the wrong tissue. Researchers from MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital hope to improve this statistic with a new sensor that can be embedded into an epidural needle, helping anaesthetists guide the needle to the correct location.
16th August 2016

Fertility sensor helps women identify ovulation window

Fertility sensor helps women identify ovulation window
A real-time fertility monitor, using technology developed at the University of Bristol, has been launched to help women identify their ovulation window and increase the chances of pregnancy. OvuSense is a sensor and fertility app which measures a woman's core body temperature overnight and then produces a daily graph to identify when a woman is most fertile.
8th August 2016

SPR devices detect molecules within a few hundred nanometres

Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) devices are the benchmark in optical sensing. They are used for detecting biomarkers of disease, discovering drugs, analysing chemicals, ensuring food quality and safety, and detecting pollutants in our environment. SPR devices can detect molecules within a few hundred nanometres of their metal surfaces.
1st August 2016

Microchip-based platform measures PNS activity

Microchip-based platform measures PNS activity
For the first time, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have successfully incorporated adult human peripheral nervous system (PNS) cells on a microelectrode platform for long-term testing of chemical and toxic effects on cell health and function. The study, part of a project known as iCHIP (in-vitro Chip-Based Human Investigational Platform), was recently published online in the journal Analyst.
27th July 2016

Nanotech tattoo monitors nerve cells and muscle activity

Nanotech tattoo monitors nerve cells and muscle activity
A temporary "electronic tattoo" developed by Tel Aviv University that can measure the activity of muscle and nerve cells researchers is poised to revolutionise medicine, rehabilitation, and even business and marketing research. The tattoo consists of a carbon electrode, an adhesive surface that attaches to the skin, and a nanotechnology-based conductive polymer coating that enhances the electrode's performance. It records a strong, steady signal for hours on end without irritating the skin.
12th July 2016

Biosensor chip can detect DNA mutations

Biosensor chip can detect DNA mutations
Bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed an electrical graphene chip capable of detecting mutations in DNA. Researchers say the technology could one day be used in various medical applications such as blood-based tests for early cancer screening, monitoring disease biomarkers and real-time detection of viral and microbial sequences. The advance was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
14th June 2016

Smart sensors & innovation are the future of oral healthcare

Smart sensors & innovation are the future of oral healthcare
Philips has announced the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected latest innovation that uses Smart Sensor technology to help consumers identify the areas of the mouth missed in their current brushing routine. The advanced toothbrush synchronises with the Philips Sonicare app via Bluetooth to track brushing habits in real time and provide a personalised 3D mouth-map to help coach consumers improve their brushing technique.
10th June 2016


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