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Quell: The Worlds First Pain Relief Wearable - About Health Degrees

Quell: The Worlds First Pain Relief Wearable - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

The Quell device is placed in a breathable, comfortable sport band, and an electrode is snapped onto the back of the device. The Quell band is then wrapped around your upper calf with the electrode in direct contact with your skin. Quell is powerful enough to stimulate the nerves in the upper calf carrying neural pulses to the brain tapping into the body’s natural pain relief response. Endogenous opioids are then released into the spine where pain signals are blocked from your body.

 


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Ingestible gas sensor could help diagnose bowel problems - Masters and PhDs

Ingestible gas sensor could help diagnose bowel problems - Masters and PhDs | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

In an article for Trends in Biotechnology, researchers from RMIT’s MicroNano Research Facility and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, describe gas-sensing capsules that can send data from inside the gut directly to a mobile phone. The new technology measures the concentration of selected intestinal gases through a swallowable capsule with a built-in gas sensor, microprocessor and wireless high-frequency transmitter.

 


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Should Athletes Eat Fat or Carbs? - About Health Degrees

Should Athletes Eat Fat or Carbs? - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Exercise scientists long ago established that endurance training makes athletes better able to use fat as a fuel. And that metabolic adaptation prompted many scientists and coaches in recent years to wonder what would happen if you extended that ability to its farthest extreme and trained an athlete’s body to rely almost exclusively on fat, by removing almost all carbohydrates from the diet and ramping up grease intake?

 


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3D printed guides repair damaged nerves

3D printed guides repair damaged nerves | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

A paper detailing how a University of Sheffield research team succeeded in helping a damaged nerve repair itself using a 3D-printed guide has been published in the journal Biomaterials.

The nerve guidance conduits (NGCs) have been successfully used in animals, and the research team believes they can now be used to treat traumatic injuries — such as those caused by chainsaw or car accidents — in humans.

The conduits consist of a framework of tiny tubes that guide damaged nerve endings towards one another in order to promote natural regeneration. They are created through a complex form of 3D printing that sees laser light building up tiny blocks of materials into a 3D solid structure.

 



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The Genetics of Being Injury-Prone - About Health Degrees

The Genetics of Being Injury-Prone - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

A growing body of research suggests that genetic makeup may play an important role in injury risk.

A review article recently published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine emphasizes that research on the genetics of sports injuries “holds great potential for injury prevention for athletes at every level.” The authors, from Stanford University’s department of developmental biology and genetics, believe that genetic testing also gives athletes valuable information that might increase their competitive edge.

 


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Virtual Reality Will Heal Millions

Virtual Reality Will Heal Millions | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Chronic pain affects 100 million people in the U.S. alone, and about 18 percent of the U.S. population suffers from an anxiety disorder. Now, thanks to the recent emergence of affordable consumer Virtual Reality (VR) rigs like Samsung Gear VR, therapists will be able to use VR with their patients for pain management, physical rehabilitation and the treatment of anxiety disorders.

 



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Man gets bionic eye, sees wife for first time in a decade - Masters and PhDs

Man gets bionic eye, sees wife for first time in a decade - Masters and PhDs | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Allen Zderad, 68, hadn’t laid eyes on his wife or grandchildren in more than a decade. He has a degenerative eye disease that slowly stole his sight over the course of his life. Recently the power of modern medicine in the form of a bionic eye gave him the ability to see his beautiful family once again.

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Why sitting is bad for you - Murat Dalkilinç

Why sitting is bad for you - Murat Dalkilinç | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it
Sitting down for brief periods can help us recover from stress or recuperate from exercise. But nowadays, our lifestyles make us sit much more than we move around. Are our bodies built for such a sedentary existence? Murat Dalkilinç investigates the hidden risks of sitting down.

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Leukaemia mutations 'almost inevitable', researchers say - About Health Degrees

Leukaemia mutations 'almost inevitable', researchers say - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Leukaemia is often associated with children, but research published in the journal Cell Reports shows that it is “almost inevitable” that your blood will take the first steps towards it as you age.

The team at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, outside Cambridge, analysed the blood of 4,219 people. They focused on accurately testing for errors in the DNA that are linked to the blood cancers. If one blood cell in a hundred carried such a mutation they would pick it up.

The results were a surprise. They suggest 20% of people in their 50s have potentially cancerous mutations rising to 70% in people in their 90s.

 



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Malaria on Myanmar-India border is 'huge threat' - About Health Degrees

Malaria on Myanmar-India border is 'huge threat' - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Resistance to artemisinin – a drug that has saved millions of lives from malaria – has been detected over a wider area than previously thought, scientists warn.

The ability of the malaria parasite to shrug off the effects of artemisinin has been spreading since it emerged in South East Asia.

Tests, published in Lancet Infectious Diseases, now show this resistance on the verge of entering India.



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4 ways healthcare is putting artificial intelligence, machine learning to use

4 ways healthcare is putting artificial intelligence, machine learning to use | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

There is a certain amount of hand wringing over AI and, to a lesser extent, its branches such as machine learning and natural language processing. It also drew attention to notables who have voiced concern over AI including Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk.

But many people applying AI to make healthcare delivery more efficient and automated don’t see it that way. It’s worth a look at the diverse applications for AI across healthcare including biotech and health IT, since these are some areas where it is having a significant impact from informing healthcare decisions to speeding up the selection of targets for drug development.


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Innovation, progress ...

 

we should not stop their advance

 

But AI, as well every field of technology, should have control and regulation

Dylan Macpherson's curator insight, March 24, 5:47 AM

The way AI is integrated into many apps and technology already is just the tip of the iceberg so to speak. However, will robots completely take over healthcare assistants.

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Scientists announce anti-HIV agent so powerful it can work in a vaccine

Scientists announce anti-HIV agent so powerful it can work in a vaccine | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it
In a remarkable new advance against the virus that causes AIDS, scientists from the Jupiter, Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have announced the creation of a novel drug candidate that is so potent and universally effective, it might work as part of an unconventional vaccine.

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What autism can teach us about brain cancer - PsyPost

What autism can teach us about brain cancer - PsyPost | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Applying lessons learned from autism to brain cancer, researchers at The Johns Hopkins University have discovered why elevated levels of the protein NHE9 add to the lethality of the most common and aggressive form of brain cancer, glioblastoma. Their discovery suggests that drugs designed to target NHE9 could help to successfully fight the deadly disease.

 
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Breastfeeding 'linked to higher IQ'

Breastfeeding 'linked to higher IQ' | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

A long-term study published in The Lancet Global Health has pointed to a link between breastfeeding and intelligence. The research in Brazil traced nearly 3,500 babies, and results appear to back current advice that babies should be exclusively breastfed for six months.

 


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5 Concepts That Will Revolutionize Western Medicine - About Health Degrees

5 Concepts That Will Revolutionize Western Medicine - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

In his post for MindBodyGreen, Dr. Jeffrey Bland discusses five concepts to watch that will transform and revolutionize medical care, as we move towards a treatment model and an economy focused on wellness, rather than disease treatment:

Functional MedicineP4 MedicineSystems BiologyQuantified SelfPersonalized Lifestyle Medicine.



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The Government’s Bad Diet Advice - About Health Degrees

The Government’s Bad Diet Advice - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

For years we have been told that a low fat diet is healthier for us, and for those of us already with high cholesterol and high blood pressure, this advice became the order of the day. But it now seems that this advice may have been bad advice. We may have been needlessly avoiding animal fats, and by compensating with more carbohydrates, we may have actually adopted a more unhealthy diet.

 


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Apple's ResearchKit: Health care's tipping point?

Apple's ResearchKit: Health care's tipping point? | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it
Just as the iPod was a tipping point for digital music, Apple's platform for medical researchers and its Apple Watch could do the same for health care.
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DNA 'glue' could hold 3D printed organs together

DNA 'glue' could hold 3D printed organs together | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

According to a team of biochemists, DNA scaffolds can be used to grow human cells and “glue” 3D printed tissues and organs together.

The method, described in the ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering journal, relies on creating a “smart glue” from plastic (polystyrene or polyacrylamide) nanoparticles containing 40 base pairs of DNA. These are assembled in a gel — the nanoparticles are held together by DNA interactions, while the gel holds the entire scaffold’s shape in place. The team, from the University of Texas at Austin, could then use the gel in a 3D printer to create structures about a centimeter in size. It means that the microscopic DNA strands and nanoparticles suddenly have a tangible presence — the gel is something that can be used and manipulated at a scale visible to the human eye.

 


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Apple and Google still not removing dangerous health app being used by patients - About Health Degrees

Apple and Google still not removing dangerous health app being used by patients - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

For $4.99, the “Instant Blood Pressure” app promises to measure your blood pressure by using your iPhone’s microphone and LED light. You place the iPhone on your chest and it “measures” your blood pressure. Obviously — no physician or health care professional would recommend that you measure your blood pressure in this non-validated method.

 



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FTC Cracks Down on Marketers of “Melanoma Detection” Apps - About Health Degrees

FTC Cracks Down on Marketers of “Melanoma Detection” Apps - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it
The Federal Trade Commission has challenged marketers for deceptively claiming their mobile apps could detect symptoms of melanoma, even in its early stage
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Rob Knight: How our microbes make us who we are - About Health Degrees

Rob Knight: How our microbes make us who we are - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Rob Knight is a pioneer in studying human microbes, the community of tiny single-cell organisms living inside our bodies that have a huge — and largely unexplored — role in our health. 

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Fifteen-minute Ebola test approved - About Health Degrees

Fifteen-minute Ebola test approved - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

The first rapid blood test for Ebola has been approved for use by the World Health Organization.

It should allow patients to be identified, isolated and cared for as quickly as possible in an attempt to bring an end to the outbreak that has killed more than 9,300 people. It is less accurate than conventional tests, but takes minutes rather than hours to get a result. The test also works without electricity so it can be used in remote regions.



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Apple Watch Not Ready For Full Health Tracking Mode, Yet - About Health Degrees

Apple Watch Not Ready For Full Health Tracking Mode, Yet - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Many Apple fans are eagerly awaiting the launch of the Apple Watch, which combines the capabilities of an all-day fitness tracker and a highly advanced sports watch in one device you can wear all the time. It was to be a cutting edge health tracking device that measured not only heart rate and steps but blood pressure, stress and more insights into heart activity.

 


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Diploma in Human Nutrition - About Health Degrees

Diploma in Human Nutrition - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

The Diploma in Human Nutrition is a comprehensive introduction to the important role nutrition and diet play in maintaining health. With the huge rise in diet related illnesses such as obesity, type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease we face important choices in terms of diet and nutrition on a daily basis.

 

It is also important to understand the role nutrition plays in growth and development throughout our lives. This Alison free online Diploma course provides an in-depth look into the three energy-yielding macronutrients – carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. Our bodies require us to consume these macronutrients on a daily basis to maintain numerous bodily functions such as growth and providing energy to carry out activities. Humans use plants and animals as food sources but, in order to obtain the energy we require from them, our food must be broken down into smaller molecules that the body can process. This course provides a clear introduction to the human digestive system.

 


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Why the UK has voted to allow 'three-parent babies' - Masters and PhDs

Why the UK has voted to allow 'three-parent babies' - Masters and PhDs | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Britain’s House of Commons voted overwhelmingly today to legalize the creation of so-called “three-parent babies.” Though advocates of the move say it will help prevent a debilitating and often lethal condition, many warn that the procedure, if well-intentioned, opens the door to ethical and safety questions that have yet to be sufficiently grappled with.

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