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Life in your hands
21 January, 2020
Considerable effort has been put into boosting adherence to...
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Nudge in the right direction 21 January, 2020 Hand hygiene is, of course, paramount to prevent infections but boosting compliance remains challenging. Nudging, a gentle push to encourage a desirable behaviour, could provide an...

The triangular treatment 21 January, 2020 Globally, the demand for healthcare resources continues to grow as the demographics of the population change, long-term conditions become more prevalent, patient expectations rise...

A valid point 21 January, 2020 The struggle to diagnose rapidly is a significant cause of death from communicable and noncommunicable diseases in the developing world. Existing diagnostic tools usually...

Ideas on paper 21 January, 2020 Paper-based diagnostics at point-of-care are commonplace in today’s healthcare. However, they do have their limitations, something scientists are working to address. Andrew...

Comic relief 21 January, 2020 Before undergoing surgery, patients must be fully informed about what the procedure entails, yet the complex nature of the content provided means they often feel overwhelmed. New...

Skin in the game 21 January, 2020 Affecting millions in the US, chronic, large or non-healing wounds, such as diabetic pressure ulcers, are especially costly as they often require multiple treatments. Scientists...

Deep dive into data 21 January, 2020 There is a lot of discussion about machine learning, AI and automation within healthcare, but implementation remains at an early stage. Nevertheless, these tools provide...

Future shock 21 January, 2020 Electrotherapy units have been a part of doctors’ arsenals for decades, yet their use has long been hampered by technical drawbacks and dangerous side effects. But with the rise...

It’s in the genome 21 January, 2020 Current testing of patients with neurodevelopmental and congenital anomalies leaves a number of cases undiagnosed or unexplained. A new sophisticated computational model, developed...

Nowhere to hide 21 January, 2020 Ovarian cancer is hard to spot in the body and difficult to operate upon, with surgeons often failing to extract the minuscule tumours from patients the first time around. Now, a...

The ultimate puzzle 21 January, 2020 Traditional methods of diagnosing patients with neurological diseases have a number of issues for healthcare professionals and patients. Over recent decades, there has been an increase...

An atypical approach 21 January, 2020 Atypical wounds comprise approximately 20% of all chronic wounds. With an ageing population and increasing rates of co-morbidity, these numbers are expected to rise. Atypical wounds...

Better connected 02 April, 2019 Patients’ access to treatment and advice is already dramatically improving, as a result of mobile health, or ‘mHealth’. Now, when combined with internet-connected diagnostic devices,...

Map the future 02 April, 2019 Hot on the heels of the success of the NHS’s 100,000 Genomes Project, which finished at the end of 2018, the NHS Genomic Medicine Service is due to be launched later this year. It aims...

The war on wounds 02 April, 2019 The interest in using smart systems that can monitor, report on and possibly even influence the healing process is intensifying by the year. Now that the US Department of Defense...

The TB balancing act 02 April, 2019 TB remains a public health issue in developing nations, partly due to the lack of adequate diagnostic testing facilities. Is molecular detection – faster and simpler than...

Reprocessing finances 02 April, 2019 A huge number of medical devices used by hospitals are labelled as ‘single-use’. As a cost-saving measure, many hospitals rely upon ‘reprocessed’ single-use devices as a cheap, yet...

From past to present 02 April, 2019 Surgical site infections are the most common healthcare-associated infections, resulting in widespread suffering and economic loss. Adrian Gombart, author and professor of...

Back and forth 02 April, 2019 A team of international researchers has developed a new methodology that can better determine the mortality risk associated with the combination of early detection through screening...


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