Robot beats people at quick, accurate blood draws

When tested with people with easy-to-access veins, a blood-drawing robot had a 97% success rate. That's just as good and even better than phlebotomists.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Feb. 11, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: robots blood medical-devices science-and-technology health-and-medicine medical-tests blood-tests

‘Levitating proteins’ could offer early warning for disease

Using magnetic levitation to split up different proteins in blood plasma could be a way to diagnose opioids or even cancer.

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
Feb. 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cancer nanotechnology multiple-sclerosis opioids blood proteins magnetism health-and-medicine medical-tests

Colorectal cancer diagnoses from 49 to 50 rose 46%

The jump in colorectal cancer diagnoses between 49 and 50 years old may back up calls to screen patients at 45 instead of 50.

Keith Brannon-Tulane • futurity
Feb. 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: cancer colon-cancer health-and-medicine medical-tests

This standard test for autism could be more reliable

A common autism test contains inconsistencies, researchers say, but off-the-shelf wearable technology could help make it more reliable.

Megan Schumann-Rutgers • futurity
Jan. 29, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: autism childrens-health health-and-medicine medical-tests

Better classify breast cancer with 34 more biomarkers

A new imaging approach adds nuance to the four categories of breast cancer and could lead to more precise diagnosis and treatment.

U. Zurich • futurity
Jan. 28, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: cancer breast-cancer biomarkers health-and-medicine medical-tests imaging-technology

Blood pressure swings may be an early warning for heart disease

"I think there has been a belief that variability is a chance phenomenon, but this research indicates maybe not. Variability matters."

Sarah Avery-Duke • futurity
Jan. 22, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: heart-disease blood-pressure featured health-and-medicine medical-tests hearts

Sensors and AI spot low blood sugar without needles

New technology uses AI and wearable sensors to detect low blood sugar, which could do away with the need for constant finger pricking.

Alice Scott-Warwick • futurity
Jan. 13, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence diabetes sensors health-and-medicine medical-tests blood-sugar

A new kind of hearing test looks at the eyes

Research with barn owls sparked the idea for a new type of hearing test: one that focuses on eye dilation.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
Jan. 9, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: hearing eyes health-and-medicine medical-tests sounds

Kids are getting medical care they don’t need

New research shows that kids are getting unnecessary medical care in the form of extra tests or prescriptions no matter the kind of insurance they have.

U. Michigan • futurity
Jan. 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: insurance childrens-health health-and-medicine medical-tests medications

For painful lesions in pneumonia, a new blood test

A new blood test for children with bacterial pneumonia may determine the cause of painful inflammatory lesions of the skin and mucous membranes.

U. Zurich • futurity
Dec. 30, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: bacteria skin childrens-health pneumonia health-and-medicine medical-tests blood-tests

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