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Health informatics

Chatbots can ease medical providers' burden, offer guidance to those with COVID-19 symptoms

COVID-19 has placed tremendous pressure on health care systems, not only for critical care but also from an anxious public looking for answers.

Cardiology

Spectroscopy approach poised to improve treatment for serious heart arrhythmia

Researchers have demonstrated that a new mapping approach based on near infrared spectroscopy can distinguish between fat and muscle tissue in the heart. This distinction is critical when using radiofrequency ablation to ...

Medical economics

Smartphone device for making health care portable and affordable

Health care resources in low- and middle-income countries are often concentrated in urban areas, which puts medical treatment out of reach for millions of impoverished individuals who live in distant towns and villages.

Cardiology

Four-dimensional physiologically adaptive cardiac patch

Bioengineers have considerably advanced cardiac scaffold engineering techniques to treat myocardial infarction, a form of cardiovascular disease and the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. However, it is still ...

Medical research

Regenerating the body from within using biomaterials

Successful tissue regeneration can have major benefits in healing injuries or replacing portions of diseased or damaged tissue in bone, skin, the nervous system and in organs such as the muscle, kidney, liver, lung and heart. ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Computer-aided drug design added to global fight against COVID-19

Life sciences company UCB is the first pharma company to join the COVID Moonshot crowdsourcing initiative, which involves the Diamond Light Source synchrotron facility in Oxfordshire and the Weizmann Institute of Science ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

CSIRO uses lab-grown 'lungs' to fight respiratory viruses

Scientists have found that human airway cells grown in a laboratory can reliably be used to study respiratory viruses such as COVID-19, which could help to minimize animal testing and fast-track drugs for human clinical trials.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Clinical-grade wearables offer continuous monitoring for COVID-19

Although it might be tempting to rely on your fitness tracker to catch early signs of COVID-19, Northwestern University researchers caution that consumer wearables are not sophisticated enough to monitor the complicated illness.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Researchers bioengineer first-line defense against COVID-19

Researchers at the USC Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics, the USC Institute for Technology and Medical Systems and the USC School of Pharmacy are developing an antimicrobial fluid to bolster ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Water-repellent substance could enter coronavirus fight

Personal protective equipment (PPE) has been at the center of the fight against COVID-19. Like rarely before, the unforgiving virus has shown medical providers the essential importance of top-line devices.

Medical research

Scientists prove bioengineered uteri support pregnancy

In new research from the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), scientists have shown that bioengineered uteri supported fertilization, fetal development, and live birth with normal offspring. With further ...