Taiwan university develops breath test to monitor blood sugar

February 23, 2021 TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Scientists from National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) have developed a household breath test for diabetes patients that seeks to someday replace the invasive finger-prick test.  The breathalyzer can analyze the changes in carbon dioxide levels, an indicator of blood glucose concentrations, from an exhalation.  According to team member … Read more

FDA bans electric shock devices for conditioning against aggressive behaviors

February 18, 2021 The Agency pointed to evidence that these devices present substantial psychological and physical risks and, in fact, can worsen underlying symptoms — while leading to heightened anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Additionally, the FDA said that “many people who are exposed to these devices have intellectual or developmental disabilities that make … Read more

Cannulas with long, narrow tubing noninferior to short binasal prongs in preterm infants

February 16, 2021 There was significantly less nasal trauma with use of the cannulas with long and narrow tubing, researchers reported.  “There is concern that this long, thin interface delivers reduced and suboptimal pressure transmission, tidal volume and support compared with short binasal prongs and masks, especially when leak at the nose is more than … Read more

‘Selfies’ could be used to detect heart disease

February 12, 2021 Although the algorithm needs to be developed further and tested in larger groups of people from different ethnic backgrounds, the researchers say it has the potential to be used as a screening tool that could identify possible heart disease in people in the general population or in high-risk groups, who could be … Read more

Parkinson’s: Study examines the potential of spinal cord stimulation

February 09, 2021 Close to one (1) million people may be living with Parkinson’s Diesease in the United States.  This long-term degenerative disorder results from damage to nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine. As the symptoms of Parkinson’s develop, a person may first experience a tremor in one hand and stiffness elsewhere in … Read more

FDA reports new cases of cancer and illnesses linked to breast implants

February 05, 2021 The Agency’s (FDA) analysis covers medical device reports through the latter half of 2019, adding 160 new cases and three (3) deaths due to breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL, a cancer of the immune system typically found in the scar tissue and fluid surrounding an implant.  This brings the … Read more

Tears Can Now Be Used to Detect Devastating Disease For Immediate Treatment

February 02, 2021 They are also like the blood that delivers oxygen and nutrients to the eyes, remove waste.  Tears also serve as the first line of defense against bacteria and heal injuries.  The various chemicals present in tears and blood serve as biomarkers that can be used in detecting illnesses.  For example, high levels … Read more