Apple Watch could add blood glucose, alcohol monitoring features by next year

July 29, 2021 The UK electronics start-up Rockley Photonics, which has developed a silicon photonics platform that can monitor a person’s blood using infrared light, suggests in the filing that the next-generation sensors needed for those new health monitoring features could be incorporated into the Apple Watch as soon as 2022. First reported in The Telegraph, the SEC document details Rockley’s … Read more

Coco wound patch for diabetics

July 27, 2021 DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña hailed Denver Chicano, proprietor of PatchMed Cosmetics Trading, for developing the perforated coco patch “Vermac”.  “This company is amazing because I witnessed how they succeeded with their product lines,” he said. Chicano, who served as a nurse at the Burn Unit of the Philippine … Read more

Doctors stuck at imaging crossroads have new tool to guide CAD decision-making

July 20, 2021 Half of the nearly 200 million people who suffer from CAD (Coronary Artery Disease ) initially check in with chest pain.  And doctors typically turn to either functional stress testing or CT coronary angiography (CTCA) for their initial analyses.  Despite thousands of clinical trials, including the well-known PROMISE and SCOT-HEART investigations, the … Read more

Test accurately identifies those at risk for severe COVID-19, researchers say

July 16, 2021 The two-step test, which combines a newly developed disease risk factor score with conventional blood screening for virus antibodies, was more than 92% accurate at identifying those who would experience serious illness, the data showed.  The test can be administered during COVID-19 screening to help guide treatment before the most severe symptoms … Read more

Urine test may detect people at risk for severe COVID-19, study finds

July 08, 2021 Those infected with the coronavirus have higher levels of a specific type of protein associated with inflammation in their urine than those who did not have the virus, the scientists said.  In addition, amounts of these proteins, called cytokines, were higher in patients with pre-existing chronic health conditions, such as high blood … Read more

New safer blood test is close to 100 per cent accurate at spotting nut allergies

July 01, 2021 A trial by doctors at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London has found that the test — called the basophil activation test (BAT) — is close to 100 per cent accurate at spotting nut allergies.  Allergic reactions occur when the immune system overreacts to a trigger —usually food, medication or an … Read more