A skin patch to treat peanut allergies?  Study in toddlers shows promise

Skin patch reduces peanut allergy in toddlers: Researchers have developed a skin patch to treat young children with severe peanut allergies. In a study of toddlers ages 1 to 3, about two-thirds of the children who wore the patch coated with a tiny amount of peanut protein could safely eat up to four peanuts after a year, according to the findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

New ‘E-Tattoo’ Is Worn on Chest to Track Your Heart Health

Electronic chest tattoo may reduce heart disease risk: An electronic chest patch placed on the skin for round-the-clock monitoring of the heart’s mechanical capacity and electrical activity operates as both a seismocardiogram and electrocardiogram, according to a study published in Advanced Electronic Materials. The tool was designed to monitor high-risk patients, including those who have coronary heart disease with decreased blood flow to the heart and people who have undergone heart surgery, according to study author Nanshu Lu.

Tibial neurostimulation system demonstrates safety and efficacy in urge urinary incontinence

Positive results seen with urge urinary incontinence treatment: An implantable tibial neuromodulation system called BlueWind RENOVA iStim demonstrated efficacy and had a favorable safety profile among women with urge urinary incontinence. At six (6) months, 76.4% of study participants saw a 50% or more decrease in incontinence episodes, according to data presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association.

FDA outlines risk-based approach to monitoring clinical trials

FDA issues guidance on risk-based clinical trial monitoring: The FDA released a final guidance explaining risk-based strategies that can be used by drug and device developers to monitor clinical trials of biological products, drugs, medical devices and combination products. The Agency said the document, which comes in question-and-answer format, “contains recommendations on planning a monitoring approach, developing the content of a monitoring plan, and addressing and communicating monitoring results.”

How simple health records could help doctors detect autism sooner:  the hope is that with earlier detection of autism, families can get early access to support and services

Algorithm mines infants’ health data for autism risk: An algorithm that analyzes health records for data on infant health care visits for brain, sleeping and stomach issues is helping physicians at Duke University identify babies at risk for autism spectrum disorder in their first month of life. The tool, combined with conversations with parents and doctors, identified nearly half the babies with ASD within a few days of birth, which may give families early access to interventions and support

Chula introduces new Parkinson’s gloves to shorten tremors:  The new gloves will help reduce side effects from medication and risk from brain surgery

Parkinson’s gloves designed to reduce tremors: Gloves that were designed to reduce the hand tremors of patients with Parkinson’s disease have been launched by the Chulalongkorn University Communication Center. The gloves automatically deliver electrical stimulation to the hand muscles without the need for brain surgery or increased medication.

New test analyzing DNA changes could improve 10-year Diabetes risk predictions

Researchers develop risk-scoring tool for Diabetes: A new assessment model that combines basic health data and a methylation analysis identified more people at high risk for type 2 Diabetes than standard methylation-free assessments. The new assessment model might someday be used as a risk-scoring tool for conditions other than type 2 Diabetes, researchers wrote in Nature Aging.