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  • Wearable robot promises to reduce shoulder strain during industrial tasks

    The wearable robot, which is worn like a shirt and features a portable power unit, assists only when needed and turns off when not in use, thereby reducing the effort required by the wearer to lower their arms.

  • Sticky fruit strips promise to improve the quality of dental X-rays

    The team reported that the radiographers took high-quality X-rays in 75% of the cases where patients used a sticky fruit strip as an adhesive to correctly place the tongue during imaging.

  • Team develops sweat-based health monitoring device

    The team developed a new device that, unlike other similar devices, does not require physical activity to encourage sweating but instead delivers drugs through the skin to stimulate sweat glands.

  • Sniffing out traumatic brain injury on the battle and football fields

    The AMMO testing kit features six sealed vials that are designed to release odors including fruity and spicy aromas.

  • Copper-treated stainless steel promises to kill bacteria without antibiotics or chemicals

    The new method relies on the natural antibacterial properties of copper in combination with small needle-like structures etched on the surface of stainless steel and designed to kill harmful bacteria including E. coli and Staphylococcus.

  • Spider silk-inspired sensors imperceptible to the wearer

    Inspired by the web structures created by spiders using minimal material, the fibers used to construct these sensors are roughly 50 times thinner than human hair.

  • Qosina introduces new iDOT single-use sensor bag ports from Polestar Technologies

    The gamma-stable bag ports offer non-invasive monitoring and come pre-calibrated for plug-and-play use.

  • UST strengthens its position in life sciences and SAP practices

    The acquisition of Endeavor Consulting Group represents a significant step forward for the company as it advances its digital transformation capabilities in the life sciences sector.

  • Soft robot implants bend, expand, twist to deliver meds in the body

    The researchers noted that the soft robots can perform various well-controlled movements — such as bending, expanding and twisting — inside biological environments.

  • MIT engineers develop adhesive anti-fibrotic hydrogel

    The adhesive anti-fibrotic hydrogel protects such devices by preventing the immune system from recognizing and subsequently attacking it and avoiding fibrosis.

  • Team develops new battery-free lactic acid sensor

    In the lab, the sensor successfully detected lactic acid — a by-product produced by the body when it metabolizes carbohydrates or glucose for fuel, for instance, during exercise.

  • New robotic pump guides food through the esophagus

    The soft-robotic device is powered by magnets that are controlled by a wearable external actuator and can assist patients who suffer from blockages caused by tumors or those who require stents.

  • Team develops wireless health monitoring electronic suture system

    The team describes the electronic suture system as an implantable electronic device that resembles a common medical suture but that functions as a wireless strain sensor.

  • AI device monitors household appliances to ensure safety of elderly, vulnerable residents

    The team employed machine learning to determine what time these household appliances are typically used and to identify anomalies that might suggest the elderly or vulnerable person living there alone needs medical assistance.

  • At-home spit test promises to detect prostate cancer sooner

    The at-home spit test can identify genetic factors that reportedly predispose individuals to the disease, with the potential of saving thousands of lives by early detection of prostate cancer.

  • Milk protein-based gel seeks to reduce harmful effects of alcohol

    The scientists developed a gel that promises to avoid this process and will instead transform alcohol into harmless acetic acids.

  • Medbot robot safely delivers medications

    The service robot, dubbed Medbot, can perform a variety of tasks in healthcare facilities, namely secure deliveries. Likewise, the robot is also being eyed for autonomous floor cleaning, hotel delivery and hospitality services.

  • Tracking the flight of avian flu via wastewater

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has established a new influenza A wastewater tracker as part of its surveillance for the H5N1 strain.

  • Team attempts to personalize medicine with 3D printed pills

    Researchers were able to 3D print multiple drugs in a single tablet with tailored drug release profiles, which promises to ensure more precise and effective treatment options for patients.

  • Robotic feeding system in the works for people with severe mobility limitations

    The robotic feeding system relies on a combination of computer vision, machine learning and multimodal sensing to safely feed people who cannot lean forward and thus require food to be placed directly in their mouths.

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