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Innovations in medicine

​NTU Singapore and TTSH invent smart medical device for early intervention of congestive heart failure

A research team from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) have invented a smart handheld medical device that could enable early intervention for patients with congestive heart failure.

Blue light can reduce blood pressure

Exposure to blue light decreases blood pressure, reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, a new study from the University of Surrey and Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf in collaboration with Philips reports.

Study Finds Phone App Effectively Identifies Potentially Fatal Heart Attacks with the Near Accuracy of a Standard ECG

Can your smart phone determine if you’re having the most serious – and deadly – form of heart attack? A new research study says it can – and may be a valuable tool to save lives.

How Can We Know if a Digital Health Intervention Works? Reconsidering Success Metrics and Timelines

We talk about the potential of digital interventions to revolutionize healthcare. They’re scalable, portable, personal, and pack consumer appeal. But we still aren’t able to say with much certainty under what conditions they work, if any, particularly for some of the populations who could benefit most.

This Google AI (Sort of) Knows When You’ll Have a Heart Attack

Your eyes, they say, are the windows to your soul — and according to a new study funded by Google, your eyes may also be the windows to an impending heart attack. In the study, Google researchers used retinal-scan data from nearly 300,000 patients to “train” a neural network — an intricate series of algorithms — to detect heart-health risks just by looking at images of a patient’s eyes.

Heart attack blood test sensitive enough to be used in portable device

Cardiac defibrillators are not on the corner of every street. Nor are paramedics. So how can the number of people surviving a heart attack that occurs outside the hospital be increased? Today, it is estimated that these people’s chance of survival is only 5%. This figure could be about to change with the use of the LifeVest device.

A ‘half-hearted’ solution to one-sided heart failure

Soft robotic actuators, which are pneumatic artificial muscles designed and programmed to perform lifelike motions, have recently emerged as an attractive alternative to more rigid components that have conventionally been used in biomedical devices. In fact, earlier this year, a Boston Children’s Hospital team revealed a proof-of-concept soft robotic sleeve that could support the function of a failing heart.