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Revolutionary Device Found To Lower Blood Pressure

Measuring blood pressure (stock image). The study findings show that blood pressure treatment with the ROX Coupler can give both patients and doctors an alternative option for treating high blood pressure in the future -- particularly when standard therapies have failed.
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Revolutionary device has been shown to significantly lower blood pressure among patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure, compared to those treated with usual drug measures — according to research from Queen Mary University of London and published in The Lancet. The device — developed by ROX Medical and named the ‘Coupler’ — is a paper [...]

Long-Term Use Of Hormonal Contraceptives Is Associated With An Increased Risk Of A Rare Brain Tumor, Study Finds

Taking a hormonal contraceptive for at least five years is associated with a possible increase in a young woman's risk of developing a rare tumour, glioma of the brain.
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Taking a hormonal contraceptive for at least five years is associated with a possible increase in a young woman’s risk of developing a rare tumour, glioma of the brain. This project focused on women aged 15-49 years and the findings are published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Hormonal contraceptives, including oral contraceptives, contain [...]

Insulin Pump Moves One Step Closer To An Artificial Pancreas

MiniMed 640G insulin pump with built-in continuous glucose monitoring. Source: Medtronic, Inc.

Medtronic, Inc. today announced the start of the global launch of the MiniMed 640G System, the next breakthrough toward an artificial pancreas.  With the introduction of Medtronic’s exclusive SmartGuard technology, MiniMed 640G is designed to help people with diabetes achieve better glucose control through advanced protection from hypoglycemia. The system is the first in the [...]

When Parkisonism Does Not Mean Parkinson’s

Source: Lewy Body Dementia Association

The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) closes the year underscoring the importance of early and accurate diagnosis of Lewy body dementia. Lewy body dementia (LBD), a complex, challenging, and surprisingly common brain disease affects 1.3 million Americans. It is the second most common cause of progressive dementia. However, it is the most misdiagnosed form of [...]

Wearable Sensor Clears Path To Long-Term EKG, EMG Monitoring

The silver nanowire sensors conform to a patient’s skin, creating close contact.
Source: Yong Zhu

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new, wearable sensor that uses silver nanowires to monitor electrophysiological signals, such as electrocardiography (EKG) or electromyography (EMG). The new sensor is as accurate as the “wet electrode” sensors used in hospitals, but can be used for long-term monitoring and is more accurate than existing sensors [...]

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