Gadgets that tell too many people to go to the doctor are a worry, but the growing enthusiasm for health monitoring should be encouraged.
Google DeepMind software can diagnose eye conditions as well as human doctors – and the medical profession should welcome this.
Finger mounted flexible detector.
An X-ray sensitive ink means future detectors could be printable, portable and flexible.
One day doctors could instantly diagnose your illness with a handheld device.
STS Steve Robinson on Canadarm.
Many technologies in healthcare on Earth originated from human space exploration - here are ten examples.
So many good ideas fail to make it out of the research lab because of a lack of funding.
Some mental health apps claim to track your mood over time, while others claim to “cure” your mental ill health with hypnosis.
While some respectable organisations have lists of recommended apps, very few of these apps are supported by experimental evidence.
How soft robotics could help paralysed people walk again without the need for clunky equipment.
A single-atom engine is the latest example of how nano-technology can create machines to power tiny robots inside the body.
Patient-specific aorta models with diseased coronary arteries.
Computer simulation and 3D printing are allowing scientists to develop faster, safer ways to test medical devices without installing them in live humans or animals.
It takes time for a human to become good at diagnosing ailments, but that learning is lost when they retire.
Humans can only do so much when it comes to diagnosing what's wrong with a patient. So why not let machines take over? They learn faster than humans and never retire.
Easy to access, hard to prove.
If apps aren't proven to make users' mental health better they could end up making it worse.
It’s written on your face.
Adding a camera that can work out where sound is coming from could make hearing aids smarter.
We’ll soon have you fighting those Klingons again.
A handheld ultrasound device could cut wound recovery times by 30% by reawakening the body's natural healing powers.
There are limits to what tests can predict.
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Even if we could develop a test or a screening process to find a pilot who would intentionally crash a plane, and that system was very, very good, virtually all positives would be false positives.
Diabetic women are at greater risk of still births, miscarriages and delivery problems.
A British woman has become the first diabetic to give birth naturally using an artificial pancreas.
A droid can treat a Lightsaber wound, but can it feel your pain?
Though set “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” it isn’t hard to see in the Star Wars films a vision of our own not so distant future. But Anthony Jones, a physician with a long background in health…
Out of the lab and into real life.
As a virologist working in the Gambia, the idea of a portable microscope that uses fluorescent imaging and can be attached to your smartphone to detect viruses and bacteria in the field sounds amazing…