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Articles in this section feature upcoming opportunities that are being developed using innovative digital healthcare technologies to improve treatment, produce accurate diagnosis and prevent illness and disease.

Radar Sensor Tech for Blood Pressure Wearables

Blood Pressure is an incredibly important metric for understanding the health of an individual, and yet the most common technology for measuring it has not changed much in over a century.

Butterfly iQ increases ultrasound technology access

A new portable handheld ultrasound scanner runs on an iPhone app and transmits images over cell networks. For 20% of the cost of a traditional ultrasound machine, doctors can provide crucial healthcare access for more rural patients without referring them out to facilities further away.

First blood test developed for predicting future development of 5 common cancer types

It is a story that we have heard before – someone is diagnosed with a later stage of cancer once they started showing symptoms, making it more difficult to treat. Our current cancer diagnostic tools are mostly lagging indicators, diagnosing someone once they have already had cancer growing for a period of time. While some screening tools hope to catch a diagnosis when it is still in early stages, they are still not guaranteed to do so.

Sensors Poised To Provide Better Care For Our Aging Population

New developments in sensor technology may change the way we monitor diseases and changes in the body. In one novel study, a new ink is printed onto clothing or other fabrics and alerts those around it to physical changes in the body.

How modern vaccine research will win the race against COVID-19

The race is on to create a new vaccine to combat the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus that reached pandemic status on March 11, 2020. Before governments issued global containment measures, many biotech companies started tackling this problem as soon as Chinese scientists uploaded the virus’s genetic code online in mid-January.

CRISPR treatment ready for human trials

The first human trials are underway using the CRISPR gene-editing tool to address Leber’s congenital amaurosis 10 (LCA10), the leading cause of blindness among children. With no treatment currently available, this might illuminate a path towards a cure.

How about a xenobot that cleans the plaque from your arteries?

Researchers successfully created the first “living machine” by combining frog cells into patterns selected by artificial intelligence. “They’re neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal…It’s a new class of artifact: a living, programmable organism,” says X from the University of Vermont research team.

One step closer to augmented reality contact lenses

Today, we finally have a prototype for smart contact lens from Mojo, but includes augmented reality in their device. The goal is for the lenses to reduce some of the screens in your life, so it could do helpful tasks like show your work calendar, or allow you to see what notification buzzed on your phone without looking down to check.

Innovation in Healthcare

Artificial intelligence has worked its way into daily life, and is expected to continue to cause significant disruption across many industries. Specifically, there are swirling predictions for AI use cases in the healthcare industry that could revolutionize the way physicians diagnose and treat illness.

CRISPR: Genome Editing

Back in 2003, scientists finished mapping out the entire human genome, identifying all of our DNA sequences and understanding our specific genes. The completion of this project opened the door for researchers to develop new treatment of diseases.