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Phone app life-changer for millions of hearing-impaired Africans

In rural Kenya, 64-year-old John Kamau’s world of silence is about to change. After decades of being isolated by hearing loss from the community’s...

FDA clears digital app for depression treatment

The US Food and Drug Administration is allowing the use of Rejoyn, the first prescription digital treatment for major depressive disorder that involves an innovative approach...

Less invasive, new approach to diagnose heart disease – Irish study

A clinical trial that saw high resolution scanning technology used to identify heart disease has been welcomed as a potential game-changer for cardiac treatment,...

US lawmaker probes FDA inspection of Musk’s Neuralink

The US Food & Drug Administration has been questioned on why it did not inspect Elon Musk’s Neuralink before allowing the brain implant company...

AI tool to help straighten teeth

A new tool being developed by the University of Copenhagen and 3Shape will help orthodontists correctly fit braces using artificial intelligence and virtual patients,...

AI predicts Alzheimer’s seven years before symptoms seen

Detecting Alzheimer’s disease sooner means preparations, and perhaps even preventative measures, can be put in place, say scientists, who predict that shortly, artificial intelligence...

SA surgeons welcome robot’s extraordinary precision

The Da Vinci Xi robotics system, described as “the next frontier” for minimally invasive surgery, and already in use at two state hospitals in...

‘Deepfake’ scammers use doctors' details to con people

A leading South African medical professional’s face and voice were faked to sell male potency products, and to steal money from those deceived by...

Swiss research uses VR to reduce pre-surgery anxiety

The use of virtual reality in medicine is becoming increasingly popular, including to reduce pre-operation anxiety, and researchers in Switzerland are now working to...

Spit test could detect breast cancer – US-Taiwan study

Scientists have developed a saliva test that screens for breast cancer, which they say is showing promising results in experimental testing, and could revolutionise...

Neuralink’s first human patient controls computer mouse via thought

The first human patient implanted with a brain-chip from Neuralink is able to control a computer mouse using its thoughts, according to the start-up’s...

First wireless brain chip implant ‘a success’ – Elon Musk

Tech billionaire Elon Musk’s Neuralink company has successfully implanted one of its wireless brain chips in a human for the first time, and the...

Swiss team patents solder method for wound closures

Not every wound can be closed with sutures, and a team of Swiss researchers, which developed a soldering process with nanoparticles that gently fuses...

'Cranky uncle' game tackles vaccine hesitancy

Vaccine hesitancy in the developing world will meet its match with the launch of a game featuring the same central character, a grumpy uncle,...

Parkinson’s patient walks without falling with Swiss spine stimulator

A man with Parkinson’s disease has experienced a substantial improvement in his ability to walk after being fitted with a device that electrically stimulates...

AGs urge action from FDA on biased pulse oximeter technology

Attorneys-General representing half of the US and Washington are calling on the FDA to step up its ongoing efforts to eliminate racial biases from...

AI tool could predict heart attack 10 years ahead: Oxford study

Artificial intelligence could help predict if a person is likely to have a heart attack up to 10 years before it happens, suggest British...

New Discovery Health apps frustrating, say users

Several innovative new services were recently launched by Discovery app, enabling 24/7 virtual consultations with doctors, and medication delivery, as well as immediate help...

FDA still not satisfied with Philips recall

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is still not satisfied with how technology company Philips has handled a major product recall and instructed the...

Growing role for AI in everyday medical interactions

As technology advances, artificial intelligence (AI) is playing an increasing role in the medical industry, with the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) having...

AI helps drugmakers slash clinical trial costs and time

Leading pharmaceutical companies are harnessing artificial intelligence (AI) to find patients for clinical trials quickly, or to reduce the number of people needed to...

ChatGPT diagnoses child’s illness after 17 doctors fail

A mother at the end of her tether after 17 medical experts were unable to diagnose her little boy’s debilitating pain – for three...

Euthanasia ‘pod’ ready for use, says inventor

The controversial inventor dubbed ‘Dr Death’ says his 3D-printed coffin-like “suicide capsules” will be used for the first time in Switzerland this year, giving...

Will AI make radiologists redundant?

The diagnostic power of artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly rising and changing healthcare along the way, with experts cautioning that if medical professionals try...

Hope for paralysed, as device translates brain signals to words

Scientists have developed a device that translates paralysed people’s brain signals into words at faster speeds than before, with plans to improve this even further,...

Swift detection of cancer in mammograms by AI – Swedish study

A preliminary study by Swedish scientists, involving 80 000 women, suggests artificial intelligence (AI) tools can “safely” read breast cancer screening images and detect cancer...

Rapid Covid detection with 3D-created breath test – US study

A device created by researchers can detect SARS-CoV-2 in just one or two breaths and provide results in less than one minute, and would...

US team designs wearable tumour-detecting device to fit in bra

A wearable mini ultrasound device that will detect tumours when they are still in early stages – and which fits into a bra –...

Quick blood test might ID osteoporosis risk – Spanish study

Researchers have developed a biosensor – using less than a drop of blood – that could some day help identify people most at risk...

SA medical students use technology to boost organ donation

A group of Stellenbosch University medical students is using technology to raise awareness of organ donation, aiming to reach more than 1m South Africans...

AI can’t replicate this crucial aspect of practising medicine

As people become increasingly familiar with artificial intelligence platforms like ChatGPT, it’s only a matter of time before patients turn to these tools seeking...

Smartwatches may predict early Parkinson’s – UK study

Artificial intelligence, used to analyse data from 103 712 smartwatch wearers, was able to suggest which wearers were likely to develop Parkinson’s disease –...

Global fund aims to reduce tech harm to mental health

Screen overuse in the early stages of human development can trigger concentration and behavioural disorders, including depression, say 27 global investors who are managing...

Cutting-edge DNA sequencing technology for SA

A facility in South Africa is building capacity to enable next generation sequencing (NGS) – touted by the WHO as being critical to the...

Dermatologists embrace the 'dermoverse'

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a significant ally in dermatology and will become an indispensable component of consultations within four or five years, believe practitioners, who...

ChatGPT adept at answering common public health questions – US study

A team of scientists recently evaluated how well ChatGPT handles general health inquiries from the lay public, and concluded – from the responses –...

Tinnitus relief on horizon with innovative device

A double-blind randomised clinical trial of a device aimed at silencing the phantom sounds of tinnitus has yielded promising results for a condition that...

‘Pop-up’ inflatable theatre to revolutionise emergency surgery

An American start-up has developed a portable sterile surgery system – which can be fitted in a backpack and set up in minutes – that allows...

New 3D mobile mammograms for Gauteng

A state-of-the-art R3.8m 3D mammogram machine, housed in a distinctive, bright pink truck, in Gauteng, will make it easier to spot minor abnormalities that...

How software bias leads to under-diagnosis in black men’s lung problems

Software bias in a common medical test for lung function is leading to fewer black patients getting care for breathing problems, according to research...