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Newly identified biomarkers flag potential for better asthma diagnosis and treatment

Asthma is a disease that affects some 25 million people in the US alone, but there's currently no definitive test for diagnosing it. New research could change that, with scientists at the Penn State College of Medicine identifying molecules that circulate in patients' blood, signalling that they have the disease. Not only could the breakthrough lead to a new diagnostic test, but it could also allow for the development of new, more targeted treatments.Read More

Why Alzheimer's patients can't recognize loved ones

Anyone with a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's will tell you that one of the most heartbreaking aspects of the disease is the patient's inability to recognize who you are. Now, new research is shedding light on exactly why this is, furthering our understanding of how the disease impairs perception.Read More

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Review: Strapping up for less pain with Better Back gizmo

We review a lot of high-tech gadgets here on Gizmag. But sometimes, the best solution to a problem doesn't require Bluetooth, batteries or bytes but rather, plain old physics. That's the case with the Better Back harness, a simple strap-based contraption that promises better posture and less lower back pain. We tried out Better Back for a few weeks to see if it makes good on its promises.Read More

iBrush 365 puts a new spin on electric toothbrushes

There are lots of different types of electric toothbrush, but pretty much all of them oscillate or vibrate in one way or another. The new iBrush 365, however, takes a different approach. Its circular brush-head spins, allowing users to brush from the gums towards the teeth.Read More

Neopenda tackles infant mortality in developing countries

Wearables are a dime a dozen in the developed world, but a New York City-based global health startup called Neopenda is looking to use the technology for more than just email notifications and step tracking. The company's namesake device is a baby hat aimed at helping newborns in developing countries survive their first month by tracking vital signs, and sending key information back to a tablet.Read More

Smartphone spectroscopy kit brings blood test info home

According to Bob Messerschmidt, founder and CEO of Cor, "the greatest barrier for people to live a healthy life is really information." His company has developed a blood testing kit that is aimed at making health information available in the home that might otherwise remain hidden in doctors' surgeries.Read More

To diagnose autism, watch the eyes

When diagnosing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children, doctors currently rely on reports from parents, and direct observations, but those methods don't always produce concrete results. Now, researchers at the Cleveland Clinic have looked to remote eye tracking to help streamline the process, providing a solid, early diagnosis that lets treatment start more quickly.Read More

Using smartphones and the cloud to diagnose ear infections

Ear infections are extremely common, with five out of every six children experiencing one before they're three years old. But in developing countries, the lack of trained personnel means that they're often misdiagnosed, or missed completely. A new tool developed by researchers at the Umea University in Sweden, in collaboration with scientists at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, is designed to leverage the power of smartphones and the cloud, making accurate diagnoses easier and more widely available.Read More

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