Top Medical News & Ideas This Week

By: MedicalSearch
06 May, 2019

This week: A new form of dementia identified - Drone delivers donor kidney for transplant surgery - Virtual reality as therapy for patients with chronic pain - and more.

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Drone delivers donor kidney to Baltimore hospital for transplant surgery

It was the first live test of the kidney-carrying aircraft, designed by doctors and engineers at the University of Maryland to help speed up the transfer of organs. -


A new form of dementia that mimics Alzheimer’s has been identified

Scientists have identified a new form of dementia that mimics Alzheimer's but affects the brain in a completely different way. Lack of understanding about the disorder, given the name Late, could be one reason why so many trials of Alzheimer's drugs have failed, according to the researchers. -


Organ bioprinting gets a breath of fresh air

Bioengineers have cleared a major hurdle on the path to 3D printing replacement organs. It's a breakthrough technique for bioprinting tissues with exquisitely entangled vascular networks that mimic the body's natural passageways for blood, air, lymph and other vital fluids. -


Exercise may improve memory in heart failure patients

Heart failure patients who walked further in a six-minute test, which shows better fitness, as well as those who were younger and more highly educated, were significantly less likely to have cognitive impairment. The results suggest that fitter patients have healthier brain function. -


Clearer drug labels needed to avoid medication mix-ups, conference hears

Australia needs mandatory national drug labelling standards to avoid potential medical errors from look-alike packaging, an international meeting of anaesthetists heard on Friday. -


Atrial fibrillation is the new epidemic

Incidents of atrial fibrillation have increased 295% in the past two decades, surpassing heart attack and heart failure as the major causes of cardiovascular hospitalisation. -


Virtual reality as therapy may teach patients skills to cope with chronic pain

It’s more than a distraction, researchers say. It’s more like a brain hack that occupies the brain so fully that it has no room to process pain sensations at the same time. -


Improving health literacy: How GPs can help

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released its National Health Survey: Health Literacy, 2018, the first time comprehensive national information on this issue has been published anywhere in the world. -


Health care struggling to leverage data

Despite Australia’s healthcare industry being ranked as one of the developed world’s most efficient, a new report has found more than half of Australian healthcare providers have inefficient hospital-to-patient communication mechanisms. -  


Algorithms and Arrhythmia: How AI is revolutionising healthcare

Artificial intelligence (AI), neural networks and machine learning can be ethereal concepts to the average punter, but when applied to the health sector their benefits come into sharp focus. -


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