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Rapid diagnosis of sepsis (blood poisoning)

Bugs can often get into the bloodA fluid that transports oxygen and other substances through the body, made up of blood cells suspended in a liquid. from either simple grazes or from brushing your teeth, but this does not normally cause sepsisInfection of a wound or body tissue with bacteria that leads to the formation of pus or to the multiplication of bacteria in the blood. . When bacteriaA group of organisms too small to be seen with the naked eye, which are usually made up of just a single cell. or virusesMicrobes that are only able to multiply within living cells. get into the blood most people's immune systems rapidly and appropriately respond to the presence of these minor invasions. Depending on the type of bacteria these bugs are normally quickly and naturally dealt with, or there might be what is known as a 'mild sepsis'.

Are you ready for Mobile Health (mHealth)?

At what point will having 'a doctor in your pocket' become a reality? According to both Google and Apple the answer would appear to be 'pretty soon', afterall, healthcare is one of the last sectors to be affected by the information and technological revolution. Why is this? The main factor has been that there is a widely held belief that healthcare and medicine should be personal.

How safe is my drug?

The European Medicine Agency (EMA) have produced a new website to provide all patients and healthcare professionals with immediate access to information on reported suspected side-effects for over 1700 licensed medicines.Furthermore, the new website allows patients and doctors to report adverse events themselves - directly.

Microwave Ablation is pioneering cancer treatment

The advent of real-time, high resolution digital imaging combined with needlehole surgery such as Nanoknife and other exciting new image-guided tumour ablation therapies means that previously dangerous, or inoperable surgery is rapidly becoming a problem of the past.

Early detection of Cytomegalovirus

Researchers from Cardiff and Swansea Universities are developing a new,'point of care' diagnostic device to detect a type of herpes virusA microbe that is only able to multiply within living cells. called Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV).

Digital Healthcare in Practice

Combining Real-time Patient Diagnostics with Remote Analysis and Monitoring

Results from a pilot study at The Royal Free Hospital involving a remote patient monitoring device called Lifetouch at the Liver Unit have been released. The Lifetouch device is described as 'a new-generation wireless vital signsThe baseline health measurements, which include temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate. ‘smart bandage’ cardiacRelating to the heart monitor'.

I have been diagnosed with...

What are my treatment and therapeutic options?  These simple questions form the basis for how medical and healthcare inbound marketing is now working digitally to help patients quickly find appropriate treatment options, as well as helping patients to be proactive in choosing preferred treatment pathways.

Ovarian Cancer Risk? Should my ovaries be removed?

The question many women who have a family history of ovarianrelating to the ovaries cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body., and who are therefore at higher risk of developing the disease themselves ask is - am I safer having my ovariesFemale reproductive organs situated one on either side of the uterus (womb). They produce egg cells (ova) and hormones in a monthly cycle. removed?

The operation also reduces the risk of breast cancer

1 in 10 antibiotic prescriptions fail to effectively treat infection

A 20-year study has shown that 1 in 10 of all antibiotic prescriptions fail to treat the infectionInvasion by organisms that may be harmful, for example bacteria or parasites. for which they were prescribed. This is set against a backdrop of the World Health Organisation declaring that the issue of antibiotic resistanceThe ability of a microbe, such as a type of bacteria, to resist the effects of antibiotics or other drugs. is a global public health crisis.

The study was carried out by researchers at Cardiff University. They state that although many previous studies have assessed antibiotic resistance in hospitals, little is known about the frequencyApplied to urination, needing to urinate more often than normal, for whatever reason. and pattern of antibiotic resistance in primary care.

Achieving Pulmonary Vein Isolation (PVI)

University College London Cardiologist Dr Oliver Segal explains that Catheter Ablation is now usually the preferred option for treating Atrial Fibrillation. The objective of this treatment is to achieve Pulmonary Vein Isolation in order to correctly insulate otherwise abnormal cardiacRelating to the heart electrical activity.

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