(Bio)Tech & IT

Advances in healthcare are strongly driven by information technology and (bio)engineering. We reports on the development of next-gen diagnostic and biotech tools such as CRIPSR and other smart technologies that transform the delivery of care. We also cover the progress of digitalization and the creating of cutting-edge IT solutions – from using big data to predict therapy responses to using blockchain to make sharing of medical data secure.

mhealth: the digital placebo effect of health apps

mhealth: the digital placebo effect of health apps

Sharing information about the expected effect of a health app before its use and providing positive feedback regarding its effectiveness after its use have the potential to strengthen the placebo effect.

Hot nano-chisel to create artificial bones

Hot nano-chisel to create artificial bones

The work could lead to efficient, detailed artificial bone tissue, opening doors to disease modeling, in vitro cell research on targeted therapies and drug screening.

Can an app change your personality?

Can an app change your personality?

Research has shown that daily use of a smartphone app can lead to desired personality changes within three months.

Biomaterials for virus-fighting surfaces

Biomaterials for virus-fighting surfaces

Scientists are working toward advances that, using nanotechnology, could lead to a hospital bed or doorknob that naturally destroys viruses.

Holography ‘quantum leap’ to revolutionise imaging?

Holography ‘quantum leap’ to revolutionise imaging?

Researchers have found a way to use quantum-entangled photons to encode information in a hologram.

Breast cancer-on-a-chip tests immunotherapy drugs

Breast cancer-on-a-chip tests immunotherapy drugs

Researchers have successfully designed and tested a system for rapid testing of large numbers of potential immunotherapy drugs.

mhealth: A smartphone-based COVID-19 test

mhealth: A smartphone-based COVID-19 test

Researchers are developing a COVID-19 testing method that uses a smartphone microscope to analyze saliva samples and deliver results in about 10 minutes.

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CRISPR to cure sickle cell disease

University of Illinois Chicago is one of the U.S. sites participating in clinical trials to cure severe red blood congenital diseases such as sickle cell anemia or Thalassemia by safely modifying the DNA of patients’ blood cells.

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