(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.

A smart bra for detecting early-stage breast cancer

A smart bra for detecting early-stage breast cancer

EPFL students teamed up with startup IcosaMed to develop the SmartBra – the first piece of smart clothing that can be used for cancer prevention.

A genetic nano-toolkit for new biomaterials

A genetic nano-toolkit for new biomaterials

Researchers developed a modular system for the genetic reprogramming of bacteria, thereby turning the organisms into cell factories for multifunctional magnetic nanoparticles.

Video-game therapy may help treat ADHD

Video-game therapy may help treat ADHD

A trial suggests that a digital intervention for paediatric ADHD might help to improve inattention with minimal adverse effects.

Therapies without drugs

Therapies without drugs

Researchers are investigating the potential of microimplants to stimulate nerve cells and treat chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, or Parkinson’s disease.

A pill-sized heating device for diagnostic testing

A pill-sized heating device for diagnostic testing

Researchers have developed a ‘heater’ — about the size of a pill tablet — that regulates the temperature of biological samples through the different stages of diagnostic testing.

Tracking prescription drugs via blockchain

Tracking prescription drugs via blockchain

Using blockchain, the US pharmaceutical industry plans track legal changes of ownership of prescription drugs as they move through the supply chain.

Smart software detects early-stage esophageal cancer

Smart software detects early-stage esophageal cancer

Thanks to smart software doctors will soon be able to detect early signs of esophageal cancer in patients with so-called Barrett’s esophagus.

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