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Twitter may help hospitals anticipate a spike in asthma attacks

Researchers are leveraging the microblogging platform to predict the volume of asthma-related emergency room visits one Dallas hospital can expect on a given day.


Touch-free 'tricorder' takes vitals at a glance

Monitoring vital signs could be a question of analysing subtle changes in skin tone, according to a research team at Rice University in the US who has developed a system to do exactly that.


Got diabetes? There's an app for that

US health researchers said they are targeting millions of smartphone users with Apple Inc's new software tool, hoping to collect an unprecedented amount of data on major diseases by tracking their behaviour via iPhone.


For many of China's biotech brains-in-exile, it's time to come home

In biotech parks across the Yangtze River Delta, dozens of start-ups are working to develop drugs to treat China's biggest emerging diseases — from diabetes and Hepatitis B to respiratory illnesses and cancer.


Could a US$34 smartphone device improve HIV diagnosis in Africa?

A US$34 (RM120) device that plugs into the audio jack of a smartphone was nearly as effective as far more costly diagnostic blood testing equipment in identifying antibodies for HIV and syphilis in a pilot study in Africa, US researchers said.


Arab woman aims to blaze a trail in Israel's high-tech sector

Israel is proud to call itself a start-up nation, with more tech firms listed on Nasdaq than any other country outside the United States and China. But two elements are often missing from that success story: women and Arabs.


When seeking weight loss advice on the Internet, it’s best to dig deep: study

Anyone searching online for quality information on weight loss should expect to filter through junk advice first, for it's highly likely to show up before better sources do, according to a new US study.


Obesity research takes high-tech twist at Florida school

Freshmen at Florida's Lakewood High School lined up against gold and black gymnasium mats on Friday to have their height and weight measured, an assessment to launch a novel study on fighting teenage obesity with trendy new technology.


Imaging pen could reduce unnecessary biopsies

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering have developed a probe that encompasses three different light wave methods for assessing skin and detecting cancer.


Medical advances turn science fiction into science fact

Exoskeletons helping the paralysed to walk, tiny maggot-inspired devices gnawing at brain tumours, machines working tirelessly as hospital helpers: in many respects, the future of medicine is already here.