E-skin 'can monitor body's oxygen level'

E-skin ‘can monitor body’s oxygen level’

  • 16 April 2016
  • From the section Health

E-skinImage copyright
University of Tokyo, Someya Group

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Researchers are working ways to create displays that light up to signal the health of the wearer

Scientists say they have developed ultra-thin electronic “skin” that can measure oxygen levels when stuck to the body.

The goal is to develop such “skin” to monitor oxygen levels in organs during surgery, say researchers in Japan.

Tests on volunteers found the “skin” provided stable measurements of oxygen concentration in blood.

E-skin 'can monitor body's oxygen level'

E-skin ‘can monitor body’s oxygen level’

  • 16 April 2016
  • From the section Health

E-skinImage copyright
University of Tokyo, Someya Group

Image caption

Researchers are working ways to create displays that light up to signal the health of the wearer

Scientists say they have developed ultra-thin electronic “skin” that can measure oxygen levels when stuck to the body.

The goal is to develop such “skin” to monitor oxygen levels in organs during surgery, say researchers in Japan.

Tests on volunteers found the “skin” provided stable measurements of oxygen concentration in blood.

Green light for muscular dystrophy drug

Green light for Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug

  • 15 April 2016
  • From the section Health

Archie Hill, 10, met David Cameron at 10 Downing St as part of the campaign to recommend the drug atalurenImage copyright
Chris O’Donovan

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Archie Hill, who has Duchenne, met David Cameron last year to appeal for his support for the campaign for Translarna

A drug for treating children aged five and over with Duchenne muscular dystrophy will be available for around 50 youngsters through NHS England.

The medicines regulator NICE has recommended that Translarna (also known as ataluren) be used to help children who will receive the most benefit.

New AbbVie hepatitis C regimen shows high cure rates: studies

A screen displays the share price for pharmaceutical maker AbbVie on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
A screen displays the share price for pharmaceutical maker AbbVie on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange July 18, 2014.

Reuters/Brendan McDermid


An experimental once-daily combination hepatitis C treatment being developed by AbbVie Inc demonstrated very high cure rates across a wide range of disease genotypes, according to data presented on Saturday, likely giving the company a more competitive product if approved.

Cure rates of 97 percent to 100 percent over either eight or 12 weeks of treatment were achieved in the clinical trials with the one pill, once-a-day combination of ABT-493 and ABT-530, which use different methods to block virus replication.

New AbbVie hepatitis C regimen shows high cure rates: studies

A screen displays the share price for pharmaceutical maker AbbVie on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
A screen displays the share price for pharmaceutical maker AbbVie on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange July 18, 2014.

Reuters/Brendan McDermid


An experimental once-daily combination hepatitis C treatment being developed by AbbVie Inc demonstrated very high cure rates across a wide range of disease genotypes, according to data presented on Saturday, likely giving the company a more competitive product if approved.

Cure rates of 97 percent to 100 percent over either eight or 12 weeks of treatment were achieved in the clinical trials with the one pill, once-a-day combination of ABT-493 and ABT-530, which use different methods to block virus replication.

India's ITC says to resume cigarette production amid health warning row

A man talks on his mobile phone as he walks past an ITC office building in Kolkata September 4, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
A man talks on his mobile phone as he walks past an ITC office building in Kolkata September 4, 2012.

Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri


India’s biggest cigarette maker ITC Ltd said it would resume production at its factories “consequent upon” a favorable court order, two weeks after it decided to shutter its plants over the government’s stringent new packaging rules.

India ordered that from April 1, 85 percent of a cigarette pack’s surface had to be covered in health warnings, up from 20 percent, but cigarette firms halted production saying the policy was not clear.

India's ITC says to resume cigarette production amid health warning row

A man talks on his mobile phone as he walks past an ITC office building in Kolkata September 4, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
A man talks on his mobile phone as he walks past an ITC office building in Kolkata September 4, 2012.

Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri


India’s biggest cigarette maker ITC Ltd said it would resume production at its factories “consequent upon” a favorable court order, two weeks after it decided to shutter its plants over the government’s stringent new packaging rules.

India ordered that from April 1, 85 percent of a cigarette pack’s surface had to be covered in health warnings, up from 20 percent, but cigarette firms halted production saying the policy was not clear.

Taking antibiotics in early childhood can disrupt immune system function lifelong

Scientists want to know whether taking antibiotics early in life can disrupt your immune system function lifelong.

Regardless of our age, antibiotics at least temporarily wipe out many of the good gut bacteria, or microbiota, that help us digest and use food and eliminate waste. That may be particularly problematic for children because, up to about age 3, this useful group of bacteria also is helping educate their immune system about what to ignore and what to attack, said Dr. Leszek Ignatowicz, immunologist in the Center for Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.

Neonatal circumcision does not reduce penile sensitivity in men, study finds

Few data are available concerning the consequences of neonatal circumcision on penile sensitivity in adults. New research indicates that there are no differences in penile sensitivity for a variety of stimulus types and penile sites between circumcised and intact men. Additionally, this study challenges past research suggesting that the foreskin is the most sensitive and, in turn, most sexually relevant, part of the adult penis.
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Sauce firm defends 'once a week' advice

Dolmio and Uncle Ben’s firm Mars defends limit on products

  • 15 April 2016
  • From the section UK

A Dolmio lasagne kitImage copyright
Mars

The company behind Dolmio and Uncle Ben’s sauces has defended its “bold” advice that some products should only be consumed once a week due to high salt, sugar or fat content.

Mars Food said it would distinguish between “everyday” and “occasional” items on packs and on its website.

It said the move was “right”, as some foods were higher in salt, sugar or fat to give an authentic taste.