Healthcare News

Here’s where you’ll find all the latest news from IET Healthcare, as well as relevant stories from E&T Magazine.

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IET and University of Bradford collaborate on ‘Smart Healthcare’ workshop

IET Healthcare and the University of Bradford are co-organising a Creative and Smart Healthcare of the Future event at IET London: Savoy Place on 31st May and 1st June 2018


NHS cyber defences ‘still vulnerable’ as UK rebuffs record number of attacks      

An assessment of National Health Service trusts has found that none of them meet the required cyber security standards.                                                              


Health apps frequently neglect privacy of users, study finds

A European study has found that half of health apps could be sharing sensitive personal data via insecure connections, and the majority of these apps share health-related data with third-party companies.

VR therapy for severe mental health conditions to be trialled in NHS patients

Oxford University researchers are to lead a trial of virtual reality (VR) therapy for patients diagnosed with schizophrenia. 


Surgeons use augmented reality to ‘see inside’ the bones of patients

A team at Imperial College London has demonstrated how surgeons can use augmented reality in the operating theatre to improve the outcome of reconstructive surgery for patients. 


AI scientist Eve finds toothpaste ingredient may help fight malaria

An artificial intelligence ‘robot scientist’ has helped UK researchers identify an ingredient commonly found in toothpaste that could be deployed against strains of malaria parasite that have developed resistance to currently used drugs. 


EU-certified contraception app probed after 37 unwanted pregnancies logged

Birth control app investigated after medics in Sweden found 37 women who were using it had abortions in recent months. 


Gas-sensing pill promises to revolutionise gastric treatment

Swallowable capsules that detect levels of different gases in the gut and send results to a mobile phone are set to be commercialised following the first tests on humans in Australia.


Robot muscles could help to mobilise stroke patients and the elderly

Prototype versions of robotic ‘muscles’ have been developed by scientists at Shinshu University in Japan and could bring extra mobility to elderly patients or those suffering from strokes and other conditions. 


Graphene wearable sensor tracks baby vital signs to prevent cot deaths

A wearable device that tracks the heart rate and breathing of babies has been developed by University of Sussex scientists for parents concerned about the possibility of cot death.


Injecting antibiotics with skin patches could help fight antibiotic resistance

Researchers at Queen’s University, Belfast, are in the process of creating skin patches that directly and painlessly inject drugs into the bloodstream using thousands of “microneedles”. This could help slow the progress of antibiotic resistance crisis.