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Your Smartphone Could One Day Tell You You're Pregnant

July 2, 2015 9:27 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Researchers at the Hanover Centre for Optical Technologies (HOT), University of Hanover, Germany, have developed a self-contained fiber optic sensor for smartphones with the potential for use in a wide variety of biomolecular tests, including...

Couples Are Being Paid to 'Test Out' New Condoms

June 29, 2015 1:52 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

I present to you the most hot and bothered clinical trial that I’ve ever heard of – couples are...

How a Newborn Baby Sees the World

June 29, 2015 9:41 am | by University of Oslo | News | Comments

A newborn infant can see its parents' expressions at a distance of 30 cm. For the first time...

First New Diaphragm Design to Enter US Market in 50 Years

June 29, 2015 9:05 am | by PATH | News | Comments

With the launch of the Caya contoured diaphragm this June, women in the United States will have...

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Design Packaging and Branding for Next-Generation Hydrogel Condoms

June 25, 2015 12:28 pm | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

An international design competition is calling on young designers to design the packaging and branding for the next-generation of condoms. The competition has been created to encourage designers to share their ideas on innovative and culturally...

HIV-Preventing Male Circumcision Device Receives WHO Prequalification

June 25, 2015 10:11 am | by Weill Cornell Medical College | News | Comments

The ShangRing, a novel medical device for voluntary medical male circumcision, has received prequalification from the World Health Organization (WHO) for use. The prequalification indicates that the ShangRing meets international standards of...

Teens Invent Condom that Glows to Show STDs

June 24, 2015 1:52 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A group of teenage inventors in the United Kingdom has invented a condom that changes colors to warn of STDs, according to multiple reports. The three teenagers from the Isaac Newton Academy in Illford, Essex, won the Teen Tech awards...

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'Placenta-on-a-Chip' Helps to Better Understand Pregnancy

June 18, 2015 9:09 am | by NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development | News | Comments

National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers and their colleagues have developed a "placenta-on-a-chip" to study the inner workings of the human placenta and its role in pregnancy. The device was designed to imitate, on a micro-level, the structure...

Apple's Going to Start Coaching Sexual Activity

June 10, 2015 11:03 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | News | Comments

Apple launched HealthKit last year, and came under immense criticism because it was lacking in tools for women’s health, specifically in tracking their menstrual cycles. This is finally about to change with the release of iOS 9, to be launched...

Diagnostic Robot for Remote Prenatal Ultrasound Exams

June 5, 2015 8:45 am | by Waseda University | News | Comments

A Japanese researcher is developing a robot that can conduct prenatal ultrasound exams on pregnant women in remote locations. Although previously considered, the medical examination of pregnant women from a remote location had never been...

MedTech Memoirs: Contraceptive Devices

June 3, 2015 3:54 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Ah, humans, once we realized that sexual intercourse leads to pregnancy, we’ve been discovering innovative ways to keep pregnancy from happening. Prior to more modern contraceptive methods (and in this case, “modern” refers to about 3,000 B.C...

Kit for Training to Insert and Remove Contraceptive Implants

June 2, 2015 4:11 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

In developing regions where the economy is weak and medical services are limited, global health experts say as many as 200 million women want access to long-term, reversible contraceptives to avoid unintended pregnancies and to help space...

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Mobile App Educates Teens on Risky Sexual Behavior

June 1, 2015 4:05 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Teenagers, parents, educators and clinicians will have a new tool to help adolescents make more informed decisions about their sexual behavior. "Seventeen Days," a mobile app based on the interactive movie of the same name, will be available at...

Optomechanical Microscope Targets Preterm Births

May 29, 2015 9:24 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

A team of researchers from the University of Illinois has received a grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to build a first-of-its-kind opto-mechanical microscope. The device will be capable of obtaining optical, mechanical, and even chemical...

Monitoring Blood Oxygen Levels in Prematurely Born Babies

May 19, 2015 9:44 am | by KTH The Royal Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A new monitoring tool for preemies could help reduce complications from dangerous blood-oxygen levels by 30 to 50 percent, say its Swedish developers. Prematurely born infants need to maintain precise blood oxygen levels in order to avoid permanent...

Could a New Computer Program Help Your Baby Stay Healthy?

May 18, 2015 10:26 am | by University of Lincoln | News | Comments

A new computer program will help health visitors to calculate the likelihood of babies becoming overweight in later life. The digital technology, called ProAsk (Proactive Assessment of Overweight Risk during Infancy), uses answers given by parents...

Blind Mother Receives 3D Printed Ultrasound of Her Unborn Son

May 12, 2015 11:08 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Videos | Comments

This past weekend, a blind mother received a truly remarkable Mother’s Day present. 30-year-old Tatiana Guerra arrived for her ultrasound during her 20th week of pregnancy, and was unexpectedly gifted a 3D-printed relief sculpture of her son’s face...

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Apple Is Interested in Your DNA

May 8, 2015 3:01 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Apple is teaming up with scientists to collect DNA for genetic research using the ResearchKit platform. The program intends to collect submitted health information through a secure portal, allowing them to participate in a variety of clinical studies...

Wearable Technology Helps Reduce C-Sections, Speed Labor

May 8, 2015 10:46 am | by Desert Valley Medical Center | News | Comments

Desert Valley Medical Center, named a Top 100 Hospitals in the Nation five times, is the first U.S. hospital to deploy the wireless Leaf Patient Monitoring System in its Labor and Delivery rooms to help reduce the duration of labor and risk of...

World's First Natural Birth with Mother Wearing Artificial Pancreas

May 1, 2015 10:58 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Body artist Catriona Finlayson-Wilkins from Norfolk has type 1 diabetes, but used an artificial pancreas to produce insulin throughout her pregnancy. She gave birth to a boy at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on Tuesday. She is the first...

First-of-Its-Kind Blood Test Aids in Early Pregnancy Detection

May 1, 2015 9:34 am | by Abbott | News | Comments

Women account for nearly 60 percent of visits to emergency departments (ED) in the United States. In emergency situations, it is critical for doctors to know the pregnancy status of women who are of childbearing age as soon as possible...

5 Health Apps Changing My Opinion of the Apple Watch

April 30, 2015 3:58 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Admittedly, I was a little pessimistic when I first heard about the Apple Watch - another wearable (albeit, a much more high-tech one) seemed like overkill. But there are some health technology companies starting to change my mind, and that's no easy feat.

Preventing Preterm Labor and Providing a Safer Labor Process

April 29, 2015 11:48 am | by Florida State University | News | Comments

Preventing preterm labor with light and inducing labor using a side effect-free drug are two new technologies based on Florida State University research that are heading to the marketplace. FSU College of Medicine Associate Professor James Olcese...

Video Game Increases Teens’ Knowledge About STIs, Condoms

April 29, 2015 9:57 am | by University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston | News | Comments

It’s Your Game (IYG)-Tech, an online-based sexual health education course, promotes more positive attitudes about abstinence, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health...

New IVF Device May Improve Fertility Treatment

April 28, 2015 3:53 pm | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

For couples struggling to conceive the old-fashioned way, in vitro fertilization (IVF) provides an alternate route to starting a family. When eggs are mixed with sperm in test tubes, the fertilized eggs to grow into embryos that can be implanted...

The Pregnancy Test that Changed Everything

April 28, 2015 10:45 am | by Uppsala Universitet | News | Comments

Leif Wide's immunological pregnancy test was revolutionary. It was fast, reliable and simple to carry out. It was followed by a number of innovations which led to a very successful company in Uppsala. The Björkén Prize is Uppsala University's...

Round-the-Clock Glucose Control for Pregnant Diabetic Women

April 23, 2015 10:46 am | by University of Leeds | News | Comments

Achieving better glucose control in pregnant women with diabetes by using continuous glucose monitoring may help them give birth to healthier children, new research from the University of Leeds says. Up to 50% of babies born to women with...

New Biomarker for Uterine Cancer Discovered

April 15, 2015 10:50 am | by Uppsala University | News | Comments

Researchers at Uppsala University have, together with researchers from Turku and Bergen, discovered a new biomarker which makes it possible to identify women with uterine cancer who have a high risk of recurrence. The findings were recently...

Photos of the Day: Warming Hypothermic Infants in Developing Countries

April 9, 2015 9:14 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

Rice University students have built a unique incubator for hypothermic infants that can be flat-packed and shipped at minimal cost anywhere in the world. The lightweight incubator designed and built at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen...

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