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Sunday, February 8, 2015

2/8/15 Health News: A phone so smart, it sniffs out disease ♦ Hydrogen sulfide helps lower blood pressure ♦ Biomaterial coating improves success of medical implants

A phone so smart, it sniffs out disease
Imagine a smartphone that not only finds the nearest five-star restaurant or hails a cab with a quick click, but also diagnoses illness. New technology would enable smartphones to screen their users' breath for life-threatening diseases, developers report. Continue Reading
Hydrogen sulfide could help lower blood pressure
A new compound, called AP39, which generates minute quantities of the gas hydrogen sulfide inside cells, could be beneficial in cases of high blood pressure and diseases of the blood vessels that occur with aging and diabetes, new research suggests. Continue Reading
Biomaterial coating raises prospect of more successful medical implants
A novel, bacteria-repelling coating material that could increase the success of medical implants has been created. The material helps healthy cells 'win the race' to the medical implant, beating off competition from bacterial cells and thus reducing the likelihood of the implant being rejected by the body. Continue Reading
Shared symptoms of Chikungunya virus, rheumatoid arthritis may cloud diagnosis

A mosquito-borne virus that has spread to the Caribbean and Central and South America and has caused isolated infections in Florida often causes joint pain and swelling similar to that seen in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Continue Reading

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