Gynaecology and Technology

Period tracking apps often ‘disappoint’

Smartphone apps used to track menstrual cycles are often disappointing to users, according to a new study conducted by the University of Washington (UW), US. The researchers said that many apps display a lack of accuracy, assumptions about sexual identity and partners, and “an emphasis on...

Scientists claim to have reversed the menopause

Scientists in Greece claimed to have reversed menopause in older women, helping to encourage ageing ovaries to once again start producing fertile eggs. It comes on the back of work by pioneering expert Konstantinos Sfakianoudis, a gynaecologist at a fertility clinic named Genesis Athens. The...

Bluetooth pregnancy test launched

First Response has launched the world's first Bluetooth-enabled pregnancy testing kit, linking the process with women's smartphones in an innovative move. The Pregnancy PRO Digital Pregnancy Test was previewed at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year and has recently been...

Unicef using drones to deliver HIV tests in Malawi

Unicef has begun using drones to deliver HIV tests to hard-to-reach communities in Malawi. In conjunction with the country's government, the charity has been using unmanned aerial vehicles to drop tests for the disease across the country in an attempt to significantly improve the time it takes...

Smartphone app 'can detect premature birth risk'

A new smartphone app has the ability to detect second-time mothers' risk of giving birth prematurely, according to UK doctors. Researchers from Kings College London have developed the QUIPP app, which takes into account a variety of factors to determine how likely it is that a woman will...

Anti-HIV condom 'could be released next year'

A 'super condom' boasting anti-HIV properties could be on sale to the public as soon as next year, scientists have claimed. The contraceptive, developed by a team from the Texas A&M Health Science Center, USA, is made from an elastic polymer called hydrogel and contains plant-based...

New discovery made in the battle against ovarian cancer

Scientists claim a new genetic discovery could pave the way to an earlier diagnosis of ovarian cancer and more personalised treatments. Researchers in the US claim to have identified six RNA "messenger" molecules that are found in ovarian cancer cells but not healthy cells, meaning that...

New drug found to eradicate hepatitis C

A new drug has been found to cure hepatitis C in patients also infected with HIV . Medication developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb known as daclatasvir, combined with Gilead Sciences' Savaldi, has been identified as curing hepatitis C in 97 per cent of patients who had been diagnosed with HIV. The...

New vaccine could completely protect against HIV

Researchers have developed a new vaccine that could completely protect people against HIV . A team at the Scripps Research Institute in California, in the US, adopted a different approach when it came to developing this latest vaccine. Normally vaccines are designed to train the immune system to...

Smartphone app could diagnose HIV in 15 minutes

A revolutionary smartphone app could diagnose HIV in a matter of minutes, according to researchers. Developed by a team at Columbia University, in the US, and researchers in Rwanda the software analyses blood samples taken by a finger-prick dongle and can provide results in just 15 minutes. Once...