Gynaecology and Technology

Automated screening for cervical cancer is more effective

Carrying out cervical cancer screenings using an automated approach has been found to be more effective. The study by the National Cancer Institute in the US indicated that coverage in underserved regions was increased by the automated technology. Cervical cancer is the result of persistent...

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...

3D printing shows promise at creating prosthetic ovary

Scientists from Northwestern University in the US have successfully created a prosthetic ovary using an innovative 3D printer, providing hope to women with fertility problems. The researchers presented their findings at the ENDO 2016 event in Boston last week (Friday April 1st), explaining that...

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...

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...

Asia-Pacific countries sign AIDS commitment

Countries in the Asia-Pacific region have signed up to a commitment of ending the AIDS epidemic in the next 15 years. The Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on HIV and AIDS, organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), outlined a number of...

US firms to continue HIV collaboration

US biopharmaceutical companies Janssen and Gilead Sciences have announced an extension of their collaboration to develop a better treatment for HIV . The two organisations have been working together for the past year to find a single-tablet treatment for the disease. It has seen the completion of...

HIV strategies 'identified'

A team of researchers has identified strategies used by HIV to infect healthy cells, which has provided them with even greater insight into how the virus works. Knowledge of this could go a long way to helping experts in the efforts to develop a successful vaccine. The study, which was published in...