Virtual Reality tool – reVIVE – could speed up ADHD diagnosis

Via Techcrunch, Disrupt NY 2017:

ADHD normally takes six to nine months to diagnose, and that process alone can cost patients thousands of dollars.

The reVIVE tool is composed of three different tests that gauge the user’s motor skills, sustained concentration and reaction time. Users are asked to perform tasks like navigating a maze, touching colored objects as they light up certain colors and standing still within a defined space. The team created a scoring system to measure a user’s performance that will allow medical professionals to gain a clearer picture of their situation within minutes.


New test could identify arthritis before pain and symptoms appear

Futurity reports on research at the University of Warwick (UK) that aims to identify early-stage arthritis years in advance of significant and in some cases irreversible damage. It is hoped the approach could help prevent the condition from taking hold in the first place, whilst minimising the impact of more severe forms of arthritis.


IBM’s Watson diagnoses rare forms of leukemia

IBM’s Watson supercomputer has helped diagnose rare forms of Leukemia in at least two instances by comparing patients genetic information against a database of nearly 20 million cancer research papers.

Via Engadget:

Universities collaborate on 1-dollar test for Zika virus

Zika test

TechCrunch reports the development of a $1 testing kit for the Zika virus, created by team of academics and researchers spanning MIT, Harvard, Boston, Cornell, Arizona, Toronto and Wisconsin-Madison universities. As well as being inexpensive, the test can be used in the field and provides results in around 2 hours.


Xbox Kinect cameras help test lung health

Futurity features research into lung conditions such as cystic fibrosis at the University of Warwick (UK). Using Xbox Kinect cameras the researchers are able to create accurate 3d-images of the chest area and movement indicating lung health.