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Australian innovation repairs holes in the heart

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02-Apr-15 Researchers in Australia have developed CardioCel, a life-saving heart patch for the repair and reconstruction of cardiovascular defects. The flexible patch works like human tissue to cover holes in the heart, thereby eliminating the need for repeat surgery. [Image: The Sydney Morning Herald]

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Abbott India launches flash glucose monitoring system

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02-Apr-15 Matthew Bates, Senior Director at Abbott Diabetes Care, said India is the first country where the professional version of its flash glucose monitoring assessment tool is being launched. The round sensor, slightly larger than a Rs10 coin, is water-resistant and disposable, and is attached to the upper arm of a patient by a self-adhesive pad. [image: Deccan Herald]

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New 'golden age' expected as China finalises regulations for drugs sold online

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02-Apr-15 China has completed the constitution of its much-anticipated new regulations for online drug retailing. Once the provisions on deregulation of prescription drugs and loosening of distribution conditions are implemented, a 'golden age' for medical e-commerce companies is expected to begin. The medical e-commerce sector has been valued at RMB7 bn (USD1.1 bn) in 2014. [image: Xinhua Finance]

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China's Great Leap Forward in digital medicine

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30-Mar-15 It may be in China that the digital innovations which will eventually transform healthcare everywhere will first take hold. The country’s Internet companies see a huge opportunity. Alibaba Health has launched an app that lets users find nearby pharmacies. Tencent has a doctor appointment system using WeChat and WePay. Beijing’s government is using Baidu’s 'health cloud' service. [image: Bloomberg View]

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