Miami – The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has been awarded a patent for a device that can diagnose concussions immediately after an injury.
Tracking eye movements through 11 specific tests, these “concussion goggles”, developed by an outside company, can also help predict when someone can resume activity.
“What happened is that in collaboration with my colleague Carey Balaban at the University of Pittsburgh, we developed algorithms that could be used to observe eye movements in virtual reality goggles and interpret the various tests that were done and showed us whether they had brain Concussion or no concussion, says Dr. Michael Hoffer, an ear, nose and throat specialist at UHealth.
While there are similar devices on the market, these newer goggles are more accurate, and Dr. Hoffer envisions them being used in public spaces and sporting events, similar to automated defibrillators.
An estimated 38 million people in the United States suffer from head injuries each year.
Advances in chemotherapy are making surgery less common, according to a new study.
The researchers followed individuals diagnosed with breast cancer who were cancer-free after systemic treatment and who did not undergo mastectomy.
Among these subjects, the researchers found that they remained cancer-free two years after systemic treatment, which usually involves chemotherapy.
The authors note that further research is needed before these findings can impact clinical practice.
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