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The body mass index will give a reasonably accurate sense of weight and health, though offers little in-depth information, but now scientists are working to unlock greater detail with body composition monitoring. We take a look at this burgeoning field and its potential to unlock new treatments.

Also, we round up the most notable medical technologies on the market that are helping patients to manage the physical effects of air pollution around the world, profile how the enhanced autonomy of the TWIICE One exoskeleton could benefit patients by giving them a greater sense of independence, and examine a new portable brain scanning technique that is helping researchers to scan for cerebral damage in malnourished infants.

Plus, we investigate the risks of complacency in robotic surgery and what needs to be done to improve safety for procedures in the future, find out if blockchain technology could transform the future of cancer screening, and explore the challenges facing manufacturers, users and regulators in the emerging era of medicine 2.0.

As always, we round up the latest news from the medical device industry, and get comment and analysis from GlobalData’s healthcare analysts on market dynamics, product innovation, regional developments and regulatory issues.

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Body composition monitoring: beyond BMI 
Body composition monitoring is a familiar concept to anyone who has ever had their BMI tested. In such scenarios BMI testing will give a reasonably accurate sense of weight and health but not much more. Now scientists are working to conduct body composition monitoring in far greater detail in the hope that much more comprehensive information could lead to new treatments, as specialists from Tanita explain. Charlotte Edwards reports.
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Medical technologies to fight air pollution in our cities 
Air pollution is a serious health concern in many parts of the world, from Delhi to London. But can personal medical devices play a part in mitigating the effects of poor air quality? Charlotte Edwards takes a look at the options out there.
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Exoskeleton evolution: a step in the right direction for patients 
Scientists at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne’s Robotic Systems Laboratory in Switzerland have launched a new version of the TWIICE walking-assistance system, which gives patients greater independence. Abi Millar profiles the development of the TWIICE One exoskeleton and finds out how this enhanced autonomy could benefit users.
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Scanning cerebral damage in malnourished children 
For years, behavioural tests have been used to chart brain development in children. However, current tests may not be fit for purpose in poorer countries. A new portable brain scanning technique is now being used in The Gambia to more accurately gauge children’s neural development. Abi Millar finds out more.
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Making robotic surgery safe: why training is key to avoiding tragedy 
An inquest into the death of a patient who underwent a robot-assisted heart operation in the UK concluded that the patient’s death was directly caused by the operation and the robotic assistance, and noted a lack of benchmarks for training on new technologies. Robotic systems are already revolutionising surgery in many ways, but what training and support needs to be in place to make sure it’s safe? Abi Millar finds out.
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Lancor scientific: transforming cancer screening with blockchain
In pursuit of its goal of making cancer screening available to everyone, Lancor Scientific has combined quantum physics-based testing methods with a blockchain platform secured by virtual currency where patients own their health data in its global cancer registry. Allie Nawrat talks to CEO Aamir Butt to find out how the global cancer registry’s use of technology helps to overcome existing challenges to cancer screening.
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Connected medical devices: what challenges will arise as digital healthcare is normalised?
Patients today expect to be more actively involved in their own health matters, enabled by the latest technology. In this emerging Medicine 2.0 era, as healthcare embraces new digital connectivity options, ProductLife Group’s Loetitia Jabri asks what it all means and what might be involved in trying to manage all of the ensuing data.
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Maintaining or regaining mobility can be an arduous task for patients suffering from chronic pain or rehabilitating following a stroke or brain injury, but an Israeli start-up may have found a way to ease the recovery process – using virtual reality. We find out how the technology is benefiting patients.

Also, we take a look at the Calypso Knee System developed by Moximed, explore whether automation could be the key to speeding up diagnostic lab operations, and review the most pertinent talking points from the Royal College of Surgeons’ Future of Surgery report.

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