Dara Mohammadi is a freelance science writer based in London
Smart inhalers use Bluetooth technology to detect inhaler use, remind patients when to take their medication and gather data to help guide care. They have the potential to improve patients’ adherence to asthma therapies and keep their condition under control, but it is clear they need to be designed with health systems and patients in mind so that they can offer maximum benefit.
Stem cells: will they redefine stroke treatment?Subscription
Researchers are investigating whether stem cells can be used to restore brain tissue and reverse disability in people who have suffered a stroke, or even to stop the damage from happening in the first place. Recent trial results indicate that the field is making progress towards human application.
Cancer chronotherapy: timing drug administration to optimise efficacy and reduce toxicitySubscription
Oncologist Francis Lévi has been probing the potential of chronotherapy for 20 years, but momentum is now building as more researchers join his mission to prove that the time cancer drugs are given influences their efficacy and toxicity.
Finding patient zero Subscription