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A heart failure patient has become the first person in the world to be fitted with a new heart implant that can communicate with doctors on a smartphone, an NHS trust said. David Southworth, 73, of Colchester, had an operation to fit the advanced implant at Essex Cardiothoracic Centre in Basildon. Doctors have likened the device to having a “paramedic in your pocket” and Mr Southworth said it has already helped with his breathing.
The process can identify the presence of E. coli bacteria in a urine sample. Scientists have developed a test that uses a smartphone camera to diagnose urinary tract infections in 25 minutes. The technology, by biological engineers at the University of Bath, identifies the presence of harmful E.coli bacteria. E.coli is present in around 80% of bacterial UTIs, with antibiotic treatments used on patients when it is detected.