What we’ve been reading: Week of March 30, 2015

shutterstock_175074977Bubble wrap used for cheap blood and bacteria tests (New Scientist)
Snap, crackle, pop are the familiar sounds of bubble wrap. According to George Whitesides at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, the cheap packing material may be popping up in the near future as a diagnostic tool, replacing costlier 96-well plates.

Nearly half of all pre-schoolers with ADHD are on medication (Washington Post)
The American Academy of Pediatrics calls for children under 6 with ADHD to engage in behavioral therapy before taking medication. Yet according to a national survey published in the Journal of Pediatrics, nearly half of preschool-aged children are on medication for the condition, and more than a fifth were receiving neither of the recommended therapies.

Can Burning the Midnight Oil Lead to Diabetes? (MedPage Today)
Staying up late may give you more than circles under your eyes. In a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, those with an evening chronotype, or a circadian preference for going to bed late, are at a higher risk of developing diabetes, metabolic syndrome and sarcopenia.

Smartphone ownership has jumped up to 64 percent, and more than half use them to look up health conditions (MedCity News)
Nearly two-thirds of Americans have smartphones and new research says the vast majority of users are accessing health-related information. That’s good news for the health care industry and those looking to launch mobile applications.

These made-in-Massachusetts robots are changing the world (Boston Business Journal)
A photo gallery of the state’s top ten largest robotics companies and the robots they manufacture. According to the Mass Technology Leadership Council, Massachusetts is home to more than 100 companies and 10 universities representing all segments of the robotics sector–including healthcare.