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Tag: Medical

Researchers Develop Soft Memory that May Usher in New Biocompatible Electronics

Researchers Develop Soft Memory that May Usher in New Biocompatible Electronics
There are a number of reasons that you might want to implant electronics into the human brain. There are also numerous devices that are in testing and may one day come to market that are for treating various issues that start in the brain from depression to pain to controlling seizures.

Docs Successfully Transplant Synthetic Trachea Made with Patient’s Stem Cells

Docs Successfully Transplant Synthetic Trachea Made with Patient’s Stem Cells
Unless you have good reason to know what a trachea is, it might be new word for you. The trachea is the part of the human body most often referred to as the windpipe. A 36-year-old man has become the first person to successfully have a trachea transplant using a synthetic trachea grown from a synthetic scaffold seeded with his own stem cells.

Hanako 2 Dental Robot: Useful, But Creepy

Hanako 2 Dental Robot: Useful, But Creepy
I have to admit, I’m not really a fan of artificial intelligence ever since I saw the movie A.I. (which stands for artificial intelligence.) Science and technology have definitely advanced to the point where realistic robots that closely resemble humans have now become a reality.

Japanese Researchers Invent Capsule Endoscope to Navigate UrANUS

Japanese Researchers Invent Capsule Endoscope to Navigate UrANUS
The endoscope is traditionally a long tube that has a camera on the end and shoots video back to a viewing port for the doctor to see what is going on up inside your colon or down your throat.

Chinese Student Sells Kidney to Buy iPad 2

Chinese Student Sells Kidney to Buy iPad 2
This has to be the most extreme case of Apple fanboyitis in history. A 17-year old student from the Anhui province of China has sold one of his kidneys to get the money to buy an iPad 2.

Fire Trucks Finally Get Pet Oxygen Masks

Fire Trucks Finally Get Pet Oxygen Masks
People need oxygen in the aftermath of a fire to help flush the carbon dioxide from the smoke from their blood so they can breathe better. If you ever wondered what is done to help the pets caught in the same fire as their humans – apparently in the past, the answer was nothing.

Asthmapolis Puts GPS Tracking on Asthma Inhalers to Map Triggers

Asthmapolis Puts GPS Tracking on Asthma Inhalers to Map Triggers
There are all sorts of things that can trigger asthma for someone suffering from the disease. Things like pollen, cold air, pet dander, and lots more can trigger asthma. The trick is finding out what those triggers are so the person can avoid them.

Surgeon Uses Robotic Tools to Make Tiny Paper Airplane

Surgeon Uses Robotic Tools to Make Tiny Paper Airplane
The techniques used in medicine today have improved greatly over the last few years. Surgeries on the heart and other parts of the body that require you to be cut open and result in a long recovery have gone away to be replaced with tiny incisions and tiny robotic surgical instruments.

Hackers Break into Medical Server to Host COD: Black Ops Game

Hackers Break into Medical Server to Host COD: Black Ops Game
There are a bunch of people really pissed at some hackers right now after the hackers wormed their way into a server that held medical records on 230,000 people. The servers that were compromised belong to Seacoast Radiology in New Hampshire.

Let Your iPhone Check Your Blood Pressure

Let Your iPhone Check Your Blood Pressure
The gang over at Withings is all about using tech and gadgets to help people stay fit and healthy. These folks have that scale that interfaces with the iPhone, tracks your weight, and will tweet your weight if you want it to.

iPhonECG turns iPhones into an Electrocardiograph

iPhonECG turns iPhones into an Electrocardiograph
Holy crap, I guess I knew that smartphones were ubiquitous, but it looks like now, there will be a case sold that will transform any iPhone into an ECG or EKG (electrocardiograph).

Researchers Develop Printer That Prints Skin

Researchers Develop Printer That Prints Skin
I once knew a guy that had been in a fire that burned his hands and arms badly. He had to get skin grafts that left him with scars elsewhere on the body to replace the skin that burned on his arms.

Berkeley Bionics’ Elegs Medical Exoskeleton: Letting Paralyzed People Walk Again

Berkeley Bionics’ Elegs Medical Exoskeleton: Letting Paralyzed People Walk Again
I have to say that this is an amazing piece of technology. It’s called a medical exoskeleton and promises to make physically-challenged people walk again. eLEGS is going to be an exoskeleton made for the general public, and is designed to help people who are in wheelchairs walk again.

This Magnet That Will Make You a Lefty. Say What?

This Magnet That Will Make You a Lefty. Say What?
Apparently this magnet can make you left-handed, if you’re right-handed. Sounds kind of crazy, but it makes sense how this could help people who have either lost some function in their right arm. According to a study by researchers at UC Berkeley, when the proper trans-cranial magnetic stimulation is applied to the brain of a righty, you get a lefty.

Yeast: for Making Bread, Alcohol and Corneas

Yeast: for Making Bread, Alcohol and Corneas
That’s right folks, the fungi that make it possible for you to enjoy buns and beer is now also being used to make synthetic corneas, according to a report from Reuters. Scientists put human DNA into genetically-engineered yeast, which in turn produced human protein.

Stethoscope Headphones: Doctor, My Ears…

Stethoscope Headphones: Doctor, My Ears…
Years ago, before I was a full time geek I had a real job of the sort you have to go to college for. It was boring, I hated it, and I was glad to find a job I actually liked.