medical

 
  • Shrimp shells may be used to repair spinal injuries, glass can help rebuild bone

    Shrimp shells may be used to repair spinal injuries, glass can help rebuild bone

    A report released in the Journal of Experimental Biology today talked about how scientists have discovered a way to use chitosan to repair nerve damage. Keep in mind that chitosan is a material made from the shells of shrimp, and is not that far from the shells of insects. Read More

  • Hey, Doc, looking for an iPad for the ER?

    Hey, Doc, looking for an iPad for the ER?

    Barco, makers of high-end medical displays, just launched the CliniScape and ProScribe tablets. The screens are 10.4-inches and 12-inches respectively and are ruggedized and drop resistant. They are also, presumably, blood-proof. The devices run an Intel Core Solo and Windows XP. Read More

  • Doctors learning how to operate using robots

    Doctors learning how to operate using robots

    You probably haven't heard about the Da Vinci surgical robot, but it's been out for a little while. I had the chance to see it last year (and even try it out a little bit) and it's an amazing piece of machinery. It's also extremely expensive and in high demand, so it's difficult for doctors to find time to train in it's use. Read More

  • Dentists to replace drills with plasma jets

    Dentists to replace drills with plasma jets

    I can't believe how great this idea sounds. Instead of using the old-school (as in patented in 1887) drill technology to remove cavities, researchers are developing a method of using something called cold plasma to destroy the bacteria. I love the idea because I absolutely hate the sound of that damnable drill. Read More

  • Review: 911 Medical ID Card features USB connection, fits in your wallet

    Review: 911 Medical ID Card features USB connection, fits in your wallet

    Short Version: A $40 digital ID card that fits in your wallet and holds all of your emergency medical information on a 1GB flip-out USB stick. Read More

  • Wireless EKG becoming a reality

    Wireless EKG becoming a reality

    Everyone is familiar with the traditional EKG - you lie in the hospital bed, the leads connected to your body, and recording your heart rate and other vital statistics. But what if it was all wireless? What if you didn't need to be in the hospital stuck in bed to be monitored? Read More

  • VIDEO: Vioguard self-sanitizing keyboard uses UV light to kill germs

    Short of just building a keyboard entirely of Purell, this is probably the next best thing. Priced at $899, you’ll probably never see the Vioguard self-sanitizing keyboard in your own home (unless you’re really a stickler for cleanliness) but it may find a home in various laboratories or other locations where proper disinfection is a top priority. Read More

  • Implant can help sleep apnea patients not frighten their partners

    Implant can help sleep apnea patients not frighten their partners

    Sleep apnea sufferers have long had to use the dreaded CPAP mask, but there may soon be an alternative. Medical researchers have discovered that a small implant, attached to the hyperglossal nerve, is capable of ending your sleep apnea and probably saving your marriage. Read More

  • It’s a bed! It’s a wheelchair! It’s a Panasonic!

    It’s a bed! It’s a wheelchair! It’s a Panasonic!

    What will they think of next? Panasonic has developed a Transformer-like electronic bed that converts to a wheelchair while the person is in it. Read More

  • Forearm massager looks scary, probably works okay

    Forearm massager looks scary, probably works okay

    Believe it or not, many bloggers suffer from some sort of repetitive stress injury or even carpal tunnel syndrome. We're human -- mortal even. Cut us and we bleed red just like everyone else. Give us an atomic wedgie and we weep like an anxious child waiting for the bus on the first day of school in a new town. Run us over in a car and we -- you get the idea: bloggers are weiners. Read More