medical

  • 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

  • Tricorder invented, now EMTs can take vital signs from 40ft away

    Tricorder invented, now EMTs can take vital signs from 40ft away


    We’ve had some tricorder false alarms over the last couple years, but this one seems to be legit. A multi-institutional task force under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate (take a breath) has created a hand-held tool which can read pulse, body temperature, and respiration from up to 40 feet away. It’s not quite at the level of… Read More

  • WinMo smartphones now work as medical tricorders with USB-based imagers

    WinMo smartphones now work as medical tricorders with USB-based imagers

    Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have come up with a mobile medical imager that works on Windows Mobile phones over plain ol’ USB. Its applications are still limited due to the power and space requirements of other useful imaging techniques like MRI, but it’s a promising application for the tiny computers we all have in our pockets. Smartphones are capable of so… Read More

  • Flat keyboard for medical environments features faux-3D keys

    Flat keyboard for medical environments features faux-3D keys

    I’m surprised that it’s taken this long for one of these flat, easily washable keyboards to be clearly aimed at the medical establishment, not just in marketing but in design. The Medigenic Infection-control keyboard (catchy) is totally flat, and only appears to have a three-dimensional surface. This means it’s super easy to wipe down after some patient yaks all over it, or… Read More

  • CleanFUZE technology could save hospitals $150 million annually

    CleanFUZE technology could save hospitals $150 million annually

    DiFusion Technologies, a medical device company based out of Austin, Texas, has developed a silver ion technology called CleanFUZE, designed to prevent infection after orthopedic procedures. Dr. Matthew Geck, the company’s founder, explained that “five out of 100 spine cases result in Surgical Site Infections (SSI) often leading to second surgeries that are extremely costly and… Read More

  • FrankenDoll made from living cells

    FrankenDoll made from living cells

    Researchers at the University of Tokyo, wanting to show off fabrication of living biological structures, have created a 5 millimeter tall doll made completely from living cells. Wow, that’s not creepy at all. Read More

  • Helper apps relieve aphasia sufferers

    Helper apps relieve aphasia sufferers

    A language pathologist from Sweden Ingrid Behrn has found that computerized writing aids can improve writing ability in people with aphasia, a condition that can arise after a stroke. This right after the anti-stutter iPhone app! Read More

  • My Prosthetic Lung

    My Prosthetic Lung

    Welsh company Haemair’s prosthetic lung just won UK Institution of Chemical Engineers’ Stopford Projects Award for Bioprocess Innovation. Normally, when a patient’s lungs don’t function, the patient is put on an ECMO system, an external machine that functions like a lung. The problem with these machines is that they are pretty bulky. Haemair has made a system that is… Read More

  • Magnetic field used as micro-tweezers

    Magnetic field used as micro-tweezers


    German and American scientists at the Max Plank Institute have discovered a way to use a magnetic field to assemble parts on lab-on-a-chip devices. This system uses coils that induce magnetic fields on little ferrous particles causing them to arrange themselves into tiny cogs and diamond shapes. The researchers then use the little shapes to move liquids around the chip, a technique they… Read More

  • Get your own DNA portrait for $169

    Get your own DNA portrait for $169

    If you’ve been trying to find the ultimate in personalization, look no further – how does an 8×10 portrait of your DNA sound? For $169, you can send a swab of the inside of your mouth to dna11.com and 4-6 weeks later, you’ll get a visual image of your one-of-a-kind DNA sequence. You can customize the image in one of 25 colors, too, and it comes with a certificate of… Read More

  • Meet Keiko, the newest (talking) robot for medical students

    Meet Keiko, the newest (talking) robot for medical students

    Gifu University’s Graduate School of Medicine [JP] (located in central Japan) has developed a new “sick” robot, which is specifically geared towards medical students. Named Keiko (“practice” in Japanese), the robot is able to answer questions such as “How are you doing?”, i.e. by saying “I get tired easily lately”. The interactive… Read More

  • Yikes: cell phones causing cancer again

    Yikes: cell phones causing cancer again

    Well, this latest news is less than thrilling, since I started using a cell phone at about 15 (it was a brick). Swedish researchers have found that children who started using cell phones before the age of 20 were five times more likely to develop cancer. The quote, please: “People who started mobile phone use before the age of 2 had more than five-fold increase in glioma”, a cancer… Read More

  • NEC launches Atom-powered touchscreen PCs

    NEC launches Atom-powered touchscreen PCs

    Little Atom-equipped touchscreen PCs are dropping from more and more companies with NEC being the latest. These two models come in either 12- or 15-inch sizes and are obviously powered by Intel’s Atom processor clocking in at 1.6GHz. The units can be configured with either 512MB or 1GB of ram and comes with a sizable 80GB hard drive. Users have to deal with Vista Business Embedded via… Read More

  • New MRI technique works at near-cellular-level resolution

    New MRI technique works at near-cellular-level resolution


    Oh, those crazy biologists! Their MRI techniques are unstoppable. The MRI is often cited in popular media as being this magical cure-all or way to see “the exact location of love” or some such nonsense, when it is actually a limited tool with very specific applications and limitations — for example, interference from water and tissue makes it a slightly imprecise affair. Read More

  • Hospital software allows docs to view complex medical data anywhere

    Hospital software allows docs to view complex medical data anywhere


    Say you get in a car accident and they need to do an MRI to determine if there’s damage to this or that in your brain. That MRI generates a ton of data, and until recently the only way you could view that data was on a specialized workstation meant just for that purpose. FiatLux, a Microsoft offshoot with modest funding, has created a way to take advantage of the extremely powerful GPUs… Read More

  • Microbot sticks gently in your gut, snaps pictures

    Microbot sticks gently in your gut, snaps pictures


    A Nanorobotics professor at Carnegie Mellon has created a little pill-sized robot that he says can travel safely through the gut and snap good pictures along the way. The problem in the past has been that the adhesive required to stick a camera to an intestinal wall (or whatever) has been permanent. Meaning you’d have to rip out a piece if you wanted to remove the camera. So if you… Read More

  • Smart trousers detect wobbly walks, imminent falls in elderly

    Smart trousers detect wobbly walks, imminent falls in elderly

    If we can’t build a pair of pants yet that can prevent someone from falling, I guess the best we can do is make a pair that lets you know when you’re about to fall. These “E-Textile” pants are shot through with accelerometers, gyroscopes, bend sensors, all with a common 9V battery as a power source. They exchange information with a nearby hub, which can alert someone… Read More

  • IV drip stations in Japan are good for what ails ya

    IV drip stations in Japan are good for what ails ya

    After a night of “hard living” back in my days as a bachelor in the exciting city of Minneapolis (circa 2002), my buddy and I were picking up our cars from the parking lot of the bar we’d been drinking at the night before. The bar was inside a quasi-mall-type-thing (Calhoun Square, for those of you familiar with Minneapolis) and we’d caught wind of a new oxygen kiosk… Read More

  • Super strong artificial silk almost here

    Super strong artificial silk almost here

    Apparently there’s something about spider silk that makes it really strong and really hard to replicate. Scientists have gotten closer to being able to make silk-like material that’s “five times stronger than steel,” according to the BBC. In the past, it’s been too difficult to produce artificial silk in large enough quantities to make it worthwhile, but scientist… Read More

  • U.S. bionic eye recently tested successfully in Europe

    U.S. bionic eye recently tested successfully in Europe

    I bet we’ll start to see more and more of these types of stories in the next two to three years. Apparently two British men have received successful eye operations that have restored their sight. I saw another story on a 60 Minutes-type show (might have actually been 60 Minutes) about a guy in Colorado (maybe it was California) that got a similar operation and then wondered if he was… Read More