medical

  • Hackers could hack your defibrillator and make you and your family die

    [photopress:defib.jpg,full,center] Hackers, those pesky critters that little the Interwebs with malicious code that steals your credit card numbers and casserole recipies, have now turned their attention towards something a little scary: defibrillators. OK, not really, but it’s possible. Many Americans are outfitted with devices that send wireless data to their doctors, reducing the… Read More

  • Reusable swallowable camera pills come cheap these days

    Reusable swallowable camera pills come cheap these days

    Researchers at the University of Washington (where I am kind of an alumnus, go Huskies) have devised an alternative to using a bulky endoscope to look inside a patient’s tracts. They’d use this pill-camera, about the size of a big almond, attached to a thin string, which a patient can easily swallow and regurgitate without too much discomfort. Plus, it only costs $300, which means… Read More

  • Laser developed to fight viruses

    Laser developed to fight viruses

    Physics professor K.T. Tsen announced last week that he successfully destroyed common viruses using pluses from an infared laser without harming the surrounding cells. Tsen’s primary focus is to use the technique against HIV, though he states the future of the laser may very well be in treating disease, not viruses. So, how does it work? The laser produces a vibration that shatters… Read More

  • Australia's $4.4 million kinetic energy vest

    Australia's $4.4 million kinetic energy vest

    Sure, you could build your own similar device for far less than $4.4 million (Australian) but would it look nearly as awesome as the vest that the bad mamma jamma on the left is wearing? My position is “no, it would not.” The aforementioned money was given to Australia’s national science agency as a grant in the hopes that it could develop an “electrojacket”… Read More

  • Probo: 'The Intelligent, Autonomous Huggy Robot'

    Probo: 'The Intelligent, Autonomous Huggy Robot'

    Picture this. A child is in a hospital room, away from home and scared by his or her surroundings. Everything smells different, everything looks different, all the people are different. Where are mom and dad? When is it time to go home? Suddenly, in marches a robotic monster with green fur asking for hugs. Read More

  • Technology Marches Forth: Better Breasts on the Horizon

    Technology Marches Forth: Better Breasts on the Horizon

    Dear All the Strippers I’ve Paid Before: I’m sorry, but I’m not a boob guy. I’m thinking maybe i’m not into your boobs, that I’m a butt guy. Now I’m not saying it’s your fault, but it could be that some of your boobs look way fake. I’m a science nerd, and they look like Neptune and Uranis: almost the same size, globular, and far away from… Read More

  • Damnit, Jim. I'm a Doctor, Not a Tablet

    Damnit, Jim. I'm a Doctor, Not a Tablet

    The biggest problem with the medical industry is that it is far behind on information technology. Patient records aren’t synchronized or shared with others, and it’s difficult to make sense and organize all the information that is coming in about a patient. One solution could be the Philips Mobile Clinical Assistant, or MCA. the MCA is sort of a cross between a tablet PC and PDA. Read More