medicine

 
  • Just try to relax … this won't hurt … much.

    Just try to relax … this won't hurt … much.

    While sitting in my dentist's chair recently, I marveled at just how scary looking many of the implements on his tray were. And don't get me started on that contraption I put my face into at the optometrists! It's hard to believe that these implements of modern medicine will some day appear as quaint -- and arguably as effective -- as instruments of yore, like the "artificial leech" pictured here. Read More

  • Science: CHOP research muscles out AIDS

    Science: CHOP research muscles out AIDS

    Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who have been researching AIDS for almost a decade, have come up with a novel new way to fight the immunovirus. Traditional vaccines didn't seem to be working, so Dr. Philip Johnson, chief scientific officer at Children's Hospital, shifted gears, and used muscles to deliver a gene in order to create a protein that interferes with the… Read More

  • Not all gadgets suck: 500,000th pacemaker successfully installed

    Not all gadgets suck: 500,000th pacemaker successfully installed

    It's pretty easy, in this day and age, to get frustrated with technology, and lose sight of how awesome our world is as a result of technological innovation. Every now and then some piece of news will come along to remind us of how great technology can be, leading us on an adventure of knowledge, and restoring our appreciation for science. Today, that news is word that the 50,000th pacemaker has… Read More

  • With App, doctors can access your medical records from their iPhone

    With App, doctors can access your medical records from their iPhone

    What's this, the iPhone actually being used to improve people's lives? I'm speechless. There's a new App in the App Store called Allscripts Remote that allows doctors to remotely access a patient's medical records right from his or her iPhone (or iPod touch). The idea is that, in an emergency, a doctor won't have to wait around while the hospital staff pulls up a patient's records. So if you're… Read More

  • Helping people, for once: A refrigerator that doesn't require electricity

    Helping people, for once: A refrigerator that doesn't require electricity

    Someone decided to be clever and actually put technology to good use (as opposed to pouring endless amounts of money into developing bigger and bigger TVs), having developed a refrigerator of sorts that doesn’t require any electricity to operate. A team at Stanford, funded by a VC dude by the name of Adam Grosser, came up with a device that essentially works like a big hand warmer, but in… Read More

  • Philips develop magic "iPill"

    Philips develop magic "iPill"

    Must everything begin with an “i” because it’s getting a bit dull and the sheep might think Apple invented it? Philips has announced the development of an “intelligent pill” that they plan to present at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists this month in Atlanta. The magically delicious iPill includes a microprocessor, battery, wireless radio, pump and… Read More

  • Necklace reminds you to take your medicine

    Necklace reminds you to take your medicine

    There’s an experimental necklace developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology that reminds you to take your medicine. Users must first ingest a special pill, along with your other pills, that contains a small magnet, which then activates the necklace. The necklace then records when, exactly, you swallowed the pills. That way, your nurse or caregiver can know when, or if, you’ve… Read More

  • Shake hands with the i-LIMB

    Shake hands with the i-LIMB

    A new prosthetic hand is being tested in Germany right now that has individual movable fingers that are nimble enough to type on a keyboard. It’s also sensitive enough to pressure that one using it can pick up a styrofoam cup without crushing it, something not possible before. It’s still in the prototype stage, but the company behind the hand, Touch Bionics, is now looking for a… 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 better… Read More

  • Awesome: Hobbyist builds possible cancer-curing machine in his garage

    Awesome: Hobbyist builds possible cancer-curing machine in his garage

    We all have hobbies. I like to take photos of my friends getting drunk and looking good. I also play Xbox. Many people, though, tinker in their garages, these endeavors bringing us The Clapper, Rollerblades, and many things you see on late-night infomercials. Or you could cure cancer, as John Kanzius is doing now. Kanzius has developed a machine that uses radio waves and nanoparticles to destroy… Read More