Medical Gadgets

VisionCare Opthalmic Technologies Telescopic Eye Implant Approved by FDA

VisionCare Opthalmic Technologies Telescopic Eye Implant Approved by FDA

We know that the medical gadget market is one of the fastest markets on the planet. They're not only the market with (arguably) the coolest gadgets out there, but the level of improvement they see year-over-year, or even month-over-month is literally staggering. It's going to be the medical field that gets us our first androids, for sure. And now, thanks to the FDA approving this telescopic eye, we can safely say that we're one (tiny) step closer.

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Your Heartbeat Could Power Next-Generation Implants

Your Heartbeat Could Power Next-Generation Implants

Implants have been used for quite some time, and as the future becomes the present, the technology powering them gets better and better. One of the more troubling aspects of those gadgets, though, is powering them. After all, you can't have all those power cables we're so accustomed to in our day-to-day lives trailing out of your body, now can you? That's why how we power those implants needs to change with it, and get better at the same time. Thanks to scientists at Georgia Tech, we're now officially one step closer to seeing our own bodies power the implants that are so essential to some.

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Remote Heart Surgery Success by Robotic Arm

Remote Heart Surgery Success by Robotic Arm

So, what does the future mean? Apparently it means getting rid of the human element as much as possible. Or, completely. Now, we can't necessarily say that we want to be the next people on the surgery table, especially if there's a robotic arm finding its way into our torso. But, then again, this was a success, so, maybe it's not so bad after all.

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German’s get laser dentist drill

German’s get laser dentist drill

I hate the dentist. I brush and floss and do all that stuff, but I still don’t go unless my tooth hurts. I think think my dentist is a sadist. He always starts drilling, then pushes the drill half way through my jaw and when I go into rigor in the chair he asks me "did that hurt?" I usually just mumble since his hands are down my throat.

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Cellphone Microscope could ID diseased samples in developing world

Cellphone Microscope could ID diseased samples in developing world

A team of US scientists have developed a prototype portable microscope that would allow a cellphone camera to help diagnose potentially fatal diseases in blood and sputum samples.  The University of California team strapped a DIY microscope to a 3.2-megapixel Nokia N73, using cheap off-the-shelf parts that can nonetheless make out objects 1.2 micrometers across; a red blood cell is usually 6-8 micrometers in width.

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Medicare to cover Palm Pistol ‘prescription handgun’?

Medicare to cover Palm Pistol ‘prescription handgun’?

Back in September we wrote about the Palm Pistol, a single-shot gun intended for those with limited manual dexterity.  Now comes word that, after some FDA pondering, the Palm Pistol has been designated a Class I Medical Device.  That means that doctors will eventually be able to prescribe the weapon to qualified patients, who will then be able to claim the cost back through private or Medicare health insurance.

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