Medical Gadgets

Mercedes team buys teen £35K artificial hand

Mercedes team buys teen £35K artificial hand

It has been more than a year now since we talked about the awesome high-tech and very expensive artificial limbs made by a company called Touch Bionics. These hands are able to sense the electrical pulses from the muscles in the arm of users and activate artificial bionic hand. The artificial hand is so high-tech that the user can do just about anything they are able to do with a normal hand.

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Hair Follicle Harvesting Robot Approved by FDA

Hair Follicle Harvesting Robot Approved by FDA

Baldness is one of those things that our capitalist society manages to rail against something fierce. We have foams, drugs, surgeries, and old-wives tales all centered around the dreaded idea of losing your hair. I think hair loss is similar to how silverback gorillas go silver when they're all alpha-male and in-charge. One time I read it had something to do with testosterone. That said, Restoration Robotics just received clearance to market a new robotic system called the ARTAS. It's designed to assist in the hair transplant process by precisely ripping out a hair follicle and storing it until the doc can manually transplant it into the area where the hair is thin.

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Inhalers for asthmatics getting a GPS update

Inhalers for asthmatics getting a GPS update

Years back before I became a full time geek I worked in the hospital for over a decade mostly with people that had breathing problems like asthma. The thing with asthma is that the triggers can vary greatly for many people and the first thing you need to do to control your asthma is to figure out what triggers your attacks and avoid it.

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Microsoft Research: Medical Imaging Search Engine

Microsoft Research: Medical Imaging Search Engine

Right now, we're living in a world where we look at more computer generated imagery than anything else. Doctors are reaching a critical point where the amount of medical imagery generated during something like a routine CT scan is daunting to navigate. Kenju Suzuki at the University of Chicago says, "As medical imaging has advanced, so many images are produced that there is a kind of information overload. The workload has grown a lot." Antonio Criminisi leads a group at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, U.K. working on a system that will make it easier for doctors to work with databases of medical imagery. The system indexes the images generated during the scans. It automatically recognizes organs, and they are working to train the system to detect certain kinds of brain tumors.

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Skin Gun Is Star Wars Level Medicine

Skin Gun Is Star Wars Level Medicine

Scientists have developed a skin gun that could radically change the recovery times of burn victims. Doctor Jörg C. Gerlach has developed a spray-on skin gun that operates much like how an airbrush works, only much larger and looking very sci-fi.

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Doctors in Germany Create Swallowable, Remote-Controlled Stomach Submarine

Doctors in Germany Create Swallowable, Remote-Controlled Stomach Submarine

Right now, doctors only have a couple of choices when it comes to looking into the human body. Trying to discover a person's ailment in their intestines is tough, as it usually means that an endoscopy has to happen. Inputting a camera, connected to a long cable, down someone's throat isn't always what a patient is looking forward to, and the alternative isn't any better. And while capsules with cameras in them exist today, it's hard for doctors to see what's happening inside, as the movement is controlled by the person's innards. But, doctor's from Germany are looking to change that with a new remote-controlled capsule that can be swallowed.

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Witlings Blood Pressure monitors plugs into your iPhone

Witlings Blood Pressure monitors plugs into your iPhone

You might recognize the Withings name as the company that introduced that cool scale back in late 2009 that works with an iPhone app to track your weight and can tweet your weight if you want. Withings is back with another new health related gadget for the iPhone called the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor.

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ECG device connects to your iPhone to keep track of heart

ECG device connects to your iPhone to keep track of heart

We always see some crazy gadgets at CES and sometimes the ones that sound really odd can be the most help to a few out there. Take this new gadget for the iPhone that will be showing up at CES next month. It comes from a company called Alivecor and it is an ECG system for the iPhone made in partnership with Oregon Scientific.

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Electronic Chip to Block Pain Signals Being Developed in Australia

Electronic Chip to Block Pain Signals Being Developed in Australia

Researchers in Australia are working on helping those in the world who suffer from chronic back pain with a chip that'll block that pain from reaching the brain. They've yet to try the device on humans, but they're confident that it'll work. I should hope so! Also this sort of thing frightens me. What happens if you get a giant stick jabbed into your back and you can't feel it? What then, science? You'll have stick-back syndrome. But this device will be more precise than all that - blocking only the pains that are useless to the human brain, the kind that never go away.

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Scientists Using Ultrasonic Waves to Move Small Objects, Sonic Screwdriver Style

Scientists Using Ultrasonic Waves to Move Small Objects, Sonic Screwdriver Style

There's no hiding the fact that several ideas that we see every day in the real world, have stemmed from concepts thought up within that of a science fiction-based reality. While time travelling may not be happening right now, scientists are still working hard on the idea, trying to make it real. But, what about something like the sonic screwdriver, which has become a standard utensil used by The Doctor, from Doctor Who? According to a professor from Bristol, UK, it looks like the sonic screwdriver may become a reality sooner than later.

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Printer Cartridges Full of Living Tissue

Printer Cartridges Full of Living Tissue

This is no horror movie, this is part of a recent presentation at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, where Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine researchers had a super fun time showing off their results from a printer that uses living cells instead of ink. Fluid based inkjet technology used in the very printers you've got in your home or office is used to lay down cells, printing large sections of living tissue down on cut up or damaged areas of the body.

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Webcam Created by MIT Grad Student Can Tell if Your Heart is Healthy

Webcam Created by MIT Grad Student Can Tell if Your Heart is Healthy

Finding out if your healthy or not usually entails a doctor's visit, or two, but thanks to a grad student at MIT, the process could get a lot easier. Ming-Zher Poh, the grad student, has made it possible for an every-day webcam, with some slight modifications, to tell how healthy you, and your heart are, just by looking at you. There's no need to hook yourself up to any machine, or test your blood. Just look at the webcam, and you'll have your result displayed to you.

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