Medical Gadgets

FDA clears eye telescope to improve vision loss

FDA clears eye telescope to improve vision loss

I can't imagine not being able to see. I have often wondered what would be worse, having vision and losing it or never being able to see to start with. For people with vision loss the FDA has approved a new device that might help some regain their vision.

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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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Toshiba Rx Medical Tablet concept has promise

Toshiba Rx Medical Tablet concept has promise

With CES 2010 positively dripping with new tablets, it seems a whole lot more legitimate to get excited over concept designs like the Toshiba Rx Medical Tablet.  To be fair, we're not the white-coated target market designer Geoffrey Cooper presumably had in mind when he came up with this doctor's companion, but the curvaceous form-factor and wipe-clean chassis are certainly blogger friendly.

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Spider Pill may replace endoscope for colonoscopy procedures

Spider Pill may replace endoscope for colonoscopy procedures

I have never had the displeasure of having to get a lower GI procedure where the doctor knocks you out and then rams a long camera up your bum to get a look at your nether regions. The procedure is uncomfortable and invasive for those who need it, but it is key to diagnosing colon cancer and other intestinal maladies.

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Panasonic “Nano Care” webcam-styled beauty gadget only has eyes for your skin

Panasonic “Nano Care” webcam-styled beauty gadget only has eyes for your skin

This isn't, as you might initially think, a huge high-resolution webcam, but Panasonic's latest "Nano Care" beauty appliance.  The EH-SA42, and its EH-SA41 sibling, are intended to keep you moist during the day, preventing skin from drying out and tightening your cuticles, with the SA42 even managing to do so with no water supply.

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.

Fujitsu ESPRIMO MA Mobile Medical Companion with 3G & RFID

Fujitsu ESPRIMO MA Mobile Medical Companion with 3G & RFID

Fujitsu have announced a mobile medical companion, the touchscreen ESPRIMO MA Tablet PC. Fanless, and capable of being entirely sterilized, the ESPRIMO MA has a 10.4-inch display, integrated UMTS 3G and WiFi n, together with barcode and RFID readers. It weighs 1.3kg and has a dual smart card reader for security.

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Microgrippers could be future of surgery

Microgrippers could be future of surgery

Scientific breakthroughs, especially those that pertain to the medical field never fail to amaze me. And this one is no different. Surgery might look a whole lot different in the future thanks to a tiny new technology called microgrippers.

Microgrippers could be swallowed by a patient and then would be activated by chemicals and magnets within the body. Incisions could become a thing of the past.

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