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MIT develops pill coated with tiny needles to replace shots

MIT develops pill coated with tiny needles to replace shots

Shots are strange things -- though small in the grand scheme of life and injuries, some of the most hardened folks among us turn jelly-knee'd at the sight of them. Perhaps there is some instinctual association between needles and poisonous stingers. Regardless, MIT has developed a potential solution, and it doesn't sound much more comforting: a pill with micro needles.

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HealthKit iOS 8 apps cleared for landing

HealthKit iOS 8 apps cleared for landing

There’s been an iOS 8.0.1 update this week, and along with it an update for HealthKit. At the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus came word that HealthKit apps would need to take a breather. Now they’re back in action.

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Google Calico joins AbbVie for immortality research

Google Calico joins AbbVie for immortality research

The group known as Calico has joined with AbbVie to co-invest up to $1.5 billion USD in research and development of age related diseases. Calico (aka California Life Company) is a Google-backed business, and the diseases they’re looking into include neurodegeneration and cancer. In other words: they’re looking into keeping us alive forever.

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HealthPatch MD wearable encrypts your data, gets FDA approval

HealthPatch MD wearable encrypts your data, gets FDA approval

Vital Connect's newest wearable, the HealthPatch MD, is a health-centric device different than most medical wearables we've seen. Unlike wristbands and such, the HealthPatch MD is targeted more towards doctors and newly-released patients, and as such it takes its job seriously: the device, among other things, encrypts the wearer's health data to HIPPA standards.

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3D-printed vertebra successfully implanted for the first time

3D-printed vertebra successfully implanted for the first time

Spinal injuries are often life-changing, and the solutions are decidedly archaic, sometimes involving surgical cement and screws. The future is finally upon us, however, and with it comes the first implanted 3D printed vertebra. Using 3D printing, the vertebra is designed to match the patient's spine.

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Fever Smart wearable continuously tracks body temperature

Fever Smart wearable continuously tracks body temperature

Days of getting up a half a dozen times a night to check a sick child's temperature could soon be a thing of the past. The Fever Smart, though oddly named, is a wearable smart thermometer that continuously monitors one's body temperature, sending an alert to a paired mobile device if the temperature goes too high.

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Biovigil targets hospital handwashing with color-coded badges

Biovigil targets hospital handwashing with color-coded badges

Proper handwashing is a simple, yet vitally important task, especially when it comes to doctors and nurses. The occurrence of infections in patients that result after admittance is high, and in a bid to help solve this problem, Biovigil has unveiled a color-coded badge and sensor system that shames doctors that don't scrub up.

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US Ebola patients well again: don’t freak out

US Ebola patients well again: don’t freak out

Remember late last month when a couple of US citizens were brought to Atlanta with the Ebola infection? They’ve been cured. Emory University hospital staff and the patients in question are certainly amongst those who would like to address those fired up by headlines like "EBOLA PATIENTS ENTER USA" with reassurances that the public can stop losing its collective mind right now.

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Oculus Rift, dual GoPros used for virtual surgery

Oculus Rift, dual GoPros used for virtual surgery

Virtual reality holds promise beyond the realm of gaming, and in few ways is this better demonstrated than in the medical field, where Oculus has been used to present surgeons-in-training with a no-risk way to get a bit of experience.

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3D-printed skin grafts are poised to transform reconstructive surgery

3D-printed skin grafts are poised to transform reconstructive surgery

When it comes to 3D printing, most people think of common objects, both large and small: houses, toys, tools, and such. But researchers have been busy at work using the technology for medical purposes, figuring out how to do things like print eye cells and create futuristic casts. TeVido BioDevices is counted amongst this latter category, working on 3D-printing skin grafts for patients.

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Google, Novartis to make smart contact lenses a reality

Google, Novartis to make smart contact lenses a reality

Perhaps you thought that Google's "smart" contact lenses was simply one of the dozens of wild ideas and research projects that it's adventurous Google X arm usually undertakes, but apparently it's serious business. In fact, healthcare company Novartis licensed this technology in the hopes turning these ocular instruments into a real commercial product.

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Contraceptive chip implant is controlled with a remote

Contraceptive chip implant is controlled with a remote

Wearable technology includes a subset of devices that are a bit more internal than the term wearable would suggest. Among these devices are envisioned smart pills and medical-related implants designed to aid in healthcare of all sorts. Latest in this category is a contraceptive chip implant that can be controlled with a remote.

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