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3D printed Iron Man prosthetic arm includes LED thruster

3D printed Iron Man prosthetic arm includes LED thruster

It's possibly the coolest prosthetic in existence, and it is made specifically for kids: a 3D-printed Iron Man glove that lets wearers channel their inner superhero. It is the latest beautiful example of creations being born from 3D-printing technologies, and though it isn't available on the mass scale (yet, at least), it can be ordered by those who need it from the designer Pat Starace. Best of all, the design isn't static -- the prosthetic includes a working LED palm thruster, among other things.

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Google is experimenting with “call a doctor” video chat

Google is experimenting with “call a doctor” video chat

As we've mentioned before, tech companies are now getting into the health business as well. Although Google already has its hands partly inside the health cookie jar, with thrusts like Google Fit, it seems that that company is planning on getting deeper and more involved with people's medical needs. Google has hinted that it is considering a new service, integrated into its already many services, that would let users consult a proper doctor for whatever concerns they may have, like a Helpouts but with certified physicians.

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Facebook tipped to be interested in your health

Facebook tipped to be interested in your health

Facebook may have just found its next social experiment, or rather public service venue. Anonymous sources close to the matter have revealed that the social networking giant is now interested in entering into the Internet healthcare business. What that means for your privacy and your actual offline health will depend on how Facebook will be able to implement and spin this new outlet.

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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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