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Myo gesture control band controls MPL prosthetic arm

Myo gesture control band controls MPL prosthetic arm

The Modular Prosthetic Limb has suddenly become a lot more versatile as the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory-developed prosthetic works with the Myo armband. The Myo armband is a gesture-control accessory that allows people to control all manner of devices and software as it senses movements in their arm*. Muscles expand and contract and the armband sends signals wirelessly to other devices. In this case, it means that the armbands are able to give this MPL arm movement.

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MC10 “BioStamp” connects to your body, shares data

MC10 “BioStamp” connects to your body, shares data

Amid waves of wearables at CES 2016, MC10 have revealed the BioStamp Research Connect System. This system works with a sort of soft stamp, or sticker, that sticks to your body and shares physiological data with computers. These flexible body-worn sensors allow the wearer to operate entirely normally as they bend and move with the body, rather than hindering it. This system reduces observation error at the same time as it improves data capture, so says MC10.

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E-cigarette liquid ingredient can cause ‘popcorn lung’ disease

E-cigarette liquid ingredient can cause ‘popcorn lung’ disease

A new Harvard study has found that many e-cigarette liquids contain an ingredient linked to ‘popcorn lung,’ a serious lung disease that got its name after popcorn plant workers developed the disease from exposure to artificial butter fumes. The chemical in question is diacetyl, and Harvard researchers found that more than 75-percent of the liquids and ecigs they tested contained the ingredient.

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Pain killer patch releases ibuprofen over 12 hours

Pain killer patch releases ibuprofen over 12 hours

Ibuprofen can be seen as one of the most useful medications available today; just two to four pills of the pain killer can help treat headaches to muscle pain. But researchers may have just improved its effectiveness by developing the world's first ibuprofen patch capable of releasing the drug over a 12 hour period once applied to the skin. That sounds much better than having to remember to take the pills every four hours or so.

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Bio-ink used to print ‘living’ blood vessels

Bio-ink used to print ‘living’ blood vessels

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have 3D printed living blood vessels using a “bio-ink” — that is, a mash of materials that the human body finds agreeable. Using this ink, principal investigator Monica Moya and team have printed blood vessels that lead to further growth of capillaries. Said Moya, "This technology can take biology from the traditional petri dish to a 3D physiologically relevant tissue patch with functional vasculature."

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Virtual leg injury helps train combat medics

Virtual leg injury helps train combat medics

The difficulty in training combat medics is easy to understand. The combat medic is often in the field with other soldiers and at times alone and tasked to save the lives of his friends and fellow soldiers without assistance. Training on how to treat a myriad of wounds and injuries is vitally important. A new virtual system is being used to train combat medics on how to treat leg wounds.

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Tech tattoos put a working circuit board on your skin

Tech tattoos put a working circuit board on your skin

Technology-imbued tattoos have been discussed many a times over the last year, but now, Chaotic Moon Studios, a creative technology start-up, has taken another step towards making them feasible. Dubbed "Tech Tats," the temporary tattoos use LED lights, a micro-controller, and conductive inks to create a circuit board on the surface of the skin. While they certainly look cool, Chaotic Moon imagines Tech Tats as being much more than cosmetic, from serving as a new form of wearable to playing a part in medical applications.

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GluCase phone case makes blood sugar testing mobile

GluCase phone case makes blood sugar testing mobile

GluCase aims to improve life for diabetics by merging smartphones and glucometers together into a single device. The device looks like an ordinary smartphone case, but features a built in blood glucose meter, which works with a related mobile app to present, store, and interpret the data. The data can also be shared with a care team, whether it is a doctor who is monitoring one’s diabetes or to a caregiver concerned about a loved one’s sugar levels.

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Researchers turn snake venom into potentially life-saving gel

Researchers turn snake venom into potentially life-saving gel

Venomous snakes have claimed countless lives, but one team of researchers from Rice University have managed to turn that venom into a life-saving gel. On Monday, the university announced that a nano fiber hydrogel infused with venom from pit vipers has been developed that quickly stops bleeding, something that could be used in situations ranging from emergencies to operating rooms.

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Brain implants allow paralyzed man to control his arm

Brain implants allow paralyzed man to control his arm

Scientists from Case Western Reserve University have been successful in using electronics to give a paralyzed man the ability to move his arm and hand. The tests are the first time that signals collected in the brain have been sent to electrodes placed inside someone's arm to restore movement. The scientists say that the breakthrough is a step towards creating a wireless system that can transmit brain signals through the air to electronics sewn into the limbs of paralyzed people.

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Ancestry in talks with FDA to launch medical DNA testing

Ancestry in talks with FDA to launch medical DNA testing

23andMe ran into trouble with the FDA over its DNA testing, which included results of a medical nature — info about disease risks and such. It ultimately had to shut that part of its service down, but another company may take over in its place. Ancestry.com is in talks with the FDA about launching a DNA testing kit that will be used to provide possible health information about a person — details about things like one’s reaction to medication and more based on their genetic details.

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Disney-themed bionics include Iron Man and Star Wars prosthetic hands

Disney-themed bionics include Iron Man and Star Wars prosthetic hands

Remember that awesome video back in March where Robert Downey Jr. brought a custom 3D-printed Iron Man prosthetic arm to a 7-year-old boy? Well, it turns out that affordable kid-friendly bionic limbs are much closer to reality than expected. The startup Open Bionics (which, to be clear, was not involved in the prosthetic delivered by Downey Jr.) has teamed up with Disney to make bionic hands designed after characters from Iron Man, Frozen, and Star Wars.

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