3D printing has been used to print a variety of objects -- firearms, casts, limbs, food. One of the most recent uses falls into the more altruistic efforts, with researchers announcing they've successfully printed eye cells, something that could eventually lead to a cure for blindness. The work was done by researchers at The University of Cambridge, and was published in the journal Biofabrication.
Smart medical devices come in two varieties: the type that are positively science fiction-esque, and the type that take traditional medical items and give them a new variety of functionality. Such is the case with iHealth Labs' new smart cuff, a blood pressure cuff that is being tested on at-risk patients.
In this day and age we all know that consuming too much alcohol is bad for your health. One of the greatest drinkers in all of cinema is James Bond. If you have ever watched a Bond film, you know he prefers his martini shaken, not stirred. Doctors have examined Bond's alcohol intake in Fleming's books and decided that the spy drinks four times the weekly limit of alcohol.
Pandemics -- the spread of disease through large populations rapidly -- is something that has affected our world at various points for as long as humans have been around, and something that remains an ever-present threat despite increases in medical sciences and research. One of the biggest issue with pandemics is how rapidly they can be transmitted over large populations, and to help envision this issue to, ultimately, serve as an aid in neutralizing transmission, researchers have made a model breakthrough demonstrated through a simulation.
An eye doctor in Manhattan named Emil William Chynn has performed a new cosmetic procedure that makes my eyes hurt just thinking about it. Dr. Chynn has performed what is apparently the first implantation of eye jewelry under the surface of a patient's eye in the US. The jewelry was made of platinum and in the shape of a small hearts.
Evena Medical is the maker of a medical device that allows nurses and doctors to view the veins beneath one's skin, with the original device it created having been deployed a while ago and involving the movement of a large contraption. Because of the device's size, it both made the act of giving and IV easier and more cumbersome, something the company's latest invention should fix. The Evena Eye-On smart glasses offer the same skin-penetrating view, but are entirely portable.
Virtual reality training can speed up laparoscopic surgery by 29% and reduce mistakes by a whopping 600%, according to a study cited by NVIDIA this week. The peer-reviewed study, which was published in "Annals of Surgery," resonates with many other studies pointing to gaming as a way to improve motor skills, memory, mental processing speeds, pain management and other skills.
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and other standardized wireless protocols are set to trump proprietary wireless protocols in mobile medical devices by 2018, says a new ABI report. This follows the proliferation of consumer smartphones, tablets, workout monitors, inhalers and other devices, reflecting the desire of consumers and health professionals to make it easier to integrate remote health reporting systems with familiar electronics.
Researchers and scientists have been working for years to develop artificial limbs that function like a natural limb. This research has been going on for years and has resulted in varying degrees of success. One of the biggest challenges facing amputees and researchers in developing new robotic limbs is finding ways to control the limb.