The field of medical implants hit a new milestone today with the successful implementation of remote-controlled chips that can be implanted and programmed to release medication. With this type of implementation, the idea is that doctors will be able to monitor and moderate dosage remotely with a push of a button.
Instead of traditional reconstructive surgery, an 83-year-old patient was outfitted with a new jaw that came not from another human body but from a 3D printer. Doctors had decided it was too risky to perform the more common form of surgery because of the patient's age and fraile condition. And believe it or not, it appears to have been a resounding success.
It was perhaps one of the biggest hopes in the advancement of robot-assisted medical surgery, but expectations have been too high, according to a new report from the research journal Urology. We're talking about surgery for prostate removal, for those afflicted with prostate cancer. The study shows outcomes of the robotic procedure are not that different than those done by human hands.
The stuff of science fiction decades ago has a way of becoming science fact as time rolls on. Sometimes what it takes to get engineers and researchers into the mood to invent is a nice competition along the lines of the Ansari X Prize that resulted in the tech that Virgin Galactic is using in its future fleet of spacecraft to take passengers into space to enjoy weightlessness.
The University of Washington and Microsoft Research have released information on a project they've been working on for some time now, one that should, if completed, allow those with diabetes to monitor their glucose levels through special contact lenses. After reporting weeks and weeks of tech news without such a thing, it's nice to write about a medical breakthrough that comes in the form of gadget advancements in such an elegant vehicle as a contact lens. Without a doubt, if such a project can succeed, there's no doubt we're in the future - now we just need a pair that'll allow me to see when a can of caffeine will have the best effect.
Life starts in diapers for us all and for those that live to an advanced age life often takes you back to diapers. Once people lose the ability to control urine or get up and go to the bathroom themselves, an adult diaper is the only thing standing between the wearer and a big mess. The catch is that if no one is around to help change the diaper things can be nearly as messy as having no diaper at all.
Here is a bit of morning strange for you all. As the story goes a British pensioner was trying to inspect her tonsils 25 years ago using a felt tip pen to push her tongue down. Apparently, the woman slipped whilst the pen was in her mouth and swallowed it down her gullet. She told her husband and he took her to the doctor.
Apple's products have been much prized in the healthcare industry with a recent survey revealing that about 75 percent of US physicians owned an Apple device. But why are doctors so in love with Apple products and so mourn the passing of Steve Jobs? Well, MedPage blogger and an Emergency Medicine resident physician Litifat Husain gives the following three reasons.
Should Dr. Evil ever have the need for an implanted medical device like a pacemaker, pain med pump, or insulin pump he will love this. Researchers looking into batteries that last longer for these implanted devices have hit on a discovery that may allow the devices to harvest power from a laser. This would allow the recharging of the medical device battery without having to cut the person open and place a new battery into the device.
If this sounds a bit like something out of a horror novel, it's because this sounds a lot like what starts the evens of the horror classic from Stephen King called The Stand. Apparently, researchers working on bird flu have created a strain of the bird flu virus that is lethal and easily spread through the air. Some fear that the mutated strain might be used as a bio weapon.