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Urology journal finds robotic prostate surgery not meeting expectations

Urology journal finds robotic prostate surgery not meeting expectations

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.

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Qualcomm Tricorder X prize offers $10M to inventor of real tricorder

Qualcomm Tricorder X prize offers $10M to inventor of real tricorder

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.

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Microsoft, U of W Functional Contact Lens set to report blood sugar wirelessly

Microsoft, U of W Functional Contact Lens set to report blood sugar wirelessly

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.

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Japanese adult diaper slurps away urine

Japanese adult diaper slurps away urine

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.

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Why doctors love Apple products and miss Steve

Why doctors love Apple products and miss Steve

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.

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Implanted medical devices of the future could be laser powered

Implanted medical devices of the future could be laser powered

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.

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Research into more virulent and lethal strains of the bird flu worries some scientists

Research into more virulent and lethal strains of the bird flu worries some scientists

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.

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Baby got…hips?! Jacked up face with a sideways booty

Baby got…hips?! Jacked up face with a sideways booty

The morning weird for you all today is of a medical nature and perhaps one of the dumbest things I have ever seen. Generally, if you want to have plastic surgery done you would look around and check some references of the doctor you are planning to use. The surgeon planning to put stuff into your body and change things permanently isn't where you scrimp me thinks.

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Toyota medical robots give the ill a leg up

Toyota medical robots give the ill a leg up

Toyota is into all sorts of things even though we mostly think of the company for cars here in the US. Toyota is talking about its new Partner Robots that are aiming for a commercial launch in 2013 for Japanese users. There are three different robots that are aimed at helping the sick or handicapped be able to more freely in the home and out.

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