Tagged: Medical science

Chinese farmer invents a vibrating bed that aids in passing kidney stone

Kidney stone passing bed

Kidney stone passing bed

Kidney stones are one of the most irritating and painful things when we talk of ailments. A moving kidney stone is more painful than a bullet strike, and is like hell for the suffering patient. Having experienced kidney stone pain myself couple of years ago, I know how painful it can be. Thankfully 51-year old Zhu Qinghua, a farmer in Jiangxi Province has come up with an innovative way of dislodging kidney stone and passing them with ease.
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World’s first head transplant planned for ailing man shocks the internet!

Sergio Canavero head transplant on Valery Spiridonov

Russian doctor they call Dr. Frankenstein

Although it might sound like a fiction movie plot, set sometime in the future, but it is shockingly true! Yes, Russian surgeon Dr. Sergio Canavero who is popularly known as Dr Frankenstein, claims to have the right technique to perform head transplant surgery and turn it into a successful operation, unlike any other performed until now. Valery Spiridonov, a 30 year-old computer scientist suffering from an acute genetic condition known as Werdnig-Hoffman muscle wasting disease has volunteered for this operation. The surgery involves cutting-off the volunteer’s head and attaching it to a donor’s body who is brain-dead!
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Smart Bandage capable of detecting bedsores at a very early stage

Smart Bandage that detects bedsores and ulcers UC Berkeley

Bedsores and ulcers can be a real irritation for bed-ridden people, and they are very painful indeed. To counter this problem Engineers at UC Berkeley and researchers at UCSF are in the phase of developing a Smart Bandage that detects underlying development of bedsores at a very early stage. The development of this Smart Bandage is undertaken by UC Berkeley researchers who devised the software and hardware of the bandage, while UCSF carried out all the initial animal trials. Smart Bandage uses electrical signals (impedance spectroscopy) to detect tissue development under the skin for curing bedsores or ulcers at their root level.
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How smartphones and wearable technology are influencing medical science

Wearable technology medical science and mobile devices

Gone are the days when we relied on medical practitioners for acquainting ourselves with knowledge on any kind of medical problem. Let alone any guidance on medical problems, now the pendulum is fast shifting towards technology aided healthcare. With mobile devices like smartphones at your disposal, getting medical diagnosis and medical treatment is going to be more than just a consultation with the doctor.

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Sticky sensors that attach to body tissue for biometric readings to the core

Sticky sensors for biometric readings

Researchers in Japan at the University of Tokyo have invented a sticky sheet of small little sensors that can be attached directly to moving joints, beating hearts or living tissue. This new innovation will open-up new avenues in medical science with the ability to implant these sensors inside the body to keep a tab on the physical changes that occur. For example when these sensors are attached to the heart, they can detect a blockage or anomaly in the blood flow from the arteries.
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Stanford engineers develop body implanted nanobots powered by ultrasound waves

Stanford engineers develop body implanted nanobots powered by ultrasound waves

Since the exponential rise in the levels of modern medical technology, we have always craved for nano medical devices that run in our blood stream and heal at the first sign of any illness or some major disease. Efforts have been made to develop such prototypes, but the main problem is how to power these tiny little healers. Making use of wires or batteries makes them too big and clumsy to handle, in a way rendering them practically useless when it comes to real life situations. To change this a research team headed by Amin Arbabian (assistant professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University) has developed a way to transfer power wirelessly to any such smart chips.
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The Wearable Artificial Kidney gets green signal for human testing

The Wearable Artificial Kidney 3]

A patient is required to visit hospitals or a clinics 3-4 times in a week if he/she is on Kidney dialysis machine. Presently, the kidney dialysis machines are very bulky, hence, not portable. However, the Wearable Artificial Kidney is going change the way patients received dialysis. The federal Food and Drug Administration and the University of Washington Institutional Review Board have given green light to testing of this wearable dialysis device. The testing is likely to start this autumn in Seattle.
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3D printed Bespoke Braces provide more comfort and flexibility

Bespoke braces for scoliosis patients

If you are suffering from Scoliosis, a condition in which the spine is curved to one side, it is imperative that you wear scoliosis braces to keep your spine in a straighter position. But wearing a scoliosis brace has its own disadvantages, as it can be really painful and cause uneasiness. Now all thanks to 3D printing technology, those few unfortunate suffering from chronic scoliosis can say thanks to the Bespoke Braces. Yes, it is a 3D printed scoliosis brace by 3D Systems that is a customized scoliosis brace for children and young adults.
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Electrically conductive Belly Band monitors fetal health during pregnancy

Belly Band wearable RFID tracker for pregnant lady

Traditionally for monitoring fetal and uterine contractions during the latter stages of pregnancy, the patient has to visit the doctor, and even be required to hook up to a machine. But now researchers at Drexel University have developed a belly band that monitors uterine contractions and fetal heart rate in real time. This helps the patient and caretakers to keep a track of the fetal development without even visiting the hospital on a regular basis. This application of wearable technology will make the troublesome period of pregnancy hassle free and most of all non-invasive, for example during the due dates of delivery.
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FDA approved Smart Pill monitors body functions for proactive healthcare

Proteus Digital Health Smart pill

Digestible pills with embedded computer chip could be the future of medical applications to track patient’s health with utmost precision and register any signs of major health issues at initial stages. The pill developed by Proteus Digital Health a.k.a Digital health feedback system, has magnesium and copper that is powered by body fluid, and activates as soon as it reaches your stomach. This pill is used for tracking overall body health, sleep patterns, heart rate, temperature and other information vital in determining a person’s overall wellness.
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