Introducing the iBlood Lab

A cheap lens is all that is needed to enable an iPhone4 to discern the shapes of cells in a blood sample that can make it easier to diagnose conditions such as sickle-cell anemia in places without medical infrastructure. The system allows field workers to photograph blood samples from patients, and then send the micrographs…

Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.-

When Jonathan Swift wrote that quote I bet he didnt have visual prosthetics in mind. Second Sight, based in California, recently received their CE Mark (European FDA equivalent) for Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System (“Argus II”) . This device becomes the first approved treatment for sightless people. The system works by converting video images captured…

Maybe listening to heavy metal is a good way to learn?

A recent breakthrough study from UT Dallas found that brain nerve stimulation can actually accelerate learning in laboratory tests.  Another major finding of the study, published in the April 14 issue of Neuron, involves the positive changes detected after stimulation and learning were complete.  Researchers monitoring brain activity in rats found that brain responses eventually…

Designing the better prostate exam

The medical technology sector has not always been know for great user friendly designs.  There are certainly elements of it,  like the big needle a dentist uses, that need some rethinking.  In my books prostrate exams fall into that category.    A designer at GE Healthcare thought so as well and designed the MRI Chair. Prostate cancer…

iPhone set to replace stethoscope

Hospitals are about to get really confusing.  It used to be you could tell the doctors from the other staff by the stethoscope slung casually around their neck.  Now your doctor may be any person in a white lab coat with ear phones on! An invention by Peter Bentley, a researcher from University College London turns an Apple…

An Implantable Antenna: silk biosensor could someday alert doctors to signs of disease.

Researchers have crafted a small antenna from liquid silk and micropatterned gold. The antenna is designed to spot specific proteins and chemicals in the body, and alert doctors wirelessly to signs of disease. Scientists say the implant could someday help patients with diabetes track their glucose levels without having to test themselves daily

Brain Plasticity–the act of rewiring your brain

Contrary to what has previously been believed, recent research advances have demonstrated that the adult brain has a certain capacity for plastic reorganization and self-repair after an event like a stroke or other injury.  The mechanisms are complex and operating at different levels, from molecular to synaptic to anatomical reorganization. However, with the right training,…

Wireless and Medical Devices

There is no need to explain the effect wireless devices have had on our lives.  However I would bet that not many people have an understanding of how the technology is completely changing the medical industry. For instance, there are implantable pacemakers that have built in GSM (www.middleeasthealthmag.com/jan2005/ article1.htm). Prior to this your doctor would…

An industry worth supporting: Medical devices combine high-tech, biotech

There are very few opportunities in the business world to make a profit while at the same time truly bettering the lives of others. Certainly telecommunications gives the world the ability to communicate and the Internet puts information in the hands of most ordinary citizens. However, no industry touches people like the medical device industry…