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Posted By David L. Evans, Friday, December 20, 2013
Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014

The march of progress: July 17-24
Bubble wrap for lab ware! Yep.

Full, free essay, links from
New Sci.

Smart bandages monitor vitals

Short, free item from
New Sci.

Reprogrammed pig cardiac cells for new pacemaker

Complete, free report, link to original abstract from
New Sci.

This week in med. tech.: July 10-17
Thanks to 'net detective Henriette Evans

Finding Alzheimer

A blood test for Alzheimer disease?

Complete, free report, links from The Scientist

Other, newer, simpler Alzheimer tests on the way?

Newspaper story

Do tests confuse you?

Grappling with statistics and applying the results?

Complete, free report, graphics from
BBC News

Understanding DNA ancestry results

Full, free story, links from
The Scientist


Nanotechnology may help in diabetes type I diagnosis

Complete, free report from

New way to ferret out triggers for allergies

Full, free item from
R&D Mag.

Optogenetics: new technique

Press release, slide show from NSF

Advances in medical technology: July 3-10

Therapies for all

What is the scientific evidence related to acupuncture?

Q&A from 5 scientists from Sci. Am.

Will nanoparticles damage organs?

Full, free article, link, image from
Sci. Am.

For those with other needs

"Finger reader" scans, reads plain text for the blind

Full, free report, image from Biosci. Tech.

FDA approves inhalable insulin

Press release from FDA

Motorized exoskeleton for paraplegics approved

Press release from FDA

Technology today: June 26-July 3

Growing new tendons for rotator cuffs

Full, free report from
Biosci. Tech.

More rapid therapeutic T-cell growth in vitro

Full, free item from
The Scientist

Women benefit more from special heart pacemaker

Complete, free essay from
R&D Mag.

This week in medical technology: June 19-26
Thanks this week to 'net detective Paul Blumstein

New HIV screening methods

Full, free article, tables, linked citations from

Making new bones for you
Free audio file from
Radio New Zealand

Chip in brain allows paralyzed man to move hand

image, video, newspaper story

What the techies are up to: June 12-19


Stroke-detecting helmet

Free audio file from
Sci. Am.

Softer stuff

Do toilet seat liners really help? Nope

Full, free story, video from
NBC News

The bionic pancreas--better glycemic control in DM Type I

Complete, free report, graphics, linked citation from
New Engl. j. Med.

Risky business: dangerous behavior in kids

Full, free article, graphics, links from

Gene change in bananas, > beta carotene, < vitamin A deficiency

Full, free story from
The Guardian

Medical technology: May 29-June 12


Better epidural delivery with optical tomography

Complete, free article, images from
R&D Mag.

Near infra-red images lymphatic system

Full, free report from
R&D Mag.

Other devices

Life-saving shirt ha
defibrillator included

Full, free essay, image from
Biosci. Tech.

Long distance medicine is life-saver in rural areas

Complete, free item from
R&D Mag.

Paraplegic using exoskeleton o deliver ceremonial kick at World Cup

Free video from NSF

Biochip to detect glucose in saliva

Press release from Brown Univ.

More news

Wikipedia as a source of medical info? Maybe not so much

Free, short item, audio file from
Sci. Am.

Hydrogels promote better healing with stem cells

Complete, free report from
R&D Mag.

Man allegedly steals skin from biotech company

Full, free item from

Microparticle delivery can heal bones more efficiently

Press release from Georgia Tech.

Current med. tech.: May 22-29
Blood glucose to be sent by telemetry

Full, free report from
Drug discov. & develop.

The techies today: May 15-22

Placebo: same outcomes as physical therapy in hip osteoarthritis

Free abstract from

Light used to scan brains

Complete, free essay from
R&D Mag.

Wireless pacemaker demonstrated for rabbit's heart

Full, free story, image from
New Sci.

Sweat detector for fingerprinting

Full, free report, citation, images from

Technology this week: May 8-15

Hypothermia for trauma and cardiac arrest

Free audio file, transcript, link from
Sci. Am.

Prosthetic arm linked to neuron approved by GDA
Short, free story, links, video from
The Scientist

Deep-brain stimulation for Alzheimer

Free abstract from
Mol. Psych.

Screening maternal blood for fetal chromosomal defects

Full, free report from
Biosci. Tech.

The newest in technology: May 1-8
New genes to produce humanized pig organs

Full, free essay from

Technology today: April 24-May 1
Techies generally
3-D printing of living cartilage on a chip a success

Full, free item from

Gene therapy via cochlear implant

Full, free report from
The Scientist

How safe are e-cigarettes?

Full, free story from
Sci. Am.

Looking to regulate e-cigarettes

​Press release from FDA

Medical technology today: April 17-24

Clot bustin' robot

Full, free video from
Sci. Am.

Prosthetic ankle

Full, free essay from
R&D Mag.

Reattaching an ear

Short, free note, images from
New Engl. j. Med.

Solutions: good and bad

The birth of modern transfusions

Full, free report, image from
The Scientist

E-cigarettes can cause changes in gene expression

Short, free item, link from
Sci. Am.

Asthma diagnosis based on neutrophils in one drop of blood

Free abstract from
Proc. Nat'l. Acad. Sci.

What cells are using oxygen?

Full, free report, image from
R&D Mag.
What the techies are up to now: April 10-17
Thanks to 'net detective Henriette Evans
It isn't working right

The tobacco report

Short, free item from
The Scientist

What about patenting diagnostics?

Full, free essay from

Australia to homeopathy: no thank you

Brief, free note from
The Scientist

Works better

Silly putty carpet for growing spinal cord cells?

Full, free report from
Biosci. Tech.

Minimally-invasive ventricular surgery

Short, free note, video from Sci. Am.

The cost of chronic disease care

Newspaper article
Medical marvels to behold: April 3-10
Injection device for anti heroin overdose

Complete, free essay from Drug discov. & develop.

Old tech: whale carcass cure for rheumatism?

Full, free story, image from BBC News

Technology today: March 27-April 3
Thanks to 'net detective Linda Moussakova and Paul Blumstein

Skull model from 3-D printer implanted

Short, free piece, image from

Implant: pulsing cuff to aid venous return

Short, free item, video from Biosci. Tech.
What really killed President Harrison in 1841?

Newspaper story

The flu epidemic of 1918

Brief review from Historians of Health

What the techies did: March 20-27
Thanks to 'net detective Paul Blumstein

Triclosan, ingredient in antibacterial soap, must go!

Full, free essay from Sci. Am.

Water immersion birthing: avoid during later stage labor

Full, free pdf, references from Pediatrics

Vaccines: store at room temps, single dose sprays

Full, free essay from
Drug discov. & develop.
Blood tests
Looking at shear rates to determine risk of thromboses
Full, free article, graphics, linked citations from PLoS ONE

Rapid blood test with a single drop

Full, free essay from Smithsonian
Other devices and tests

Testing the cerebrospinal fluid for early Alzheimer Disease

Complete, free item from GEN

Children hearing for the first time in their lives
Free video from The Upworthiest
Adult cochlear implant for high frequency, nervous hearing loss

FDA Press release

Technology today: March 13-20

​Tattooing against a skin disease

Complete, free story, image, reference from BioTechniques

Genetic testing firm and the FDA

Full, free perspective, links from New Engl. j. Med.

Medical technology this week: March 6-13

What the techies came up with

Changing the smartphone into an ophthalmologist's friend

Full, free essay, image from
R&D Mag.

Anti-depression stimulation trials stopped

Full, free blog, links from Sci. Am.

Auditory brainstem implant

Full, free item, video from
ABC News

Portable devices

Electric headband for migraines: FDA approval

Complete, free item from Biosci. Tech.

Wristbands to detect chemical exposure

Full, free story from
Sci. Am.

Shrinking gel to guide tooth formation

Full, free essay, video from Biosci. Tech.

What the techies are doing: Feb. 27-March 6


Does acupuncture work against inflammation?

Full, free blog, link from
Sci. Am.

Sterotaxy to deliver drugs to brain

Complete, free story, image from R&D Mag.

Take a patch instead of a shot for flu vaccination

Full, free essay, image from


Optical device to determine blood clotting characteristics

Full, free essay, image from Biosci. Tech.

Cell-free DNA testing better than aneuploid screening for Down Syndrome

Free preview item from New Engl. j. Med.

Breathalyzer for diagnosis of diseases

Press release, image from NIH

Technology now: Feb. 20-27

Iron-based nanoparticles as contrast agents for MRI's

Free abstract from Lancet Oncol.

FDA ban on certain cigarettes from India

News release

Med tech this week: Feb. 13-20

Thanks to 'net detective Guy Lanter

Robotic surgery

Complete, free article, image, links from Sci. Am.

Electronic chip to provide 3-D views within cardiovascular system

Press release, citation from Georgia Tech

What the techies are doing: Feb. 6-13


Feds look into faulty forensics

Full, free story, links from Sci. Am.

FDA and makers of genetic test kits duke it out in court

Full, free article from GEN


Rapid packing of gunshot wounds

Website, images from Pop. Sci.

Helicopter controlled by mind for the paralyzed

Video from NSF

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