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Posted By David L. Evans, Friday, December 20, 2013
Updated: 16 hours ago

Medical technology today: April 17-24
Restoring

Clot bustin' robot

http://www.scientificamerican.com/video/robotic-needle-breaks-brain-clots/?&WT.mc_id=SA_BS_20140418

Full, free video from
Sci. Am.

Prosthetic ankle


http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/04/bionic-ankle-%E2%80%9Cemulates-nature%E2%80%9D?et_cid=3888857&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay from
R&D Mag.

Reattaching an ear


http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMicm1310815?query=TOC

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

Solutions: good and bad

E-cigarettes can cause changes in gene expression


http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/e-cigarettess-effect-on-cells-similar-to-that-of-tobacco-smoke/?&WT.mc_id=SA_HLTH_20140415

Short, free item, link from
Sci. Am.

Asthma diagnosis based on neutrophils in one drop of blood

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/04/03/1324043111.abstract?sid=2252bc3a-9cd6-4518-ba6e-03d01f8e197a

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

What cells are using oxygen?

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/04/tracking-oxygen-body?et_cid=3896701&et_rid=54713780&location=top

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

The tobacco report

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/39649/title/AACR-Releases-Tobacco-Report/

Short, free item from
The Scientist

What about patenting diagnostics?

http://www.genengnews.com/insight-and-intelligence/a-common-sense-discussion-of-patenting-medical-diagnostics/77900094/

Full, free essay from
GEN

Australia to homeopathy: no thank you


http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/39703/title/Australia-Officially-Debunks-Homeopathy/

Brief, free note from
The Scientist

Works better

Silly putty carpet for growing spinal cord cells?


http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/04/how-silly-putty-ingredient-could-advance-stem-cell-therapies?et_cid=3882900&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Full, free report from
Biosci. Tech.

Minimally-invasive ventricular surgery


http://www.scientificamerican.com/video/surgery-for-heart-failure-gets-less-invasive/?&WT.mc_id=SA_HLTH_20140408


Short, free note, video from Sci. Am.

The cost of chronic disease care

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/health/even-small-medical-advances-can-mean-big-jumps-in-bills.html?rref=health&hpw=&_r=0

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

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2014/04/fda-approves-easy-use-heroin-overdose-antidote?et_cid=3864386&et_rid=54713780&type=headline


Complete, free essay from Drug discov. & develop.

Old tech: whale carcass cure for rheumatism?

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-26807485

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


http://medcitynews.com/2014/03/in-latest-3d-printer-implants-breakthrough-surgeons-replace-skull/

Short, free piece, image from
MedCityNews.com

Implant: pulsing cuff to aid venous return

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/videos/2014/03/researcher-invents-%E2%80%98mini-heart%E2%80%99-help-return-venous-blood?et_cid=3848887&et_rid=54713780&location=top

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

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/01/science/what-really-killed-william-henry-harrison.html?_r=0

Newspaper story

The flu epidemic of 1918

http://www.histoiresante.blogspot.ca/2014/03/lepidemie-de-grippe-de-1918-aux-etats.html

Brief review from Historians of Health

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

Triclosan, ingredient in antibacterial soap, must go!

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-key-antibacterial-soap-ingredient-must-go/?&WT.mc_id=SA_EVO_20140324

Full, free essay from Sci. Am.

Water immersion birthing: avoid during later stage labor


http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/03/18/peds.2013-3794.full.pdf+html

Full, free pdf, references from Pediatrics

Vaccines: store at room temps, single dose sprays


http://www.dddmag.com/news/2014/03/room-temp-spray-vaccine-may-curb-diseases-remote-areas?et_cid=3831947&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Full, free essay from
Drug discov. & develop.
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Blood tests
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Looking at shear rates to determine risk of thromboses
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0082493
Full, free article, graphics, linked citations from PLoS ONE

Rapid blood test with a single drop


http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-to-run-30-health-tests-on-a-single-drop-of-blood-180949983/?no-ist

Full, free essay from Smithsonian
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Other devices and tests

Testing the cerebrospinal fluid for early Alzheimer Disease


http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/new-cerebral-spinal-fluid-test-offers-hope-for-early-alzheimer-s-detection/81249649/

Complete, free item from GEN

Children hearing for the first time in their lives
http://www.upworthy.com/see-these-childrens-reaction-when-they-hear-sound-for-the-first-time-in-their-lives?c=upw1
Free video from The Upworthiest
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Adult cochlear implant for high frequency, nervous hearing loss


http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm389860.htm

FDA Press release

Technology today: March 13-20


​Tattooing against a skin disease

http://www.biotechniques.com/news/Tattoos-that-Cure-Disease/biotechniques-350468.html?utm_source=BioTechniques+Newsletters+%26+e-Alerts&utm_campaign=3c3dc2ba8a-weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5f518744d7-3c3dc2ba8a-87291326#.UyNESNJdXzg


Complete, free story, image, reference from BioTechniques

Genetic testing firm and the FDA

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1316367?query=TOC

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


http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/03/smartphones-become-%E2%80%9Ceye-phones%E2%80%9D-new-low-cost-opthalmologic-devices?et_cid=3810079&et_rid=54713780&type=headline


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

Anti-depression stimulation trials stopped

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/2014/03/11/much-hyped-brain-implant-treatment-for-depression-suffers-setback/

Full, free blog, links from Sci. Am.

Auditory brainstem implant

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/deaf-toddler-hears-time-device-implanted-brainstem/story?id=22567215&nwltr=icymi_nightline_headline


Full, free item, video from
ABC News

Portable devices

Electric headband for migraines: FDA approval
http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/03/fda-approves-electric-headband-prevent-migraine?et_cid=3818885&et_rid=54713780&location=top#.UyDChNJdXzg

Complete, free item from Biosci. Tech.

Wristbands to detect chemical exposure

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bracelets-can-detect-chemical-exposures/?&WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20140307

Full, free story from
Sci. Am.

Shrinking gel to guide tooth formation

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/videos/2014/03/new-shrinking-gel-steers-tooth-tissue-formation?et_cid=3807589&et_rid=54713780&location=top#.UxnjH9JdXzg

Full, free essay, video from Biosci. Tech.

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


Therapies


Does acupuncture work against inflammation?

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/talking-back/2014/03/03/can-acupuncture-reverse-killer-inflammation/

Full, free blog, link from
Sci. Am.

Sterotaxy to deliver drugs to brain

http://www.rdmag.com/articles/2014/02/safer-drug-delivery-brain?et_cid=3795336&et_rid=54713780&location=top

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

Take a patch instead of a shot for flu vaccination

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/02/self-administration-flu-vaccine-patch-may-be-feasible?et_cid=3792938&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

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

Testing

Optical device to determine blood clotting characteristics

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/02/medical-researchers-use-light-quickly-and-easily-measure-blood%E2%80%99s-clotting-properties?et_cid=3787247&et_rid=54713780&location=top#.UxDTvNJdXzg

Full, free essay, image from Biosci. Tech.

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

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1311037?query=featured_home

Free preview item from New Engl. j. Med.

Breathalyzer for diagnosis of diseases

http://www.nsf.gov/news/mmg/mmg_disp.jsp?med_id=75826

Press release, image from NIH

Technology now: Feb. 20-27

Iron-based nanoparticles as contrast agents for MRI's

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(14)70021-X/abstract

Free abstract from Lancet Oncol.

FDA ban on certain cigarettes from India

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm386707.htm

News release

Med tech this week: Feb. 13-20

Thanks to 'net detective Guy Lanter

Robotic surgery

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/robotic-surgery-opens-up/?&WT.mc_id=SA_HLTH_20140211

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

Electronic chip to provide 3-D views within cardiovascular system

http://www.news.gatech.edu/2014/02/15/single-chip-device-provide-real-time-3-d-images-inside-heart-and-blood-vessels

Press release, citation from Georgia Tech

What the techies are doing: Feb. 6-13

Testing

Feds look into faulty forensics

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/faulty-forensic-science-under-fire/?&WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20140205

Full, free story, links from Sci. Am.

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

http://www.genengnews.com/insight-and-intelligence/direct-to-consumer-testing-s-constitutional-appeal/77900031/

Full, free article from GEN

Devices

Rapid packing of gunshot wounds

http://www.popsci.com/node/134234

Website, images from Pop. Sci.

Helicopter controlled by mind for the paralyzed

http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/mindcontrolledquadcopter.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51

Video from NSF

Always something new: Jan. 30-Feb. 6

Thanks this week to 'net detective Henriette Evans

Processes and methods

New technique for cranial repair

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/02/new-method-restore-skull-after-brain-surgery-appears-reduce-complication-rates?et_cid=3749588&et_rid=54713780&location=top#.UvKi2NJdXzg

Full, free essay from Biosci. Tech.

Robot probes a single neuron

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/39065/title/Single-Neuron-Imaging-Bot/

Free video from The Scientist

A brief history of malarkey in medicine

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)60141-0/fulltext?elsca1=ETOC-LANCET&elsca2=email&elsca3=E24A35F

Complete, free perspective item, images, references from Lancet

Inexpensive, self-administered Alzheimer test

http://www.dddmag.com/articles/2014/01/home-alzheimer%E2%80%99s-test-goes-viral?et_cid=3740585&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free article, video from Drug discov. & develop.

Devices

Bioprinting: how does it work?

http://www.genengnews.com/insight-and-intelligence/infographic-printing-the-human-body/77900028/

Great graphic presentation from GEN

Will MRI's eliminate the need for biopsies for marrow cancer?

http://www.medicaldaily.com/bone-marrow-cancer-spotted-anywhere-body-mri-scans-could-new-technique-eliminate-need-painful-268089

Full, free item from Medical Daily

Good news about cochlear implants

http://news.psu.edu/story/296601/2013/11/26/research/research-finds-positive-long-term-outcomes-cochlear-implantation?utm_source=newswire&utm_medium=email&utm_content=01-30-2014&utm_campaign=research%20newswire

Press release, image from The Penn. State Univ

Technology today: Jan. 23-30

Thanks this week to 'net detective Dee Silverthorn

Good tech

Throw out the stethoscope, welcome the ultrasound?

http://www.worldheart.org/fileadmin/user_upload/documents/Publications/2_Differential-Diagnosis-Symptoms.pdf

Full, free review article, references from Global Heart

Virtual nursing

http://msnvideo.msn.com/?channelindex=8&from=en-us_msnhpvidmod#/video/4f9154e0-bb2e-bb6d-3359-41e9de590e91

Full, free video from MSN

Is male infant circumcision a wise decision?

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2014/01/22/newborn-circumcision-shown-to-be-a-better-financial-choice-in-medical-coverage/

Full, free blog from Sci. Am.

Bad tech

Nanoparticles may damage lung tissue

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/01/lungs-may-suffer-when-certain-elements-go-nano?et_cid=3736667&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free article from R&D Mag.

Who is using e-cigarettes?

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1313940?query=TOC

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

What the techies are up to now: Jan. 16-23

Therapies

Polymers to protect the heart after a heart attack

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/38923/title/Polymer-Protects-Mouse-Heart/

Short, free essay, links from The Scientist

"Smart" hydrogels deliver the goods!

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/01/smart-gels-deliver-medicine-demand?et_cid=3712782&et_rid=54713780&location=top

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

Learning how humans walk--producing better prosthetics

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/01/one-step-time-researchers-learning-how-humans-walk?et_cid=3717728&et_rid=54713780&location=top#.UtmLQdIo5pg

Full, free story, image from Biosci. Tech.

Getting pregnant

New process: preimplantation genetic diagnosis

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/articles/2014/01/genetic-technique-dramatically-improves-pregnancy-rates-older-women?et_cid=3723741&et_rid=54713780&type=headline#.Ut7TQtIo5ph

Full, free article, image, links from Biosci. Tech.

Pregnancies with in vitro fertiliation and transplanted uterus

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24870-recycled-wombs-could-nurture-child-and-grandchild.html#.Utf0KdJdXzg

Full, free essay, links from New Sci.

New detection devices

Detects gait, prevents falls

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/01/new-device-prevents-falls-elderly?et_cid=3718008&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free story from R&D Mag.

Contact lens determines glucose levels

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/01/google-develops-contact-lens-glucose-monitor?et_cid=3717728&et_rid=54713780&type=headline#.UtmJn9Io5pg

Complete, free essay, image from Biosci. Tech.

Smartphone app to test cholesterol levels

http://media.science360.gov/audio/podcast/cholester_app.mp3

Free audio file from NSF

Implantable nanowires for touch sensations, ECG's

http://news.ncsu.edu/releases/wms-zhu-silversensor2014/

Press release, image from No. Carolina State Univ.
Med. tech. this week: Jan. 9-16

Procedures

Personal genetics company charged with false advertising

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=after-23andme-another

Full, free article, links from Sci. Am.

Glue to repair heart defects

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/01/bio-inspired-glue-keeps-hearts-sealed?et_cid=3701813&et_rid=54713780&location=top#.Us8DCNJdXzg

Full, free article, images from Biosci. Tech.

Boy hears for the first time

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2014/01/08/dramatic-changes-for-child-who-received-corrective-hearing-surgery/?nwltr=icymi_wn_headline

Free story, video from ABC News

Devices

Something instead of organ donation?

http://www.rdmag.com/articles/2014/01/synthetic-solution-saves-lives?et_cid=3703299&et_rid=54713780&location=top

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

Implant for those with sleep apnea

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1308659

Free abstract from New Engl. j. Med.

Chemical suppliers: why the US legal execution rate is in decline

http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/01/06/american-capital-punishment-all-out-drugs?cmpid=tp-ptnr-upworthy

Full, free essay, images, links from Takepart

What the techies are up to: Jan. 2-9

Mass spectrometry images sorts out tissues quickly

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/01/chemical-imaging-brings-cancer-tissue-analysis-digital-age?et_cid=3698786&et_rid=54713780&location=top

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

Genetic clock also gives temperature reading

http://www.rdmag.com/videos/2014/01/synthetic-genetic-clock-checks-thermometer?et_cid=3697446&et_rid=54713780&location=top

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

Today's technology: Dec. 26-Jan. 2

Anti-erection devices that have been patented

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/bering-in-mind/2013/12/30/a-bakers-dozen-old-fashioned-anti-erection-gadgets-for-men-with-illustrations/?WT_mc_id=SA_DD_20131231 

Complete, free blog, images from Sci. Am.

What is the progress in cryonic preservation of organs?

http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/34190/title/Icing-Organs/

Full, free article, images, links from The Scientist

Gold threads for osteoarthritis in the knee

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMicm1202540?query=TOC

Short, free note, X-rays from New Engl. j. Med.

What the techies are up to this week: Dec. 19-26

Retinal cells printed with ink jet

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2013/12/cells-eye-inkjet-printed-first-time?et_cid=3666772&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free piece from R&D Mag.

Is artificial cartilage on the horizon?

http://www.pratt.duke.edu/news/duke-engineers-make-strides-toward-artificial-cartilage

Press release, images from Duke Univ.

Modern medical miracles: Dec. 12-19

Routine procedures

These contact lenses supply anti-glaucoma drugs all the time

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2013/12/contact-lens-delivers-glaucoma-drugs-continuously?et_cid=3647582&et_rid=45516821&location=top

Complete, free essay from Drug discov. & develop.

3-D printed practice skulls for surgical practice

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24741-3dprinted-skull-simulates-sensations-of-brain-surgery.html#.UrR9DtJDvzh

Short, free piece, video from New Scientist

30 minute influenza test using nanoparticles

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/269704.php

Full, free item from Medical News Today

Repairs

Hydrogel scaffolding for facial repairs

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2013/12/temperature-sensitive-gelling-scaffolds-regenerate-craniofacial-bone?et_cid=3653754&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free essay from R&D Mag.

3-D printing to repair injured areas

http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=129867&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

Press release from NSF



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