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Tech today: July 24-31

Posted By David Evans, Monday, July 28, 2014

Rebuilding functions

Vagus nerve implant to end tinnitus - Complete, free report from New Sci.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22329794.000-nerve-implant-retrains-your-brain-to-stop-tinnitus.html

Engineering and medicine: facial reconstruction

http://www.nsf.gov/news/mmg/mmg_disp.jsp?med_id=76725

Free video from NSF??Detecting muscle signals to control prostheses - 
Full, free essay, image from Biosci. Tech.

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/videos/2014/07/implantable-sensors-improve-control-prosthetic-limbs?et_cid=4066343&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Other tech

Transcranial electricity to treat headaches - Complete, free blog from Sci. Am.

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/talking-back/2014/07/28/diy-brain-zapping-meets-the-world-of-internet-marketing/

DIY atrial fibrillation after stroke - Free abstract from Neurology

http://www.neurology.org/content/early/2014/07/23/WNL.0000000000000690


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The march of progress: July 17-24

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, July 17, 2014
Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014

Easy tech

Bubble wrap for lab ware! Yep.


http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25916-bubble-wrap-used-for-cheap-blood-and-bacteria-tests.html

Full, free essay, links from
New Sci.

Smart bandages monitor vitals

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22329784.300-sensorladen-smart-bandages-to-monitor-vital-signs.html

Short, free item from
New Sci.

Cell affected directly

Platelet-making bioreactor


http://consumer.healthday.com/circulatory-system-information-7/blood-disorder-news-68/scientists-discover-new-way-to-make-human-platelets-689938.html

Full, free essay from
HealthDay

Reprogrammed pig cardiac cells for new pacemaker

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25911-biological-pacemaker-keeps-a-beat-without-the-hardware.html

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?


http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/40452/title/Another-Alzheimer-s-Blood-Test-/

Complete, free report, links from The Scientist

Other, newer, simpler Alzheimer tests on the way?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/alzheimers-researchers-hunt-for-new-tools-to-identify-diseases-onset/2014/07/12/d458222e-092a-11e4-bbf1-cc51275e7f8f_story.html

Newspaper story

Do tests confuse you?

Grappling with statistics and applying the results?


http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28166019

Complete, free report, graphics from
BBC News

Understanding DNA ancestry results

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/40460/title/DNA-Ancestry-for-All/

Full, free story, links from
The Scientist

Diagnostics

Nanotechnology may help in diabetes type I diagnosis


http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/diagnosing-type-1-diabetes-with-nanotechnology/81250098/

Complete, free report from
GEN

New way to ferret out triggers for allergies

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/07/food-allergies-new-simple-method-track-down-allergens?et_cid=4036772&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Full, free item from
R&D Mag.

Optogenetics: new technique

http://www.nsf.gov/news/mmg/mmg_disp.jsp?med_id=76615

Press release, slide show from NSF

Advances in medical technology: July 3-10

Therapies for all


What is the scientific evidence related to acupuncture?


http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/5-scientists-weigh-in-on-acupuncture/?&WT.mc_id=SA_HLTH_20140701

Q&A from 5 scientists from Sci. Am.

Will nanoparticles damage organs?

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/body-on-a-chip-hints-that-nanoparticles-could-damage-organs/?&WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20140708

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

For those with other needs

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


http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/07/finger-device-reads-blind-real-time?et_cid=4036991&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free report, image from Biosci. Tech.

FDA approves inhalable insulin

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm403122.htm

Press release from FDA

Motorized exoskeleton for paraplegics approved

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm402970.htm

Press release from FDA

Technology today: June 26-July 3


Growing new tendons for rotator cuffs

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/06/engineer-grow-replacement-tissue-torn-rotator-cuffs?et_cid=4010983&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free report from
Biosci. Tech.

More rapid therapeutic T-cell growth in vitro

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/40353/title/Speeding-Up-Antiviral-T-Cell-Production/

Full, free item from
The Scientist

Women benefit more from special heart pacemaker

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/06/study-heart-pacer-zapper-benefits-women-more?et_cid=4012582&et_rid=54713780&location=top

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

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6325a2.htm?s_cid=mm6325a2_w

Full, free article, tables, linked citations from
MMWR

Making new bones for you

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/radio-new-zealand-all-programmes/episode/34395873?refid=eml&autoplay=true

Free audio file from
Radio New Zealand

Chip in brain allows paralyzed man to move hand

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/science-fiction-come-true-moving-a-paralyzed-hand-with-the-power-of-thought/2014/06/23/13c9ac88-f8a1-11e3-a606-946fd632f9f1_story.html

Free 
image, video, newspaper story

What the techies are up to: June 12-19

Hardware

Stroke-detecting helmet

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/stroke-helmet/?&WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20140617

Free audio file from
Sci. Am.

Softer stuff

Do toilet seat liners really help? Nope

http://www.today.com/health/sorry-germaphobes-toilet-seat-liners-are-pointless-heres-why-1D79818408?cid=eml_tdb_20140618

Full, free story, video from
NBC News

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


http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1314474?query=pfw

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

Risky business: dangerous behavior in kids

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6304a1.htm?s_cid=ss6304a1_e

Full, free article, graphics, links from
MMWR

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

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/16/scientists-bend-banana-genome-to-help-children-overcome-vitamin-a-deficiency

Full, free story from
The Guardian

Medical technology: May 29-June 12


Imaging

Better epidural delivery with optical tomography

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/05/researchers-introduce-precision-guided-epidurals-better-blood-monitors?et_cid=3962588&et_rid=54713780&location=top

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

Near infra-red images lymphatic system

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/06/lasers-and-night-vision-technology-help-improve-imaging-hidden-lymphatic-system?et_cid=3974446&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free report from
R&D Mag.

Other devices

Life-saving shirt ha
defibrillator included

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/06/heart-shocking-%E2%80%98shirt%E2%80%99-could-save-lives?et_cid=3974854&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay, image from
Biosci. Tech.

Long distance medicine is life-saver in rural areas

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/06/rural-clinics-increasingly-turn-telemedicine?et_cid=3981320&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free item from
R&D Mag.

Paraplegic using exoskeleton o deliver ceremonial kick at World Cup

http://www.nsf.gov/news/mmg/mmg_disp.jsp?med_id=76391

Free video from NSF

Biochip to detect glucose in saliva

http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2014/06/glucose

Press release from Brown Univ.

More news

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

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/wikipedia-dicey-as-medical-info-source1/?&WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20140611

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

Hydrogels promote better healing with stem cells


http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/06/better-tissue-healing-disappearing-hydrogels?et_cid=3984562&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Complete, free report from
R&D Mag.

Man allegedly steals skin from biotech company


http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/05/pennsylvania_man_employed_by_m.html

Full, free item from
AP

Microparticle delivery can heal bones more efficiently

http://www.news.gatech.edu/2014/05/29/engineering-better-way-rebuild-bone-inside-body

Press release from Georgia Tech.


Current med. tech.: May 22-29
Blood glucose to be sent by telemetry
http://www.dddmag.com/news/2014/05/dsi-launches-first-ever-glucose-telemetry-implant?et_cid=3953144&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free report from
Drug discov. & develop.
.

The techies today: May 15-22

Placebo: same outcomes as physical therapy in hip osteoarthritis

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1872817

Free abstract from
JAMA

Light used to scan brains


http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/05/optical-brain-scanner-goes-where-other-brain-scanners-can%E2%80%99t?et_cid=3948655&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Complete, free essay from
R&D Mag.

Wireless pacemaker demonstrated for rabbit's heart

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25590-wireless-energy-powers-pacemaker-in-live-rabbit.html

Full, free story, image from
New Sci.

Sweat detector for fingerprinting


http://www.biotechniques.com/news/Caught-Red-Handed-by-a-Sweat-Sensor/biotechniques-351660.html?utm_source=BioTechniques+Newsletters+%26+e-Alerts&utm_campaign=f46e636604-weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5f518744d7-f46e636604-87291326#.U3uqCHJdXzg


Full, free report, citation, images from
BioTechniques

Technology this week: May 8-15

Hypothermia for trauma and cardiac arrest
http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/surgeons-try-cold-cutting-for-critically-injured1/?&WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20140507

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

Prosthetic arm linked to neuron approved by GDA
http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/39976/title/FDA-Approves-Prosthetic-Arm/
Short, free story, links, video from
The Scientist

Deep-brain stimulation for Alzheimer

http://www.nature.com/mp/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/mp201432a.html

Free abstract from
Mol. Psych.

Screening maternal blood for fetal chromosomal defects

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/05/detecting-fetal-chromosomal-defects-without-risk?et_cid=3927190&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free report from
Biosci. Tech.

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The newest in technology: May 1-8

Posted By David Evans, Thursday, May 01, 2014
Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014

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

http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/synthetic-genomics-to-develop-humanized-pig-organs/81249831/

Full, free essay from GEN

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

http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/cartilage-on-a-chip-success-stirs-hopes-for-joint-repair/81249797/

Full, free item from GEN

Gene therapy via cochlear implant

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/39798/title/Cochlear-Implant-Gene-Therapy/

Full, free report from The Scientist
.
E-cigarettes

How safe are e-cigarettes?

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/smoke-screen-are-e-cigarettes-safe/?&WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20140424

Full, free story from Sci. Am.

Looking to regulate e-cigarettes

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm394667.htm

​Press release from FDA

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

The birth of modern transfusions

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/39508/title/New-Blood--circa-1914/

Full, free report, image from The Scientist

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.
.
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
.
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
.
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

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