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Gadgets and methods: Dec. 18-25

Posted By David L. Evans, Friday, December 19, 2014
Updated: Friday, December 19, 2014

Gadgets and methods: Dec. 18-25

Blood tests for concussion prognosis

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/blood-test-forecasts-concussion-severity/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20141218

Short, free note, link, audio file from Sci. Am.


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This week in gizmos: Dec. 11-18

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, December 11, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, December 16, 2014

This week in gizmos: Dec. 11-18

Thanks to 'net detective Gary Heiko-Heisermann

Machines

Looking at the genome on a smartphone

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/videos/2014/12/viewing-your-genome-blackberry-passport?et_cid=4310915&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Free video from Biosci. Tech.

Robotic neck surgery

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/12/robotic-surgery-tool-treats-previously-inoperable-head-and-neck-cancer?et_cid=4318818&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Full, free item, image from Biosci. Tech.

3-D printed meniscus for a knee

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/12/meniscus-regenerated-3-d-printed-implant?et_cid=4312297&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

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

Ebola news

Need an update on Ebola hemorrhagic virus?

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm63e1216a1.htm?s_cid=mm63e1216a1_e

Full, free article, links, graphics, linked citations from MMWR

Ebola workers named Time's Person of the Year

http://time.com/time-person-of-the-year-ebola-fighters-choice/

Complete, free report, images from Time


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Amazing technology: Dec. 4-11

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, December 04, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Amazing technology: Dec. 4-11

Expendables

What is a 3-D vaccine?

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/12/injectable-3-d-vaccines-could-fight-cancer-infectious-diseases?et_cid=4307830&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Complete, free report from R&D Mag.

Building a better bandaid

http://www.nsf.gov/news/mmg/mmg_disp.jsp?med_id=77553

Press release, video from NSF

Devices

Artificial touch sensors for prostheses

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/touch-sensors-can-now-mimic-our-skin-s-detection-of-stretching-and-twisting/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20141204

Complete, free report, images, links from Sci. Am.

Zapping the brain more effectively

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/electric-brain-therapies-improve-their-aim/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20141208

Full, free essay from Sci. Am.

Prosthetic retina

http://www.nsf.gov/news/mmg/mmg_disp.jsp?med_id=77568

Press release, image from NSF

Blood-related

Eyewitness to Ebola

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ebola-an-eyewitness-account-from-sierra-leone-dec-7/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20141209

Full, free essay, images from Sci. Am.

Most banked cord blood unused

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/vast-majority-of-life-saving-cord-blood-sits-unused/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20141205

Complete, free report, links from Sci. Am.

Tiny particles act as decoys for poisons in the blood

http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/nanosponges.jsp

Short, free item, video, images from NSF


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This week in technology: Nov. 27-Dec. 4

Posted By David L. Evans, Monday, December 01, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, December 02, 2014

This week in technology: Nov. 27-Dec. 4

Medical marvels

Artificial pancreas superior to insulin  pumps

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/landia/article/PIIS2213-8587%2814%2970226-8/fulltext

Free abstract from Lancet diab. & endo.

Misconduct with artificial tracheal implants?

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/41554/title/Surgeon-Faces-Misconduct-Allegations/

Short, free item, links from The Scientist

Ebola updates

Will transfusions from Ebola survivors work?

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2014/12/01/is-the-blood-of-ebola-survivors-an-effective-treatment/

Full, free blog, links from Sci. Am.

What's the latest with Ebola?

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/41535/title/Ebola-Update/

Complete, free report, links from The Scientist


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Advances in technology: Nov. 20-27

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, November 20, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Advances in technology: Nov. 20-27

Helpful tech

3-D printed hearts help in patient treatment

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/11/3-d-printed-model-helps-treat-patients-heart-disorders?et_cid=4276227&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report, image from Biosci. Tech.

Assisted reproduction

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6310a1.htm?s_cid=ss6310a1_e

Full, free article, tables, references from MMWR

Powdered measles vaccine looks good

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2014/11/powdered-measles-vaccine-found-safe-early-clinical-trials?et_cid=4285152&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay from Drug discov. & develop.

Rapid test for bacteria in blood

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/11/test-developed-rapid-diagnosis-bloodstream-infection?et_cid=4265510&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Full, free item from R&D Mag.

Nervous- and sensory-related

Laser therapy technique slows macular degeneration

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2014/11/new-laser-therapy-helps-slow-macular-degeneration?et_cid=4273383&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Complete, free report from Drug discov. & develop.

MRI may cause discomfort in those with cochlear implants

http://archotol.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1936465

Free abstract from JAMA Otolaryg.

Finding early brain damage in football players

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/11/test-detects-early-brain-damage-football-players?et_cid=4282668&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free story, images from Biosci. Tech.

Tongue shocking for MS

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tongue-shocks-hasten-healing/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20141119

Full, free essay from Sci. Am.

Ebola news

Ebola update

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6346a6.htm?s_cid=mm6346a6_e

Complete, free report, graphics, references from MMWR

Ebola still rages in Sierra Leone

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2014/11/who-ebola-transmission-intense-sierra-leone?et_cid=4275522&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free story, image from Drug. discov. & develop.


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Modern technology: Nov. 13-20

Posted By David L. Evans, Friday, November 14, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Modern technology: Nov. 13-20

Need an update or two on Ebola?

In Liberia

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm63e1114a4.htm?s_cid=mm63e1114a4_e

The most recent numbers

 http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm63e1118a1.htm?s_cid=mm63e1118a1_e

Articles, graphics, citations from MMWR

How does ZMapp work against Ebola?

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/health/2014-11/18/c_133796353.htm

Short, free item from Xinhuanet.com

Other tech.

A collection of brain imaging methods and software

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/41266/title/White-s-the-Matter/

Full, free article, images, links, citations from The Scientist

Using DNA to identify the species of snake that bit you

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/snake-dna-left-in-bite-id-s-serpent-assailant/?WT.mc_id=SA_EVO_20141117

Free audio file from Sci. Am.

Improving asthmatics' inhalers

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2014/11/new-imaging-method-could-improve-asthma-treatment?et_cid=4265477&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Complete, free report from Drug discov. & develop.




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New in technology: Nov. 6-13

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, November 06, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

New in technology: Nov. 6-13

Devices to take with you

Hacking the medical implant and the perfect murder?

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22429942.600-murder-by-hackable-implants-no-longer-a-perfect-crime.html#.VFu6G9LF_TQ

Full, free article, image, links from New Sci.

Everyday, wearable health monitors

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22429942.900-smart-health-monitors-to-predict-your-medical-future.html#.VFu7XtLF_TQ

Complete, free report, image from New Sci.

Brain-related gadgets

Artificial microtubules help neuron repair

http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/microtube-platform-provides-environment-for-neuron-growth-and-repair/81250588/

Complete, free report from GEN

Brainwaves to control gene expression and implanted LED's

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29974833

Full, free story, images from BBC News

Brain operated prostheses

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/41324/title/Neuroprosthetics/

Full, free review, links from The Scientist

Other gizmos

New, high-speed 3-D imaging for plaques

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/11/high-speed-%E2%80%9Clabel-free%E2%80%9D-imaging-could-reveal-dangerous-plaques?et_cid=4247846&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Complete, free report from R&D Mag.

Brain to brain interface

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/11/study-shows-direct-brain-interface-between-humans?et_cid=4250276&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free item, video from R&D Mag.

Amazing things

Sugar beets can synthesize hemoglobin--can it substitute?

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-29913983

Complete, free report from BBC

Update on Ebola

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/11/worst-ever-ebola-epidemic-numbers?et_cid=4253397&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free story from Biosci. Tech.

How safe is surgery at a teaching hospital?

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2014/10/27/is-surgery-safer-at-a-teaching-hospital

Full, free essay from U.S. New and World Rep.



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Technology to know: Oct. 30-Nov. 6

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, October 30, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Technology to know: Oct. 30-Nov. 6

Thanks to 'net detectives Paul Blumstein and Andrew Petto

Testing problems

DNA contamination problems

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0110808

Full, free article, figures, linked citations from PLoS One

Blood test for Alzheimer Disease

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/10/blood-test-could-diagnose-early-onset-alzheimer%E2%80%99s?et_cid=4235467&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Complete, free report from Biosci. Tech.

Ebola

Quick Ebola test developed

http://news.yahoo.com/simple-new-test-finds-ebola-in-15-minutes--could-be--gamechanger--200026694.html

Complete, free report, images from Yahoo News

John Oliver offers comments on Ebloa--some strong language

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/10/last-week-tonights-john-oliver-some-advice

Free, short note, video from Crooks and Liars.com

Devices

Working with prosthetic arms

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-it-like-to-control-a-robotic-arm-with-a-brain-implant/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20141103

Complete, free report from Sci. Am.

Prosthetic eyes

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/41052/title/The-Bionic-Eye/

Full, free article, images, references from The Scientist


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Useful technology: Oct. 23-30

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, October 23, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Useful technology: Oct. 23-30

Thanks to 'net detective Henriette Evans

Devices

Opening the blood brain barrier with ultrasound

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn26432-brain-barrier-opened-for-first-time-to-treat-cancer.html

Complete, free report, links, image from New Sci.

Optical tomography to view the brain

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/mind-guest-blog/2014/10/24/simply-shining-a-light-can-reveal-the-brains-structure/

Full, free blog, images from Sci. Am.

Light reveals arterial lipid deposits

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2014/10/shining-light-heart-disease-severity-location?et_cid=4233019&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay from Drug discov. & develop.

Important to know

US county-by-county health rankings

http://www.scientificamerican.com/slideshow/southeast-is-the-most-unhealthy-u-s-region-slide-show/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20141028

Series of maps from Sci. Am.

What is the status of Ebola in West Africa today?

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm63e1028a1.htm?s_cid=mm63e1028a1_e

Complete, free report, map from MMWR

Do you want a discussion about Ebola hemorrhagic fever?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc6dt5p12QY&feature=youtu.be

Free video from Penn State

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New stuff: Oct. 16-23

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, October 16, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New stuff: Oct. 16-23

Thanks to 'net detective Paul Blumstein

Ebola hemorrhagic fever

Differential survivorship of humans to Ebola

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/10/why-ebola-kills-some-people-others-survive?et_cid=4220820&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Full, free essay, image from Biosci. Tech.

Nigeria's Ebola outbreak over

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_289563/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=q2OqwziU

Complete, free report from AP

Great ideas

Pitcher plant inspires anticlotting features in devices

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/carnivorous-plant-inspires-anticlotting-medical-devices/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20141016

Full, free essay, audio file from Sci. Am.

Surgery on the hippocampus from the bottom up

http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2014/10/brain-surgery-through-the-cheek/

Press release, image from Vanderbilt Univ.

FDA OK's urinary prosthesis for women

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm418835.htm

Press release from FDA


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