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Technology for today: Sept. 18-25

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

Technology for today: Sept. 18-25

Cheap I-phone accessory: eye care to the countryside

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22329874.300-iphone-eye-test-spots-vision-problems-cheaply.html

Full, free report, links from New Sci.

New wildlife Ebola detection method

http://www.plosntds.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pntd.0003143

Complete, free article, linked citations from PLoS Neglected Trop. Dis.


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Tech. news you can use:Sept. 11-18

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

Tech news you can use: Sept. 11-18

Thanks this week to 'net detective A.J. Petto

Throw away that bath soap!

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/25/magazine/my-no-soap-no-shampoo-bacteria-rich-hygiene-experiment.html?_r=1

Complete, free report from NY Times Mag.

Print out a cell phone microscope for a few cents

http://www.rdmag.com/videos/2014/09/want-print-your-own-cell-phone-microscope-pennies?et_cid=4155901&et_rid=54713780&location=top

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

"Mechanical spleen?"

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/40979/title/Next-Generation--Blood-Cleansing-Device/

Full, free article, image, original citation from The Scientist

Waking up during surgery: how often?

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22329862.100-paralysis-adds-to-horror-of-waking-up-under-the-knife.html

Full, free essay from New Sci.

Need an update on Ebola in Liberia?

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/ebola/8-september-2014/en/

Full, free press release from WHO

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Med. tech today: Sept. 4-11

Posted By David L. Evans, Friday, September 05, 2014
Updated: Monday, September 08, 2014

Med. tech today: Sept. 4-11

Innovations

Imaging blood through bones

http://www.biotechniques.com/news/Seeing-Through-Bones/biotechniques-353631.html#.VAnXaNJdXzg

Complete, free report, images, reference from BioTechniq.

Using survivors' blood for Ebola treatment

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2014/ebola-therapies-consultation/en/

WHO statement

Diagnosis

Finding sickle cell disease

http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/rockland-wins-sbir-grant-for-sickle-cell-disease-poc-device/81250315/

Complete, free report from GEN

Detection of acute kidney failure

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm412910.htm

Press release from FDA

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What the techies are doing: Aug. 28-Sept. 4

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, August 28, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, September 03, 2014

What the techies doing: Aug. 28-Sept. 4

Diagnostics

Monitoring parkinsonism by phone

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/40568/title/Say--Aaaah-/

Full, free item from The Scientist

Finding Alzheimer Disease early on

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/09/%7Ftechnique-helps-id-early-alzheimer%E2%80%99s?et_cid=4131515&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free article, image from Biosci. Tech.

Rapid detection of jaundice in newborn with smartphone app

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/08/smartphone-app-can-detect-newborn-jaundice-minutes?et_cid=4121754&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay from R&D Mag.

Self blood pressure check better than in MD office

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/08/do-it-yourself-blood-pressure-care-can-beat-mds?et_cid=4121028&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report from R&D Mag.

Therapeutics and devices

Beer waste to bones

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/articles/2014/08/making-bones-beer-waste?et_cid=4123112&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Complete, free report from Biosci. Tech.

WHO calls on e-cigarette regulation/ ban on indoor use

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/who-calls-for-electronic-cigarette-regulation/?&WT.mc_id=SA_HLTH_20140903

Full, free essay, links from Sci. Am.


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Tech for today and tomorrow: Aug. 21-28

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, August 21, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tech for today and tomorrow: Aug. 21-28

Treatments



Marrow transplants to reverse sickle cell in adults

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/07/marrow-transplants-can-reverse-adult-sickle-cell?et_cid=4027168&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Full, free essay, image from
Biosci. Tech.

What about the wisdom of e-cigarettes?

http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2014/08/22/CIR.0000000000000107.full.pdf+html

Full, free pdf, tables, references from
Circulation

Tactile technology for the blind and everyone

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/07/blind-lead-way-brave-new-world-tactile-technology?et_cid=4027061&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report from R&D Mag.

Stopping the neurons while outside the cranium

http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/noninvasive-brain-control-0629

Press release from MIT

Diagnostics


Sorting cells with sound

http://www.rdmag.com/videos/2014/08/sorting-cells-sound-waves?et_cid=4118692&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

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

Antibody test for Type I diabetes


http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm410830.htm

Press release from FDA

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Vital technology: Aug. 14-21

Posted By David L. Evans, Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Updated: Thursday, August 21, 2014

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The wonders of technology: Aug. 7-14

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, August 07, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The wonders of technology: Aug. 7-14

Devices


Increasing use of contraceptives during first sex

http://www.upworthy.com/theres-a-changing-trend-related-to-sex-in-the-us-it-looks-quite-empowering?c=upw1

Free charts from
The Upworthiest

Tattoo batteries powered by seat

http://www.rdmag.com/videos/2014/08/tattoo-biobatteries-produce-power-sweat?et_cid=4097826&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report from
R&D Mag.

Very rapid administration of clot-busters in strokes


http://consumer.healthday.com/cardiovascular-health-information-20/heart-stroke-related-stroke-353/speedy-delivery-of-clot-busting-drug-helps-stroke-patients-avoid-disability-690448.html

Brief, free item from
HealthDay News

The "virtual torch" helps those with limited sight

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/08/%E2%80%9Cseeing%E2%80%9D-through-virtual-touch-believing?et_cid=4093887&et_rid=54713780&location=top

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

Thin films for drug delivery over the long haul

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2014/08/nanoscale-thin-film-technique-promises-long-term-drug-delivery?et_cid=4084265&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report, image from Drug discov. & develop.


Taking care of accidents


Nanocoat for burn wounds

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/08/new-biomaterial-coats-tricky-burn-wounds-acting-cling-wrap?et_cid=4093887&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

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

Removing a barium concretion


http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMicm1313574?query=TOC

Short, free note, image, video from New Engl. j. Med.

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Your source for med. tech.: July 31-Aug. 7

Posted By David L. Evans, Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Ebola serum grown in tobacco plants

http://www.webmd.com/news/20140804/ebola-virus-vaccine

Free story from WebMD

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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, August 04, 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

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