Check out today's featured Invention Award winner, OneBreath, a portable ventilator that saves more lives for less cost.
Four years ago, when Matthew Callaghan was a surgery intern at the University of California at San Francisco, the medical world was buzzing over the prospect of a global flu pandemic. One of the biggest potential problems was logistical: Because 95 percent of the ventilators in the U.S.—which keep critically ill patients breathing when their respiratory system is unable to function—are already in use, thousands of patients would die for lack of available life support. Ventilators cost hospitals from $3,000 up to $40,000 for state-of-the-art models, making it impractical for most hospitals and clinics to stockpile them for emergencies.
Feeling a bit obsessive-compulsive? New research suggests maybe it's not all in your head after all. More likely, researchers say, it's in your bones. A Nobel laureate at the University of Utah claims he has cured an OCD-like behavior in mice by giving them bone marrow transplants.
A new printing method could deposit medicines onto the surface of pills, making large, chalky-tasting tablets -- and your grandma's weekly-labeled pill box -- a thing of the past. Researchers in England have devised a way to dissolve active ingredients into a liquid and turn it into an ink that can be printed onto tablets, the way ink is printed onto paper.
So-called keyhole surgery techniques have come a long way in recent decades, but a lack of dexterity and freedom of movement means sometimes surgeons can't get the job done, and that means they have to go in the old fashioned way: Straight through the breastbone.
Check out today's featured Invention Award winner, SoundBite, a device designed for people with single-sided deafness.
One day in 2006, stuck in bumper-to-bumper Bay Area traffic, Amir Abolfathi had a eureka moment. Formerly vice president of R&D for Invisalign, a company known for transparent dental braces, he had recently been chatting with a friend who was working on hearing aids. Abolfathi knew that bone was a good sound conductor. What if he could somehow make a removable oral hearing aid—one that could channel sound from wearers' teeth to their ear through the bones in their head?
Inducing therapeutic hypothermia can prevent damage from oxygen deprivation in trauma patients
By Emily StonePosted 05.21.2010 at 12:37 pm 3 Comments
Dr. Laurence Katz's emergency room patients receive a lot of different medications. Over the years, he noticed that some patients' body temperatures were dropping during treatment, due to some unknown drugs or combinations of drugs.
Inducing hypothermia can help save the lives of patients whose brains have been starved of oxygen, so Dr. Katz, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, didn't want to stop the drops in body temperature -- he wanted to figure out how to chill more patients.
Last year, after several years of research, he co-founded Hibernaid, a company he hopes will use his research to make the first commercially available drug for inducing therapeutic hypothermia.
A new diagnostic test developed by researchers at ETH Zurich can tell if a patient has Type I diabetes, but gone are the days of blood samples and lab work. The new nanotech sensor can tell instantly if a patient has diabetes or an associated complication called diabetic ketoacidosis by simply analyzing a sample of exhaled breath.
Glucose powers the cells in our bodies, and it may soon power the implantable devices we place in there as well. French researchers have implanted the first functioning glucose biofuel cell in living animals, generating electrical power from the glucose that exists naturally in the body.
Long before you even feel sick, a new Darpa-funded bio-sensor will know what ails you. Researchers at Duke University are developing a device that can betray exposure to a virus even before a person's first sneeze, Wired's DangerRoom blog reports.
The sensor detects changes in gene expression that occur in people exposed to viruses like the common cold, flu, or the respiratory syncytial virus.
The astronauts launching on space shuttle Atlantis this afternoon will experience fatigue, muscle and bone-density loss, and a host of other space ills during the next couple of weeks. But their counterparts who will one day travel to Mars face greater problems -- their immune systems will be compromised, thanks to genes that behave differently in space.
Spaceflight changes the activity of genes that control immune and stress response, according to a new study of space-flown mice at the University of Arizona.