By Gregory MonePosted 12.07.2007 at 2:12 pm9 Comments
The idea makes sense: You're moving your legs, working your muscles, but since you're in water, you're doing so without the pounding of a regular run, whether that be on a treadmill or the road, with the added benefit of increased resistance from the water. Still, Hydrophysio's aquatic treadmill looks a bit over-the-top. Not to mention that it would give the less dedicated among us too much opportunity to back out and think of something else to do while waiting for the machine to fill up with fluid. Now, if it doubled as a jacuzzi, so you could finish your workout, grab some Gatorade, and then return a few minutes later to find it warm and bubbling, that would be something. One bonus: It works for rehabbing your pets, too. So, you know, you could walk your dog, in the water, without going outside. Because that's what technology's for. —Gregory Mone
By Gregory Mone
Posted 11.29.2007 at 4:11 pm 1 Comment
A new electronic device designed to simplify the growth hormone injection process has just been approved by the FDA. Patients who suffer from growth hormone deficiency give themselves the daily injections, but jabbing yourself with an old-fashioned needle every night isn't all that fun. Nor is measuring out the right dose.
The easypod growth hormone delivery device sets the dose, allows doctors to track whether their patients are keeping to the prescribed schedule, and makes the actual injection a bit easier to deal with.
Now, as for whether doctors should really be prescribing growth hormone to kids in the first place, that's another issue. Read former PopSci editor Jenny's Everett's story on the subject here.—Gregory Mone
By Gregory Mone
Posted 09.14.2007 at 11:24 am 0 Comments
Westby Fisher, a Northwestern University cardiologist and blogger, rips into the American Heart Association after a patient left a page from one of the AHA's publications on his desk.
The page in question (left) reviews a study that looked into whether or not iPods effect pacemaker function. Apparently the music players showed some effect, but none of the patients tested experienced any symptoms. Fisher calls this sort of cursory review fear-mongering on the AHA's part.—Gregory Mone
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.