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February 27, 2017

Dousing Flames with Low-Frequency Sound Waves

A new type of extinguisher that uses sound waves to put out fires has been built by two engineering students in the US. Both chemical- and water-free, the invention offers a relatively non-destructive method of fire control, which could find applications in fighting small fires in the home, and the researchers now hold a preliminary patent application for their device.

While the concept of using sound waves to extinguish flames is not new, previous attempts to realize the principle – including efforts by teams at West Georgia University and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) – had not been successful.

Undeterred by this, as well as initial [...]

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February 26, 2017

A Quick and Simple Blood Test to Detect Early-Stage Cancer

Early and accurate detection of cancer is critical for successful cancer therapies. In most cases, a tissue biopsy is the initial means of making a diagnosis after some form of cancer screening has come up with a positive result. However, tumor antigen-specific autoantibodies – antibodies produced by the immune system that are directed against one or more of the individual's own proteins – are known to appear months even years before clinical diagnosis of cancer, and autoantibodies have been found in many types of cancer. With increasing accuracy, nanosensor platforms for detecting cancer biomarkers are becoming viable complements to invasive biopsies of metastatic tumors (although, [...]
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February 26, 2017

Precision Nanobatteries by The Billions

Tiny batteries formed inside nanopores demonstrate that properly scaled nanostructures can use the full theoretical capacity of the charge storage material. These nanobatteries delivered their stored energy efficiently at high power (fast charge and discharge) and for extended cycling.

Precise structures can be constructed to assess the fundamentals of ion and electron transport in nanostructures for energy storage and to test the limits of three-dimensional nanobattery technologies.

Nanostructured batteries, when properly designed and built, offer promise for delivering their energy at much higher power and longer [...]

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February 9, 2017

Life-Changing Therapy Now Available For Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury Patients As MyndTec Launches MyndMove™

MyndTec, an award-winning, Canadian medical technology company announced today the launch of its first commercial product, a revolutionary, new therapy for the treatment of arm and hand paralysis caused by stroke or spinal cord injury. MyndMove™ therapy is based on advanced non-invasive functional electrical stimulation and uses electrical stimulation to create new neural pathways for the recovery of voluntary function following injury to the brain or spinal cord.Over the coming week, MyndTec will unveil MyndMove at two rehabilitation conferences in Toronto, the National Spinal Cord Injury Conference (Oct 3–4) and the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (Oct 8-10). [...]
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January 8, 2017

High Speed Emergency Network with Drones

Each year nearly a million people in Europe suffer from a cardiac arrest. A mere 8% survives due to slow response times of emergency services. The ambulance-drone is capable of saving lives with an integrated defibrillator. The goal is to improve existing emergency infrastructure with a network of drones. This new type of drones can go over 100 km/h and reaches its destination within 1 minute, which increases chance of survival from 8% to 80%! This drone folds up and becomes a toolbox for all kind of emergency supplies. Future implementations will also serve other use cases such as drowning, diabetes, respiratory issues and traumas.

 
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November 23, 2015

Volunteers Enabling The Future, One Prosthetic at a Time

The e-NABLE volunteer community uses 3D printers, internet technologies, and good will to design and build inexpensive yet functional prosthetics for children…and give them away for free. These volunteers, devices and practices are empowering children, changing industries, and inspiring humanitarian innovators of all ages, worldwide.

Winner of the Edison 2015 Health & Wellness Gold Award

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November 23, 2015

10 Reasons You Should Care About What’s In Your Gut

Bacteria living in and on the human body is one of those disgusting facts that we all try to forget, but science is showing that if we want to obtain optimal health, we humans really should think about our microscopic partners in this life.

1. You are more bacteria than human.

Human cells account for just 10 percent of the cellular matter of the animals we call humans. The other 90% are bacterial cells that live on or in our bodies. To give you an idea of the numbers we’re talking about here, it is estimated that the human body is made of about ten trillion cells, but there are 100 [...]

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April 14, 2015

E.O. Wilson on the ‘Knockout Gene’ that Allows Mankind to Dominate Earth

Why did humanity, among all the species that have ever existed, come to dominate the Earth? Famed evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson argues it's on account of humanity's unusual genetic mutation, or "knockout gene," that gave rise to eusociality, or the social condition that allows non-reproductive members of a species to support its reproductive members. Wilson walks through the unusual historical evolution of eusociality and discusses how humanity is one of only 20 species in existence that currently exhibit the trait as well as the largest primate speci
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April 8, 2015

Why Americans Need to Stop Getting Health Care Through Their Employers

Even if the Affordable Care Act survives the Supreme Court later this summer, it won't be the end of the ObamaCare wars. In 2018, the so-called "Cadillac tax" kicks in, which is destined to set off a whole new round of political fighting.It's a 40 percent excise tax that applies to all employer-provided health insurance coverage above a certain value threshold: $10,200 for individual plans and $27,500 for family plans. So if the individual package you get through your job is worth $12,000, the tax will hit $1,800 of it.The start of the tax was delayed because it was so politically controversial. But according to a report this week in Politico, its looming arrival is already playing [...]
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April 8, 2015

Seeking The Great White Whales Of Personal Health Devices

Personal health-measuring devices — wearable digital trackers for weight, blood pressure, calories, and daily activity — generate a lot of buzz in the press.  But for all the hype, most of these items soon will join other “cool” technologies that had sought but never quite found the true unmet customer need.  These “vital” statistics turn out to be not that vital after all.

So, are there any medical needs where personal health devices can make a major difference in people’s lives — real needs currently going unfilled or only partly filled?  According to Tim Bernstein, Chief Operating Officer of yet2, a firm that helps businesses find and acquire new technologies, “Right now we [...]

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April 8, 2015

The Health Concerns in Wearable Tech

In 1946, a new advertising campaign appeared in magazines with a picture of a doctor in a lab coat holding a cigarette and the slogan, “More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette.” No, this wasn’t a spoof. Back then, doctors were not aware that smoking could cause cancer, heart disease and lung disease.In a similar vein, some researchers and consumers are now asking whether wearable computers will be considered harmful in several decades’ time.We have long suspected that cellphones, which give off low levels of radiation, could lead to brain tumors, cancer, disturbed blood rhythms and other health problems if held too close to the body for extended periods.Yet here we are [...]
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