If we talk about the aftermaths of a war or a natural calamity, one of the major issues of concern is the amputation. And the main reason behind this is the blood loss due to injured limbs. The Mechanical Advantage Tourniquet (MAT) developed by the Cybertech Medical Product Development is the most proficient and preferred device used by the Army, Navy, and Marines to avert the loss of blood and tissue damage. The MAT has already got a Gold 2006 Industrial Design Excellence Award (IDEA Award). The Business Week selected the MAT in their feature ‘Design for a Dangerous Planet’ in the July 10 ‘Best Product Design of 2006′ issue. The design of the MAT makes it quite easy to use and prevents the tissue damage and loss of limbs. The results have been positive and outstanding.
Dr Thomas Force, who teaches medicine at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, has revealed that the cancer-fighting drug, Gleevec can also be a cause of heart failure in leukemia patients under treatment. Force urged the doctors to be aware of the fact that Gleevec could effect the heart. Novartis, on the other hand, supported a detailed research on the matter. Force said that 10 patients taking Gleevec at the University of Texas’ M.D. Anderson Cancer Center have developed the symptoms of heart failure The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Finnish Heart Foundation and the Paavo Nurmi Foundation supported the research.
A joint venture of Hitachi’s Central Research Laboratory and Schools of Engineering and Medicine, University of Tokyo, led to the development of Contrast Agent Technology for ultra-sonic diagnostic equipment. The technology works by transforming the contrast agents made of nano-sized droplets into micron-sized bubbles that emit reflected signals requisite to get tumor tissue images. With this technology, we can get the information on blood vessels as well as tumor issues.
The Beckham Capsules are gaining good name and fame in Japan. In actual, the Beckham Capsules are a kind of high-pressure tents that are being used to relax your body. It has just thrown away the notion of having a sound sleep at night out of the window. The Beckham Capsules have a higher than normal atmospheric pressure inside it that increases the amount of oxygen in the blood and thereby reduces the pain and relaxes the body. However, the after-effects of the Beckham Capsules, if any, have not been disclosed till today. If haven’t had a sound sleep last night and your body is aching, wrap yourself in a Beckham capsule.
Most of the times, many heart patients are deprived of the heart transplants because of their age factor or critical conditions. The critically ill patients have a reason to smile now since FDA has given the Humanitarian Device Exemption approval for the AbioCor Implantable Replacement Heart developed by the Abiomed Inc. The two pound AbioCor comprises an internal thoracic unit, an internal rechargeable battery, an internal miniaturized electronics package and an external battery pack. It has the capability to move the blood through the lungs and to the rest of the body continuously. The only criteria to go for an AbioCor transplant is the size of the chest so that it can hold the AbioCor.
The video illustrates the working of the First Self-Contained Artificial Heart, the AbioCor Implantable Replacement Heart developed by Abiomed Inc. The AbioCor is developed from titanium and advanced forms of medical polymers. The AbioCor’s bio-compatible pump allows the blood to circulate through lungs and the other part of the body.
Most of the times, the normal bandages are not so much effective in controlling the blood flow caused by the cuts, wounds and penetrating injuries. An effective solution to the problem is FDA-cleared HemCon® Bandage that is made from a natural product called chitosan (KITE-oh-zan). When applied to the injured part, the HemCon Bandage assertively adheres to the tissue surface and its glue-like action forms a strong barrier and stabilizes the wound. The sturdy-made HemCon Bandages offer flexibility to conform to warped or uneven wound surfaces. You can easily remove the bandage with saline or water.
In this high-tech world, you need to sit in front of the computer for long hours. And when you stand up, you are caught with the eyestrain. I just stumbled upon the EyeZone Eye Massager that comforts your exhausted eyes, stimulates circulation and tones muscle tissue using the acupuncture and magnetics principles. The electronic EyeZone Eye Massager comes with adjustable straps and features the vibrating foam pads that create pressure on the pressure points to boost the blood circulation and release tension, eyestrain and headache. The Opal Electronic Eyezone Eye Massager can even reduce the chances of presbyopia (age related vision loss). Make sure your kids don’t use it since it is meant for adults only. The EyeZone Eye Massager is priced at £14.95 on Gizoo.
FDA has made the first portable LeadCare II Blood Lead Test System developed by ESA Biosciences, a Chelmsford, Mass. Company available to the 115,000 certified point-of-care locations nationwide. The new system will ease the testing and treatment of the lead poisoning. The LeadCare II produces the blood-lead results with mere two drops of blood and that too in just three minutes. The system delivers the results on the basis of finger-stick sample. The Lead II Blood Lead Test System will be quite effective to ensure the wellness of the kids who are at higher risk.
Artificial blood? Yes, I am talking about the artificial blood that will sometime in the near future replace our blood. Oxycyte is a man-made pure white compound that has the ability to carry oxygen 50 times more efficiently than our own blood. Researchers claim that if the Oxycyte performs well in the trials, it will become the first FDA approved drug to treat to treat the leading cause of accidental deaths, the traumatic brain injury.