If a human being can receive a bionic body part, the animals also should not be deprived of the valued technology. Prosthesis will reach the new heights if Steve McCulloch, director of dolphin and whale research at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution will be able to fix a prosthetic tail to a baby bottlenose dolphin that lost her tail during a human attack. If the noble idea comes true, the dolphin named Winter will be the first dolphin in the world to receive a prosthetic tail. I wish the very best from my side for the completion of this new prosthesis experiment.
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While Otologics developed the fully implantable hearing aid a few days back, it’s the time to take a look at the HiResolution Bionic Ear System developed by Boston Scientific. The cochlear implant system eases the kids and adults who are prone to rigorous or intense hearing loss. The HiResolution Bionic Ear System is designed especially for severely deaf patients. It enables them to listen to the different sounds even in noisy places. The cool concept is that the Cochlear ear implant bypasses the damaged part and sends sound signals right to the auditory nerve. The HiResolution™ Bionic Ear System features an array of processors for different needs along with a choice of accessories.
In the meantime, when Intel is quite busy announcing new technology for its next-gen laptops, it revealed its plans for a novel mobile computing platform aimed at healthcare professionals. The special tablet PC dubbed as the mobile clinical assistant boasts a lightweight design and smart features like an integrated handle and a spill- and drop-tolerant corral. The new system will ease the burden off the nurses and doctors and will add to the safety of patients too. The mobile clinical assistant platform integrate a digital camera to improve patient charting and progress notes, Bluetooth technology to record patient crucial signs and wireless connectivity to access electronic medical records systems from any place.
Engineers at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana are working to develop a grain-sized wireless device that the doctors can implant in the tumors to notify them with the exact dose of radiation and the location of the tumor. The wireless device dubbed as the “passive wireless transponder” is activated by placing electrical coils around the body to identify the precise location of the tumor. Well, the technology works just like the commercial microphones. The wireless device features a tiny version of the dosimeters. When the electrical foil is placed near the body, the signals are produced that sent the info from the dosimeter to a receiver.
OraSure Technologies, a name in oral fluid diagnostics and maker of the OraQuick ADVANCE® Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test is trying its darn good to get an FDA’s approval for its HIV testing products to be used at home. The OraQuick ADVANCE is the first & only FDA-approved rapid point-of-care test that is able to produce the precise results for both HIV-1 and HIV-2 in mere 20 minutes. The PA-based company commits to make the test available to masses. Right now, these products are used in clinical laboratories, hospitals, clinics, community-based organizations and other public health organizations. Let’s see if their HIV testing technology for use at home gets the FDA’s approval or not.
While we have seen Pupil and the Intelligent wheelchair earlier to ease the physically disabled and the patients, the Engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are working on a robotic system that will enable the wheelchair dependent patients to move independently without someone’s assistance. The system that is dubbed “HLPR Chair” (for Home Lift, Position and Rehabilitation) will also lessen the injuries to the caretakers and the patients. The system developed for the patients with a weight upto 300 pounds allows the stroke patients to move their legs actively without supporting their entire body weight. Well, the patient can move very easily as the HLPR chair moves at a pace of mere 27 inches per second (0.7m/s).
Siemens has announced a new small intracardiac ultrasound catheter in order to ease the procedures in smaller patients. The new Catheter, Acuson AcuNav 8F is 33% smaller than that of the current AcuNav 10F so that the left heart applications in smaller patients could be carried out quite easily. Dr. Ziyad M. Hijazi, University of Chicago said: The size and flexibility of the new catheter were very impressive and provided us with improved visualization of defects with less trauma to the patients. With the 8F, I was able to get spectacular images of clinical significance with no problem at all. The AcuNav 8F catheter is at this time offered on the Sequoia ultrasound platforms, the Acuson CV70 cardiovascular system and the Acuson Cypress cardiovascular system.
Biotronik already holds the title of having the world’s only implant that is capable of sending the ECG data automatically in case of heart rhythm disorder. Now, it has announced the first implantations of its new Lumax VR-T and Lumax DR-T ICDs. The recently announced Lumax ICD features a defibrillator that is able to give life-saving electric shocks. And the good thing is that the Lumax ICD automatically sends the vital diagnostic data via the cellular phone network to the cardiologist. The Biotronics’s home monitoring technology can even transfer the data through an SMS, e-mail or fax to the physician if the patient is in critical conditions or the heart rhythm is not apt. The comapany hasn’t created a product page for its new series of ICDs.
If you are always on a hunt to find some age defying cosmetics or treatments to brag a youthful and glowy skin, Philips has an indifferent light therapy bowl for you which they exhibited at their Simplicity event. The simple concept is the light therapy. Well, the bowl is filled with varied colors in accordance with your skin’s state. To reap the benefits of the light rays and a youthful skin, women have to put their face on the bowl. Moreover, it also has a pen that emanates UV rays to fend off the dark spots on your face. Well, if the words are true, the light therapy bowl might prove as a good alternate to the laser treatment. There is no detailed info about its commercial availability or pricing.