Thanks to recent advances in genome sequencing that allow scientists to analyze DNA faster and more affordably than ever before, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis say they have found that many types of cancer are driven by the same genetic mutations.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a joint-swelling disease that can be a real pain. Aside from dealing with the discomfort itself, patients often have to inject themselves with medicine, adding to the pain.
That could become a little less bothersome with an auto-injector concept that warms the drugs to body temperature so they flow more easily.
The Aira by product development firm Cambridge Consultants is a reusable injector that patients can use at home to help treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and other illnesses that require biologic drugs. … Read more
The research is young and the tech has only been used experimentally on three patients, but neurologists at Stanford say they are officially able to eavesdrop on the human brain in real-life (not just clinical) situations. What's more, they say their new method of recording brain activity opens the door to devices that can not only read but also manipulate the mind.
"This is exciting, and a little scary," Henry Greely, steering committee chair of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics who observed but did not work on the study, said in a school news release. "… Read more
Imagine being able to cancel out specific street noises -- your neighbor's car alarm, for example, or those 6 a.m. garbage trucks -- while letting in the dulcet doggie sounds you still like to hear.
Austrian designer Rudolf Stefanich not only imagined such a scenario, but created one in Sono, a concept device that clips onto a window and lets you select which sounds to tune out using noise vibrations and digital sound-processing technology.
It's among the 20 products recently selected as finalists for the prestigious James Dyson Award, an international design prize that encourages the next generation of design engineers to conceive of problem-solving products. … Read more
IBM's Watson has snagged a job in the medical field.
After proving its prowess on "Jeopardy" two years ago, the Watson "cognitive" computing system is embarking on two new projects designed to help doctors make more accurate decisions and tap into data from electronic medical records (EMRs).
Known as "WatsonPaths" and "Watson EMR Assistant," the two projects announced Tuesday are a collaboration between Big Blue and Case Western Reserve University's Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.
WatsonPaths will provide a natural language Q&A technology that doctors can use … Read more
It sounds like something straight out of science fiction: artificial limbs that not only move, flex, and feel like their flesh counterparts, but also respond directly to one's thoughts and even translate sensory feedback -- the feeling of grass beneath one's feet or the sensation of a limb floating in space -- straight back to the brain.
Thanks to an aggressive push in funding from the US military in an effort to the improve the lives of injured veterans, those advancements are no longer such farfetched dreams. While the idea of "Blade Runner"-level prosthetics is … Read more
In the aftermath of a suicide, family and friends of the deceased sometimes turn to social media sites for clues as to why it may have happened.
But on a more hopeful note, the trails left on these sites may also serve as something of an early warning system that could help prevent some of these tragedies, according to researchers at Brigham Young University.
Reporting in the journal Crisis, the researchers say they sifted through millions of tweets gathered from all 50 states over three months, on the hunt for both direct discussions of suicide and keywords that are associated … Read more
When Dr. Teresa Myers took a call from a woman who thought she'd gotten strep throat right smack in the middle of an important business trip, the Akron, Ohio-based family medicine physician who loves telemedicine so much she actually does it in her spare time didn't mean to scream.
But when the patient -- hoping a doc could diagnose her problem via her iPhone camera so that she could get a prescription without going to an ER -- pointed her phone's flashlight toward the back of her throat, Myers couldn't restrain herself.… Read more
Fitbit, a company that provides wearable fitness technology, is getting ready to launch a new band to act as its flagship offering, according to a new report.
The company is working on a fitness band called Force, which will come with more capabilities than Fitbit's currently available Flex band, The Verge reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with company plans. The device will come with an altimeter to measure a person's altitude and a "Floors" feature to identify how many flights of stairs a person has climbed in a given period of time, according to The … Read more
If you had a choice between spending 2 minutes or 6 seconds brushing your teeth, you would probably go with the faster method. The Blizzident custom 3D-printed toothbrush is a bizarre-looking toothbrush alternative that promises a 6-second scrub of your pearly whites.
There is no one-size-fits-all Blizzident. Each one is custom-made to fit an individual's mouth. The process starts with an impression or 3D-scan of your teeth. If you have a dentist make an impression, it still needs to be scanned into a 3D file. That scan is uploaded to Blizzident, which then manufactures the toothbrush using 3D printing.… Read more