Earlier this week, Verizon hosted a media event at its Innovation Center in San Francisco to highlight some of its recent business ventures and tech projects. There were glass-paneled tables, a huge interactive mural, and a handful of promo videos explaining how the Center partners up with other companies, big and small, to solve problems in health care, environmental, and consumer industries using technology. Oh, and there was hummus. It was nice.
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
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
Chemical reaction networks make up an old language of equations that detail how chemicals behave together. Now engineers at the University of Washington are taking this language into the 21st century with a computer program for chemistry that can help direct the movement of synthetic molecules.
This standardized set of instructions on how to "program" how DNA molecules interact in a test tube or cell could pave the way for smart drug delivery systems and disease detectors at the cellular level, the researchers report this week in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.… Read more
When a disaster strikes, there's a very short window of time in which to locate and free survivors trapped under rubble. The Finder portable radar system, developed through a collaboration between NASA and the US Department of Homeland Security, could make it much easier for emergency responders to find victims.
"Finder" is short for "Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response." The device works by sending a low-power microwave radar signal through the rubble. The signals that bounce back are analyzed for patterns that indicate a person's breathing or heartbeat.… Read more
We can't all have a personal trainer standing over us at all times reminding us to stay hydrated during exercise. If the BluFit smart water bottle reaches its Indiegogo funding goal, then we might all have an app-powered hydration expert keeping us full of water.
The BluFit consists of an LED-equipped water bottle and an app for Android and iOS devices that support Bluetooth LE (also known as Bluetooth Smart). The hardware is built into the glass bottle's lid. There is a water sensor, USB port, rechargeable battery, and speaker.… Read more
A drug commonly prescribed to treat nail fungus appears to come with a not-so-tiny side effect: killing HIV in cell cultures.
In a study performed at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, not only does the drug Ciclopirox rid infectious HIV from cell cultures, but the virus also doesn't bounce back when the drug is withheld.
The same group of researchers had previously shown that Ciclopirox -- approved by the FDA and Europe's EMA as safe for human use to treat foot fungus -- inhibits the expression of HIV genes in culture. Now they have found that it also … Read more
How many times have you tried to switch on a flashlight, only to find the batteries are dead? Well, here's one that works simply with the heat of your hand. All you need is to be alive -- and warm.
The Hollow Flashlight is the invention of 15-year-old Ann Makosinski of Victoria, Canada, whom we wrote about in July. Her flashlight is one of four winning creations in the annual Google Science Fair.
With more than a thousand submissions, the event highlights teen innovation around the world. The grand prize of a $50,000 scholarship went to San Diego's Eric Chen for his use of computer modeling to discover new flu medicines. … Read more
The Wild West of mobile medical apps is getting a little more tame two years after the US Food and Drug Administration first proposed regulating any mobile app deemed a medical device.
The administration announced Monday that it is issuing final rules governing the development and oversight of health-related apps, with a particular (and obvious) focus on those that could be harmful if defective or misused.
To be clear, the FDA says it is only regulating products that turn smartphones into devices it already oversees (think electrocardiograms or ECGs) or serve as an accessory to a device that is already … Read more
Oh, the birds and the bees. Not so long ago parents and kids alike would typically dread having "the talk" in all its analog, face-to-face glory. And while search engines have taken a load off in recent years, kids can get a lot of bad information -- or just run into a lot of porn -- if they ask their sex-related questions online.
So New Mexico has decided to join North Carolina in launching a free texting service called BrdsNBz that targets teens and their parents. The service promises that, within 24 hours of someone texting a sexual … Read more