medical

An Insulin Pen Cap That Reminds Diabetics When Their Last Injection Was

As if all the side effects and health concerns related to diabetes weren’t enough, those dealing with the condition also have to maintain a frequent and carefully tracked regiment of insulin injections. Missing even one can be incredibly dangerous, which is what inspired one company to create the Timesulin.


One Day, Your Smartphone's Screen Could Be Used To Test Blood

Patients who rely on the use of coagulants to limit the formation of blood clots in their veins also require frequent and regular trips to the hospital for tests to monitor their blood flow. It’s a time-consuming side effect that researchers at EPFL hope they have solved with a portable test that relies on a smartphone’s display’s unique properties.


A Simple Adaptor Lets The iPhone Assist In Eye Exams

We’ve already got machines that give ophthalmologists a close-up view of the inside and outside of the human eye. The problem is they’re big and heavy, expensive, and rarely accessible to those in third world nations. So researchers at Stanford University have created a simple iPhone add-on that lets almost anyone, anywhere, perform eye exams.


How Implants And Prosthetic Limbs Get Recycled And Reused

Every year, millions of pacemakers, metal hips and prosthetics outlast the bodies they’re designed for. But these medical devices could very well go on to have a second-life — in cars, wind turbines, and even another person.


A Wearable IV Pole Is Like Morphine-2-Go For Patients

Even when a patient recovering from surgery is strong enough to get out of bed, they’re still usually tethered to an IV bag for medication — which means they have to drag around one of those awkward IV poles even when just going to the bathroom. But if they’re strong enough, they might soon be able to use this wearable IV pole instead


Report: Apple Is Working On Medical Devices, Mulling Cars

A report from the San Francisco Chronicle suggests that Apple is working to develop new product lines — including medical devices and cars. The newspaper report is light on detail, but it does describe how Cook and his team are supposedly working with audio engineer Tomlinson Holman — who invented THX and 10.2 surround sound — to develop a medical device.


An 8K Endoscope Probably Shows More Than Anyone Really Wants To See

8K television broadcasts are slowly creeping towards becoming a reality, but 8K video technology is already being embraced and used in other industries. A group called the Medical Imaging Consortium — or MIC for short — has revealed that back in December they used a new 8K endoscope in an experimental surgery where they successfully removed a pig’s gall bladder.


These Robotic Super Socks Will Aid Rehabilitation

Science fiction has given us a vision of the future where humans might one day enjoy super-strength and abilities while wearing a rigid robotic exoskeleton suit. But back here in reality, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a soft bio-robotic socks designed to assist those who have difficulty with something as simple as walking.


This Digital Stethoscope Can Spot Extra-Subtle Heart Murmurs

Physicians have been successfully diagnosing heart conditions using just their stethoscopes and ears for years now. But how many particularly subtle issues, like heart murmurs, have gone unnoticed? With the ViScope MD from HD Medical, hopefully none ever do. It adds audio filters, a visual readout and automatic murmur detection to a standard stethoscope to enhance what doctors already hear, ensuring nothing gets missed.


This Table Detects Breast Cancer Using Sound Waves, Not X-Rays

Traditional mammography machines — besides being uncomfortable — rely on ionizing radiation to image a patient’s breasts. And as all we all know, radiation ironically increases the risk of cancer developing. So a company called Delphinus Medical Technologies has developed a safer alternative called the SoftVue that instead uses ultrasonic sound waves bouncing around inside a large water tank.