Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), better knowns as drones, are being studied for various medical applications, from carrying disaster relief aid to transporting transplant organs and blood samples. When it comes to medical emergencies, each moment is critical to patient survival.
A car manufacturer has recently developed a new medical device designed to alleviate motion sickness, given that approximately 30 million people in Europe alone suffer from chronic travel sickness, and one in three people develop symptoms at least once in their lifetimes.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the Zephyr Endobronchial Valve (Zephyr Valve), a device to treat breathing difficulty associated with severe emphysema.
Foodborne illnesses affect 48 million Americans each year, a grim statistic that leads to over 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Yet recent findings published June 27 in the journal Nano Letters indicate that technology can be employed to prevent consumers from buying and/or eating tainted food.
A private security firm called TrapX Labs, recently set up a sting operation to gauge the impact of hackers on hospital security systems. It documented how financially motivated computer hackers attacking a decoy hospital network can make changes in networked devices like CT scanners in ways that can compromise patient safety. The hospital network was fake, but attackers were real, TrapX said.
Made from semiconducting plastic, a low-cost sensor has the capability to monitor a wide range of health conditions, such as surgical complications or neurodegenerative diseases.
Now there is a device that can deliver drugs directly to a damaged area of the heart. The device, developed by MIT and Harvard researchers, delivers drugs straight to the heart through a tube. “After a heart attack we could use this device to deliver therapy to prevent a patient from getting heart failure.
What if medical devices could be inserted or implanted into the body, without needing to be powered by batteries? Such devices could potentially be used to deliver drugs, monitor conditions, or treat disease by stimulating the brain with electricity or light.