Dust-sized ‘fitbits’ offer new way to monitor the body from within

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Scientists are developing dust-sized wireless sensors implanted inside the body to track neural activity in real time, offering a potential new way to monitor or treat a range of conditions, including epilepsy and control next-generation prosthetics. Source: CBC Date: September 20th, 2016 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/fitness-sensors-tiny-wireless-1.3751021 Discussion 1) The ability to monitor at such small scale could have a myriad… Read more »

Alberta pot producer launches mobile app to buy medical marijuana

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Need some medical marijuana? There’s an app for that. An Alberta-based pot producer has launched a mobile app to make it easier for patients with a prescription to purchase federally-regulated medicinal weed. Cam Battley, of Aurora Cannabis, said the idea was to give customers the same service as giant online retailers such as Amazon. Source: CBC Date: September 15th,… Read more »

This Entrepreneur Developed A Test That Diagnosed His Dad With Cancer

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Description: Conventional tests had failed to detect his father’s prostate cancer—but his “liquid biopsy” technology did. Source: Fast Company Date: April 1, 2016 When Santa Cruz professor Richard Otte, 61, got an annual screening test for prostate cancer, called a PSA, the results came back negative. Shortly thereafter, he reached out to his son Gabriel, an… Read more »

What can doctors learn from pilots and cyclists?

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Description: Copying the aviation industry and even professional cycling may help the NHS save lives, writes Matthew Syed. Source: BBC Date: April 1, 2016 Today, a new approach to learning will come into legal effect in the NHS, with the establishment of an independent accident investigation branch. It is modelled on aviation, an industry which has… Read more »

Google Wants to Patent a Blood-Sucking Smartwatch

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Description: Google just filed a patent application for a “needle-free blood draw” device that can be implanted in a wearable. Source: Gizmodo Date: December 4, 2015 The Google design isn’t exactly needle-free. It’s a really slick finger-pricking gadget that works by blasting a gas-powered microparticle into the skin and then draws a small vial of blood… Read more »

The Doctor on a Quest to Save Our Medical Devices From Hackers

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Description: Dr. David Klonoff is trying to make his patients’ medical devices more secure. Source: Wired Date: November 24, 2015   Klonoff wants to find a way to secure insulin pumps to shut out nefarious hackers while still letting patients hack their own pumps for better performance. Read More. Questions for discussion: 1. Do you think that… Read more »

How Facebook is Using AI to Help Bring Photos to Life for the Blind

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Description: New AI technology can interpret the content of photos and provide more context than was possible before. But there’s still a long way to go. Source: Fast Company Date: October 16, 2015 Trevor Thomas is a professional hiker. Heading out on some of America’s most famous trails with his dog, Tennille, for treks of up to six… Read more »

Study Shows Alarming Rise in Smartphone-related Injuries

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Description:With smartphone use on the rise, medical professionals say they are seeing more injuries related to the devices. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: Sept 8th, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1. Have you noticed any pain or issues with your health that may be related to smartphone use? 2. Other than the issues brought up in this news… Read more »

Wearable Tech for Babies: Smart Onesie

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Description: Mimo is a onesie with a built-in monitor that collects real time data about baby’s breathing, temperature, sleep, body position and sends it to a smartphone. Source: CNN Money Date: April 17, 2015   Questions for discussion: 1. Do you feel that Mimo is an extravagant accessory or a useful tool? 2. Do you feel like technology… Read more »