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Smart Syringe

smart syringe

Of the four to five billion injections given each year in India, at least 2.5 billion are unsafe, according to one study. In some cases, that means that the injections are administered using unsterilized second-hand syringes that could be contaminated with a blood-borne disease such as hepatitis or HIV. A simple change to the way syringes are made could dramatically reduce those figures and save thousand of lives each year, according to David Swann of Huddersfield University in England. His design for a new kind of syringe that changes color after it has been used was nominated for an INDEX: Award. (Source: CNN)



CareSync is an online family health record that collects, organizes, stores, and selectively shares health information. It combines web and mobile applications with optional services to help you own your health information, and in turn, make better, more informed health decisions for you and your family.   The COO of Caresync, Amy Gleason, helped to develop the idea after experiencing a great deal of frustration trying to organize critical medical information for her daughter. Her need for a better tool led to the creation of an innovative new technology to help patients get a more precise diagnosis and faster, better treatment. (Source: The Global Genes Project)

Window to the Brain

brain window

A “window to the brain” implant which would allow doctors to see through the skull and possibly treat patients has been devised by U.S. researchers. The team at University of California, Riverside, say emerging laser-treatments in stroke and cancer care and brain imaging require access to the brain. However, they are limited as a part of the skull needs to be removed and replaced each time a treatment is performed. Instead, the team of scientists has devised a transparent implant that would replace a small section of the skull.  It uses a see-through version of the same material used for hip implants.  The researchers also think it could allow lasers to be fired into the brain to treat neurological disorders. The implant was reported in the journal Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine.  (Source: BBC)

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