An Airbag Belt Could Help Protect Seniors' Hips From Nasty Falls

It doesn't matter how much milk you drink, at a certain age your bones start to lose their strength, eventually putting you at risk for broken limbs and even worse: a broken hip that hinders your mobility. So similar to the airbags in your car, this safety belt instantly inflates when it detects the wearer is falling,… » 8/15/14 3:07pm 8/15/14 3:07pm

A Better First Aid Kit That Makes Suggestions and Knows What's Missing

Even a well-stocked first-aid kit is all but useless if you crack it open but have no idea what's actually needed for a particular emergency. So these aptly-named Clever Medkits feature a series of buttons and LED lighting that only illuminates the medical supplies needed for a specific injury, and it will even remind… » 7/30/14 1:29pm 7/30/14 1:29pm

The World's Strongest MRI Will Be Able to Pick Up a Tank

The stronger an MRI machine's magnetic field is, the better image resolution and refresh rates it is able to achieve. While most medical-grade MRIs today top out between 1.5 and 3 Tesla, the unit measure of magnetic field strength, GE has recently constructed a unit with the whopping power of 7 Tesla. But that's… » 7/03/14 11:40am 7/03/14 11:40am

Life-Saving App Knows How Much Blood You Lost Just Looking At a Sponge

During a surgery, doctors and surgeons use a measurement called EBL—or estimated blood loss—to determine how much blood a patient has lost, and how much needs to be returned via a transfusion. Unfortunately it's really just an educated guess, until Gauss Surgical's new Triton Fluid Management System makes its way into… » 5/27/14 9:20am 5/27/14 9:20am

A Battery-Free, Pocket-Sized CPR Coach Ensures You're Really Helping

It might look easy, but properly performing CPR to save someone's life—and not injure them in the process—does require a specific technique. Since not everyone's taken a first-aid course, the Cardio First Angel serves as an impromptu CPR instructor that ensures you're doing it right, no matter how limited your medical… » 5/22/14 4:00pm 5/22/14 4:00pm

This Student-Designed Ventilator Is 80 Times Cheaper Than the Norm

Babies born premature or sick are often completely reliant on a ventilator to stay alive. In many parts of the world that's a $40,000 machine that runs completely autonomously, but in developing nations it's often the child's parents—continuously squeezing a hand pump. It's a depressing image that inspired students at » 4/22/14 4:00pm 4/22/14 4:00pm

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. » 3/20/14 12:20pm 3/20/14 12:20pm

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've solved with a portable test that relies on a… » 3/17/14 9:20am 3/17/14 9:20am

A Simple Adapter 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,… » 3/16/14 6:00pm 3/16/14 6:00pm

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… » 3/03/14 1:40pm 3/03/14 1:40pm

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… » 1/28/14 10:50am 1/28/14 10:50am

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… » 1/22/14 9:20am 1/22/14 9:20am

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 Inc., hopefully none ever do. It adds audio filters, a visual readout, and automatic… » 1/21/14 12:20pm 1/21/14 12:20pm

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 which… » 1/17/14 1:20pm 1/17/14 1:20pm

The World's Awesomest Scientists Invent Cavity-Free Candy

With a breakthrough that will finally help Halloween top Christmas as the best holiday ever, scientists at the Berlin-based biotech lab Organo Balance claim to have developed a candy that doesn't cause cavities. You'll still get sick and pack on the pounds from gorging on sweets, but if you forget to brush your… » 12/13/13 10:40am 12/13/13 10:40am

Electronic Triage Bracelets Prioritize Who Needs Immediate Care

In a disaster situation, triage and rescue workers typically tag patients with a colored paper bracelet that correlates to the severity of their injury. But a patient's situation can change after being tagged, making it difficult to keep track of who needs what care. So researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have… » 12/05/13 9:39am 12/05/13 9:39am

A Rehab Machine That Lets Patients See Their Muscles in Motion

A skilled physiotherapist can get your body working again after an injury, but even they can't see your inner workings while you're rebuilding muscle. So a team of researchers from Saitama University have developed a rehabilitation machine that generates a virtual representation of the muscles in your arm letting… » 12/04/13 9:27am 12/04/13 9:27am

Autopsy Robots Can Spot Abnormalities That CSI Techs Can't

The thought of having to automate a morgue to keep up with the demand is a little depressing, but researchers at the University of Zurich in Switzerland have developed a robotic system that can help with at least part of an autopsy by spotting physical abnormalities on a body—giving pathologists as much data as… » 12/03/13 10:20am 12/03/13 10:20am