Tiny Robot Grippers Dissolve Away in Your Body Once Their Job Is Done

As robots get small enough to easily swim around inside the human body, they'll soon be used to perform medical procedures all from within a patient. And researchers at Johns Hopkins University are making such an idea even more plausible with the development of tiny robotic grippers that will actually dissolve away… » 2/24/15 11:35am Tuesday 11:35am

Scientists Can Now Unboil Eggs to Hopefully Make Cancer Drugs Cheaper

It sounds like research that doesn't have much more of a practical application than making people say "neat," but chemists at UC Irvine have figured out a way to unboil egg whites—turning them from a solid back into a liquid—and the process behind it promises to help lower the production cost of cancer drugs and other… » 1/26/15 12:30pm 1/26/15 12:30pm

A Smart EpiPen Case Lets Family Know You're Having an Allergy Attack

Anyone dealing with severe allergies always carries an EpiPen. In an emergency it provides an injectable dose of epinephrine to narrow blood vessels and open airways to help minimize the dangerous symptoms of an allergy attack, and when used with the new Veta case that's designed to safely store the EpiPen, it can… » 1/06/15 9:00am 1/06/15 9:00am

New Software Will Give Doctors a Panoramic View Inside Your Bladder

Images of long sandy beaches, breathtaking mountains, and even bustling cities come to mind when you think about an extra wide panoramic photo—not the inside of somebody's bladder. But new software promises to give doctors a better view inside a patient's plumbing by stitching countless images from an endoscope… » 11/07/14 10:45am 11/07/14 10:45am

Kids Will Love These Bandages That Make Cuts Look Far Worse

Has anyone ever put on a bandage and had it perfectly match their skin color? No, not even close. That's why printing bandages with fun or stylish designs makes a lot more sense. Or, if you're feeling macabre, you can toss a few bucks at this Indiegogo campaign that wants to create a line of bandages that make your… » 10/31/14 11:31am 10/31/14 11:31am

This Tiny Implantable Chip Is Powered By Sound

We've all but figured out how to make robots and machines tiny enough to operate inside the human body. The tricky part is figuring out a way to power them that's safe for the host. In lieu of bulky batteries or inconvenient wires, researchers at Stanford University have developed an implantable wireless chip that can… » 10/22/14 10:22am 10/22/14 10:22am

Google Tests Connecting Doctors With Online Patients

The web can be a precarious place to find accurate information regarding your health. With only a list of symptoms to type into a search engine, your mild headache could just be a headache...or the early stages of brain cancer. It's always best to consult a doctor if you're concerned and Google is trying to make it… » 10/12/14 10:00am 10/12/14 10:00am

Philips Wants to Cure Aches With Wireless Drug-Free Pain Relievers

There are some pains that are easily resolved with a couple of aspirins and a good night's sleep. But there are other pains that are far more persistent, and Philips is hoping to provide those that suffer from chronic aches with some drug-free pain relief using a couple of new iPhone-connected devices. » 9/16/14 1:57pm 9/16/14 1:57pm

All Science Should Be Taught With Gigantic Ball Machines

When drug manufacturer Seattle Genetics needed an effective way to promote its cancer-fighting antibody-drug conjugate medicines at a trade show, it enlisted a company called Creative Machines to design and build this amazing ball contraption that actually illustrates how the drug enters a cell and attacks cancer… » 9/15/14 11:51am 9/15/14 11:51am

A Syringe Slingshot Somehow Makes Needles Even More Terrifying

It might be a common fear, but being afraid of needles is completely understandable. Who in their right mind likes being jabbed with a long, thin metal tube? No one. And while Joerg Sprave's heart might be in the right place with his latest creation, it's hard not to be even more terrified of just the concept of a… » 9/15/14 8:50am 9/15/14 8:50am

You Can Apply This Better Band-Aid With Just One Hand

As useful as Band-Aids might be for a quick fix, they're rarely easy to apply to your arms or other areas inaccessible to both your hands. And even when both hands are free, the sticky ends of a Band-Aid often end up stuck together if you're not careful. To remedy this, designer Pei-Chih Deng has created the… » 9/12/14 1:51pm 9/12/14 1:51pm

An App Can Tell If Addicts Are Faking Withdrawal Tremors To Get a Fix

If your body is used to consuming alcohol every day, and you suddenly stop cold turkey, you're going to experience withdrawal symptoms including tremors. They're treatable with benzodiazepine drugs, but often times those can be abused by addicts who fake tremors in order to get a prescription. Spotting those fake… » 8/29/14 9:00am 8/29/14 9:00am

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