MedEx1000 Packs All Your Intensive Care Needs Into a Suitcase

The MedEx 1000, which just won approval by the FDA is a godsend for those of us who are doctors without borders, military medics or just really paranoid hypochondriacs. Dubbed the “ICU in a Suitcase,” this 40 pound machine fits in the trunk of your car and packs an electrocardiogram, blood pressure and oxygen… » 10/23/08 10:30pm 10/23/08 10:30pm

Implanted Microchip Will Monitor Your Health, Deliver Drugs From Under Your Skin

One of the most frustrating aspects of dealing with a chronic illness, such as diabetes or lupus, is the need to test your body constantly to make sure you're healthy. MicroCHIPS is looking to alleviate that with a new device that's implanted under the skin of a patient. The “chip,” about the size of a dime, senses… » 10/21/08 10:45pm 10/21/08 10:45pm

A River Runs Through It: Bladder Microphone Hears Your Prostate

Catheters suck, but they're a necessary evil for men who want to know if they have benign prostatic hyperplasia (quickie Giz diagnosis: you're cancer-free, but pee six times an hour). And in addition to excruciating tube-down-your-johnson pain, the catheter also carries with it the potential for infection. The process… » 5/17/08 6:30pm 5/17/08 6:30pm

Noveon Zaps Toe Fungus With Light, But Annoying Lamisil Commercials Remain

Using a first-of-its-kind direct optical energy device called Noveon, one Waltham company is hoping to stamp out toenail fungus once and for all using nothing but light. The device "utilizes two discrete near-infrared wavelengths at low power" and produces no heat, according to a rep from the manufacturer, Nomir… » 5/17/08 3:30pm 5/17/08 3:30pm

Lamps Designed Like Medical Gizmos Chill Our Blood

Designer Andrew Aloisio's lighting designs, dubbed Somewhere in between were apparently an attempt to combine the work of the homeware and labware manufacturing divisions of plastics-maker Kartell. So the aluminum lamps are dotted with test-tube racks, retort stands, burette clamps and more. But by using striking red… » 4/17/08 1:45pm 4/17/08 1:45pm

Micro-Camera Implanted in Mouse's Brain Watches for Parkinson Tremors

Scientists have injected a mouse with a chemical that makes its brain glow where there's activity, and implanted a tiny camera directly inside the hippocampus to watch what's going on. The team at Nara Institute of Science and Technology in Japan are using the 0.1-inch-long camera to look for information on brain… » 1/31/08 9:07am 1/31/08 9:07am

New Air-Sampler Gadget Looks for Asthma Attack Triggers

Asthma attacks can come out of nowhere, or so it would seem. A new portable system is trying to predict asthma attacks by sampling the air and identifying likely triggers. The 1-lb. device, designed by a team at Georgia Tech, takes samples every two minutes, looking at recorded air temperature and humidity, and… » 1/28/08 9:41am 1/28/08 9:41am

i-Snake Robot to Offer Slithering Assistance During Surgery

The i-Snake may sound like a cheap iPod peripheral, but it is actually the name of a revolutionary concept surgical robot, which hopes to advance keyhole surgery significantly. A team at Imperial College, London, has been awarded a 2.1 million ($4.2 million) grant to work on the device, which will be an elongated tube… » 12/30/07 1:00am 12/30/07 1:00am

RFID Skin Patch Wirelessly Transmits Your Medical Info to Your Doctor's Cell

Doctors and nurses will soon be able to receive updates on their patients with a quick glance at their cellphones, thanks to RFID skin-patch technology developed by Gentag, a DC-based IP development company. The Band-Aid-like patches are flexible and water resistant, and will be able to keep track of a patient's drug… » 11/06/07 1:45pm 11/06/07 1:45pm

Smart Bra to Detect Breast Cancer Rapidly

Anyone who devotes their life's work to ensuring the well-being of breasts and to fighting the honorable fight against cancer, in our opinion, deserves the Nobel Peace Prize over environmental activists that have a household energy consumption 20 times the national average. Prof. Elias Siores, director of the Centre… » 10/13/07 10:25pm 10/13/07 10:25pm

Wireless Sensor Monitors Athletic Performance

Hang this gizmo behind your ear, and it measures your posture, gait and other biomechanical data, perfect for athletes who want to improve their performance. The scientists who created it at Imperial College in London also say it will also be useful to monitor orthopedic patients as they recover from surgery. It can… » 10/04/07 11:20am 10/04/07 11:20am

Portable Splint for Extreme Sports Welds Itself Together

This portable plastic splint takes up a tiny space in a backpack but brings big relief, holding a broken limb together long enough to get medical help and providing soothing warmth in the meantime. The special plastic fuses itself together in about five minutes using the same chemical-reactive heat technology used in… » 3/29/07 11:15am 3/29/07 11:15am