Apple's HealthKit Now Sends Medical Data Right to Your Health Record

iHealth was the first company to sell a medical device through Apple, so it's only natural it's also the first to fully integrate its products with Apple's HealthKit. That means all the data iHealth's connected monitors and trackers collect not only gets sent straight to the app, it's also automagically logged in your… » 9/29/14 2:14pm 9/29/14 2:14pm

My Cyborg Ear: How a Surgeon and Titanium Cured My Lifelong Deafness

I've never been able to hear well. As a child, I was in and out of the hospital as doctors struggled to treat chronic ear infections that left me in throbbing pain and, eventually, relative silence. By the time I went to college, I had only one half-functioning ear drum and no hope of regaining the hearing I'd lost… » 7/11/14 10:00am 7/11/14 10:00am

Watch a Paralyzed Man Move His Hand With the Power of Thought

For the first time ever, a paralyzed man has moved his hand using his mind—and some pretty badass technology. The announcement came just days after a paralyzed woman kicked the first ball at the World Cup in Brazil with the help of an exoskeleton. Paralysis, it seems, is increasingly becoming a thing of the past. » 6/25/14 5:40pm 6/25/14 5:40pm

Dentists Found a Pain-Free Cavity Fix That Might Actually Work

Researchers from King's College London just announced a new approach to fixing cavities that requires no injections, no drills, and no pain. It's just a little blast of electric current that encourages the tooth to self-repair. And they say it'll be on the market in three years. » 6/17/14 12:53pm 6/17/14 12:53pm

How a Doctor Is Fighting Cancer With Items Found at Walmart

The New York Times Magazine offers up a healthy dose of inspiration this weekend with the story of David Walmer, a renegade doctor who's been saving lives in Haiti. When he realized a few years ago how cervical cancer was killing many of his patients, Walmer decided to get creative about solving the problem. Oddly… » 5/25/14 11:00am 5/25/14 11:00am

The World's Smallest Nanomotor Spins as Fast as a Jet Engine

A team of engineers at the University of Texas at Austin recently created the world's smallest, fastest nanomotor. Designed to power microscopic machines that could deliver medicine or fight cancer, this thing will fit inside of a human cell. And boy can it purr. » 5/20/14 4:00pm 5/20/14 4:00pm

This Tiny Metal Pill Is the Smallest Pacemaker Ever Implanted

The world is one step closer to a future where tiny ship-like vessels travel through our veins and fix our health problems. Recently, doctors across the United States implanted the world's smallest pacemaker into cardiac patients. The device is roughly the size of a large vitamin and is attached directly to the heart… » 5/05/14 2:06pm 5/05/14 2:06pm

Watch a Woman Get a New 3D-Printed Skull

It's not news that we can 3D print bones or even successfully implant 3D-printed skull fragments. But a team of Dutch brain surgeons has taken things to the next level by replacing the bulk of a woman's skull with a 3D-printed dome. It's a little bit gnarly to watch. » 3/26/14 10:20am 3/26/14 10:20am

This Hearing Aid Connects to an iPhone and Adapts to Your Surroundings

For centuries, humans have been using technology to make up for their shortcomings. People missing limbs got prosthetics. People with weak hearts got pacemakers. But, at a certain point, becoming a cyborg is less like fixing something broken than it is like gaining new powers. » 2/24/14 2:40pm 2/24/14 2:40pm

Cancer-Spotting Glasses Light Up the Bad Cells for Surgeons

Cancer surgery is tough. Even with high-powered microscopes, surgeons have a very difficult time distinguishing cancer cells from healthy cells. But these new glasses developed by Washington University, St. Louis could change all that. » 2/11/14 1:20pm 2/11/14 1:20pm

Mad Scientists Just Built an Edible Battery Out of Cuttlefish Ink

A few years ago, a whole new crop of crazy medical devices started popping up—things like little robots that could crawl through your veins and clear blocked arteries. Scientists lauded the promise of ingestible electronics, but there was one big problem. How are we going to power these devices? » 12/18/13 12:20pm 12/18/13 12:20pm

Who Wants a Tooth That Tells Your Doctor When You Drink or Smoke?

Everybody lies to their doctors. We say that we drink less than we do. We tell her we quit smoking when we didn't. But what if the doctor knew more about what goes into your mouth than you do? » 7/26/13 5:55pm 7/26/13 5:55pm

This Smart Scalpel Can Smell Cancer as It Cuts

Cancer surgery is invariably difficult, in part, because doctors have always had a hard time determining exactly where the healthy tissue ends and the tumor begins. Not anymore. A new "intelligent knife" can actually sniff out the cancer cells during an operation and keep the doctor on track. » 7/17/13 6:40pm 7/17/13 6:40pm

The Many Amazing Uses of Stretchable Gold

Have you ever thought about the possibilities of bendable, stretchable electronics? They're amazing. From a circuit attached to your brain to a pacemaker that sticks to your heart, these are the stuff that medical sci-fi dreams are made of. » 7/17/13 5:08pm 7/17/13 5:08pm

Scary-Sounding Mind-Controlled Drones Actually Aim to Do Good

There's something uncanny about drones, those autonomous airplanes that kill insurgents and civilians—but mostly civilians—and anger the pants off of many liberty-loving Americans. But drones aren't all bad. Outside of warzones, drones have been helping everyone from farmers to journalists and now they're helping… » 6/05/13 4:42pm 6/05/13 4:42pm

How Smartphones Are Trying to Replace Your Doctor (But Can't Yet)

For most of time medicine was a guessing game. Doctors, or witch doctors, or shaman would inspect a patient, stir a potion and hope it would work. With some notable exceptions, modern medicine isn't so different. The data collection—blood pressure, heart rate, weight, reflexes—is largely rudimentary. We're getting… » 6/04/13 11:00am 6/04/13 11:00am

DARPA's Crazy Mind-Controlled Prosthetics Have Gotten Even Better

We've known for a few years now that DARPA-funded prosthetics research is yielding some pretty incredible technology. We're not talking incredible in the robotic cheetah sense. We're talking incredible in The Incredibles sense of the term. Specifically, DARPA is literally building superheroic technology that enables… » 5/31/13 12:11pm 5/31/13 12:11pm

Scientists Create Diode Propulsion Engine for Bloodstream-Swimming…

Science fiction edges ever closer to reality as researchers at NC State University devise a form of propulsion that can accelerate microbots through the human bloodstream. The challenge: not only finding a way to create this engine on such a tiny scale, but to provide power to it. The solution? Diode propulsion, using… » 3/15/07 1:37pm 3/15/07 1:37pm

Ultrasound Stethoscope for Docs on the Go

Regular stethoscopes are all well and good if you're working in a quiet country hospital where the only sounds audible are the quiet churning of some old Amish woman making butter on the front porch, but if you're out in the field and you need to hear someone's heartbeat it's a different story. Have you ever tried to… » 11/28/06 3:31pm 11/28/06 3:31pm

Aer-O-Scope, Automatic Colonoscopy Device

The graphic to your left depicts the Aer-O-Scope, a self-propelling, self-navigating endoscope. In English: the Aer-O-Scope is a machine that automagically crawls up your butt and through your colon, transmitting live high-resolution video of what it sees. Yes, it's disposable. And no, you can't buy it for home use. » 5/01/06 10:55am 5/01/06 10:55am