We’ve always heard of tasers being harmful or in some cases even killing people, but could they have a positive effect on a patient’s body? This is what the story says- A 28 year old man who was tased after he hid from the police in lake for 40 minutes and then tried to escape when captured. The man’s body temperature had fallen to 89 degrees and his heart fell into atrial fibrillation (a condition where the upper chambers of the heart quiver rather than beat) owing to his long stay in the lake and the drugs (Cocaine and speed) found in his system. The patient’s heart had returned to its normal condition only when he was tased and the electrodes monitoring his condition were re-attached.
Codeen has developed a high-end Ear Scope GXL that has bright (dimmable) LED lighting to allow you to look inside your ear as you clean them. The reusable ear spoon lets you gently clean every nook of your ears with easiness, as difficult with cotton cleaners that actually push the dirt back in. The sticky light guides are shaped like cotton cleaners and can pull out dirt or wax without scraping. Available for around 300$ at Japan Trend hop this is a multi purpose tool for other parts of the body, or even for industrial uses, such as peering inside dark areas like engines, machines, boreholes, etc.
The Chinese-made sofas sold by High Street chain Argos and Land of Leather caused horrific burns as the leather sofas was sprayed with a toxic substance to stop them going mouldy. The chairs had been treated with a fungicide to stop them going mouldy in storage. But the substance caused violent irritant-related eczema in some customers. Customers were informed that not everyone who bought a sofa would suffer a reaction but the number was high enough to call it a ‘widespread’ outbreak.
Designer Matthew Wagerfield made a daring attempt to create Sentio – a timekeeping device for blind and partially sighted users that displays the perfect marriage between avant garde design and cutting-edge tactile technology. Up till now it was assumed that just because it would be for those with poor vision, doesn’t mean it can’t look great.
One of the major risk factors for heart attacks and strokes is blood pressure, alternatively known as hypertension, which could be curbed through cutting down of salt intake and incorporating exercise regime into day-to-day life. This disorder for most people involves a cocktail of tablets and drugs, which cause several other side effects like tiredness, insomnia, cold hands and feet, dizziness and constipation. But no one ever thought of controlling blood pressure by means of slow breathing and meditation, which eliminate any kind of side effects infused by the tablets and drugs. Resperate is a device that lowers blood pressure by teaching patients to slow their breathing which promises to cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes without the use of drugs. The device starts off by monitoring the number of breaths taken in by a patient per minute. Then it introduces musical notes through the headphones which helps the patient to inhale in one note and exhale in the next, scaling up the length of each note, allowing the patient to breathe slowly. The contrived effect is that the slow breathing relaxes the muscles in blood vessel walls making them more flexible, eventually easing the pressure exerted on them when the heart tries to pump blood round the body.
Tanita Japan announced the World’s first portable urine glucose monitor UG-201 that indirectly checks blood glucose level, which is a diagnostic criterion for metabolic syndrome, by measuring urine glucose level. Tanita UG-201 allows easy measurement simply by urinating on the sensor. In addition, the portable urine glucose monitor allows users to check their urine glucose level when eating out. Although theTanita UG-201 is unable to measure the blood sugar level itself, it contributes to the prevention of metabolic syndrome and diabetes by measuring the urine sugar level, which is closely correlated with the blood sugar level. The UG-201 employs a biosensor based on the enzyme electrode method. It can be carried around with the sensor unit immersed in the preservation solution contained in a cap. The cap is removed before use, and urine is directly poured on the sensor unit. The cap is placed in the hole formed in the main unit cover so that the solution will not spill out of the cap. The measurement completes in about six seconds.
All of us decide the course of events during the day with the help of wristwatches. But they’re some who’re not lucky enough to throw a quick glance at their watches. I’m talking of the visually impaired. But they still continue to occupy higher posts all over the world. So why should a term as basic as time set them down. The Haptica is a movable Braille time-piece for the visually impaired which allows the user to have a quick and accurate reading alongside maintaining user-discretion.
A research team at UC Berkeley is developing a technology that will enable anyone, anywhere in the world, to diagnose malaria with just a cell phone and a special microscope. The cell phone microscope, called a CellScope, is designed to uncouple the need for a physician to be in the same place as a patient, allowing those who lack the benefits of health care to be properly diagnosed. A diagnosis is performed by putting a slide containing a blood or tissue sample on the Cell Scope.
With patients becoming so demanding and fussy that even small slip ups by surgeons resulting into scarring is not acceptable. Paige Nickason, a 21-year-old Canadian woman with an egg-shaped brain tumor, found out first hand how robotic surgery assistants are allowing surgeons to perform the most delicate operations with quick accuracy. The successful removal of her tumor signifies a first for an image-guided robotic assistant in this kind of operation, and has patients at the University of Calgary lining up for related treatments.
Besides the regular equipments like a cuff, a pump, and stethoscope or electronics available for measuring blood pressure which are bulky, Philips consumer electronics company is keen on developing an underwear that actually monitors one’s blood pressure continually. Each sensor recurrently measures the electrical impedance of the tissue beneath it – a property that changes as the pulse wave passes by.