The MucoJet, for Needle-Free, Painless Vaccinations…

Injections for vaccinations, while saving the lives of millions of people from common sicknesses and diseases, are still pretty painful; particularly for younger children who are most at risk of diseases. That might change within the next ten years, thanks to researchers in Dorian Liepmann’s lab at the University of California, Berkeley, who’ve developed the MucoJet. The creation is a needle-free, pill-sized, 3D-printed device that shoots a stream of vaccine into the tissue of the cheek, making vaccinations practically painless. Continue reading “The MucoJet, for Needle-Free, Painless Vaccinations…”

HEY! This Bizarre Gunshot-Plugging Thing-a-Majig Just Saved Someone’s Life!

The XSTAT Rapid Hemostasis System. (Image: RevMedx Inc.)

This is the XSTAT Rapid Hemostasis System, an innovative sponge-filled dressing hemostatic device developed by RevMedx Inc., which  works by pumping expandable, tablet-sized sponges into a wound, stanching bleeding while a patient is rushed to hospital.  Recently, the XSTAT was used to save the life of a coalition forces soldier who was shot in the leg, and it’s the first documented clinical use of the product, originally approved for military use back in 2014.  Also, late last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved XSTAT for use in the general population. Continue reading “HEY! This Bizarre Gunshot-Plugging Thing-a-Majig Just Saved Someone’s Life!”

Researchers Develop Paper Clip-Mized Mind Control Device Installed in your Brain…

Yes, you heard correct! This is the stentrode, described as a “bionic spinal cord”, and it records brain activity and converts those signals into electrical commands to control bionic limbs — according to results from clinical trials.  Doctors say it could also let a person pull a Professor Charles Xavier and move a wheelchair using only their thoughts. Continue reading “Researchers Develop Paper Clip-Mized Mind Control Device Installed in your Brain…”

First-Ever Vocal Cords Grown in a Lab WORK!!11!1!!

Human vocal cords built from scratch in world first

The wondrous efforts of 3D technology and medical science have awesomely struck again (like it did here, here, here & here), as the first-ever working vocal cords able to produce realistic sound have been grown from scratch in a lab. This is very promising, as it gives hope to those who have lost their voice due to an illness, injury or invasive surgery. A team at the University of Wisconsin School of Public Health in Madison took a 3D collagen scaffold with two different types of donated cells (from donors and the patient’s own larynx) to create the artificial cords—fibroplasts that were grown into smooth muscle and epithelial cells that were tricked by science into becoming the delicate lining. Continue reading “First-Ever Vocal Cords Grown in a Lab WORK!!11!1!!”

Get 75% of Your Skull Back w/ 3D-Printed Prosthetic!

With the rise of the utilization of 3D printing, we have gone from printing out figurines and animation projects for our own personal amusement to fabricating items to improve the quality of life of those with health afflictions  I mentioned on the site before about a patient receiving a new jaw via a 3D printout and the first synthetic organ transplant with a 3D scan and stem cells, but this one is SOMETHING ELSE.  A couple of weeks ago, it was revealed that a man in the United States (his name being withheld) underwent a transplant procedure to have 75 percent of his skull replaced with a 3D-printed plastic prosthetic.  That’s correct; THREE-FOURTHS of a MAN’S SKULL was REPLACED! **head explodes**   Continue reading “Get 75% of Your Skull Back w/ 3D-Printed Prosthetic!”

Uh-Oh: Cyberdyne’s Robotic “HAL” Suit In Japanese Hospital Trials

Yes, you read that correctly. A tech company named CYBERDYNE has developed walking robotic technology called HAL. While I could just focus and panic based on why they would create something so awesome from two (TWO) evil sci-fi monikers, I’ll attempt to focus on the positive.  Cyberdyne’s HAL robot suit has found an even nobler occupation: helping patients rehabilitate from debilitating nerve and muscle illnesses.   Continue reading “Uh-Oh: Cyberdyne’s Robotic “HAL” Suit In Japanese Hospital Trials”

Brutal Modernist-style Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago To Be Demolished

Well ladies and gentlemen, it seems as if it’s time to punch yet ANOTHER hole in the card for demolished modernist architecture buildings in the U.S. A few weeks ago, The PractitioNERD covered the demolition of Richard Neutra’s Cyclorama on the grounds of the Battle of Gettysburg by the National Park Service, and now the Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago, IL will be meeting a similar fate.  The hospital, erected in 1975, features truly innovative and awe-inspiring rounded concrete cantilevers that hover above a steel and glass base. Continue reading “Brutal Modernist-style Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago To Be Demolished”

The Mobile Container Hospitals, aka the “Insta-Hospital”!

This is the Mobile Hospital, a container that expands into a medical structure three times its original size, created by designer Kukil Han. The structure can carry the beds, supplies, and has the ability to combine up to four modules to create a mini-hospital with four wings.  Han was influenced by the idea of having a “go-anywhere” solution for providing medical aid to victims globally of natural disasters like floods, earthquakes, tsunamis and storms. Continue reading “The Mobile Container Hospitals, aka the “Insta-Hospital”!”

The LEAP Motion-Control PC Device; Puts Kinect to Shame

The Leap is a small iPod sized USB peripheral that creates a 3D interaction space of 8 cubic feet to precisely interact with and control software on your laptop or desktop computer; it’s almost as if it comes straight from a science fiction movie (mainly Minority Report, more-or-less).  Essentially, the precision device senses various types of gestures in a 3D space, and can be used for a whole variety of games, programs and applications (more so than Kinect typically working well with nothing else besides the Dance Central and Fruit Ninja games).   Continue reading “The LEAP Motion-Control PC Device; Puts Kinect to Shame”

Georgia Tech Developing Human-like, Realistic Robot Eyes; Earns SkyNet Contract…

There you go, ladies and gentlemen; proof of the inevitable robot apocalypse.

It appears that in an effort is being made to design and create the cyborgs and robots who will eventually launch a nuclear attack to wipe out humankind and have us all enslaved by SkyNet. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology (a.k.a., Georgia Tech) are playing the role of Cyberdyne Systems, and have developed a system that would control cameras in robots that uses similar functionality as human muscle, making video feeds from said robots more intuitive.   Continue reading “Georgia Tech Developing Human-like, Realistic Robot Eyes; Earns SkyNet Contract…”