Next Month, A Japanese Hospital will use Robots to help during the Night Shift

A robot travels automatically inside Nagoya University Hospital carrying a load of drugs and test samples. (Ayako Tsukidate)

Nagoya, Japan once had a whole museum dedicated to robotics, so it comes to no surprise (at leas to us here at The PractitioNERD) that a local hospital will add robots developed by Toyota Industries — a subsidiary of the automaker that produces auto parts and electronics — to its medical staff. While these bots won’t be conducting surgeries (yet, anyway), come this February, four robots will be deployed at Nagoya University Hospital will transport medicine and test samples from floor-to-floor for a one-year trial period during its 5PM to 8AM night shift. Should the trial succeed in assisting the staff during times when fewer people are walking the floors, the hospital may elect to deploy more units. Continue reading “Next Month, A Japanese Hospital will use Robots to help during the Night Shift”

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…”

Doctors Will Start Using 3D-Modeling Before Your Next Sinus Surgery

This story intrigues me as someone who has had allergies and sinus issues every year since the age of two, and surgury is something I’m strongly considering. Now, the sinus’ close proximity to the eyes and brain (including its super-sensitive nature) means that the single slip of the surgical scalpel can result in negative and permanent repercussions. Because of this, researchers at the Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center have developed a 3D-modelling technique that maps out the sinus cavity of each patient before their surgery, giving doctors the opportunity to practice the upcoming procedure and see exactly what effect (if any exist) the surgery could have on the patient. Continue reading “Doctors Will Start Using 3D-Modeling Before Your Next Sinus Surgery”

Behold this Mind-controlled Robot That Gives the Disabled a Taste of Travel

Wow you guys; we already have brain-controlled robot limbs assisting the disabled regain some mobility, but what about a free-roaming operating FULL-FLEDGED robots controlled by our thoughts?!? Seems far-fetched and elusive, right?  WRONG! Swiss researchers have developed a mind-controlled telepresence robot that allows anyone with motor disabilities to travel when it would otherwise prove to be impractical.  Continue reading “Behold this Mind-controlled Robot That Gives the Disabled a Taste of Travel”

Scallops In Yo’ BODY!! – WIRed #128

It’s time for Episode 128 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a stimulating retirement and nursing home, tiny scallop robots to repair our bodies, the worst loadouts possible in Team Fortress 2, and the rocky beginnings of Rocky Maivia! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Scallops In Yo’ BODY!! – WIRed #128”

These Tiny Robotic Scallops swim through Blood and Eyeball Fluid to Repair You

Apparently for many years now, scientists have been trying to create microscopic robots that will swim through our bodily fluids and repair damaged cells and/or deliver medicine. A group of scientists from Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems think they’ve FINALLY got it down with a design form of scallops that are so small that they can barely be seen by the human eye. These itsy-bitsy, tiny-winy micro-robo-scallops maneuver back and forth in order to swim through blood, eyeball fluids and other bodily liquids. The team of scientists believe that by mimicking the way an actual scallop swims would be an ideal method of movement, mainly due to several reasons. Continue reading “These Tiny Robotic Scallops swim through Blood and Eyeball Fluid to Repair You”

Boy Receives the 1st 3D-Printed Vertebra Implant

3D-printed vertebra implant
Peking University Third Hospital

Over here at The PractitioNERD, there have been stories already covered that discussed the contributions the 3D printing has given in the advancement of science and medicine. Now, 3D-printed implants have just completed one of their biggest real-world tests to date. Peking University Third Hospital has successfully implanted the first 3D-printed vertebra in a 12-year-old boy who was suffering from spinal cord cancer. What makes this story great is that should everything go smoothly down the road for this young boy, this surgery will be proof that 3D-printed bones are useful virtually anywhere in the body, and, (in certain circumstances) might even save your life. That is pretty FREAKIN’ SWEET!! Continue reading “Boy Receives the 1st 3D-Printed Vertebra Implant”

Fast Design History, 3D Casts, RippleDotZero & WarGames – WIRed #55

On episode “Cinco-Cinco” — which is “Five-Five”, NOT “Fifty-Five” — of PractitioNERD WIRed, I shoot the breeze on quicky architectural history videos, the possible rise of the 3D-printed cast, the AWESOME ‘RippleDotZero’ Flash game, and WarGames, OOH, GOOD LORD, What Is It Good For (well, memorable matches, that’s what…)… Continue reading “Fast Design History, 3D Casts, RippleDotZero & WarGames – WIRed #55”

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!”

DjavadMowafaghian Centre for Brain Health; Now, Say That Five-Times Fast.

The DjavafMowafaghian Centre for Brain Health is designed to be a translational research facility defined by present and future medical practices that interact and collaborate under both patient care and research.  The facility, to be located at the University of British Columbia (UBC), located in Vancouver, BC, Canada, is designed by Stantec, who aimed to consider all of the spatial dynamics of the building and be able to coordinate interaction between the centre’s researchers and clinicians. The DjavadMowafaghian is 134,500 square feet facility that and includes exam/consultation rooms, patient and animal MRI capabilities, a brain tissue and DNA bank of samples collected from consenting patients, lab benches, and a full conference centre.

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