2012
Medical

The "acoustic Lazarillo" is a system that gives independence to a blind person to move normally.

The system has two motion sensors: one conditioned on the sunglasses that measures the distances of the blind person to other persons or objects placed before him, and the second, put on a stick that serves to identify potential gaps, steps, etc. , and also to measure at will in other directions. The system also with a converter of the distances quantized by the motion sensors to pulses of sound that will be sent to a wireless headset located in the ear of the blind person.

The frequency of the pulses is directly related to the distance to objects, so the closer ...

Today, the assessment of body composition by estimating the percentage of body fat has a central importance in health. The percentage of body fat is a relevant parameter for assessing the nutritional status of an individual, in the evaluation of growth, in analyzing disease impact, in studying the evolution of chronic diseases as is the case of patients under dialysis, in sports, HIV patients, etc. The measurement of skinfold thickness using a skinfold caliper is a simple, non-invasive and cost-effective method for assessing body composition, and it is specially adequate for individuals with metallic prostheses, joints, stents or pacemakers, as well as amputees and pregnant women, where other methods are not appropriate.

The existing calipers have experienced insufficient progress, ...

Non-invasive Imaging Method

A: Electrical Resistance Tomography (ERT) is a non-invasive imaging method applied in industry, geoelectrics during the last decades and recently for medical monitoring and analysis of the human lung functions.

B: What does "non-invasive“ mean?

A: One is able to extract information about the interior of an conducting object (for example the human chest) without measuring on the inside but only on the surface.

B: Similar to Ultrasonic Tomography (UST) and the Computed Tomography (CT)?

A: Exactly! While UST uses sonic waves and CT uses gamma rays, in ERT the non-invasive character is implemented by means of weak electrical current sources and the measurements of the stimulated electrical potential on the object's surface. Based on that ...

With the Supreme Court's recent upholding of National Health Care, and the possibility that medical attention could be severely restricted or even withheld – options are essential. Now is the time to introduce a Quantum Leap in health care.

Quicken® Joint Lubrication has been found to relieve arthritis pain, the cause of which is believed to be poor lubrication (at times even in the absence of cartilage). Our research using this new and novel Spherical NanoDiamond on arthritis has led me to believe that poor lubrication is its underlying cause of many health conditions, and once corrected natural healing can occur. Over time, other conditions appeared to share the same root cause and respond positively to the application of ...

JDAxis and physicians from the University of Arizona’s Medical School have developed a patent pending medical device which is a proposed portable, non-invasive, handheld and intelligent wound assessment cameral based on infrared imaging. The technology consists of a thermal camera, imaging system and microcomputer that generates a thermographical analysis and visual representation in the form of color coded images. The time dependant images are aligned and synchronized so the changes can be animated in the visual and thermal spectrum.

The technology would provide a diagnostic medical device to locate, evaluate, and recognize areas of degradation in a wound, inflammation, and premature sub-dermal ulcerations. In many scenarios this technology could be used as a preventative tool, such as ...

This equipment consists of a simple, handy inhalation whistle that can be used by every person, even children, due to its small size, its inconspicuousness, its simple structure and the simple handling as well as simple cleaning. It is also very suitable for rinsing the nose.

Our Mini-Inhalator *plus* consists of an inhalation pipe to suck in the air and an immersion tube, over which sucked in air is led over the inhalation liquid. Air can be led past also over firm components, which can deliver then the inhalation materials. This with smallest parts enriched air is sucked in then over an inhalation pipe with mouthpiece and reaches the mouth and throat mucous membranes.

The equipment can be used also for ...

PROBLEM

Surgery is intrinsically invasive and unnatural.  One of more prevalent surgeries that could be improved is colon resection, with more than 380,000 annually in the U.S.  Commonly, a six inch incision provides access to the colon for the surgeon to visualize and manipulate the target area. This is beneficial for the surgeon, as it provides immediate sensory feedback.  Unfortunately for the patient, this technique leads to an extended, painful recovery, large scars, and other potential complications.

Some resections are able to be done through minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques, in which long slender tools are inserted through multiple small incisions.  The number of procedures (<15%) that use laparoscopic techniques is largely limited due to the difficulty.  A better tool ...

1. Solution to medical device problems: High cost and bad user experience

The Genesis Artificial Pancreas is based on the CoreMD. The CoreMD provides wireless communication and power infrastructure for replaceable wearable medical devices ("wedges"). In an artificial pancreas, these wedges sense interstitial glucose, alert the user that a certain threshold has been reached, and inject sub-cutaneously delivered drugs like insulin and glucagon (or amylin/symlin). The CoreMD, which is reusable, provides a Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy link, a coin cell battery rechargeable via a micro USB connector and a few interface connectors, with control lines, to the wedges (replaced after a few days of use).

1.1 Lower Costs:
The wedges could be manufactured at a considerably lower cost, decreasing ...

We know, by specialized studies, that pollution is one of the biggest "cancers" of our economic development in the big cities, that kills thousand of people around the world. A recent Report of the Chilean Environmental Ministery (2011) shows that 4,200 people died because of cardio-respiratory diseases due to atmospheric pollution and another 13,300 people were affected directly.

By other way, many scientific studies have been conducted over the years (mostly in Europe and Russia) that big levels of negative ions drastically and significantly remove pollutants from the air and benefits human health by their action against contaminants particles.

My idea is to install on the most polluted streets of big cities, like Santiago of Chile in South America, ...

Many brain development disorders like Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases are characterized by a deficiency in the interconnectivity between the brain and the sensory and motor organs. This can be remedied if we can understand the sorts of functions unable to be processed by the brain by picking up the electrical signals of the brain related to the said functions and decipher them and generate an artificial response to those functions.
 
Neural-Computer Interconnectivity Analyzer (NCIA) uses the brain-reading and brain-manipulation techniques to achieve this. Brain-reading is the use of activation responses received or generated by the parts of the brain detected by Magnetoencephalography (MEG) or Functional MRI (fMRI). MEG is non-invasive brain interface that utilizes the ...

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