Medical - 2015
Patent 8,926,541, which can be Googled. or viewed on the USPTO Web Site, describes a means of removing plaque, cholesterol, calcium,, and blood clots from the cardiovascular system using "Charged Particle Migration," first observed in 1810, and first applied as a medical procedure with this invention.
This is accomplished by an electrical charge being placed on the body tissue, and an opposite electrical charge being placed on the blood flow which takes the foreign particle buildup into free suspension, where it is subsequently eliminated from the blood stream by filtering.
This allows doctors to practice preemptive medicine and reduce ...
Apr 24, 2015
Vega camera, a tool for Skin detection
The device helps the detection of anomalies on the skin thru the combination of different filters, illumination and software operations, for analyzing images on the human skin.
The skin, the substances that contains and some organs of the body can be seen (or not) in different degree with light in different wavelengths, we can take advantage of this phenomena to make a better diagnostic of the different conditions that can occurs using the advantages in image processing to measure and qualify the area(s) detected.
In Fig. 1 we can see ...
Melanoma, a type of skin cancer, is usually visible, can be cured if caught early, and affects millions of people per year. Most people, even highly motivated to monitor skin changes, have poor visual memories for patterns and feature shapes. *Early diagnosis saves lives*. While smart-phone cameras should be a valuable tool in early detection of visible skin surface changes, I found no applications meeting the following criteria: easy to use; efficiently guided; memory conservative (imagery between features is not retained, for minimum data, maximum privacy); recognizes previously encountered skin surface features/locations (allows image-directed search for comparison set); simple ...
The present invention, patent number # 8,423,148 issued April 16, 2013, inventor Michael Lytinas, relates to treating cartilage defects. Specifically, the present invention relates to a method for treating cartilage defects in osteoarthritis (photo) and cartilage injuries by moving ions into a collagen matrix of the defective cartilage using electricity.
Human joint surfaces are covered by articular cartilage, a low friction, durable material that distributes mechanical forces and protects the underlying bone. Injuries to articular cartilage are common, especially in the knee. Data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and clinical studies have suggested that approximately 100,000 articular ...
The evolution of the human robotic prosthesis with the capabilities to simulate the majority of the movements of any extremity creates the necessity to develop more sophisticated control techniques, mainly in the interface with the neurological system and the control of the mechanical prosthesis.
To activate a robotic prosthesis after an amputation, the most common resource is to use another muscle’s signal. When said muscle is contracted, a transducer is induced of a micro impulse that is amplified in order for the signal to be conditioned, to be used as information to activate an actuator. This system has been ...
We've developed a portable, easy to use, under $20 pediatric-focused pulse oximeter that can quickly and accurately detect hypoexia. It works by plugging into the headphone jack of your smartphone.
125 million children were affected by childhood pneumonia and 1.2 million of those died in 2011 according to the World Health Organization. In the developing world this is the #1 cause of child mortality. There is a need for a cost-affordable oximeter that can quickly screen for signs of pneumonia so that treatment can be given, with an emphasis on areas that are lacking the proper resources ...
What problem does it solve?
Traditional step-in bathrooms or bathtubs present a risky situation for aging seniors or people with mobility issues as they have great difficulties lifting up their leg to step into or out of the bathroom or bathtub.
Choosing bath-tubs for handicaps present many issues such as accessibility, how easy will it be to get into and out, and what kind of safety features and design are there?
Although there are various bathing facilities that are being developed to address the difficulties particularly those users that are confined to wheelchairs etc, such facilities which include walk-in ...
Nanobes are composites of aptamers, fluorescent dye or quantum dots, carbon nanotubes or quenching polymer (diazoluminomelanin) nanoparticles, and ferromagnetic metallic nanoparticles. The aptamer is a double-stranded DNA oligomer which dissociates upon contact with a specific target ligand (such as that found on the surface of a pathogen or toxin), separating one strand with the fluorescent material from the other DNA strand conjugated to the quencher of the fluorescence, the carbon nanotube or polymer. Upon separation, a fluorescent signal is produced which can be observed in bulk by a photodetector sensitive to the fluorescence or by a fluorescence microscope. The ...
Encircling tumors with an army of miniature nanolasers offer a new way to battle cancer. One nanolaser would be at least 100 times smaller than a single cancer cell and millions of them will penetrate a tumor to destroy it by thermal ablation in this new method of treatment. Technically, the proposed device isn’t really a laser, but a spaser, with surface plasmons undergoing amplification rather than light.
In the proposed cancer therapy, a cluster of spaser nanolasers made of graphene nanoflakes (GNF) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) is self-assembled and operates close to cancer cells concentrating optical energy in ...
Needle removal pen that will make nurses feel safer and more independent.
Solving a problem by creating a new one is not the most effective way to improve a negative situation.
Needles are a highly used tool in so many medical situations. Needles are used to extract liquids from the human body and, also, to inject drugs to patients. These kinds of procedures happen every day, every second all around the world. It does not matter if it is a developing country or a developed one.
And those needles are in the hands of healthcare professionals. Most ...