The Pulse: Monitoring
Glucose with Lasers and
On this episode of the Pulse, we’re
monitoring glucose levels with lasers, powering robots with bacteria,
pumping up the volume (and singing
along) with a 3D-printed, speak-er-laden leg cast, and taking a virtual
journey through the heart.
5 Terrifying Medical
Instruments from the Past
Medical equipment hasn’t always
looked as pretty as it does now;
medical engineers didn’t have the
advanced design and manufacturing
techniques to work with quite yet.
That doesn’t mean they weren’t making enormous strides in device development, it just resulted in a lot of
quite horrifying-looking devices. Here
are five pieces of medical equipment
that are the stuff of nightmares.
in the Golden Age
of Medical Devices?
2014 was the best year for med
device investment funding since
2007. Despite an improved funding
environment, many medical device
startups, inventors, and entrepreneurs feel like there is not enough
funding available. Some might even
say that my “golden age” comment
New Brain Scan Can
Scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital have just revealed a new
type of brain scan that, for the first
time, is able to image chronic pain
in extensive detail. The new scan is a
combination of PET and MRI that can
clearly point out if a patient is experiencing pain.
Paralyzed Men Move Legs
with New Non-Invasive
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Five men with complete motor paralysis were able to voluntarily generate step-like movements thanks to
a new strategy that non-invasively
delivers electrical stimulation to
their spinal cords, according to a
new study funded in part by the
National Institutes of Health.
Turns Out the Hospira
Infusion Pump ‘Hack’ Was
Hospira’s statement to MedCity
News, one of the
that they manipulated the firmware
on the device by
access to it prior
to their demonstration of the hack.”
The trick then ceased to be a wireless
hack as described by the video.
Is Blood the Key to the
Fountain of Youth?
Tony Wyss-Coray is a researcher at
Stanford where he is seeking that
elusive Fountain of Youth. He’s been
examining the impact of “young
blood” on older mice. He’s finding
that the blood seems to have an
effect on brain function and cognitive ability.
Performing Surgery from
Completely Inside the
a company that
just secured $11
million to conduct
a feasibility study
involving their miniaturized system
for colon resection.
Clean All You Want -
Endoscopes Will Still
Potentially harmful bacteria can
survive on endoscopes used to examine the interior of the digestive
tract, despite a multi-step cleaning
and disinfecting process, according
to a study published in the August
issue of the American Journal of