After a series of requests from the Food and Drug Administration to comply with research standards and a letter to cease and desist testing, 23andMe has finally complied, sort of. The company which offered home genetic testing has stopped offering health-focused testing and is instead, offering ancestry testing and raw, uninterpreted genetic data.…Read More »
The Affordable Health Care Act has definitely had a tumultuous couple of months. Finally it seems to be working for the most part and on Monday it was able to handle a million users, though there are still some bugs that need to be worked out.…Read More »
Finally, after a few months and a tremendous effort to fix the Affordable Health Care Act’s website, it seems that it is finally running smoothly, for the most part.
The debacle over the HealthCare.gov website and how many problems it had has been well documented as of late.…Read More »
Anil Valiv, a government officer in India, has created PositiveSaathi.com, which is a site that helps HIV positive Indians find romantic matches.
To date Valiv has helped create matches that resulted in between 200 and 400 marriages so far. He got the idea after organizing HIV tests for truck drivers, in India’s Latur town, where he heard about a story, from a doctor, about a man getting desperate to find a partner for marriage.…Read More »
Healthcare.gov website is practically a huge disaster for the Obama administration, and with only three days left to fix all the kinks, it appears things might not turn out well before the final day. Apparently, the website is moving to a new hosting partner, something that could take hours or even days to accomplish, depending on the overall complexity.…Read More »
Bad news for the Google-backed genome start up 23andMe, the Federal Drug Administration has officially shut them down by telling them they can’t sell the one product they make. The FDA’s problem, after six years of operation 23andMe hasn’t completed the testing they need to back up the claims they make on their websites.…Read More »
A baby baby that was believed to be dead, already having his death certificate issue, woke up in a funeral parlor in Hefei, the capital of the Eastern Chinese province of Anhui.
According to Xinhua, the state-run news agency, the baby had a “congenital respiratory system malformation” and the parents were part of an agreement to stop treating him medically at the Anhui Provincial Medical Hospital.…Read More »
Scientists in Greece and France came together to experiment with ring-Airy beams. This is a particular shape of light waves that focus itself more intensely as it travels. This is unlike other light forms that dispense as it travels over long distances.…Read More »
20-year-old programmers build healthcare website in just three days, show the government how it is done
The Affordable Care Act has definitely rolled out to a very bumpy start over it’s faulty website, which is still shut down from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. to make improvements, according to the official site. So it comes as quite a shock to find out that three programmers, who are twenty-years old, have created a site which allows people to find coverage, in only three days, and the cost was under a thousand dollars.…Read More »
If you’re ever in Moscow and need to use the Vystavochnaya station to get on the subway, you have the option of doing 30 squats instead of paying the 30 rubles (roughly US$0.92).
The move is part of a promotion for Olympic Winter games that are being hosted next year by Russia. …Read More »
Having access to artificial blood may be closer to reality, thanks to a recent break-through. Researchers in Transylvania, who have been experimenting on mice for the past six years, have finally found a concoction that transfers oxygen to the organs like real blood without negative side effects.…Read More »
In April the bio-company Organovo produced the first ever 3D printed human organ — a liver. The liver, which was only a few millimeters across, only lasted 5 days but its success opened up a new realm of possibilities for human replacement organs.…Read More »
A new study suggests that video games may actually be good for your brain. The research was done at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Charité University Medicine St. Hedwig-Krankenhaus. Try saying that five times in a row.
During the experiment, participants were to play Super Mario 64 for half an hour a day.…Read More »
A German by the name of Tim Cannon wanted to install a device that would track his biometric data and send it to his Android devices. The problem about installing the device, according to Cannon, is that no certified doctor could perform the operation required to install the computer chip into his arm.…Read More »
Could the cure to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Mad Cow disease rest in something as simple as light? That’s the theory coming from researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and Polish Wroclaw University of Technology. Both groups believe that these diseases can be cured with lasers instead of chemical-based treatments.…Read More »
Patients suffering from cardiac diseases such as heart attacks and strokes may soon have a new way to relay information to their doctors. The QardioCore is a device that will help to monitor you and can then transmit the information directly to your doctor.…Read More »
Whether you live in a country where health care is provided or not, a trip to the hospital or clinic can be time consuming, and when you’re sick, the sooner you start treating your illness the better. That is where Online Care Group comes in.…Read More »
On many occasions, soldiers return from duty with several mental defects that are due to the riveting experience of war. Currently, there’s no real treatment for such cases, but DARPA is aiming to fix that with a chip in the brain.…Read More »
Losing a limb may not mean that you have to lose mobility and sensation anymore. Researchers at the University of Chicago are working on a prosthetic limb that not only gives its wearer mobility but is also touch sensitive. The idea is that one day the prosthetic could relay touch sensory information, in real time, to the brain.…Read More »
The paranoia is strong with former Vice President Dick Cheney, who has had the ability to access his implanted defibrillator with WiFi turned off due to the possibility of terrorists using it against him.
Dick Cheney, who has a had five heart attacks so far and recently had his defibrillator replaced as of 2007, revealed this bit of news Sunday, on CBC’s 60 Minutes.…Read More »
Cancer diagnosis may get a lot easier thanks to the work of researchers at IBM. These researchers are used to creating and designing tiny microprocessors and they are taking the talents in a whole new direction. The researchers at IBM are working to improve diagnostic tests that are used to detect cancer.…Read More »
A man in China’s Fujian province suffered serious damage to his nose during a traffic accident. He refused medical treatment and after several months, an infection left his nose unrepairable. Fortunately for him, the doctors grew him a new nose. The only problem?…Read More »
Anything that glows in the dark is automatically the most interesting thing in the world, seriously, we’re not joking about this. Do you find snails interesting? No, you don’t, but when they glow in the dark, that’s when you begin to claim snails as the coolest little critters in the world.…Read More »
Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft and basically any other company that provides users with cloud storage might be ashamed by the following news. Chinese company Tencent is offering a jaw-dropping 10TB of free cloud storage through a promotion. That’s right, ten whole terabytes of cloud storage — for free.…Read More »
A hospital has found itself in deep trouble after neurosurgeons introduced fecal bacteria (aka feces) to the brains of several patients, who ultimately died from the procedure. The hospital in question is UC Davis Medical Center, and right now two of its neurosurgeons could end up losing their jobs after pulling of this highly controversial procedure.…Read More »
Google Glass is useful in many ways. We have covered many stories with regards to the usefulness of Google Glass, like controlling drones and helping blind people ‘see’. This time, we turn our heads to a medical school where the device is used to help both doctors and students.…Read More »
Epilepsy is a pretty big issue for some folks. While most people who suffer from epilepsy can take control of their body through medication, surgery or other conventional methods, about 30 percent of patients cannot. The patients who do not benefit from select treatments are instead plagued with an increased number of seizures, which can certainly become more volatile over time.…Read More »
If you’re familiar with Reddit, you might have have heard of the community’s “Random Acts of Pizza.” Basically, it’s a thread wherein people that are either down on their luck or just need a little cheering up request for some good ol’ pizza.…Read More »
Zurich scientists have been building and experimenting with super small robots that can be used to help perform incredibly delicate surgical procedures on humans.
The body on these nanobots is just a quarter-millimeter in diameter (approximately the width of four human hairs), but is still advanced enough to have a retractable needle that allows it to probe and interact with the human body.…Read More »
University Hospitals has recently announced a “bionic eye” which will assist persons suffering from an advanced stage of retinitis pigmentosa to see. (Retinitis pigmentosa is, according to Wikipedia, “an inherited, degenerative eye disease that causes severe vision impairment and often blindness”.) The product is expected to be purchasable in 12 different markets in the latter part of the year.…Read More »
Researchers develop remarkable dust-sized microgrippers to collect tissue samples autonomously during a biopsy
When a doctor requires a tissue sample to help provide a more detailed medical diagnosis, they have to use traditional tools like forceps and a scalpel. This process is referred to as a biopsy in the medical field, of which there are several different types.…Read More »
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Researchers at the University of Illinois have utilized the modern day advancements in flexible technology to come up with a printable electronic tattoo that can read your vital information and wirelessly report them to a computer.
The device will be used primarily to enhance medical care, as placing it on a user’s skin will allow doctors to monitor the health and healing process of things like surgical wounds.…Read More »
In a surgical procedure earlier this week, a man was fitted with the first ever 3D-printed skull replacement. A whole 75 percent of his skull was replaced with the replica, which is made out of polyetherketoneketone. (Say that ten times fast.)
It is unclear why this particular man had 75% of his skull replaced.…Read More »
Having trouble convincing your parents to let you play video games until your eye balls bleed? Or, as a parent, are you looking for a compelling reason to justify the insane hours your children spend on video games? Or, as a girlfriend, do you want to find justification for why your boyfriend prefers to play Call of Duty with his pals all night instead of spending time with you?…Read More »