A new glucose monitor for diabetics proves virtually painless and even more accurate

Newly-developed exosuit reduces physical stress on waist and arms

MRegen - a novel device aids in muscle recovery

Wireless ‘pacemaker for the brain’ could be new standard treatment for neurological disorders

A new neurostimulator developed by engineers at UC Berkeley (UCBerk) can listen to and stimulate electric current in the brain at the same time, potentially delivering fine-tuned treatments to patients with diseases like epilepsy and Parkinson’s. The device, named the WAND, works like a 'pacemaker for the brain', monitoring the brain’s electrical activity and delivering electrical stimulation if it detects something amiss. These devices can be extremely effective at preventing debilitating tremors or seizures in patients with a variety of neurological conditions. But the electrical signatures that precede a seizure or tremor can be extremely subtle, and the frequency and strength of electrical stimulation required to prevent them are equally touchy. It can take years of small adjustments by doctors before the devices provide optimal treatment.

59 days ago

A FitBit-like device for figure skaters

A team of BYU researchers, backed by funding from the U.S. Figure Skating Association, have created a prototype device that helps measure jumping performance for figure skaters - kind of like a FitBit for ice skating. The waist-mounted device uses an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a magnetometer to identify when a skater performs a jump and then calculates the height and rotation speed of the jump. Jumps are the No. 1 thing that skaters and coaches want information about. Most overuse injuries are likely related to the landing specifically. The researchers haven’t, in the past, really had a good way of measuring those forces.

65 days ago

Pliable micro-batteries for wearables

The micro-batteries that provide the technical foundation for wearables have developed by the researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM. In medicine, wearables are used to collect data without disturbing patients as they go about their daily business - to record long-term ECGs, for instance. Since the sensors are light, flexible and concealed in clothing, this is a convenient way to monitor a patient’s heartbeat. The technology also has more everyday applications - fitness bands, for instance, that measure joggers’ pulses while out running. There is huge growth potential in the wearables sector, which is expected to reach a market value of 72 billion euros by 2020.

87 days ago

Hands-free crutches alleviate pain and discomfort

Micro-manufacturing technology promises a revolution in blood testing

The world's lightest, least expensive motorized wheelchair

Arthritis Wonder: Pain Relieving Cream

G2 Products, a spinoff company focused on the discovery and development of arthritis treatment options, has launched a new product for joint pain sufferers, Arthritis Wonder. In a first-of-its-kind OTC drug, the product offers the freedom from joint pain that osteoarthritis suffers have been seeking, without the need for a prescription. Arthritis Wonder eases the pain and discomfort that comes from OA, giving those with the disease the opportunity to enjoy life again. The patent-pending formula is the accumulation of 8 years of research done by Dr. David Kooyman Professor of Physiology and Developmental Biology at Brigham Young University (BYU). With over 30 million people currently suffering from the most common chronic joint condition, including myself, Arthritis Wonder will undoubtedly change the lives of many joint pain sufferers. 

95 days ago

BYU researchers shrink device for detecting toxins in liquids

A portable device capable of detecting toxic or harmful substances in water has been developed by the researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU). The device, called a nanoflow liquid chromatograph, pumps a liquid sample through a capillary and into a detector and identifies what chemicals and elements are present. Although liquid chromatography has been around for decades, the new design is little more than a foot in length, can run on battery power, and is a hundred times more sensitive than other laboratory devices. Traditional systems are typically limited to laboratories due to size and power requirements. Developed by a chemistry team led by Professor Milton Lee, the device will be licensed from Brigham Young University and produced by Tranxend LC, a new Utah start-up company.

95 days ago

A tiny device that could one day offer an alternative to open brain surgery

Researchers from the University of Melbourne (UMel) have been working on a replacement for open brain surgery since 2012, inventing a stimulation device that can be implanted in blood vessels next to the brain’s motor cortex, in a minimally invasive procedure involving a small ‘keyhole’ incision in the neck. As a rule, one of the treatments for managing Parkinson’s Disease (lat. Parkinson scriptor morbus) is to use deep electrical brain stimulation to relieve debilitating symptoms like muscle stiffness and tremors. But it’s a daunting procedure. Surgeons must cut into the skull to expose the brain and stimulate it directly. Unsurprisingly, this kind of open brain surgery carries with it a long list of risks, including brain trauma.

95 days ago

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