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Why the University of Washington Wants Its Surgeons to Play Videogames

David Smothers September 11, 2013

In 1999, an Institute of Medicine study found that as many as 98,000 people die every year as the result of medical error in the U.S., incurring some $17 billion to $29 billion in hospital expenses. In 2009, the Safe Patient Project concluded that the situation may have gotten even worse in the decade that… Continue Reading »

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Introducing The World’s First Braille Smartphone

David Smothers May 16, 2013

How many times a day do you look at your phone? Dozens? Hundreds? We can’t help ourselves. With smartphones pinging and vibrating for every text and email, it’s hard not to look. But what if you couldn’t? For the visually-impaired, using the phone has always been a challenge. With analog phones and even early smartphones,… Continue Reading »

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Newt Gingrich Can’t Work Out What His Phone Is

David Smothers May 13, 2013

“Here at Gingrich Productions, we’ve spent weeks figuring out,” ponders Newt Gingrich. “What do you call this?” It’s a phone, Newt. “But think about it. If it’s taking pictures, it’s not a cellphone. If you can get Wikipedia or go to Google, that’s not a cellphone.” Sigh. Newt is clearly puzzled by the shiny black… Continue Reading »

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LifeBEAM SMART Cycling Helmet

David Smothers May 13, 2013

LifeBEAM is proud to present SMART – the world’s first smart cycling helmet that allows real time, accurate, hassle-free heart-rate monitoring! Find out more: http://life-beam.com/ [via youtube] Register for an account it’s free to participate in the discussion or share your thoughts in the Facebook.    

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Pilot Program Lets Albertans Monitor Heart Health From Home

David Smothers May 3, 2013

A new pilot project being launched in Sherwood Park will soon see 250 patients forgo trips to the doctor in favour of monitoring their heart health at home with the help of a virtual nurse. As CBC’s Kim Trynacity reports, this new telehealth technology may offer a glimpse into the future of Alberta health care…. Continue Reading »

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Technology Supports Heart Patients at Home

David Smothers May 2, 2013

EDMONTON, May 2, 2013 /CNW/ – A group of Albertans living with heart failure will have their conditions monitored right from their homes as part of an innovative pilot project. The pilot is a collaboration between the Alberta government, Alberta Health Services and GE Canada. “We know Albertans want to spend less time in hospital and more time at home… Continue Reading »

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This Lab-Grown Kidney Can Keep Rats—And Maybe Even You—Alive

David Smothers April 15, 2013

For the first time ever, a whole lab-grown kidney has been successfully transplanted into a rat, where it allowed the creature to process urine like a really kidney would—and it could someday save your life. A team of researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston took kidneys from donor rats and washed away the… Continue Reading »

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Health Monitoring Chip Implant To Be Available In Just A Few Years

David Smothers March 25, 2013

Some people believe wearable tech is going to be huge in 2013. Tech woven into our clothes or even gadgets that we can wear is already on the rise, and I think we’re all eager to see what the winning concept will be this year. Many have mentioned the iWatch or some smartphone watch from… Continue Reading »

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A Vacuum Turns This Flexible Fabric Into a Stiff Cast

David Smothers March 7, 2013

Immobilizing a broken bone immediately after an accident is an important step to prevent further injury. So Spanish researchers have developed a new type of fabric that can instantly go from flexible to stiff, without putting uncomfortable pressure on the patient’s skin. Called Varstiff, the material can be wrapped around or molded to any part of a… Continue Reading »

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Robot designed to care for elderly

David Smothers March 5, 2013

A researcher at the University of Salford in Manchester, UK, has invesnted a robot designed to care for the elderly, another step towards a wider introduction of robots to the healthcare sector. A researcher at the University of Salford in Manchester, UK, has invented a robot designed to care for the elderly, another step towards… Continue Reading »

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