Health Care

UK to Test Use of Blood Made from Stem Cells Within Three Years

Len Rosen's picture

I'm a regular blood donor. My blood type is "A," "Rh+." That can tell you a lot about your origins. But what I get excited about is the promise of finding a process by which we can end blood transfusions forever, mass producing all the blood we need rather than tapping the veins of donors every 56 days to keep an adequate blood supply in hospitals and clinics around the world.

It’s Homeopathy Awareness Week. So Be Aware: It's Total Nonsense

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Homeopathy amazes me by the number of otherwise intelligent people that believe in it. Some others do too, such as the UK’s Minister for Health Jeremy Hunt. How he keeps such a job while advocating such beliefs is a mystery.

Spectacular "Supersociety" Possible Thanks to Highly-Human Shift?

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An unprecedented global "supersociety" may be emerging -- in spite of resource depletion, pollution and conflict that seem to be driving us to dystopia.

This surprisingly positive prospect is the fruition of key developments that are now germinating and sending out their first tentative shoots. They all engage a vastly underutilized resource: the best that is in people.

New Stick-on Patch Invented to Monitor Vital Health Data

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Researchers at Northwestern University have created a stick-on patch that, when applied to the skin surface, can track vital medical data normally requiring equipment that costs thousands of dollars. The patch can monitor heart rate and rhythm, replacing an EKG, and can be used in place of an EEG, recording electrical activity in the brain.

The Technologies of Well-Being: About the May-June FUTURIST

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Though some may argue that we rely too heavily on technofixes for all our problems, a variety of technological developments are in fact improving medicine and therapeutics, our health and overall physical well-being, and even our sex lives. But the authors in this issue suggest that one of the most important “breakthroughs” in medicine may be better communications and stronger partnerships between doctors and patients.

Adventures in Personal Genomics

The public may demand a right to know their own genetic information, but interpreting their medical destinies without professional guidance might be off-limits.

Gizmos & Gadgets: Clean Freshwater Gets Help from Plant Xylem Filter

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March 30, 2014 - The engineers and scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) always come up with some interesting ideas.

Gizmos & Gadgets: New Startup Prototypes Affordable Hearing Device

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Two things make their hearing device so interesting.

New App Measures Blood Oxygen Levels using Smartphones, Tablets and Laptops

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March 15, 2014 - How time has past. This is my 801st posting to the 21st Century Tech blog. To think I started just a little over four years ago and am still going like the Eveready bunny.

New Origami Paper Microscope Takes 20 Minutes to Assemble and Could Revolutionize Tropical Disease Medicine

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March 15, 2014 - Talk about bringing science to the masses, a Stanford University bioengineer, Dr. Manu Prakash, along with a number of his fellow colleagues, have created an inexpensive paper microscope that can be stomped on, dunked in water, and thrown from a third storey balcony and still work. You fold it just like origami.

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