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Stanford students create $20 prosthetic leg

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2009

Stanford students create $20 prosthetic legThe goal of the JaipurKnee Project was to create a prosthetic leg that was amazingly sturdy as well as amazingly cheap. That’s no easy task. Otherwise it would have been done by now. Somehow they did it and created the leg you see in the above pic. It only costs $20.

Expensive and high-tech prosthetic limbs are nothing new. But what about the majority of the world who can not afford them? Legs like the one above may not make you the bionic man, but they will let you function and walk. For cheap. Pretty awesome.

Breastlight: Home breast exam tool

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2009

Breastlight: Home breast exam toolIt’s important for a woman to check her breasts regularly. But doing breast exams at home isn’t easy. And I can’t offer my services to everybody. Even if women check their breasts regularly, I’m sure it can be hard to tell if they are doing it correctly.

The Breastlight can help with the home exam, making your breast checks more accurate. It works by shining a bright red beam of light through the breast tissue. The idea is to look for any dark clusters. That’s where blood may be collecting and leading to malignant lumps. If it works as advertised, it should be a huge comfort to women.

Japanese toilet analyzes your droppings, sends results to your cell phone

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on April 2nd, 2009

Japanese toilet analyzes your droppingsNext time you get a call, it might be TMI. See, this here fancy new john wants a word with you. The convo will go something like this, “Hey John. It’s me, your crapper. It’s about your stool…You might want to sit down…Hahaha I slay myself. Just a little toilet humor. But seriously, you gotta lay off the beans buddy… The janitor had to spray twice since you left.”

We’ll it could go down that way. New toilets by Inax will keep an eye on your health and inform you about it via cell phone. It analyzes your stool. Then, a report on your deuce is beamed to a personalized URL or your phone via infrared.

HemAway: The anti-hemorrhoid toilet seat

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2009

Having never suffered from hemorrhoids myself, I can only take their word for it that this, the latest in toilet seat/hemorrhoid technology will alleviate your discomfort and allow you to do your business like the rest of us. Dr. Maurello has hemorrhoids. He’s the inventor. HemAway is his idea.

HemAway looks like an angry toilet face, but really it’s a specially designed seat for minimizing the pain from prolapsed hemorrhoids. There’s no easy way to explain this, but it requires the person to position their hemorrhoids in a certain way. The video explains it and as a bonus you get to watch some animated rhoids retract nice and slow. May be slightly NSFW if your boss frowns upon cartoon rhoids.

Magic Mirror: See your muscles while you work out, or lack of

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

Magic Mirror: See your muscles while you work out, or lack ofResearchers at the University of Tokyo have created what they are calling a “magic mirror”. It shows you your muscular activity in real time so you can visually see how hard your muscles are working while you exercise. The system can currently monitor the activity of 30% of the body’s 300-some skeletal muscles.

Sadly the user has to wear all of those little balls etc, to get the readings. At the moment it’s a medical device, so it won’t be showing up at the gym anytime soon or on Wii-Fit. But one day soon you’ll be using your mirror as an actual health device. Not just a surface for your popped zit juice.

Swiss scientists identify PlayStation-induced skin disorder

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2009

Swiss scientists identify PlayStation-induced skin disorderAh, the Swiss. While Germans have been busy doing useful things with street lighting, the Swiss have been busy treating people who actually still play a Sony console for injuries.

Here’s the story. Swiss scientists have ID’d a new skin disorder that they believe came from prolonged gaming. They’re calling it “PlayStation palmar hidradentitis,”, a condition where painful lumps appear on the palms. The diagnosis came when a 12-year old girl visited a Geneva hospital with hand lesions. Allegedly from a gaming marathon that lasted hours. She fully recovered after a ten-day break from the PlayStation.

Panasonic’s first Blood Pressure Monitor with SD Card

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2009

Panasonic’s first Blood Pressure Monitor with SD CardPanasonic recently unveiled it’s first Blood Pressure monitor with an SD card slot. You can save health data on the SD card for up to 5 different people. Tip: If you have 5 people in your house unhealthy enough to need this device, you are in some serious trouble and should probably be in the hospital right now.

The data can be read via your computer or your doctor‘s PC. No word on pricing yet. All I know is that the 5 of you better start exercising pretty darn quick.

DIY colonoscopy is not a good New Year’s Resolution

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on December 25th, 2008

DIY colonoscopy is not a good New Year’s ResolutionColonoscopies are not fun. They require nakedness with another man in the room(meaning your doctor). Even if you have a female doc, that’s just as bad. It’s all like a strange consensual alien abduction, only your memory isn’t erased. Sadly, they’re very necessary and can detect and prevent colon cancer. But there has to be a better way.

Wait. There is. Just do the procedure yourself with this harmless looking gadget that bears a lightning bolt and the name of a crap beer. A few beers before hand might be a good idea, before you get all up in your own business. And hey, you’ll feel better about it since you can use this thing in all kinds of dark tight places, not just your fat can.

SnorePro shuts you up with an electric shock

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on December 3rd, 2008

SnorePro shuts you up with an electric shockAre you or your spouse a snorer? Let them know that you’ve had enough of their noise by buying them the SnorePro SP600. It knows when you’re snoring away and sends a mild electric shock to get you to shut your pie-hole. It even features a built-in snore counter.

The idea is to train snorers to stop by using biofeedback. There’s no pricing info, but the site says SnorePro is “coming soon.” And it’s guaranteed to be the feel good gadget of the year for those who sleep with snorers. IF it works.

Philips iPill is a smart pill with a brain

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on November 11th, 2008

Philips iPill is a smart pill with a brainPhilips’ Intelligent Pill is basically a robotic capsule that can handle a bunch of advanced medical functions wile inside of you. For one thing, knowing it’s location in your body. It’s capable of measuring acidity and temperature in the stomach, figures out it’s position and knows whether or not it should release medicine in that spot. The device uses a microprocessor, wireless radio and battery, along with a pump and deposit for the drugs.

The idea is that since it can deliver drugs in the exact spot needed, less drugs are required and that means fewer side effects. According to researchers, the prototype is ready for mass production. And your stomach. Let’s hope it’s not smart enough to lay nano-eggs in you and reproduce.

MedSignals Smart Pillbox

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on November 6th, 2008

MedSignals Smart PillboxDo you take a lot of supplements and vitamins, but have a bad memory? That’s where the MedSignals Smart Pillbox comes in handy. It lets you monitor all of your medications effectively, helping you avoid a situation where you might accidentally overdose or miss your pill altogether.

It also displays instructions associated with a particular pill so you won’t take it on an empty stomach etc. The MedSignals Smart Pillbox is a great device for seniors who are on their own. Here’s the sad part. It will cost you $199 and a monthly subscription fee.

Ear Pressure Equalizer for instant relief

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on October 28th, 2008

Ear Pressure Equalizer for instant reliefNothing sucks more then getting off of a plane and realizing that your ears are taking their own sweet time to pop. Sometimes yawning or swallowing will work, but often their is no relief. And it really drives you crazy. Now there’s a simple solution. The ear pressure equalizer is nothing more then a small pump that creates a vacuum in the outer ear canal and gently pushes the eardrum back into its original position.

Just do what they say not to do and stick a foreign object in your ear. In this case, the tube, then push the yellow button and you’re good to go. Luckily it is safe as it features a safety vent that prevents the build-up of too much pressure. The whole thing comes in a package that’s smaller than most mobile phones and will cost you $60. Popped ears however are priceless.

Duct tape bandages are Band-Aids for tough guys

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2008

Duct tape bandages are Band-Aids for tough guysAs a tough guy you’ve worked on your share of projects that involve power tools and you’ve no doubt had your share of mishaps that have sent you to the emergency room.

But there’s nothing worse then wounding yourself and then being forced to cover the wound with some kind of Pokemon band-aid because that’s all you had in the first aid kit. It just looks ridiculous. Regular bandages aren’t much better. But the Duct tape bandage says I’m a man damnit and I can just slap some duct tape on it and it will be fine.” Who needs a stinkin’ doctor?

Japanese inventor creates cheap, painless injection

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on September 29th, 2008

Japanese inventor creates cheap, painless injectionIf there’s one thing people hate and fear, it’s needles.(Aside from snakes and politicians) There’s some good news. A Japanese inventor has created a needle-free and painless injection that will allow you to get your vaccinations without fear. It even has a nice name. “Mother’s Kiss” uses tiny plastic ampules to deliver medicine. I hear ya. It’s painless, but it must be expensive.

Nope. It’s cheaper and safer than regular syringes, which also makes it perfect for developing countries, because shared needles spread diseases like crazy. Assuming they can get costs down low enough, you may soon see this in your doctor’s office. Though I’m sure he’ll just find another way to scare you.

PureCart sanitizes shopping carts

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on September 16th, 2008

PureCart sanitizes shopping cartsLet’s not beat around the bush here. Humans are nasty filthy creatures who pick their noses, butts, hock loogies all over the place and are generally a fuzzy green mold clinging to this blue fruit we call a planet. How are the rest of us supposed to keep clean and healthy with these miscreants walking around us? It ain’t easy, that’s for sure. Let’s say some dude is shopping at your grocery store. He’s an isle ahead of you, you can’t see him. Problem is, he just cured an itch in his seat-crack by giving it a healthy hand massage, then he starts handling the fruit. And here you are, unaware of that nastiness, eyeing a magazine. How many things will be tainted before this dude and others like him leave the store?

Well, I can’t help you with the nastiness they spread toward the food, but the PureCart system will at least keep the grocery carts clean. Think of it as a carwash for shopping carts. Each cart probably has a million or more germs on it. The system cleans using a quick-drying sanitizing wash and disinfects the carts between uses. The cost per wash is cheap at only 1-2 cents after the initial purchase price of the system. But a healthy customer will be back to spend money. It’s a minor victory against nasty people and there germs, while the war itself continues. OCD people will no doubt want to jump in with the cart, so they can be clean and germ-free for the ride home.