Latest Technology in Hearing Aids

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Siemens, one of the leaders in hearing technology, introduced one of their most advanced hearing devices.

Meet Artis 2 “helping people with hearing loss fully appreciate all that life has to offer”. Artis 2 is a smart little device that learns the wearer’s volume preference, so that it adjusts automatically while it is being worn. Artis 2 actually records and stores hearing aid use data so your hearing health professional can access the data for quick adjustments as needed. This tiny little device is so smart, it utilizes wireless technology. Yes, both ear pieces can communicate with each other wirelessly.

The Artis 2 can also differentiate between sound and just plain noise by upping the volume on speech while reducing background din. The screeching feedback problems have also been reduced digitally with feedback cancellation.

Whew. All this high technology packed in one tiny device!

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Gastric Bypass Via Laparoscopic Surgery

laparoscopic surgeryGastric bypass surgery as a means to lose weight and keep it off is becoming more accepted, perhaps due to the less invasive surgery procedure called laparoscopy.

In comparison to open surgery, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery is definitely advantageous with smaller incisions resulting in a shorter hospital day (usually just 1 day), significantly less post-surgical pain, lower risk for hernia and infections, and smaller scars.

Of course, there are other non-surgical methods to melting unwanted fat like Ultrashape and good old dieting and exercise, but for those whose need the option and results that only gastric bypass surgery can bring, the lap option is obviously good news.

Note though, that with the advantages it brings comes the disadvantage of a bigger hospital bill. Still, the bill is worth paying since you can’t really put a price tag on your health and beauty and the resulting increase in self-esteem and improved lifestyle.

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Psoria-Light Treatment for Skin Disorders

psoria-lightWhile most people worry about finding the best products to get a more even skin tone and the perfect tan, people suffering from vitiligo and psoriasis have more serious problems to worry about. With both skin conditions leading to noticable skin discolorations (white patches for vitiligo and red rashes for psoriasis), those with the disorders end up having to battle and emotional issues that can arise from them. Psoriasis sufferers are especially vulnerable to getting adverse reactions in public because the itchy reddish spots look like they’re contagious though they are not.

Thankfully they don’t have to resort to just grinning and bearing it because a treatment that address the disorders are now available. Even better, the treatment doesn’t call for invasive plastic surgery procedures but simply uses a groundbreaking UV LED medical device called Psoria-Lightâ„¢. Aside from the two aforementioned disorders Psoria-Light can also be used to treat many other UV-treatable skin disorders such as alopecia areata and eczema.

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Beauty Devices Leads to More Advances in Beauty Technology

facial laserThe steadily growing demand in beauty devices is pushing manufacturers to spend more to develop devices that employ even more advanced technology. The demand is so great that reports say that beauty technology “has created a huge new market worth billions of dollars” and that “exponential growth rates will continue for the foreseeable future.” However, do all these advances in beauty technology mean anything to the medical world, or will their use remain purely in the cosmetic and beauty industry?

While it will be easy to scoff at these devices, the truth is that advances in any of these technologies have the potential of being used for medical applications. Just take the Psoria-Light device as an example. While it is used for treating psoriasis and other UV-treatable skin conditions and was not developed for mild dermatological problems, it is easy to imagine how other skincare light systems can be tweaked to accomplish the same feat. With so much research money going into beauty devices, the important thing is to be able to pinpoint which ones have potentially life-saving applications and to not shoot them down as useless.

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Biosensors

Biosensors are currently one of the developing technologies used for determining amounts of analyte in a substance. It involves a biological recognition element to interact with analyte and a transducer to give indication or a signal that would enable the user to determine amount of analyte in the substance. Some of its advantages over conventional methods are its high specificity, low cost and rapid response. Biosensors are commonly used to detect toxic substances, pathogens and analytes of significance in industry. One of the uses possible uses of biosensors is in the determination of lactic acid, which is important for the food industry, clinical diagnosis and sports medicine. In clinical diagnosis for example the amount of lactic acid is important since it as indicator of acid-base homeostatis in the human body or body pH which we are bodies are sensitive too. There are other methods of lactic acid determination like HPLC, enzymatic test kits and ion exclusion chromatography though all these methods are time consuming and expensive hence the need for an analytical method such as biosensors.

The need for improved Medical technology

An updated medical technology is almost as important as the doctors itself. A doctor can speculate and make the most logical decision based on a certain set of information but that is where the dilemma lies, information is provided by the tools and machines made. Machines are needed in order for a doctor to be sure if a patient indeed has a sickness or disease. The X-ray is an example of one of the most widely used medical tools and its use is unquestionable. A problem with some of the medical tools these days such as the early warning systems for seizures and the present mammography is the possibility of false alarms. Development must be done on technologies such as this since these are the machines which influence the decision of a doctor. False positives are a danger to patients and the improvement of these machines is a need that must be addressed.

Early Warning System for Seizures

An estimated 50 million people suffer from epilepsy and around a third do not respond to common treatments. The alternative is an implanted anti-seizure device which sends electrical current into the brain in order to stop the seizures. The problem with this type of device is if it prematurely sends the current to the brain which happens when the device misreads the situation. Possible side-effects may occur if more of these ‘false positives’ occur which leads to unneeded current in the brain. The newest technology research by an electrical engineer in John Hopkins University may solve this problem, experiments showed that false positives are reduced by 80 percent, a significant amount. The next development to this technology according to Sarma and her team of researchers is to embed a microchip in the brain which will enable it to check for the exact moment the seizure begins. This is a great hope for the estimated 16.67 million people who are in need of this anti-seizure device which is far from perfect.

iSpO2

Thinking that smartphones are only for entertainment, think again. Apple products such as the iPhone or iPad have add-ons such as the iSpO2 which is one of the more useful tools out there. This time around apps have a hand in the health of a person. The iSpO2 by Masimo is a tool connected to an iPhone or iPad that can get instant pulse readings using the mentioned advices. This app is for those fitness junkies or those in extreme sports who want quick information on their health without having to visit a doctor. This application is extra useful since the results can be easily sent to your contact physician, so a diagnosis can be made if the situation occurs without a nearby doctor in the vicinity. This device is taking advantage of the technology of smartphones at hand and is clearly a device that is worth having if you want to keep track of your vitals. This device costs $249 dollars on Amazon, but this price is minimal since it’s for the health’s sake.

Nature Inspiring Innovations in Medical Technology

jellyfishThe medical clamp may have been inspired by a hair clip, but many medical technologies these days are being inspired by nature.

Washington Post reports of several medical innovations like adhesives, tests, needles, and cancer microchips that are inspired by unlikely creatures like geckos and jellyfish.

Gecko’s feet served as inspiration for a waterproof adhesive developed by MIT researchers and Jeffrey Karp of the Center for Regenerative Therapeutics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. The new kind of adhesive, which is currently being tested on large animals, are used to close up holes in organs and tissues.

Karp, along with another group of MIT researchers, also came up with a microchip that uses DNA strands to “grab and hold tumor cells in the bloodstream”. It can also count and sort these cancer cells. The microchip is inspired by jellyfish tentacles.

Wherever the innovators of today may be drawing the inspiration from, whether it be nature or beauty products, the important thing is that advances in medical technology are being made that could save and improve people’s lives.

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New Method for Diabetes Detection

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A new method to detect diabetes, even before symptoms occur, is being developed by a team of endocrinologists, engineers and microbiologists. A device projects light to the skin which measures levels of blood sugar, or the presence of advanced glycation endproducts. This device is called The Scout. Different wavelengths is flashed to the skin to determine diabetes risk. This will help patients go on a preventive health maintenance program. With this method, diabetes can actually be prevented. It is already being tested in several US hospitals. The new method is expected to cost about the same as existing diabetes testing methods.

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