Sunday, February 23, 2014

(S5) Medical Technology


How has technology improved the medical field?

Why, as a teen, should you care?



1.  Discover a new, cutting edge (within the last two years) medical technology.  Read student posts before yours.  As always, no repeats.


2.  Explain this technology, in your own words, and describe how has it changed the medical field.


3.  How does this affect your life personally?




53 comments:

  1. 1. Last year Aimee Copeland had her hands, leg, and foot cut amputated after they were eaten by a flesh-eating bacteria almost took her life. But now she has a pair of bionic hands which can be moved with a iPad app.

    2. These bionic hands uses a iPad app to move it around. This advancement has moved this technology along and has mad it so many people who have lost there hand to be able to use them again.

    3. This kind of advancement doesn't affect me personally but to so people this is a great advancement because a lot of wounded veterans who have lost hands in war would be benefited by this. And I can see plenty of kids in Gen Yes who are interested in this kind of thing who would like to contribute to the advancement of this kind of technology

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    1. Good job. However it could affect you if you got into an accident or suffered loss of mobility. Do you ever see yourself contributing to this type of tech? What was the ipad app?

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  2. 1-The Aquillon One is the only computed tomography system that can see what's going on in your head, heart, or other organs with one simple rotation that takes minutes, not hours. Now only in a few hospitals, the Aquillon One is life saving for those who suffer heart attacks, strokes, or other major traumas. It replaces all other tests, so there is no need to delay treatment while both surgeon and patient wait for additional ones. - See more at: http://inventorspot.com/articles/medical_design_excellence_awards_26104#sthash.rqUTVzBF.dpuf

    2-Thats the article piece. This is extremly cool because it not only speeds up how quickly people can be diagnosed. As well as that, it saves lives by detecting a heart attack or stroke, allowing for the doctors to react quicker which a narrowed down treatment option, which is amazing.

    3- This affects my life a lot. Not only are things such as heart attacks and strokes more and more treatable, both of which run in my family, but in the future, things like cancer will become easier to distinguish, leaving for better survival rates and less treatment options. This is again relevant because every person in my family over the age of 65 has gotten cancer.

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    1. Great job. Lot of nice detail and thoughtful thinking. Nice connection to your personal life.

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  3. 1.) Jan Scheuermann, a woman who was struck with a case of spinocerebellar degeneration in 1996 leaving her without the use of her arms, is using BCI (brain-computer interface). Training on the BCI allowed her to move an arm and manipulate objects for the first time in nine years.
    2.) Basically, this is advanced technology that allows a person to move a robotic item (in this case, an arm) through a brain implant.
    3.) I don't think this affect my life that personally, because nothing like that runs in my family, but my grandmother is in the hospital and can hardly walk, much less move her arms freely. This could help her greatly, but I doubt that this will become a frequently used product/device. Many people in the world have restrictions of their joints, so I think the idea of it is useful, but expensive.

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  4. 1.Needle-Free Diabetes Care Echo Therapeutics from Philadelphia is developing technologies that would replace the poke with a patch.The company is working on a transdermal biosensor that reads blood through the skin without drawing blood.
    2. This technology is awesome no poke no pain no worry how cool, this also is innovative it helps diabetes patients without the force of a poke.

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    1. 3. This does not affect my life but affects others in my family lifes they have diabetes and this will help them tremendously.

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    2. It does affect your life if it affects your family. Now now smoof...be nice haha. Did Dimitri steal your topic?

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  5. 1.) A 16 year old boy from Crownsville, Maryland invented a method of detecting pancreatic, lung and ovarian cancer in early stages at an extremely low price.

    2.) His method consists of a single paper sensor which reacts with proteins that lead to Lung, Ovarian, and Pancreatic cancer. The test costs a whopping $0.03 (3 cents) and takes less than 5 minutes to run. This makes Jack’s method 26,000 times less expensive, 168 times faster, and over 400 times more sensitive than other diagnostic methods. During an interview, Jack claims the test also detects HIV, AIDS, and Heart Disease.

    3. ) At a young age, Jack has changed the world with only a few months of work, hands on. Personally, this encourages me to continue my development, and maybe some day, my research and work with change the world. Also, Jacks innovation helps save people’s money, lives, and even pushes further development.


    —In case people believe a piece of paper that reacts with protein is not technology, look over the definition of technology: “the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes”

    Source: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/jack-andraka-the-teen-prodigy-of-pancreatic-cancer-135925809/

    P.S. 182 Words :)

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    1. Great job. Yes I agree it is technology. Technology can be a simple item with a complex process to achieve a new purpose. Great thoughts. Nicely written.

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  6. 1) Robotic check-ups are a great new invention that offer doctors a more efficient use of their time.

    2) Essentially a robot roams around a hospital to check up on patients. For a small diagnosis, the doctor appears on the screen and tells the nurse to, for instance, attach the stethoscope to the patient's chest. The doctor can then get all the proper results and give an effective diagnosis. This allows for world-class doctors to be able to assist patients in even the smallest of towns, as well as provides the most efficient use of time on the doctor's part by quickly moving from patient to patient without hurrying to the next room, essentially removing the majority of downtime.

    3) This doesn't affect my life as of now due to the technology being so new, however, it has been approved by the FDA and will begin to change my life potentially the next time I get sick.

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    1. What type of robot? Name? How does it work for doctor/patient to connect? Costs? What if the robot finds something horrible? How does it tell the patient or double check or call an ambulance? Consider how it could affect your life rather than stating it does not. Think a bit more outside the box. Good writing. Good thoughts. Push more. You have it in you. :)

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  7. 1. Cutting Back on Melanoma Biopsies, they use a handheld tool for multispectral analysis of tissue morphology.

    2. This tool is basically used to give information to doctors to tell whether or not to order a biopsy. They want it to reduce the number of patients left with unnecessary biopsy scar which adds benefits for the eliminating cost of the procedures. It's helps doctors with money so they can use it for other things and more important things.

    3. It could and couldn't affect my life depending if i had to have one of these procedures. If not than it doesn't affect my life at all, but I would be happy if I knew they are saving money by using this tool during my procedure. In the end it could go both ways in my opinion and I'm glad this is helping the medical side of the community throughout the world.

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  8. 1.)Lyric Hearing Aid, It is a invisible hearing aid.

    2.)The Lyric Hearing Aid, is a invisible and waterproof hearing aid that you can even wear headphones with! The battery lasts roughly 120 days then you have to go get a new one. This has changed the medical field because hearing aids up till now have been pretty noticeable and in the way.

    3.)This doesn't affect my life very much at all. But my great grandpa could use one because hes virtually deaf.

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    1. Little short on content here. But a very cool technology. It does affect your life if it affects a family member! Expand your thought a bit more. Good job!

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  9. 1. Needle-Free Diabetes Care, it is a wearable patch that uses "a handheld electric-toothbrush-like device that removes just enough top-layer skin cells to put the patient's blood chemistry within signal range of a patch-borne bio-sensor."

    2. This technology will remove all of the pain from diabetes treatment. With these patches, there will no longer be the need for insulin pumps and glucose monitors in the medical field.

    3. This does not affect my life, but this is monumental for patients that have diabetes and hate all of the pain.

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    1. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, this has already been talked about,,,,

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    2. Yep and therefore won't count I'm sad to say. Read first. Then write. It was a good read though.

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    3. Wow! I found your second post! You realized you repeated and wrote another original idea. Very very impressive! You totally rock!

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  10. 1. Electronic Aspirin, doctors have associated most headaches to SPG (a facial nerve cluster). This is an implant that pretty much neutralizes the nerve cluster when the patient feels a headache coming and puts the remote on the cheek closest to the implant.

    2. This will help neutralize many headaches that distract people from what's in front of them. Aspirin is both not instant, and you have to keep buying them if you get a lot. Plus with normal aspirin (or other headache medicines), you might not have any on hand to use.

    3. I have random headaches almost weekly that distract me from school work or gaming. This is a truly amazing piece of technology for me.

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  11. 1.7. ThermoSuit Body-Cooling System by Life Recovery Systems

    When the difference between recovery and death means minutes, as it usually does in stroke, cardiac arrest, or heart attach victims, it is necessary to keep the patient's body temperature down... way down. Most hospitals have some protocol for body cooling, but the Thermosuit System has proven to be the fastest way to lower body temperature; the quicker you reduce body temperature the quicker you prevent brain damage. Like a plastic bag, the ThermoSuit surrounds the body with ice water that keeps recyling through the system to re-chill. Core body temperature falls to about 90 degrees F, or 33 degrees Celsius, in 10 to 30 minutes.
    - See more at: http://inventorspot.com/articles/medical_design_excellence_awards_26104?page=3#sthash.ZlL7z25a.dpuf

    2. Basically this will severally help and patients who have had a stroke and desperately need to prevent brain damage. This looks, and sounds a whole lot better than conventional methods from hospitol patients.

    3. This is personal to me because, my uncle died from a stroke and this could have helped him in any way possible. This is also helpful for any future stokes that I may have.( Not anytime soon I hope)

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  12. 1. The Sapien Transcatheter Aortic Valve, it is a replacement valve for patients who need a new one, but can't go through the rigors of open heart surgery. The Sapien Valve is guided through the femoral artery by catheter from a small incision near the rib cage.

    2. This technology will provide a safer alternative to open heart surgery. Currently this is only being used in Europe, but it has been making it's way into the US.

    3. This does affect my life personally, but my grandmother has recently gone through heart surgery and it took a long time to recover due to the process. Now, if she must ever need surgery again, she will be able to use The Sapien Valve to ease her pain.

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    1. https://www.asme.org/engineering-topics/articles/bioengineering/top-5-medical-technology-innovations

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  13. 1.) MIT studies showed that light alone can activate specific memories, This can be done by stimulating certain neurons.

    2.) Through a surgery in the early 1900s, a neurosurgeon named Wilder Penfield found that stimulating specific neurons while patients were under anesthesia had caused them to recall certain memories. Later, MIT decided to test this theory out in a study that showed that reactivating specific hippocampus neurons leads to specific memory recall, and the only thing they used in this was light.

    3.) This probably won't affect my life in any way, but it may affect other people who suffer from memory loss.

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    1. It might affect your life if you needed to remember a serious detail from an event you experienced. Think of the possibilities!

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  14. 1.) platelet rich plasma therapy
    2.)it basically regrows body parts by injecting your own cells into the area were you have severely injured like if i had a finger cut off then they could inject my own cells into it to the injury it would heal/ regrow faster
    3.)like i just said in the example if my leg gets amputated they can inject my cells into the injury and it would heal faster

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    1. If you want to receive full credit you need to be mindful to use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation. This blog evaluates your ability to answer with thoughtful, organized and correct responses to relevant technologies that may affect your future. These blogs are a significant part of your technology grade. If you don't start taking this portion of class seriously, I may begin to not accept these submissions at all. Seriously.

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  15. 1. The Cell-CT platform is an automated 3D cell imaging system that uses a computer program to identify lung cancer cells. It is known as the LuCED sputum test.
    2. It can identify lung cancer with just a cough. It's non-invasive, low-cost, and low-risk. All it requires is a sample of sputum that is coughed up. Since it is low-risk, it would let doctors screen their patients before the cancer has spread throughout their body. After all, once the cancer spreads, it is much harder to treat. Cancer cells have a unique structure with more than 800 physical characteristics. Some of these characteristics can't be easily identified using a standard microscope.
    3. This affects me personally because cancer is present in my family line, and the idea of detecting certain kinds of it early on before it has spread just by coughing is insane.

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  16. 1. I discovered ronchial thermoplasty, a new treatment for asthma. The process heats up airways that are 3mm or bigger.

    2.This is a VERY new technologoy, so there are not many studies showing how effective it is - although many claim it has improved their lives immensely. This changes the medial world because it is the first nonpharmaceutical treatment for asthma.

    3. This affects me, as I have asthma and I need a treatment that will not bother my allergies or inhibit me from going about my daily life.

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    1. How does it work? What do you mean "heats up airways?" Good connection to something that would affect you personally. What are the costs, risks, availability? Expand your thinking!

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  17. 1. A California company named Second Sight has created a bionic eye to help people with the disease retinitis pigmentosis to identify objects and colors.
    2. A tiny camera is inserted in a patients eyes that capture images and turns them into electrical pulses, which are then sent to an implant in the patients retina that allows it to bypass the damaged part of the retina. This could change the medical world because it could one day restore sight to people with macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the U.S.
    3. This affects my life because a lot of my friends have eye problems and this could change the way they see.

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    1. Good thoughts. Could you see yourself getting this operation done? Would you be able to do it?

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  18. 1.) There was a 3-D printed Implant that Replaced 75% of a man's skull.

    2.) This has changed the medical field by being able to get the parts for the human body ready faster rather than building the whole thing from the ground up instead you can use a CAD app on a computer and have it print for you in a more efficient way.

    3.) If i loose some of a bone I would like to trust that I can get the replacement in time before I become lame or die.

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    1. Just don't be 3D printing body parts on our new printer! This was good. A few more details and it would be great!

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  19. 1. Lyric Hearing Aid by InSound Medical Inc. is the first fully invisible hearing aid. It fits in your ear canal and cannot be seen, huge step for smaller medical assistance devices.


    2. This changes the medical and professional field for making it easier for hard of hearing people to fit in to the normal world without being judged for having a huge hearing aid sticking out of their ear. Also this is a step for the medical field because technology is getting smaller as it advances.


    3. Currently this does not affect my life. However one day when I get older it might impact me if I need to have artificial hearing assistance devices.

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    1. This has already been done. (Zombie Wafflez) Sorry. No credit. arg..

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  20. 1. RP-VITA Remote Presence Robot is a robot that allows certain doctors to help out patients from far away and also allows you to patrol the hospital even if you are not there.
    2.This technology will allow check ups from your favorite doctor even if you are not there. This could also have specialists to see what is going on even if you are far away.
    3.If something horrible happen too me and I needed a specialist this could allow that person to help on my treatment even if he is not here.

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    1. Little on the short side. Next week, elaborate a bit more on your thoughts. How would the RP-VITA interact with your injury? Would you be able to afford one? Where would you get it? What could go wrong using this type of technology? What certain doctors use these robots? Does it just do checkups? What if it finds something very wrong? Will it automatically call an ambulance? See... lots of things can be answered more!

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  21. 1. In Pittsburgh, scientists took a mouse's heart that was stripped of its own cells and applied human stem cells, and the mouse's heart began beating again, successfully reviving it.
    2. While this isn't particularly a NEW technology per se, this is an amazing development, because of the fact that human stem cells can be used to grow parts or bring life to another species.
    3. This could affect me directly sometime in the future, should I ever need a replacement body part.

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    1. Like a mouse tail? Haha. And you are right this technology evolves all the time. Sometimes exciting. Sometimes terrifying. You could have expanded on a lot here. Wish you had, you have cool things to say and I like reading them. More. Next time.

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  22. 1. Echo Therapeutics, from Philadelphia, is developing technologies that would using a needle to test blood with a patch. The patch would read the blood through the skin and it sends one piece of data per minute and tracks glucose levels.

    2.Instead of using needles every single day to check the levels of glucose, you just put the patch on for a couple minutes and it does the exact same thing but faster. It helps other patients who are possibly scared of needles and can get the data faster.

    3. It doesn't affect me personally, but it could affect others who actually have diabetes and/or check patients blood without using a needle.

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  23. 1: Jan Scheuermann has begun using a robot arm in order to do certain things. She has been paralyzed for years, and now she is able to finally move a "limb-of-her-own." This robotic arm completely revolutionizes medical advancements in paralyzation treatment.

    2: This robotic limb uses an implant in her mind in order to allow her to control it remotely. Seeing as she is 100% paralyzed already, this is an advancement that she is very grateful for, although it is still very basic.

    3: While it doesn't affect me directly, it does help in the idea that if something ever were to happen to me that affects my ability to move, there still is hope for me to regain my normal life, as there is for any others who are afflicted by this problem.

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  24. 1. Aquillion One is a Dynamic Volume Computer Tomography System By Toshiba. Its made to scan the human body and tell whats wrong.

    2. This technology is like a MRI machine. The difference is that it rotates and detects your heart head organs etc in under 20 min. This allows medical professionals to detect whats going with the body. It replaces all tests done on the body. This revolutionary technology could help save life's.

    3. It could effect me in the future when there all in hospitals. If I were to have a heart attack they would know and could help me.

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    1. This has already been done. Unfortunately, no credit for this post. See above: Ipwnu567 's post toward the beginning.

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  25. End of Graded Blogs --- MsK

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  26. 1. There was an article about a device that can stop traumatic bleeding.

    2. Dr. Dennis Filips was inspired to design a medical clamp that can stop traumatic wound bleeding in a matter of seconds, what inspired him was a hair clip. This was after his three tours in Afghanistan as a trauma surgeon.

    3. I personally do not get deep gashes that cause traumatic bleeding, however I think this can be very useful in the ER and on the battle field.

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  27. 1.) Platelet rich plasma therapy
    2.) It basically regrows body parts by injecting your own cells into the area were you have severely injured. If I had a finger cut off then they could inject my own cells into the injury then it would heal faster than normal.
    3.) Like I just said, in the example if my finger gets cut off they can inject my cells into the injury and it would heal faster than normal.

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  28. 1. They have been working on a cure for cancer and they found a way by putting a missing protein in the cancer cell making it die along with the other ones this could work with small tumors.
    2. Basically there is a awesome new cure for cancer this horrible disease and no one is paying attention to it because it is based from a small compony in Canada. WOMP WOMP WWWWOOOOOMMMMPPPPPP (sad trombone)
    3. The medical field is very importent to me because I can't wait until I don't have to shot's anymore but this in particular doesn't affect me.

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  29. 1. LiquiBand Optima by MedLogic®
    2. Basically what this does is it's an alternative to sutures for cuts and wounds. It's a type of superglue that can be applied to the skin to close wounds and stop bleeding. It protects the wound from microbials and promotes healing. It's more patient friendly, cost effective, quick, easy, and clean.
    3. I've had stitches a few times in my life and what I've realized is that I am a bit resistant to anesthetics because doing about 12 stitches in my leg they had to get more novocain, a local anesthetic, and they didn't foresee it. I've also had stitches in my hand as well and having something like this when I got stitches

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  30. 1. Researchers from Boston University, Harvard, and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are reporting that they have built a microfluidic chip that rivals in accuracy the gold-standard diagnostic test known as RT-PCR but is faster, cheaper, and disposable.

    2. The chip is roughly around the size of a microscope slide and costs only around $10. It scans proteins commonly associated with the flu virus and produces results in a quick and easy manner. Results are delivered within only a few hours. A faster, more affordable test with fewer false negatives could help stop outbreaks and ultimately save lives.

    3. This effects me by creating an easy affordable way to know if I have the flu without having to undergo many test that may produce false-negatives.

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