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Electrical implants let paralysed patients stand again (Wired UK)

Electrical implants let paralysed patients stand again (Wired UK) | Innovation in healthcare, medicine and life sciences | Scoop.it
Four paralysed individuals have voluntarily and independently moved their legs for the first time since injury, thanks to a spinal implant that delivers electrical stimulus
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Check this one also: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-11/28/robotic-arm-transplant-operation

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Access Our Medicine Initiative | Affordable Medicine

Access Our Medicine Initiative | Affordable Medicine | Innovation in healthcare, medicine and life sciences | Scoop.it
Everyone should have access to affordable medicine - declare it. Sign the declaration.
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I do not know if similar acts can succeed in such a high goal. I would suggest to anyone to look at these videos: 1) http://www.ted.com/talks/ellen_t_hoen_pool_medical_patents_save_lives 2) http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/TEDxCanberra-Thomas-Pogge-Rei-2;search%3Atag%3A%22ep1112%22 3http://www.ted.com/talks/jay_bradner_open_source_cancer_research 4http://www.ted.com/talks/roger_stein_a_bold_new_way_to_fund_drug_research

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Germany launches 1st prescribed app – Caterna Vision Therapy reimbursed by statutory health insurer

Germany launches 1st prescribed app – Caterna Vision Therapy reimbursed by statutory health insurer | Innovation in healthcare, medicine and life sciences | Scoop.it

“Docs write Rx for App to treat visually impaired children. Treatment and app get reimbursed by statutory health insurance.” This digital health vision is becoming true in Germany these days. Originally developed by University of Dresden, the purely Internet-based Caterna Vision Therapy (www.caterna.de) will be reimbursed by BARMER GEK, a nationwide statutory health insurance with 8.65m Germans insured, in partnership with Ocunet, a nationwide association of eye care centers and practices (www.ocunet.de). Starting 1. April  2014, eye specialists can prescribe a Caterna Vision Therapy.

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Perform blood tests with your smartphone screen (Wired UK)

Perform blood tests with your smartphone screen (Wired UK) | Innovation in healthcare, medicine and life sciences | Scoop.it

A diagnostic tool that uses a smartphone screen to perform blood tests has been developed by a microengineering laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)

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Steth IO, 3D Printed iPhone Case Stethoscope

Steth IO, 3D Printed iPhone Case Stethoscope | Innovation in healthcare, medicine and life sciences | Scoop.it

This was actually 3D printed by a 15 year old boy named Suman Mulumudi, from Snohomish, Wa. It is a 3d printed iphone case which can be used as a stethoscope. The way the case is made, it sends the heart beat sound up to the microphone of the phone and records the sound waves in an app.

“People have tried to put the microphone over the chest, but that doesn’t work,” said Mulumudi “Interestingly enough, that’s how the first stethoscope was invented.” Before 1816, he explained, doctors used

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Mario fitz maurice's comment, March 15, 2014 4:15 PM
Where can I buy it?
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A 50-cent microscope that folds like origami

A 50-cent microscope that folds like origami | Innovation in healthcare, medicine and life sciences | Scoop.it
Perhaps you’ve punched out a paper doll or folded an origami swan? TED Fellow Manu Prakash and his team have created a microscope made of paper that's just as easy to fold and use. A sparkling demo that shows how this invention could revolutionize healthcare in developing countries … and turn almost anything into a fun, hands-on science experiment.
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Text-Analyzing Assistance Rings

Text-Analyzing Assistance Rings | Innovation in healthcare, medicine and life sciences | Scoop.it

The wearable tech revolution is in full swing and this ring is the latest in wearable innovations. This ring will scan the words on the page in front of it and read them aloud for the wearer.

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Could electronically controlled drugs reduce side effects?

Could electronically controlled drugs reduce side effects? | Innovation in healthcare, medicine and life sciences | Scoop.it

Researchers say they can zap implants with electrical currents to release specific amounts of medication to targeted areas of the body.

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Christian Yamashiba Kasongo's curator insight, February 9, 2014 9:35 AM

Could electronically controlled drugs

andres mora's curator insight, February 11, 2014 4:21 AM

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3D-printed EEG headset from OpenBCI is customizable and open-source

3D-printed EEG headset from OpenBCI is customizable and open-source | Innovation in healthcare, medicine and life sciences | Scoop.it

OpenBCI adds to its open-source EEG platform a 3D-printed EEG headset which is customizable, cheap, and modular. 

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Ray Kurzweil: This is your future

Ray Kurzweil: This is your future | Innovation in healthcare, medicine and life sciences | Scoop.it
By the early 2020s, we will have the means to program our biology away from disease and aging.
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Hope Lewis's comment, March 4, 2014 7:50 AM
Since 2003, when the Genome Project was finished, technology has been evolving rapidly to produce the best cure for patients. And it will continue to evolve as the years pass and people have a growing need for these treatments. What's considered "cutting edge" will probably be considered as routine starting in the early 2020's.
Hope Lewis's comment, March 4, 2014 7:54 AM
3 D printers are becoming increasingly popular among people. As its popularity increases, scientists are looking into whether we can use 3D printing to make new organs for those who need them (hearts, livers,etc.). Experimentation has already begone with scientists using biodegradable products and merging them with skin cells to to see if it is possible. It is expected to be actually used by doctors by 2020.
ehealthgr's comment, March 4, 2014 8:10 AM
Assumptions can not be based on experimentation. In order to consider digital heatlh innovation you must take into account scale, regulations, clinical evidence and validation, policies, etc. It is not going to be so fluid. Expected than actual massive adoption are two different things. I am totally ini favor of these things but reallity is much more complex, detailed and fragmented than skewed news reports. We are going there, but it is not going to be so easy.
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Smartphone Users Take Lifesaving Selfies

Smartphone Users Take Lifesaving Selfies | Innovation in healthcare, medicine and life sciences | Scoop.it
With a new smartphone device, you can now take an accurate iPhone camera selfie that could save your life – it reads your cholesterol level in about a minute. Forget those clumsy, complicated, home cholesterol-testing devices.
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I find Life Saving Selfies quite a neat marketing line for digital health. The technology is getting more and more populized. The moment that mhealth provides clinical effectiveness evidence, we will see some really interesting tranformations of the healthcare system.

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Health disparities among nations could be eliminated in a generation, says Lancet report

Health disparities among nations could be eliminated in a generation, says Lancet report | Innovation in healthcare, medicine and life sciences | Scoop.it

A global commission makes recommendations for investment to achieve dramatic gains by 2035

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Christian Yamashiba Kasongo's curator insight, January 18, 2014 4:15 PM

Health disparities among nations could be eliminated in a generation, says Lancet report

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the Tricorder project (open source CT)

the Tricorder project (open source CT) | Innovation in healthcare, medicine and life sciences | Scoop.it

Mechanically, this prototype scanner is very similar to the first generation of CT scanners, and it’s almost entirely laser cut. An object is placed on a moving table that goes through the center of a rotating ring. Inside the ring there’s a very low intensity x-ray source, and on the other side a detector. An Arduino Uno with a custom shield controls four stepper motors and interfaces with the detector.

 

via http://makezine.com/magazine/make-38-cameras-and-av/open-source-ct-scanner/

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HACK FOR HEALTH- H4H

HACK FOR HEALTH- H4H | Innovation in healthcare, medicine and life sciences | Scoop.it

The Stanford lab in Bioingeneering directed by Manu Prakash that have just recently surprised us with the FOLDSCOPE a paper based origami microscope of 0.5$ (http://catai.net/blog/2014/03/50-cents-microscope/ ) is now ofering  a paper based microfluidic system for less tan 5$ (http://www.popsci.com/article/science/21st-century-kids-home-microfluidics-and-neurology-kits#FlE4ha0rXYfbQowS.01 )


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Unesco Telemedicine's curator insight, April 9, 2014 6:05 AM

It is a true H4H (hack for health) that demonstrates how REVERSE INNOVATION is becoming a very serious R&D solution to democratize GLOBAL HEALTH building robust objects.

Paper based high-tech solution are here; Arduino started with paper based boards and now we have numerous solutions.

We will present them in the IWEE 2014 (social medicine).

Bart Collet's curator insight, April 9, 2014 9:50 AM

#hackforhealth  all over the world

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Off the shelf, on the skin: Stick-on electronic patches for health monitoring (w/ video)

Off the shelf, on the skin: Stick-on electronic patches for health monitoring (w/ video) | Innovation in healthcare, medicine and life sciences | Scoop.it

Wearing a fitness tracker on your wrist or clipped to your belt is so 2013. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University have demonstrated thin, soft stick-on patches that stretch and move with the skin and incorporate commercial, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics for sophisticated wireless health monitoring.

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Assemble personal diagnostic tools with this DIY kit (Wired UK)

Assemble personal diagnostic tools with this DIY kit (Wired UK) | Innovation in healthcare, medicine and life sciences | Scoop.it

BITalino wants to do for the body what Arduino did for electronics. The kit, which costs €149 (£125), includes a set of physiological sensors that can easily detect bio-signals, and software that enables the user to visualise and record data.

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Check their website: http://www.bitalino.com/

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BUILD YOU OWN SoC COMPUTER

BUILD YOU OWN SoC COMPUTER | Innovation in healthcare, medicine and life sciences | Scoop.it

Take your Rasperry-Pi board of 34$ insert a formated SD and plug a computer, a mouse and a Keyboard plus power supply. Select you open source OS and start. The e-Sensor shield will allow to transform it into a telemedicine sensor. http://readwr.it/t1PV .

The e-Health Sensor Shield V2.0 allows to perform biometric and  body monitoring is needed by using 10 different sensors. http://www.cooking-hacks.com/documentation/tutorials/ehealth-biometric-sensor-platform-arduino-raspberry-pi-medical/


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Unesco Telemedicine's curator insight, March 22, 2014 7:31 AM

It is the democratization for any telemetric device. Low cost and simple. So simple that according to our knowledge have to be included in the mass personalization training in medicine for all healthworkers. It will be an essential tool together with the smartphones.

SoC= is an integrated circuit (IC) that integrates all components of a computer and electronic systems into a single chip.

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Wello One-Ups The Galaxy S5 With A Slim, Sensor-Laden Health Tracking iPhone Case | TechCrunch

Wello One-Ups The Galaxy S5 With A Slim, Sensor-Laden Health Tracking iPhone Case | TechCrunch | Innovation in healthcare, medicine and life sciences | Scoop.it

The next war among smartphone makers will most likely be around health measurement, and the Wello is an iPhone accessory that recognizes that and wants to capitalize early. It offers iPhone users a heart rate monitor on their device, just like Samsung has built into the Galaxy S5, but it also offers up a lot more besides, including sensors to measure your ECG, blood pressure, blood oxygen, temperature, and more.

 
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Kiwi Move: Most Underrated Product at CES?

Kiwi Move: Most Underrated Product at CES? | Innovation in healthcare, medicine and life sciences | Scoop.it

Kiwi Move is a daring pioneer in the consumer-grade wearable technology space. It's a small (1.6 by 1.2 inches) computer that can track all facets of your life, automate appliances in your home, and collect other data, if you (or a kindly app developer) can program it to do so. It could be a fitness tracker, but it's more than that. And it's kind of like a smartwatch, but much smarter.

 

With a microphone and motion technology, Kiwi Move can respond to voice commands and gestures. With these prompts, you can set up automations of "if this, then that" variety, such as, "If I draw a circle in the air [while wearing Kiwi Move on my wrist], then turn on the microphone, listen to the song that's playing, launch the Shazam mobile app on my phone, and tell me the name of the song. Oh, and while you're at it, add the song to my playlist."

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Do check their video on their website http://www.kiwiwearables.com/

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iBeacon for Hospitals - Using Bluetooth LE Beacons To Provide Wayfinding, Mapping, and Clinical Care

iBeacon for Hospitals - Using Bluetooth LE Beacons To Provide Wayfinding, Mapping, and Clinical Care | Innovation in healthcare, medicine and life sciences | Scoop.it
In our continuing look at applications for iBeacon, we're honing in on specific industries that have great opportunities to implement the technology for multiple uses.
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I think that it could provide support for automatic collection of re-admissions. Instead of going back to all the paper-work to sort something like that out, it could make hot spotting more easy to implement. 

http://www.rwjf.org/en/about-rwjf/newsroom/features-and-articles/Brenner11.html

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eLearning and diffusion of innovation in healthcare, 1st #VdGMForum

My presentation at the 1st The Vasco Da Gama Movement Forum, Barcelona 7-8 February 2014.

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The future of medicine means part human, part computer

The future of medicine means part human, part computer | Innovation in healthcare, medicine and life sciences | Scoop.it
It may sound a little bit futuristic and far-fetched, but the reality is that ingestible sensors and implantable chips are already in use.
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Do check this article also: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101042045/page/11

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Chandler George's curator insight, December 30, 2013 11:29 AM

We can't escape so we must use as Chiropractors and Dentists to help patient get healthy!

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D-Rev: Design Revolution

D-Rev: Design Revolution | Innovation in healthcare, medicine and life sciences | Scoop.it

D-Rev is a non-profit product development company 
whose mission is to improve the health and incomes
of people living on less than $4 per day.

 

Do check their video on TED:

http://www.ted.com/talks/krista_donaldson_the_80_prosthetic_knee_that_s_changing_lives.html

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Quite impressive, don't you think?

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Oh Canada! Seven Canadian Wearable Tech Companies Changing the World | MobileSyrup.com

Oh Canada! Seven Canadian Wearable Tech Companies Changing the World | MobileSyrup.com | Innovation in healthcare, medicine and life sciences | Scoop.it

It’s expected that 2014 is when we will start to see wearables really gaining traction. Analysts are expecting to see the global annual wearable device unit shipments next year to cross the 100 million milestone, with 300 million units five years from now.

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