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Students Create Smartphone App Capable of Detecting Malaria

A group of grad students has come up with a way to instantly diagnose malaria, using only a smartphone and some fancy software. The team, comprised of students from around the nation, developed the prototype using a Samsung Focus smartphone, running Windows 7. After adding a microscopic camera lens to the phone, the students developed software capable of analyzing and scanning blood for...

Michigan Man Finds Kidney Donor on Facebook

Jeff Kurze is a 35-year-old man from Michigan who suffers from chronic interstitial nephritis -- a condition that led to kidney failure and forced him to go through dialysis treatments three times per day. Kurze was in dire need of a kidney transplant, but his doctors told him it would likely be three to five years before he could find a donor. With their desperation mounting, Kurze and...

x-Ar Exoskeleton Arm Prevents RSI, Fattens Us Up for the Slaughter

The x-Ar exoskeleton arm is a spring-loaded device that supports the weight of your arm and any small objects you might be holding, thus minimizing the risk of getting repetitive stress injuries as you perform menial tasks such as assembly-line work. The manufacturer Equipois foresees factories, laboratories and even offices adopting the arm support system. (Commenters at Engadget had some...

Japanese Robot Baby Helps Treat Depression in Seniors

A Japanese researcher has created a robot that is designed to treat depression in seniors with dementia. Masayoshi Kano's Babyloid, which was inspired by the looks of a baby beluga whale, measuers 17 inches long and weighs about five pounds. It can move its stubby arms, round head, thin mouth and beady eyes while making baby noises. The bot's faces features LEDs that help to mimic human...

$200 Scanner Detects Cancer Cells, Diagnoses With iPhone App

Researchers at Harvard University and MIT have developed a handheld scanner that can detect potential cancer cells and diagnose them with an iPhone app -- all in about an hour. According to Physorg, the scanner uses antibodies and magnetic particles to identify suspicious lumps. But rather than biopsy the entire mass, the scanner, which costs just $200 to create, extracts cells from all over...

Study: Cell Phones Can Speed Up Brain Activity, Long-Term Effects Remain Unclear

A new study from the National Institutes of Health suggests that using cell phones can change the way our brains behave, though it remains unclear whether these changes can be harmful. The study, published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that just 50 minutes of cell phone use can noticeably speed up brain activity in the region closest to the phone's antenna....

Robotic Snake Slithers in for Surgery Through a Hole in Your Chest

Having a snake burrow its way through your chest doesn't sound like a terribly enjoyable experience, but that's exactly what the Cardio Arm is designed to do to patients undergoing heart surgery. Created by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, the Cardio Arm is a snake-like robot capable of entering a patient's chest through a three-quarter inch incision in the solar plexus. The snake and...

Drug-Makers Shifting Focus to Mobile Apps

The next great frontier in health care lies not in little blue pills but in information technology, and it seems that big pharmaceutical companies are finally recognizing it. According to a report from Ernst & Young, companies like Merck & Co. and Novartis AG have increased spending on creating mobile apps and educational websites by 78-percent. In 2010, drug companies began 97 new...

Laser Wand Scans Molecules for Melanoma Within Seconds

Detecting potential skin cancer cells is an inexact process that depends on a doctor identifying a suspicious mole before waiting a few weeks for the biopsy results to come back from a lab. But according to Technology Review, scientists at the British Columbia Cancer Agency (BBCA) have developed a handheld wand that could help doctors instantly identify melanoma by scanning the molecular makeup of...

Study: Electronic Health Records Don't Improve Quality of Patient Care

President Obama has devoted up to $27 billion in federal funds to digitize health records at hospitals across the country, but a new study suggests that he probably shouldn't bother. In the nationwide study, a team of researchers from Stanford University analyzed data from more than 250,000 patient visits between 2005 and 2007. According to their findings, digital record-keeping systems didn't...

Soldiers Get a 'Second Life' With Virtual PTSD Therapy

A crowded American mall, filled with loud noises and stimuli, may be a returning veteran's worst nightmare. For a soldier suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, kids waving their arms or teenagers rough-housing might send him or her back into the war-zone without warning. In speaking about its newest interactive therapy module, the Department of Defense explains in the video posted...

Kinect Hack Helps With Robotic Surgeries

While surgical robots are much more precise than clunky human hands, the surgeons who use these devices aren't able to guide the 'bots with their natural sense of touch, and this can make it easier to bump into a delicate organ or artery. In response to this problem, some graduate engineering students at the University of Washington recently developed an Xbox 360 Kinect hack, which uses the...

Study Says Video Game Addiction Causes Mental Problems in Kids, Not Everyone Is Convinced

Video games may detract from your child's physical activity and social life, but can they also drive your kid mental? According to a controversial new study, they can. Recently published in Pediatrics Journal, said study examined 3,000 children in Singapore over the course of two years. Researchers found that about one out of every ten children ultimately became addicted to video games, and...

Steve Jobs Says He's Going on Medical Leave, Tim Cook to Lead Apple in Interim

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is going on a leave of absence, in order to devote more attention to his health. In an e-mail sent to all Apple employees, Jobs confirmed that the company's board of directors had obliged his request for medical leave, but assured that he wasn't relinquishing his position. "I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company," he wrote. In...

Study: More Screen Time Increases Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke, Death

You can work out all you want, but if you spend a good part of the day sitting in front of a TV or computer screen, you could still be putting your health at serious risk. According to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, people who spend more than four hours per day watching TV, surfing the Web or playing video games are 113-percent more likely to suffer...