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Electronic Nose Can Help Customize Asthma Treatment

September 9, 2014 9:05 pm | by European Lung Foundation | News | Comments

An electronic nose can be used to successfully detect different sub-groups of asthmatic children, according to a new study. The new research, presented at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress in Munich on September ...

Battery-Free Pace Maker Adapts Power from Swiss Watches

September 8, 2014 10:41 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by SanDisk, Google's Project Wing uses drone to deliver packages faster; robotic birds to help decrease the dangers that birds can create; high-end micro and small satellites that allow the communication satellite to exhaust its propellant resources until the last drops; battery-free pacemakers; and a truly secure data encryption...       

Photo of the Day: Where Are All the Women in STEM?

September 4, 2014 10:54 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | News | Comments

When it comes to women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathethmatics) the numbers just don’t add up. Even though the number of women majoring in STEM (and attending college) has increased in the past few decades, the number of women who actually enter the fields has barely increased at all....

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Photo of the Day: Making the Connected Hospital a Reality

September 2, 2014 2:48 pm | by Laird | News | Comments

Making the Connected Hospital a Reality, outlines the necessity for patients to always be connected whether at home, in the ambulance, or at the hospital. Patients receive the best care with 24/7 patient monitoring and real-time notifications sent wirelessly...

Gaming and Good Health

September 2, 2014 2:27 pm | by Sam Brusco, MDT Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

The term “gamer” does not typically bring to mind the picture of health. Actually; it often seems to conjure images of unhealthy behavior -- prolonged periods of limited to no movement, vision problems, and the development of a colorful vocabulary...

Wristwatch Inspires Batteryless Cardiac Pacemaker

September 2, 2014 1:57 pm | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

A new batteryless cardiac pacemaker based on an automatic wristwatch and powered by heart motion was presented at ESC Congress 2014 today by Adrian Zurbuchen from Switzerland. The prototype device does not require battery ...  

HotSpot 78: Smart Skin for Aircraft

September 2, 2014 10:15 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week in WDD's HotSpot, a tiny eye implant for those who are battling glaucoma; a ‘smart skin’ concept that enables aircraft to continually monitor their health; a high-performance, fashion-forward Polo Tech shirt; and mannequins enabled with a wireless technology called VMBeacon...                         

Scientists Develop 'Electronic Nose' for Rapid Detection of C. Diff Infection

September 1, 2014 12:47 am | by University of Leicester | News | Comments

A fast-sensitive "electronic-nose" for sniffing the highly infectious bacteria C. diff, that causes diarrhoea, temperature and stomach cramps, has been developed by a team at the University of Leicester. Using a mass spectrometer, the research team has demonstrated that it is possible...

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Real Tremors, or Drug-Seeking Patient? New App Can Tell

September 1, 2014 12:31 am | by University of Toronto | News | Comments

A 42-year-old investment banker arrives at the emergency department with complaints of nausea, vomiting, anxiety and tremor. He drinks alcohol every day—often at business lunches, and at home every evening. Worried about his health, he decided to quit drinking and had his last Scotch...

Socially-Assistive Robots Help Children With Autism

September 1, 2014 12:08 am | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

This week, a team of researchers will share results from a pilot study on the effects of using humanoid robots to help children with autism practice imitation behavior in order to encourage their autonomy. The pilot study focuses on how robotics can help those with various special needs...

Obama Highlights New Program Aimed at Developing Novel Therapies

August 28, 2014 1:45 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

The body’s peripheral nervous system constantly monitors the status of internal organs and helps regulate biological responses to infection, injury or other imbalances. When this regulatory process goes awry due to injury or illness, peripheral nerve signals can actually exacerbate a condition, causing pain, inflammation or immune dysfunction...

Stanford Eye Implant Could Lead to Better Glaucoma Treatments

August 28, 2014 1:07 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Lowering internal eye pressure is currently the only way to treat glaucoma. A tiny eye implant developed by Stephen Quake's lab could pair with a smartphone to improve the way doctors measure and lower a patient's eye pressure. For the 2.2 million Americans battling glaucoma, the main course of action for staving off blindness involves...

Engineering Newswire 105: BAE Makes Planes More Human

August 28, 2014 12:26 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re 3D printing bump keys to pick locks, taking electrical prescriptions, and spraying smart skin onto airplanes ...                

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Digi-Key to Distribute Embedded UHF RFID Modules

August 27, 2014 5:02 pm | by Trimble | News | Comments

Trimble announced a global distribution agreement with Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, to offer Trimble's ThingMagic Mercury  6e Series and Mercury  5e Series of embedded UHF RFID modules. The ThingMagic family of award winning embedded RFID modules is used worldwide to reduce development costs...

Internal Reference Buffers with a Wider Dynamic Range

August 27, 2014 2:16 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products announced the MAX11905, a 20-bit, 1.6 Msps successive approximation register analog-to-digital converter...

New Smartphone App Can Detect Newborn Jaundice in Minutes

August 27, 2014 2:02 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Newborn jaundice: It’s one of the last things a parent wants to deal with, but it’s unfortunately a common condition in babies less than a week old. Skin that turns yellow can be a sure sign that a newborn is jaundiced and isn’t adequately eliminating the chemical bilirubin...

Sorting Cells with Sound Waves

August 27, 2014 1:52 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

Researchers have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel. Their device, about the size of a dime, could be used to detect the extremely rare tumor cells that circulate in cancer patients’ blood, helping doctor...

VPG Ultra High Precision Z1 Foil Wrap Around Chip Resistor

August 27, 2014 10:14 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Precision Group announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors brand (VFR) has introduced a new series of military-qualified, ultra-high-precision Z1-Foil wrap-around chip resistors...

A Glucose Meter of a Different Color Provides Continuous Monitoring

August 27, 2014 12:04 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

University of Illinois engineers are bringing a touch of color to glucose monitoring. The researchers developed a new continuous glucose monitoring material that changes color as glucose levels fluctuate, and the wavelength shift is so precise that doctors and patients may be able to...

Playing Hunger Games: Are Gamified Health Apps Putting Odds in Your Favor?

August 25, 2014 5:05 pm | by Brigham Young University | News | Comments

At least that’s the approach of Zombies, Run!—one of more than 31,000 health and fitness apps on the market today, and one of the growing number of apps that use games to increase physical activity. Gamification is currently the popular trend for mobile fitness app makers looking to cash in to help people get fit...

HotSpot Episode 77: Smartphone-Loss Anxiety Disorder

August 25, 2014 11:00 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, the U.S. Navy has successfully completed landing and deck maneuvers with its new unmanned combat aerial vehicle; an optoelectronic camouflage system inspired by squid; how to deal with lost cell phone anxiety disorder; and remote-controlled moths, or biobots, for rescue missions...                   

Meaghan's Minute: Compact Medical Testing

August 25, 2014 10:47 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Keysight Technologies, Harvard researchers have created a portable medical detector that can monitor diabetes, detect malaria, discover environmental pollutants, and perform tests that now are done by machines costing...               

Laser Device May End Pin Pricks

August 21, 2014 3:47 pm | by Princeton University, Engineering School | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people's blood sugar, and, with more work to shrink the laser system to a portable size, the technique could allow diabetics to check their condition without pricking themselves to draw blood. "We are working hard to turn engineering solutions into useful tools..."

Robots Helping to Heal Sick Children

August 21, 2014 10:38 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Children love robots. In all shapes, sizes, "personalities" and "smarts," these electronic wonders have been found under Christmas trees by kids and unwrapped on birthdays for years. The gift of space-inspired robotics now goes beyond toys. They are lending a helping arm...

Our Connection to Content

August 20, 2014 12:10 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

It’s often said that humans are wired to connect: The neural wiring that helps us read the emotions and actions of other people may be a foundation for human empathy. But for the past eight years, MIT Media Lab spinout Innerscope Research has been using ...

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