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Telehealth. Telehealth is the delivery of health-related services and information via telecommunications technologies. Telehealth could be as simple as two health professionals discussing a case over the telephone or as sophisticated as doing robotic surgery between facilities at different ends of the globe. Telehealth is an expansion of telemedicine, and unlike telemedicine (which more narrowly focuses on the curative aspect) it encompasses preventative, promotive and curative aspects. Originally used to describe administrative or educational functions related to telemedicine, today telehealth stresses a myriad of technology solutions. For example, physicians use email to communicate with patients, order drug prescriptions and provide other health services.

Clinical uses[edit] Nonclinical uses[edit] Modes[edit] Store-and-forward[edit] Real-time[edit] In real-time telehealth, a telecommunications link allows instantaneous interaction. Examples of real-time clinical telehealth include: Benefits[edit] Tele-doctors treat walk-in patients at 4 clinics - Ottawa. Four Appletree Medical Group health clinics in Ottawa are using the internet to connect patients with doctors in Toronto for more timely treatment. The Ontario government pays for the one-year pilot program, which works by using online video conferencing.

Physicians can diagnose and treat patients without examining them in person, by assessing their visible symptoms, such as if they have a rash or burn. But someone complaining of abdominal pain, for example, would have to be treated by a doctor in person. Vijnken Shah came to an Appletree clinic with an eye infection and opted for the shorter telemedicine wait time.

"I really like this approach," Shah told CBC News. "It's very easy. Shah said not having a doctor physically in the room with him did not bother him. Patients accept new technology for short wait Dr. Dr. "A lot of the time there are certain things you can't do over telemedicine, but in terms of communicating, I think it's very good," he said. Dr. Advantages of Robotic Surgery. In today's operating rooms, you'll find two or three surgeons, an anesthesiologist and several nurses, all needed for even the simplest of surgeries. Most surgeries require nearly a dozen people in the room. As with all automation, surgical robots will eventually eliminate the need for some personnel. Taking a glimpse into the future, surgery may require only one surgeon, an anesthesiologist and one or two nurses. In this nearly empty operating room, the doctor sits at a computer console, either in or outside the operating room, using the surgical robot to accomplish what it once took a crowd of people to perform.

The use of a computer console to perform operations from a distance opens up the idea of telesurgery, which would involve a doctor performing delicate surgery miles away from the patient. Having fewer personnel in the operating room and allowing doctors the ability to operate on a patient long-distance could lower the cost of health care in the long term. Da Vinci robots. Healing Wound with Laser Stitches. Injected Oxygen Particle Allows You to Live Without Breathing. September 22, 2012 “A team of scientists at the Boston Children’s Hospital have invented what is being considered one the greatest medical breakthroughs in recent years.”

From TechWench.com, "Scientists Invent Oxygen Particle That If Injected, Allows You To Live Without Breathing. " By Damien S. Wilhelmi A team of scientists at the Boston Children’s Hospital have invented what is being considered one the greatest medical breakthroughs in recent years. This finding has the potential to save millions of lives every year. Microparticle Composition The microparticles used are composed of oxygen gas pocketed in a layer of lipids. These microparticles are around two to four micrometers in length and carry about three to four times the oxygen content of our own red blood cells.... Read entire article ... Breathing is not just getting oxygen in our bloodstream but also getting rid of excess CO2 and residual oxygen plus other gases… Thanks for this info, the possibilities are endless. A bioengineered patch that regrows damaged bones inside the body. Scientists Identify Gene Required for Nerve Regeneration | Genetics.

A gene that is associated with regeneration of injured nerve cells has been identified by a team of researchers led by Prof Melissa Rolls of Penn State University. In fruit flies with two normal copies of the spastin gene, a team of scientists led by Prof Melissa Rolls of Penn State University found that severed axons were able to regenerate. However, in fruit flies with two or even only one abnormal spastin gene, the severed axons were not able to regenerate (Melissa Rolls / Penn State University) The team has found that a mutation in a single gene can entirely shut down the process by which axons – the parts of the nerve cell that are responsible for sending signals to other cells – regrow themselves after being cut or damaged.

“We are hopeful that this discovery will open the door to new research related to spinal-cord and other neurological disorders in humans,” said Prof Rolls, who co-authored a paper published online in the journal Cell Reports. Repair DNA and Cells using Nanotech. Home > Press > Nanobotmodels Company offer vision of future DNA and cell-repair techniques Abstract: Five decades of research and practical application of computers in biomedicine has given rise to the discipline of medical informatics, which has made many advances in genomic and translational medicine possible. Ukraine | Posted on March 15th, 2010 Developments in nanotechnology and nanorobotics are opening up the prospects for nanomedicine and regenerative medicine where informatics and DNA computing can become the catalysts enabling health care applications at sub-molecular or atomic scales.

While nanomedicine promises a new exciting frontier for clinical practice and biomedical research, issues involving cost-effectiveness studies, clinical trials and toxicity assays, drug delivery methods, and the implementation of new personalized therapies still remain challenging. DNA repair nanorobotics will utilize the same tasks that living systems already prove possible. Bookmark: Nanomedicine. Doctor claims new medical breakthrough will allow corpses to be revived within a day of being dead. (NaturalNews) It is generally the case that once a person dies, there is only about a three-to-five minute window of potential resuscitation time before he or she becomes irreversibly dead, depending on the cause of death.

But an American clinical care physician claims to have come up with a new way to revive corpses several hours after being dead, a process that with future advancements could eventually make it possible to revive the deceased up to 24 hours after death, he says. Cardiac patients at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York are already a living testament to the success of Dr. Sam Parnia's unusual revival claims. According to the latest available statistics, nearly twice as many patients are resuscitated there every year compared to other U.S. hospitals -- the average resuscitation rate at Stony Brook is an astounding 33 percent, which contrasts sharply with the 18 percent average elsewhere. So how does it all work? These may sound like wild claims, but Dr.

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Building a Bionic Ear. Lab-made organs could do more than just serve as ready options for patients in need: with the right blend of biology and materials science, they might even be able to endow people with superhuman abilities. That’s what researchers at Princeton University see as the future of tissue engineering, and they believe 3-D printing is the way there. Michael McAlpine and members of his lab recently reported that a 3-D printer could build a bionic ear capable of detecting frequencies a million times higher than the normal range of hearing. The ear demonstrates how 3-D printing can seamlessly bring together electronics and biological tissues. Normally, these materials don’t play well together—one is rigid and fractures easily, while the other is soft and flexible. The team started with an ear because the shape is difficult to re-create with traditional tissue engineering.

Printing takes about four hours. Next McAlpine wants to expand the range of objects a 3-D printer can produce. Scientists Create New Ear Using 3D Printing And Living Cell Injections. WASHINGTON -- Printing out body parts? Cornell University researchers showed it's possible by creating a replacement ear using a 3-D printer and injections of living cells. The work reported Wednesday is a first step toward one day growing customized new ears for children born with malformed ones, or people who lose one to accident or disease. It's part of the hot field of tissue regeneration, trying to regrow all kinds of body parts. Scientists hope using 3-D printing technology might offer a speedier method with more lifelike results. If it pans out, "this enables us to rapidly customize implants for whoever needs them," said Cornell biomedical engineer Lawrence Bonassar, who co-authored the research published online in the journal PLoS One.

This first-step work crafted a human-shaped ear that grew with cartilage from a cow, easier to obtain than human cartilage, especially the uniquely flexible kind that makes up ears. Wednesday's report is "a nice advancement," said Dr. CRF Receptor Antagonist Astressin-B Reverses and Prevents Alopecia in CRF Over-Expressing Mice. Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) signaling pathways are involved in the stress response, and there is growing evidence supporting hair growth inhibition of murine hair follicle in vivo upon stress exposure. We investigated whether the blockade of CRF receptors influences the development of hair loss in CRF over-expressing (OE)-mice that display phenotypes of Cushing's syndrome and chronic stress, including alopecia.

The non-selective CRF receptors antagonist, astressin-B (5 µg/mouse) injected peripherally once a day for 5 days in 4–9 months old CRF-OE alopecic mice induced pigmentation and hair re-growth that was largely retained for over 4 months. In young CRF-OE mice, astressin-B prevented the development of alopecia that occurred in saline-treated mice. Histological examination indicated that alopecic CRF-OE mice had hair follicle atrophy and that astressin-B revived the hair follicle from the telogen to anagen phase.

Figures Copyright: © 2011 Wang et al. Introduction Results. New 3D hair follicle model to accelerate cure for baldness. Hair loss is a common disorder that affects many men and women due to aging or medical conditions. Current FDA-approved drugs can minimize further hair loss but are unable to regrow new hair. The Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) has recently engineered a new hair follicle model that could help discover new drugs for hair regeneration1. IBN Executive Director Professor Jackie Y. Ying said, "We have applied our cell and tissue engineering expertise to create a hair follicle-like structure that is very similar to the native hair follicle.

This model allows us to better understand the mechanisms that control the development and growth of hair follicles. The hair follicle is a regenerating organ that produces a new hair shaft during each growth cycle. IBN Team Leader and Principal Research Scientist Dr Andrew Wan elaborated, "Measuring the diameter of a strand of hair, our hair follicle-like structure exhibits similar cell behavior as real hair follicles. FlyingBuddy2: Brain Controls A Quadrotor for the Handicapped (Ubicomp 2012) Bionics. Mind Controlled Bionic Limbs. In the George Lucas classic Star Wars, hero Luke Skywalker’s arm is severed and amputated during a lightsaber fight and consequently fitted with a bionic arm that he can use as if it were his own limb.

At the time the script was written, such a remedy was pure science fiction; however, the ability to manufacture bionic arms that have the functionality and even feel of a natural limb is becoming very real, with goals of launching a prototype as soon as 2009. Already, primates have been trained to feed themselves using a robotic arm merely by thinking about it, while brain sensors have been picking up their brain-signal patterns since 2003.

The time has come for implementing this technology on paralyzed human patients and amputees. This article will provide a brief explanation of the technology, its current status, and the potential future it holds. Bionic Research Background The first attempts at a brain-computer interface were performed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Noninvasive BMIs. Brain-Controlled. Deus Ex: The Eyeborg Documentary. Robot Sapiens. U.S. Spies See Superhumans, Instant Cities by 2030 | Danger Room. Artificial limbs like these could be only the beginning of man-machine interfaces, the National Intelligence Council predicts. Photo: DoD 3-D printed organs. Brain chips providing superhuman abilities.

Megacities, built from scratch. Every four or five years, the futurists at the National Intelligence Council take a stab at forecasting what the globe will be like two decades hence; the idea is to give some long-term, strategic guidance to the folks shaping America’s security and economic policies. We’ve seen experimental prosthetics in recent years that are connected to the human neurological system. And if the machines can’t be embedded into the person, the person may embed himself in the robot. The Council’s futurists are less definitive about 3-D printing and other direct digital manufacturing processes. But not all of these biological developments will be good things, the Council notes.

Unlike some Congressmen, the Council takes climate change as a given. First sensory-enhanced artificial hand enables amputee to 'feel' 3 prosthetic hand pre-launch - bebionic. 31, May 2012 RSLSteeper once again attended the Orthophädie + REHA-Technik World Congress & Trade Show in Leipzig Germany, and had a prominent stand at the entrance of Hall 3. Visitors to the stand were able to see the latest version of the bebionic hand in action and discuss its unique features and functions with RSLSteeper staff. The fully interactive display generated great interest from clinicians, commercial partners, government organisations, members of the public, students and competitors alike. Upper Extremity prosthetic users were also given the opportunity to try the hand for themselves. Along with the bebionic3 hand, RSLSteeper showcased other forthcoming projects such as the Seal-In Electrode, the bebionic Short Wrist and ‘revolve’, the new powered wrist rotator.

The bebionic3 is currently undergoing clinical trials, with a release date to be announced in due course after thorough testing has been completed. . « Back to Latest news. 'Terminator' arm is world's most advanced prosthetic limb. First sensory-enhanced artificial hand enables amputee to 'feel' New Finger Device Reads Books To The Blind. Researchers from the MIT Media Lab have developed a device shaped like a giant ring that can read to people who are visually impaired. They call this 3-D printed prototype, FingerReader. After slipping the device on, the user just runs an index finger below the printed text in a magazine, on a business card, or on a menu, for example.

A small camera scans the words and the device reads them out loud in real time. Audio cues and a small vibrating motor alerts the user if he or she needs to move to the next line or has veered from the line of text. Details about FingerReader can be found in this paper [pdf], and here’s a video of how it works: FingerReader is a lot like “reading with the tip of your finger,” MIT’s Pattie Maes explains to AP. According to the World Health Organization, 285 million people are visually impaired, and of them, 39 million are blind.

Eye implants restore 'useful sight' to two blind patients | Science. Eye implant restores vision to blind patients. Two Makers Come Together To Make A Robotic Hand For A Boy In South Africa. 3-D Printer Brings Dexterity To Children With No Fingers : Shots - Health News. A sensational breakthrough: the first bionic hand that can feel - News - Gadgets & Tech. Amputee recovers feeling with robotic arm | euronews, science. 'Terminator' arm is world's most advanced prosthetic limb. Hugh Herr: The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance. New device makes wheelchairs obsolete. [VIDEO] Human Exoskeleton, The ‘Body Extender,’ Is ‘Most Complex Wearable Robot’ Ever Built.

Augmented reality used to grant sight to the blind. Bebionic3 Prosthetic Hand - Beyond Convention. 3D Printing. Mind Controller/Brain Computer Interface/Etc | Tech Topics. (1) Timeline Photos. Stem Cells. Science Can Now Turn Human Urine Into Brain Cells. Skin transformed into brain cells. Synthetic Skin From Spider Silk Heals Wounds. Medical Breakthroughs. Repairing Senses. Bleeding and Wounds. Limb & Organ Replacement. One gene lost = one limb regained? Scientists demonstrate mammalian regeneration through a single gene deletion. Brain & Nerve Damage. Canadian-made HIV vaccine approved for human testing. Doctors Inject HIV Into Dying Girl, Cure Her Leukemia. Philadelphia Doctors Cure Girl of Cancer with HIV. Researchers block replication of AIDS virus. Nanoparticles loaded with bee venom kill HIV. Bee Venom Destroys HIV And Spares Surrounding Cells.

Probiotics eliminate autism-like symptoms in mice. Autism. Magnesium and Depression | Magnesium. One Man's Recovery from Depression Using Magnesium [Archive] Depression Treatment: A Cure for Depression using Magnesium? Científicos chilenos patentan molécula que elimina la bacteria que produce las caries. Greatest discovery since penicillin: Scientists work on drug that could cure all viruses - including the flu. Cancer vaccine shrinks tumors, healthy cells escape unscathed. New drug could cure nearly any viral infection. Pig bladder powder and biological scaffold enables leg muscle regeneration for injured soldier - News - Institute of Nanotechnology.