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Wink: Tracking Your Menstrual Cycle Through Your Smartphone

A new gadget has arrived on the scene that will enable women to have more control over their fertility through fast and convenient menstrual cycle tracking. Kindara’s Wink is an oral thermometer that synchronizes with an app via Bluetooth, automatically compiling and tracking menstrual cycle data. For women who want to get pregnant, the Wink can enable them to do so more quickly. Similarly, the Wink is effective in helping women who want to avoid pregnancy do just that. During the menstrual cycle, body temperatures tend to be lower at the start, rising just prior to ovulation, and descending back down before the next period. With the information stored by the Wink, tracking is easy and accurate. Best of all, the Wink is camouflaged as makeup, and its unusual, patent-pending shape is purported to take temperatures four times faster than an ordinary thermometer.  Featured Image:...

This is Literally the Coolest Stuff You Can Do with Your Hands

Sick of all the wires, hand cramps, and bad back posture? The days of slouched, two-dimensional wired computing may soon be a thing of the past. The gesture motion breakthrough that is Leap Motion offers the opportunity for use in a crazy amount of applications. Elon Musk gives a demo of how this technology can be used to design actual rocket parts— without ever touching a piece of metal or a keyboard. Pretty damn amazing. I mean, imagine being able to build your own dream car or a new prosthetic leg from the comfort of your own home.   In this clip we see a veterinary surgeon manipulating CT scans while already scrubbed into surgery. You can easily see the advantages to having patient info and cbct scans to browse at your leisure during surgery. In the future, analyzing 3D scans of target organs during surgery could vastly improve the effectiveness of surgeons, and eliminate errors. The possibilities are endless.   And if you thought that was all boring, you could always go home and make an armored suit to fight delusional global...

Saving Time By Eliminating Showering?

If there’s one thing us AlmostDocs don’t have, it’s time. Rushing from class to class, spending hours in the library, and enjoying the occasional night away, is there any time to do anything else? Source: giphy.com According to this article, we might be able to make a little more time for ourselves by replacing our showers with a 3-minute misting of bacterial spray. The spray, called AO+ Refreshing Cosmetic Mist, contains an ammonia-oxidizing bacteria called Nitrosomonas eutropha, which is most commonly found in dirt and untreated water. It is believed that these bacteria used to exist in large quantities on humans, as well, and helped keep us clean before washing with soap and shampoo became a common practice. (a surprise to me, since I always assumed everyone just smelled really bad back then). That’s right, apparently you don’t even need deodorant if you have enough of this bacteria. Source: gifbay.com Still, people have reported a reduction in body odor and clearer, softer skin after just a month of forsaking modern bathing and instead using the AO+ Spray. So if you’re short on time, why not try a new method of hygiene, go old-school human, and save 10 minutes a day on a...

AccuVein: The Future of Venipuncture

The patient was a geriatric patient in the dementia ward. She complained of light-headedness, exhaustion, and couldn’t remember if she’d had anything to eat that morning or the night before. Her systolic blood pressure bounced between 96 and 100. Before we got her to the hospital, we had to get her an IV; she was severely dehydrated and desperately needed it, but finding any vein, let alone a good vein on a ninety-two year old woman with such dehydration was no small feat. Even the seasoned paramedics on-scene started to sweat, going through every possible needle size in their inventory. For the first few tries, the patient really seemed un-phased, but as the minutes ticked on her discomfort grew to anguish with every prick, to levels that pained all of us… ______________________________________________________________________   Every doctor, nurse, medical student and patient alike is familiar with the trials and tribulations that come with venipuncture whether you were the nervous new med student or the victim of one, or even just the doctor for or the patient with the incredible thin or deep veins… It’s nerve-wracking for everyone involved (I won’t even start on those who have needle phobia), and in some cases even the most seasoned physician can struggle. Finally, a solution has been found. AccuVein is a handheld device that projects a digital map of one’s vasculature on the skin....

How a Violin Served as a “Surgical Instrument” in One Musician’s Operation

When you think about surgical instruments, scalpels, forceps, and bone cutters are usually a few that come to mind. However, when concert violinist Roger Frisch began to develop hand tremors, doctors at Mayo Clinic were forced to think outside the box in order to come up with a solution. Using deep brain stimulation (DBS), the Mayo Clinic team used electricity to help treat Frisch’s condition. Because this was no ordinary case and the fix needed to be extremely precise, the surgeons had Frisch play the violin during surgery to ensure that the procedure was successful, making this operation the first of its kind to quite literally use a surgical “instrument.” Watch the video of Roger Frisch’s unique success story. Featured Image: Flickr | Jason...

German Docs Successfully Test The Surgery Tool of The Future

It’s been called the iSurgery room — which may or may not seem like a blatant ripoff of every hackneyed attempt to seem cool and tech-y in the past decade — but this is no bit of hollow branding. Rather, it is an exciting new step in augmented reality for surgeons, and it is (incredibly) based on the consumer iPad! German company Fraunhofer MEVIS announced that their tablet app was successfully used by surgeons at the Asklepios Klinik Barmbek in Hamburg during a liver operation. The company described the problem their technology is seeking to remedy: A liver cancer operation usually lasts many hours because the organ is difficult to operate. It hosts a branching vessel structure through which one and a half liters of blood flow every minute. If a surgeon makes a cut in an inappropriate place, this puts the patient at risk of severe blood loss. In addition, doctors must ensure that the patient retains enough organ volume for survival and that this volume is sufficiently supplied with blood. To accomplish this, doctors need to know as accurately as possible both before and during an operation where blood vessels inside the organ are located. The new tablet app from the Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing MEVIS in Bremen promises to deliver this support. It is based on the established MEVIS software for liver operation planning that is employed in...

Turn Your Heartbeat Into Music Via This App

BioBeat is a company that “merges entertainment and healthcare.” I have no idea what that means, but they recently released a new app called Pulse, which basically creates music by sensing changes in your heartbeat. The app hacks into the iPhone camera/flash and allows the phone to basically track changes in blood flow once you’ve placed your finger over the  camera. Then, using the data collected from the camera, the app turns your heartbeat into sound. Who would have thought that the human body came with its own DJ? This is one of those rare instances where even I can’t think of a practical use for this technology in healthcare, but it’s wicked cool so check out the video below and download the app!   Featured image is a screenshot taken  from the video...