The year, 2014,
witnessed amazing innovations in health care technology. Take a look at top
three exciting, revolutionary, and beneficial innovations.
The exciting flexible electronics are able to wrap around
irregular tissue shapes and conform to their motion in order to sense to
different physiological parameters. The technology will soon find its way into
our bodies. Fear not though, being a cyborg will be a healthy and painless
Also, Google announced that it's working on a glucose
sensing contact lens for diabetics. The lens will transmit glucose level
readings sampled from tear fluid directly to a smartphone for review anywhere
and at any time.
John A. Rogers of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
teamed up with researchers from Washington University in St. Louis to create a flexible electronic sleeve that was wrapped around a beating
heart of a rabbit to monitor its electrical activity in 3D at an unprecedented
resolution. The heart wraps can sense and respond to arrhythmias in a highly
The professor is also behind a flexible skin patch that
can record ECG and EEG signals and pass those wirelessly to a smartphone or
3D Printing in Medicine
3D printing has captured the popular imagination lately.
But in the last year we've seen it used in medicine to help replace
bones and bring prosthetic devices to people in war-torn regions.
Some of the more radical uses of the 3D technology
include a woman in Holland who received a brand new skull and a man
in the United Kingdom had his face reconstructed. Also, one-to-one replica
skulls are being created from patient CT scans to prepare surgeons for
challenging facial transplant procedures.
Smart Powered Prostheses
A man with both arms missing due to an accident received two
highly articulating powered prosthetic arms at the Johns Hopkins University
Applied Physics Laboratory that he is able to control with his mind.
Electrodes were connected from his stumps to the new arms
that pass through a computer for interpretation. After a bit of practice,
the man was able to do some pretty complex tasks. The system is still in
development and it's a sure sign that future amputees won't be so dependent on