Diabetes Epidemic Linked to Sugar Overconsumption

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Together with heart disease, cancer, and stroke (1st, 2nd, and 4th), they account for nearly 1.4 million deaths annually. According to the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States; that is 8.3% of the population,  have… Continue Reading

Artificial Pancreas: The Diabetic’s Miracle


The frustration of diabetic patients to constantly prick their fingers to monitor their blood sugar levels might come to an end. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation developed an ‘artificial pancreas’ that could allow diabetics to control their blood sugar automatically. The device is part implant, part worn device consisting of an insulin pump, a continuous glucose monitor, and advanced control software. It… Continue Reading

Bioinformatics: The Age of Web Genomics


The age of democratized human genomics is coming. Bioinformatics and genomic data analysis startups are emerging everywhere in Silicon Valley. These companies are in a race to turn your genes into personalized and public web information the same way Facebook has done to your identity.  With genomic sequencing getting more affordable with time, companies like 23andme and Counsyl (among many… Continue Reading

Can Tracking Your Health Change Behavior?


If you want to change behavior, track it. One of the emerging trends in consumers is health awareness; not only on what we eat and exercise, but also on what we measure. Several years ago information on individual health has been mostly qualitative,  but this is beginning to change as technology begins to track us to build… Continue Reading

Testing Your Blood Sugar with Your iPhone


Can iPhones be used to test blood sugar for diabetics? Over 18 million Americans have diabetes, and they all live with the painful, often thrice-daily process of using needles to check blood sugar. The process is clunky and uncomfortable — and dangerous due to potential errors. Sanofi-Aventis just unveiled the iBGStar: a stand alone blood glucose monitor that can plug directly into your iPhone and iPod Touch…. Continue Reading

Synthetic Biology: Engineering Open-Source Software with DNA


What if I told you that you can tell the state of your health by color-coded poo? Seriously, this is an initial application for a technology with very high potential. Concept: What is synthetic biology? First, a little bit of background. Synthetic biology is a new area which combines  biological research with science and engineering. Among… Continue Reading

A High Precision Snakebot For Surgery

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How do you reach the heart without opening the entire chest, or reach a tumor site with minimal invasion? There are several ways, but nothing compares to this high precision robotic snakebot. Howie Choset, a Carnegie Mellon University roboticist who has been working on snake-like robots for decades, has developed an ultra-slim snakebot that can crawl inside a small incision… Continue Reading

MIT and Pantech Biosolutions: The Rise of Needle-Free Devices

Ever had trypanophobia (fear of hypodermic needles)? You are not alone, an estimated 10 percent of the population has needle phobia, but the solution might just be around the corner. Two technologies, one by MIT and the other by Pantech Biosolutions, have the potential to deliver quick, painless injections. MIT Scientists at MIT have developed a device… Continue Reading

Gold-Silica Nanoshells: Scorching Cancer Cells with Laser

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Who could have imagined that laser can be used to cook up tumor cells? Nanospectra Biosciences is currently under clinical trials to develop a new cancer treatment using gold-silica nanoshells. Gold-silica nanoshells are optically tunable nano-sized particles used in medical applications. Their tunable properties and biocompatibility makes them an effective and non-invasive medical device. A… Continue Reading

Dresden University: Using Google’s Search Engine Algorithms to Fight Cancer

 Can Google inspire the healthcare industry? With the recent loss of Steve Jobs by pancreatic cancer and the need for better diagnostic tools to detect disease in its early phases, Google’s proprietary PageRank algorithm inspired a new way to determine cancer stage and treatment. Researchers from Dresden University of Technology in cooperation with biotech company… Continue Reading