Health News

November 26, 2014
Baby in Incubator

Saving Babies: A Portable Incubator for Infants at Risk

The winner of the 2014 James Dyson Award, an international engineering design award, is James Roberts, a recent engineering graduate from England, who has developed an affordable, collapsible and easily transportable incubator that duplicates the protective shield given to newborns in a hospital. Roberts’ design—MOM—has a battery which lasts for […]
October 14, 2014
A woman with a newborn baby after birtha

Vincent: A Miracle Baby, the First to be Born From an Implanted Womb

Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuester-Hauser Syndrome (MRKH) is a female congenital disorder that results in the absence of a womb, eliminating the ability to reproduce. Its name comes from the four researchers who discovered the disorder. The first sign of MRKH typically does not appear until a girl is 14-15 years of age, at […]
August 18, 2014
bipolar happy and sad

Smartphone: Coming to the Rescue of Those with Bipolar Disorder

A University of Michigan psychiatrist has developed a smartphone app known as PRIORI which can analyze the speaker’s voice and predict an approaching change in psychological state from manic to depressive, or vice versa. PRIORI turns the smartphone into a diagnostic tool, potentially saving the lives of millions of bipolar […]
July 21, 2014
New reading device for the blind

The FingerReader: Opening New Worlds for the Visually Impaired

Hot out of the labs at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a prototype audio reading device, called the “FingerReader.” The FingerReader fits on the index finger of a visually impaired individual and “reads” to him books or other written material. The FingerReader is equipped with a small camera which scans […]
June 16, 2014
Fasting for Diabetics

Can Something as Simple as Fasting Help Diabetics?

As a general rule, nutritionists and other medical professionals will tell you that fasting—not eating for an extended number of hours—is detrimental to your health. Many people turn to fasting as a tool for weight loss, but typically what happens is the reverse—metabolism is negatively impacted resulting in fat gain. […]
May 25, 2014
Hot Chilli Peppers

Are Hot Chili Peppers the Fountain of Youth?

Maybe, but you would need to eat a lot of them. Yet, on the other hand, there are some interesting possibilities. New findings from a study on mice seem to show that there is potential for spicy foods to impact the aging process.In the new study, it was found that […]
April 7, 2014

Using Technology to Help Autistic Children

Julie Kientz is a computer scientist but she is not your usual computer geek. In fact, you will rarely find her in front of a computer. For Julie Kientz, the computer is a simply a tool to help her accomplish her primary mission in life—helping families with autistic children. Kientz’s […]
July 16, 2013
Cure for Aids

Latest “Proof of Concept” in AIDS Research Promising

Incurable optimists have very few enemies because by nature we see the best in every person and situation. But false headlines that promise miracle cures might just make the shortlist. We have to be extremely careful to not recklessly buy into them, since, in truth, we’re a bit more susceptible […]