A Solar Lamp For Refugees

Fast Company reports on a solar powered lamp developed to help refugees and those in developing nations reliant on kerosene lamps. From the article:

The SolarPuff is a two-ounce, flat-pack solar lamp which quickly expands into a 4.5-inch cube. The lantern can last eight hours and easily recharges with clear sunlight. It provides enough light for refugees or people in impoverished areas to perform tasks at night, without instigating any dangerous fires or needing batteries.

Source: https://www.fastcompany.com/40439433/how-a-small-solar-light-is-saving-refugees-lives

Treating burns with fish skin

Reuters reports on the successful use of Tilapia skin to treat patients with burns instead of using bandages. From the article: 

Researchers in Brazil are experimenting with a new treatment for severe burns using the skin of tilapia fish, an unorthodox procedure they say can ease the pain of victims and cut medical costs.

Via Reuters: https://widerimage.reuters.com/story/healing-burns-with-fish-skin

Virtual Reality tool – reVIVE – could speed up ADHD diagnosis

Via Techcrunch, Disrupt NY 2017:

ADHD normally takes six to nine months to diagnose, and that process alone can cost patients thousands of dollars.

The reVIVE tool is composed of three different tests that gauge the user’s motor skills, sustained concentration and reaction time. Users are asked to perform tasks like navigating a maze, touching colored objects as they light up certain colors and standing still within a defined space. The team created a scoring system to measure a user’s performance that will allow medical professionals to gain a clearer picture of their situation within minutes.

Article: https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/14/revive-is-a-vr-solution-to-diagnosing-adhd-built-by-high-school-students/

Using AI to predict heart attacks

Engadget reports that a “team of researchers from the University of Nottingham in the UK have developed a machine-learning algorithm that can predict your likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke as well as any doctor.”

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/16/ai-can-predict-heart-attacks-more-accurately-than-doctors/

Paralyzed Man Uses a Neuroprosthetic to Move His Arm

For the first time in 8 years a man paralyzed from the neck down has been able to move his right arm thanks to a neuroprosthetic brain implant. This allows him to control his right hand through thoughts that are transmitted to electrodes embedded in his hand.

Via MIT Technology Review

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603993/this-paralyzed-man-is-using-a-neuroprosthetic-to-move-his-arm-for-the-first-time-in-years/amp/

A smart patch that delivers insulin 

Kurzweil AI reports on the development of a smart patch that monitors blood glucose levels of people with diabetes and delivers insulin via microneedles when needed. From the article:

A team of scientists has invented a replacement for daily glucose-level finger-pricking and insulin shots: a painless “smart” patch that monitors blood glucose and releases insulin when levels climb too high.”

Source: http://www.kurzweilai.net/a-smart-patch-that-automatically-delivers-insulin-when-needed

Diagnosing Disease Through Voice Analysis

MIT Technology Review highlights research into diagnosing health conditions ranging fom PTSD to heart disease by analysing the way people speak. From the article:

“Voice samples are a rich source of information about a person’s health, and researchers think subtle vocal cues may indicate underlying medical conditions or gauge disease risk.”

Source: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603200/voice-analysis-tech-could-diagnose-disease/amp/