Archive: Dec 2012

Sobering up After New Years? Comparing our health with ol’ St. Nic.

December 27, 2012

  Are You Healthier Than Santa? by SHIV GAGLANI on Dec 23, 2012 • 11:54 am 19 inShare This holiday season Santa Claus will be bringing presents to millions of nice med tech enthusiasts: Quantified Selfers will get activity monitors, clinicians will receive smart phone-enabled diagnostic tools, hospitals can expect new MRI and CT scanners, and insurance companies will probably get lumps of coal. As a small gesture of thanks, we at Medgadget wanted to devote this post to the jolly old man himself. But then we…

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Slice and Dice makes for Stronger Collagen Matrix

December 27, 2012

  New Processing Technique Creates Stronger Collagen Matrix Structures for Tissue Repair by GENE OSTROVSKY on Dec 27, 2012 • 11:46 am 0 inShare Decellularized collagen is a cool material that is used to support the growth of new cells that is then implanted into patients to replace diseased or damaged tissues. It has a few drawbacks since it’s not water soluble, and the methods that are normally used to process it end up weakening its fibrous structure. Researchers at Tufts University have developed a…

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It’s log, it’s log, It’s big, it’s heavy, it’s WOOD! It’s log, it’s log, it’s better than bad, it’s GOOD!

December 27, 2012

Ren and Stimpy couldn't have said it better! Great stuff from the research team of Professors Ugo Finardi and Simone Sprio in Torino.Enjoy! Ortho Steampunk: Wood May Become Bone Implant Material of The Future by GENE OSTROVSKY on Dec 27, 2012 • 1:19 pm 0 inShare Orthopedic implants have become increasingly more common over the years thanks to new materials and technology to apply them. Yet, the fact that metals, plastics, and ceramics are the building blocks of implants, and are not exactly natural replacements of bone,…

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Cost of Diabetes? There’s an App for that!

December 7, 2012

    Diabetes Basics   Living With Diabetes   Food & Fitness   How to Give   Community Events   News & Research   For Professionals How to Help Our Priorities Take Action News & Profiles Resources Home   How to Give Diabetes Cost Calculator The American Diabetes Association has released its latest cost analysis report,Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2007. As an additional tool to help communicate the significant economic toll of diabetes, below is a…

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You Can’t Manage What You Can’t Measure. Sad state of affairs in the Prairies. No different here in Ontario.

December 7, 2012

  Ministry of Health lacks information about diabetes care: Auditor       BY PAMELA COWAN, THE LEADER-POST DECEMBER 5, 2012         0     STORY PHOTOS ( 1 )     Dustin Duncan, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Health. Photograph by: Don Healy , Leader-Post files REGINA — Health Minister Dustin Duncan says there is no need to create a diabetic registry despite the provincial auditor taking the health ministry to task for not knowing how many diabetics are in…

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SBS: Spittle Blood Sugar? New non-invasive blood glucose testing.

December 6, 2012

  Salivary Glucose Detector Offers Novel Noninvasive Diabetes Management by RAVI PARIKH on Dec 6, 2012 • 1:19 pm 0 inShare Over 80 million Americans and 300 million individuals worldwide are estimated to have diabetes or prediabetes. Already an epidemic, this number is expected to double by 2030 according to the CDC, Many of diabetes’ serious complications, including heart disease, stroke, and vision loss, can be prevented with early detection and proper glucose control. However, blood glucose monitoring by conventional glucometers is an uncomfortable procedure for patients….

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