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Dr. Gibbson
 
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A gel-based sticky sensor that can be attached to a living organ - such as a beating heart - could open the door to a generation of body sensors. The sensor can be built by laying an adhesive gel over an ultra-thin polymer sheet embedded with electronic circuits. The gel can be applied to the organ like a compress, where it will detect bioelectric signals while remaining in constant contract with the flexing tissue.
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Dr. Gibbson
 
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A new drug-delivery technology that squeezes cells to force the medication inside could offer new treatment options for cancer and HIV patients. The microfluidic device will work using a sample of white blood cells extracted from the patient. Those cells will be inserted into a reservoir in the device along with the material to be introduced, and the mixture will then be sent flowing though the device's 75 micro-channels. A carefully timed flow will push the blood cells through a...
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Dr. Gibbson
 
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A man-made ACL replacement made of a combination of man-made and naturally-occurring materials could provide a better option for repairing a patient's ruptured ACL. Most ACL treatments involve restructuring the ACL using patellar tendon grafts, but that procedure also leaves behind lingering knee pain. As an alternative, I suggest creating an artificial ACL made up of braided polyester fibers, an antioxidant and porous biomaterial, and calcium nanocrystals, which are found in human...
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Harry
 
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A new method of monitoring for sleep disorders via a standard smartphone could help reduce trips to sleeping labs--and make it more likely the disorder will be detected sooner. The potential method will include using an iPhone to record the sound of breathing while sleeping. When equipped with a pair of microphone-equipped earbuds placed on a bedside table, the smartphone will be able to monitor the users' breathing to within a half-breath per minute of what can be recorded by...
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Harry
 
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The polycarbonate lenses of the glasses will feature an optical coating that will remove the wavelengths of light between the colors red, green and blue. This will eliminate the overlap between the red and green cone cells and allow the colors that do get through to be amplified, reducing the effects of red/green color blindness. The sturdy polycarbonate lenses will also make the glasses safe for wearing during sports or other athletic activities.
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Jared
 
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The new safety system is to help prevent accidental needle-pricks, reducing the spread of blood borne infectious disease. The mechanism is developed with an eye toward to increased emphasis on preventing the spread of disease, and is designed for use on standard glass syringes. It fits on top of the activated syringe's needle, where it functions as both a tamper-resistant shield and a safety shield to prevent unintentional needle sticks.
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Jared
 
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A micro needle method of delivering medication directly to the eye could offer a more efficient way to treat two of the world's leading eye diseases. Delivering medication directly to the eye is a powerful way to treat eye diseases, but many people are understandably reluctant to have a needle come close to their eyes. And while eye drops are an option, their delivery is less than ideal and patient compliance is spotty. The new drug delivery method will use micro needles that...
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Dr. Gibbson
 
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A skin patch that delivers drugs directly into the foot could provide a new source of relief for diabetics who frequently suffer from foot ulcers. Diabetes causes both blockages in the blood vessels and hinders the formation a protein called hypoxia inducible factor-1 alpha (HIF-1a)--a protein that triggers the genes that form capillaries at wound sites. These two factors both slow wound healing, which can in turn lead to amputation. In order to assist in the body's healing, a drug...
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Jocker
 
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Seniors, and other people at risk of falls, may one day feel a bit steadier with the further evolution of vibrating insoles able to reduce falls by subtly stimulating the soles of the feet. Falls are a leading cause of injury among seniors, and are often the result of lack of balance and unsteady gaits caused by reduced sensations in the feet. Previous research has shown that stochastic resonance can mitigate some of the deficits in the sensory system by creating a sort of 'white...
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Max
 
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The vision implants will let some people do away with reading glasses by automatically adjusting to bring near objects into focus. The vision implants will be implanted in just ten minutes using topical anesthesia. The key to the technology will be the inlay, an extremely thin ring with an opening in the center that will be placed beneath the surface of the cornea. The inlay will be able to adjust automatically to focus the light entering the eye - much like a camera's aperture - and...