New Laser Cancer Treatment Fluorescent Nanoparticle Research

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This week on the show we look at a recent breakthrough in cancer treatment that uses lasers and specially designed photo sensitive nanoparticles to seek out, light up and destroy cancer cells. The researchers at University of California, Riverside have been working with the folks at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to create a technology that has been used to find and target ovarian cancer cells in the laboratory.

A light show in disco club.They use a special medical imaging technology chemical called indocyanine green that is currently used for everything from determining cardiac output to liver function. Now that special infrared fluorescent dye is being used in the this new laser targeting cancer technology that may well change the way cancer is treated and ultimately cured. The indocyanine dye is special because it allows the deeper cells and structures to be visualized and imaged ultimately allowing those tissues to be targeted when cancer is present.

This technology is still a few years away from being used practically in human treatment but I think this may change the way we zero in on specific types of cancer and zap them with pinpoint targeted laser treatment rather than wasting away the whole body with radiation or chemotherapy. This means that cancer treatment doesn’t have to be worse than the cancer itself which is often the case with current treatment.

Stay tuned here to the Health Tech Weekly podcast for more on this and other cancer treatment breakthroughs in the future. I’ll bring them to you here on the show.

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Old Health Tech Goes Hi-Tech With Leeches (video)

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Leeches_by_gloved_handThis week on the show I bring you a look at an old, even ancient technology brought to you as something new to help vascular surgeons reattach arteries to skin and amputated body parts. I’m talking about the time honored medical tool called leeches. Yes, I said leeches. They’re back and they are changing the way patients respond to vascular surgeries and putting amputated limbs and fingers back on with fewer complications.

Now these aren’t the leeches you’ll find in the backyard stream around much of the world. I’m talking about specially raised medical grade leeches from companies like Leeches USA where doctors and surgical centers can order their leeches in 100 leech batches online.

What the leeches do is break up blood clots and promote the flow of blood in newly attached regions of the body by releasing anti clotting chemicals and other beneficial proteins into the bloodstream of an affected area. After about 10 minutes the leech fills up with blood and just lets go. The best part is that their bite causes no pain because they have a natural anesthetic in their saliva that numbs the area as they latch on.

Doctors, especially vascular surgeons have been using leeches in the U.S. since 2004 and these little buggers have become popular and cost-effective medical tools since then. A single one-time-use leech treatment costs just $10 which is much cheaper than additional surgeries to enhance blood flow to grafted skin or body parts. So the next time you head for surgery, ask you doctor if they use leeches in their practice and demonstrate your knowledge of health technology both new and old!

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Scrubbing Bubbles Break Stroke Blood Clots (video)

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brain-strokeThis week I bring you a look at a new stroke treatment that could change the way we help people with the emergency condition. Strokes happen when something blocks the flow of blood to a portion of the brain. This is usually caused by a blood clot, about 85% of the time.

When this type of stroke, called an ischemic stroke, occurs the typical treatment is to rush the patient to the emergency department and get them special drugs called clot busters administered. This has to be accomplished within the first few hours after the stroke to have an effect.

But what if we could do something to deal with that stroke even faster? That is what the folks at Vesselon have decided to do. They are proposing that ambulance crews, EMTs and paramedics, use their special ultrasound device to target likely spots in the brain where most stroke occur. Then the paramedic administers special IV fluids containing micro bubbles to the patient. When these micro bubbles reach the location of a clot and are stimulated by the special ultrasound waves, they act like the scrubbing bubbles in that bathroom cleaner commercial and break down the clot.

This treatment is minimally invasive, has few or no side effects and could be the difference between a long healthy life or prolonged disability and even death. This experimental treatment is in the development stages now but could be started with clinical trials soon in Toronto, Canada to determine the effectiveness in treatment by real field crews. Stay tuned because I’ll be following this technology closely since it represents one of the most exciting advances in stroke treatment in recent years.

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Zinger is Powered Wheelchair of the Future (video)

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Zinger_lookOn this week’s episode of Health Tech Weekly, I thought I would bring you a look at the powered wheelchair of the future. Enter the Zinger! Now, it’s not currently available but should be in production soon.

The Zinger features super lightweight construction at just 38 pounds and a motor capable of carrying someone for 8 miles at 6 miles per hour. Current motorized wheelchairs are hundreds of pounds that require expensive customized minivans with ramps and lifts.

This high tech wheelchair is light enough and compact enough to fold up into a package that easily fits in the trunk of a car! There are also other exciting features including no side arm rests so that you can pull up to a table or desk to eat or work comfortably. It also steers using left and right hand levers so your can turn on a dime.

The Zinger website says it’s easy to learn and fun to drive this compact lightweight wheelchair. It even has a super slow learning mode for beginners if you’re worried about zooming off too quickly. I’ll stay on top of this new tool for powered chair users and try and let you know when it’s finally available for purchase but in the meantime, you can sign up for more info at ZingerChair.com.

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Jscreen Helps Parents With Genetic Testing for Pregnancy (video)

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logo-jscreenThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration is stepping up efforts to ensure the reliability of certain diagnostic tests. This is especially important to thousands undergoing genetic testing every year. There’s also a movement towards increased testing to help fight the genetic diseases impacting Americans. Joining us to learn more about those initiatives are Dr. Jessica Spencer and Caroline Gold – whose daughter suffers from a rare genetic disease.

Genetic testing technology is changing the landscape of healthcare in many different ways. One way this is important is to inform couples trying to get pregnant what genetic disorders they may be carrying in their DNA and are at risk for passing on to their children. If both parents carry the same genetic disorder gene, they could pass that on to a child.

Parents in this position may opt to adopt a child or engage in in-vitro fertilization to screen embryos rather than run the risk of a baby having a devastating genetic disease. JScreen.org is a service for people  who are at increased risk for genetic diseases. Originally screening for just diseases associated with people of Jewish descent, they now screen for over 80 diseases for people of any ethnic background.

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Cancer Treatment Advances and Blood Cancer Awareness Month (video)

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Every three minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer and right now more than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with, or in remission from, a blood cancer.  Unlike with other cancers, you cannot screen or prevent for most blood cancers.  But thanks to breakthrough research, survival rates for patients with many blood cancers have doubled, tripled and even quadrupled since the early 1960s.

logo_llsSince its inception 65 years ago, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has invested more than $1 billion to advance cancer therapies and save lives.  In that time, cures for many patients with acute lyphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and Hodgkin lymphoma have been achieved and the five-year survival rate for children with ALL jumped from 3 percent in 1964 to approximately 90 percent in 2014.

Check out this episode of the Health Tech Weekly Podcast where host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic interviews Dr. Louis DeGennaro, Ph.D. president and CEO of the LLS, and LLS Ambassador Jessica Melore who is herself a cancer survivor. They talk about  Blood Cancer Awareness Month in September and some of the key advancements and new treatments being pioneered by the LLS.

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GE Healthcare Vscan Portable Pocket Ultrasound Tool (Video)

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GE Healthcare Vscan UltrasoundI got the opportunity to sit down with Ajay Parkhe, General Manager of Primary Care Ultrasound for GE Healthcare to talk about the V-Scan portable ultrasound recently. Check out this tool that could be changing the way your physician or nurse practitioner assesses and manages your care outside of the hospital setting soon.

The V-Scan is a pocket-sized portable touch-screen device that has many of the capabilities of a full sized ultrasound machine at the hospital. The difference is your primary care provider can examine you right away in their office without you having to take extra time off work, make another appointment and then wait even longer to find out what’s wrong with you!

GE Healthcare’s innovative pocket-sized ultrasound features the first of its kind dual probe that houses two transducers in one probe. The Vscan with Dual Probe transforms physical exams to help enable and deepen efficient triage, fast workflow, and helps deepen patient connection. This intuitive device provides a non-invasive look inside the body, with both shallow and deep views, that helps speed diagnostic decisions for a wide range of clinical applications.

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High Tech Nicotine Patch Changes Doses When You Need It (video)

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This week on the Health Tech Weekly show we look at a breakthrough in the war to quit smoking. The folks at Chrono Therapeutics have come up with a way to deliver a targeted dose of nicotine via a smart patch technology so that people can up the nicotine dose when they have the biggest craving to smoke. Standard nicotine patches deliver a constant low dose of nicotine that doesn’t compensate for those times when people are dealing with their biggest nicotine cravings, during times of high stress, or after meals for instance.

SmartStop Nicotine Dosing System

chronodosescienceUsing a dosing reservoir, a tiny micro pump and a drug-metering membrane, they are able to deliver a larger dose based on the setting of the delivery device directly to the surface of the skin where it can be absorbed. The SmartStop device can be worn using an armband similar to those worn to hold iPods for runners, or it can be attached via an adhesive patch. The drug reservoir is replenished with replaceable cartridges and the rest of the device is reusable.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that smoking caused 100 million deaths in the 20th century. If current trends continue, totals could rise to a billion deaths in the 21st century. With 1 billion current smokers world-wide new solutions are needed to address the growing death rates from smoking-related diseases.

The smoking epidemic is a serious public health issue with pproximately one person dying every six seconds due to tobacco, accounting for one in 10 adult deaths. Something needs to be done beyond the 40 year-old technology of patches and gum. SmartStop might just be the thing to do it.

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Health Tech Weekly Joins GNC Ohana (Family)

GNC_LogoYou may notice that the Health Tech Weekly site looks different all of the sudden. I’m very pleased to announce that HT Weekly has joined the Ohana (family) over at Geek News Central (GeekNewsCentral.com). Todd Cochrane has been leading the charge with the best in tech coverage for many years and he’s one of my favorite podcasters. When he says “If it’s Tech, it’s here” he means it!

Also on the Geek News Central Podcast family of shows is the New Media Show (with Todd Cochrane and Rob Greenlee), the Gadget Professor (with Don Baine), The Elder Divide (with Todd Aune), and Robot Underpants (with Baron Mat “Langley” Luschek, Eric Rice and “Starman” Michael Gaines). All of these are family-friendly, tech focused shows covering different spaces in the tech marketplace. I urge you to check out these other programs in the Geek News Central Family.

In the meantime, nothing will change here at Health Tech Weekly. I’ll still be bringing you the best and latest in health technology including the annual trip to the CES International conference and the Digital Health Pavilion there. Stay tuned for more!

Healthier Drivers Thanks to Your Car (video)

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Good day and welcome to Health Tech Weekly, the show on technology that helps create a healthier you! I’m your host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic. Before we get into this week’s health tech item, make sure you head over to our site at HTWeekly.com for links to everything covered in this episode, contact information and more. Also, Health Tech Weekly is a proud member of the Tech Podcast Network, if it’s tech it’s here at TPN.tv.

Cars of the Future Monitor Driver Health

harken_schemeSo how cool would it be if your car could monitor your health while you’re driving? Pretty cool, right? Enter the Harken project over at Harken.ibv.org. They understand that many motor vehicle accidents happen due to driver fatigue. People fall asleep while driving or just become drowsy and less attentive all the time.

According to data collected in the EU, almost 10% of all crashes can be attributed to driver fatigue. The stats are similar here in the U.S. and lead to thousands of highway deaths each year. If only we could do something to fight this fatigue and recognize it before it became a problem.

Sensors Implanted in Seatbelts

The folks at the Harken project have discovered that by implanting heart and respiratory sensors in the seatbelt straps of a normal car, they could monitor the driver’s heart and breathing rates and see when they were devolving into a pattern that would lead to drowsiness. They’ve already been able to create sensors that can detect heart rate and breathing patterns while not being affected by the movement of the car or the driver’s normal body motion.

Now the task is to take that monitoring and determine when a person is getting tired and falling asleep. That is where they are in the project now. The exciting part of this is that within the next 5 or 10 years, this technology could be standard issue for long-haul truck drivers, police and EMS personnel and anyone else who spends a lot of time behind the wheel. It will also eventually show up in our own cars someday, making the roads safer for all of us and reducing the number of deaths from fatigued and drowsy driving.

Stay tuned for more updates in a future episode here on Health Tech Weekly!

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I’m your host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic. I’ll be back soon with more health technology for you. In the meantime, remember that improving health takes small, simple steps that over time all add up to a healthier you. Why don’t you take a healthier step today?