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Friday 23 September 2016

Innovations that caught my attention recently-#Healthtech

No. 1- Lyme bacteria use the same technique as White Blood Cells to navigate and move in blood vessels


In an interesting case of convergent evolution Lyme bacteria use the same technique as White Blood Cells to navigate and move in blood vessels.To zip through the bloodstream and spread infection throughout the body, the bacteria that cause Lyme disease take a cue from the white blood cells trying to attack them. Both use specialized bonds to stick to the cells lining blood vessels and move along at their own pace, biologist Tara Moriarty and colleagues report September 6 in Cell Reports.

“It’s really an amazing case of convergent evolution,” says Wendy Thomas, a biologist at the University of Washington in Seattle who wasn’t part of the study. “There’s little structural similarity between the molecules involved in these behaviors, and yet their behavior is the same.”


No.2- Wearable Robot for people who lost their hand function


This wearable robot helps disabled patients regain control of their hands. The system consists of a glove that fits between the index finger, middle finger and thumb. Patients who have lost their hand functions due to injuries or nerve-related conditions, such as stroke and muscular dystrophy, now have a chance of restoring their hand movements by using a new lightweight and smart rehabilitation wearable robot.


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This is what one customer wrote as feedback after going through the demo-

"To have personally come back from a spinal cord injury - to be able to walk again still blows my mind. changed my view on this power vessel called a body. I love my body- stretchmarks, cellulite and all. It is a wonderful machine. My passion is to continue to educate people on the word function and to truly explore what it means. Much of our society is based on the "look of things" and not the "function" it has damaged the very essence of life for many. This is a wonderful demonstration of dedicated people. Thank you for the service you have provided for many.."

No. 3 Stroke prevention Implant

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I have seen many innovations that help predict a stroke and send info to a Doctor remotely to take action and rehabilitate.This new innovation called "Watchman" can be inserted in less than an hour and could save your life. A lot of people might think that it is like striking one thing off their list to worry about. However, good diet and exercise is something still beneficial and should be maintained.
The newly FDA-approved Watchman device is a small implant that reduces the risk of stroke and blood clots.

The blood thinner Warfarin is the standard way doctors try to prevent clots and strokes in patients with irregular rhythms, but the Watchman implant stops blood clots where they start. The majority of clots form in a pouch called the left atrial appendage.

When people have atrial fibrillation in the upper chamber of their heart, known as the atrium, it does not pump, but instead it quivers and that is why the appendage fills with blood. It does not squeeze out the blood and that's how clots are formed.

The Watchman is deployed through a vein in the right leg where the pouch is and it plugs the opening. "Blocking off this pouch is as good as, if not more effective, than taking the blood thinner Warfarin, which is the only other option that many of these patients have," said Dr. Shephal Doshi with the Pacific Heart Institute.

Doshi started the first clinical trial seven years ago. The procedure may not be for everyone with an irregular heartbeat, but it's another option that can be life changing for so many.













Credits:
Hashem Al-Ghaili
Science age
Sciencenature/FB page
Sciencedaily
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