DITM Podcast on Future of Video for Entertainment & Medicine With Sony Exec

I have been getting great feedback on my DITM medical technology podcast which starts the podcast series I’ll be doing regularly.  Several people wrote to ask if I could post a version with just the interview since they loved it so much and wanted to share that segment.  The original podcast starts with FDA approvals then […]

FDA Update: Ophthalmic Device Panel Meeting To Review LASIK Safety

LASIK Safety Review On April 25, 2008, the committee will discuss general issues concerning the experience and quality of life of patients who have had LASIK. How Serious is the Problem?  Are the Patients Going Blind? Dr. Daniel Schultz, director of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said a number of concerns have been […]

FDA Update: Ophthalmic Device Panel Meeting To Review Implantable Eye Telescope

The FDA Ophthalmic Devices Panel will meet Apr 24, 08 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM & Apr 25, 08 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM in the Gaithersburg Holiday Inn, Ballroom – 2 Montgomery Village Ave. Gaithersburg , MD On April 24, 2008, the committee will discuss, make recommendations, and vote on a premarket approval application, […]

Top Scientists Using Performance Enhancing Drugs

This is your brain on performance enhancing drugs Perhaps the top science journal in the world – Nature – reported today on epidemic-like levels of cognitive performance enhancing drug abuse by top academic scientists. why they began the survey The survey was triggered by a Commentary by behavioural neuroscientists Barbara Sahakian and Sharon Morein-Zamir of […]

Can Vision Testing Improve Surgical & Athletic Performance?

Gizmodo is reporting today about how White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski said he improved his performance though the daily use of a Nintendo video game. This reminded me of research I did while at Yale on similar visual testing on surgeons. We found back then that for both athletes, and surgeons (especially endoscopic surgeons) visual […]

How Smartdust, Souveillance, Web 3.0, and Personalized Genetics Will Transform the Future of Medical Diagnostics

There has been a flurry of debate in the military, industrial, and privacy sectors on “smartdust” and the concept of “souveillance” – but no one has yet realized this technology is poised to springboard into medicine and transform medical diagnostics.  Here I wanted to give you an overview of what this idea is and why […]

New Generation of Performance Enhancing Drugs

NatureNews has just reported on a new drug that plugs calcium leaks in muscles and boosts stamina (in mice).  I have previously written of the next wave of what I call “designer drug abuse” coming- performance enhancing drugs.  The first batch are called eugeroics and offers improved memory, mood enhancement, improved alertness and cognitive powers without […]

OCR to the Rescue: Device Reads Any Text for Blind

Chalk up another innovation to Ray Kurzweil America’s leading inventor (and Lifeboat Foundation Advisor along with me).  This one is a simple and elegant solution to help the visually impaired. Developed in conjunction with the National Federation of the Blind, the device (The Kurzweil-National Federation of the Blind Reader) is a digital camera that can […]

HD Endoscopy Series Coming

I have been inundated with requests for information and critiques of Medical HD endoscopy/laparoscopy systems.  To meet the rising tide of demand for information I will begin an ongoing series of posts of HDTV in surgery, laparoscopy and endoscopy.  You can read about my testing of the World’s Highest Resolution HDTV Surgical Camera – Ever! […]

Army’s Robotic Prosthetic Arm Demo’d

   I have previously written about the Army’s robotic prosthetic arm projects – run of course through DARPA.  You can see my posts and a video fest at Video Fest of Brain-Computer Links & Control.  An equally amazing story is how the project has come to be- DARPA contacted Deam Kamen (and team at DEKA […]