Top Five Health Innovations Of The Week

A device that could keep your heart beating forever and an electronic tattoo that gathers sophisticated biometric data.

Each week PSFK.com with its partner Boehringer Ingelheim brings you a snapshot of five innovative ideas that are reshaping the health care industry. This week’s innovations include a 3D printed glove that could keep your heart beating forever and an electronic tattoo that gathers sophisticated biometric data. Be sure to check out Boehringer Ingelheim’s FacebookTwitter and Pinterest pages to stay on top of all things health.

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3D Printed Electronic Glove Could Keep Your Heart Beating Forever
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a revolutionary new electronic membrane that could replace pacemakers, fitting over a heart to keep it beating regularly over an indefinite period of time. The device uses a spider-web-like network of sensors and electrodes to continuously monitor the heart’s electrical activity. Scientists used computer modeling technology and a 3D-printer to create a prototype membrane and successfully test the device using a rabbit’s heart. Although immediate use for the device will be as a research tool allowing scientists to study how heart rate changes in response to different conditions in the future, electronic membranes of this sort could become common, monitoring at-risk individuals and safeguarding them from heart attacks.

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Single Chip Devices Provide Real Time 3D Imaging Inside The Heart
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new technology for a catheter-based device that could provide forward-looking, real-time, 3-D imaging from inside the heart, coronary arteries and peripheral blood vessels. The device integrates ultrasound transducers with processing electronics on a single 1.4-mm silicon chip, which allows data from more than a hundred elements on the device to be transmitted using just 13 tiny cables, permitting it to easily travel through circuitous blood vessels. Its compact size allows for sophisticated volumetric imaging, which could be used to better guide surgeons working in the heart, and potentially allow more of patients’ clogged arteries to be cleared without major surgery.

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Emergency Heart Patch Concept Diagnoses Conditions For First Responders To Administer Aid
The ‘e+ emergency patch’ is a design concept and compact system designed to diagnose conditions to help in accurately administering first aid to inflight heart attack scenarios. The patch combines ECG, Oximetry and RR band in a compact profile to be carried and stored in an average first aid kit in a commercial airplane.The set consist of 2 different parts, the OXIMETRY which is connected to the index finger, and e-PATCH which is adhered to the chest. The compact heart-monitoring device, designed to be deployed on airplanes for first-aid situations,  could greatly assist in first responder’s ability to react to heart ailments or shock.

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Electronic Tattoo Measures Sophisticated Biometric Data
Researchers at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine have been working on a type of digital tattoo that could monitor biometric parameters such as electrocardiogram (EKG), physical activity, nutritional status, sleep duration, breathing rate, body temperature, and hydration. The data, possibly collected from one or more sensors in the body, could then be transmitted to phones or tablets where apps would give users or doctors insights into their health and condition in real-time. According to researcher Leslie Saxon, chief of the division of cardiovascular medicine and leading the project, the device would have a huge impact on the way doctors diagnose and treat conditions inside the body.

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Robotic Device Makes Heart Valve Surgery Easier
Doctors at the Duke Heart Center have developed a new orbital atherectomy device, which works like a drill to clear out heavily clogged and calcified arteries in the heart. The device works as a minimally invasive alternative to bypass surgery, which involves cutting through the chest bone to get to the heart. Instead, the device can be used in the body by surgeons where bypass surgery would be needed, with only a fraction of the trauma on the body.The FDA recently approved the orbital atherectomy device, and Duke is among the few medical centers in the country now offering it to patients.

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