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Non-Invasive Cardiac Output Monitoring

Posted on: Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 in: Cardiology, Intensive care, Screening and Diagnosis

An Israeli company has recently received FDA approval for a bedside non-invasive monitor that can give real-time cardiac output determinations. The system, called the Cheetah Reliant(tm) provides continuous tracking of cardiac output and other important measures of heart function including left ventricular ejection time, heart rate and cardiac contractility. Instead of having to place a [...]

Rapid Screening for Cognitive Impairment

Posted on: Monday, January 21st, 2008 in: Aging topics, Screening and Diagnosis

One of the tasks in need of faster and better quality technology is the evaluation of individuals for evidence of cognitive impairment. Obvious examples include the high school football player who may have had a mild concussion in that last play. He seems generally all right, but a little dazed. Should he be allowed to [...]

Google your medical record?

Posted on: Friday, January 11th, 2008 in: Electronic medical records

The push for online medical records is on. The government, insurers and employers want your medical information in electronic form. Hospitals, doctors and yes, patients also have an interest in the process. But, who will (or who should) control your health care information — you ? your doctor ? your employer ? your insurance company [...]

Super Scanners

Posted on: Sunday, January 6th, 2008 in: Imaging

In the world of medicine, imaging technology drives diagnosis and treatment. Since the advent of the first CT (computerized tomography) scan, new devices have been measured by the triple mantra of (1) image resolution, (2) speed of image capture and (3) lowering of radiation exposure necessary for the image. The quest to stay on top [...]

Vaccines for Addictions

Posted on: Friday, January 4th, 2008 in: Addiction, Vaccines

Addiction, whether to alcohol, nicotine or illicit drugs, continues to be an intractable personal and societal problem despite tremendous efforts to find viable, effective solutions. Legal, pharmacological and behavioral approaches have had limited success when pitted against the power of dopamine flowing in the brain. For the past decade an innovative cadre of researchers have [...]

Robot Seal can improve cognitive function in Alzheimer’s disease

Posted on: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 in: Aging topics

It is clear that many people enjoy and can be relaxed by interaction with pet animals. Studies have also shown that interaction with animals is useful for people to relieve mental stress, improve alertness and to improve physical strength and dexterity in rehabilitation. It has also been found that such interaction can improve cognitive functioning [...]

Happy New Year 2008 !

Posted on: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 in: Uncategorized

Welcome to NewTechMD, a personal blog about new, interesting or updated healthcare technologies for the medical professional and health care consumer. My hope is to interest, inspire, and interact with others about the rapidly changing, fantastic world of science and technology as it might apply to us today or in the future. Topics range from [...]