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Chunc an innovative design in wheelchair technology

November 5, 2004 An innovative design has been fused with modern technologies and contemporary aesthetics in the Chunc Junior, a manual attendant controlled paediatric wheelchair for children and young adults with moderate to profound disability. Mobility products makers Chunc designed the Chunc Junior in conjunction with a clients and healthcare professionals to take into account the users needs as well as the impact of the wheelchair on those it comes into contact with. The wheelchair has been designed for both indoor and outdoor use, but not specifically for rough terrain, so care should be taken when operating in extreme environments.  Read More

Drug-dispensing contact lenses

November 2, 2004 Scientists from the Singapore Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology have invented a method of manufacturing polymeric lens materials that can be loaded with eye medication for ophthalmic drug delivery applications. Currently, when a person suffers from eye ailments they will be prescribed eye drops. However, 95% of the medication administered in this manner flows to where it is not needed. The drops usually mix with tears and drain into the nasal cavity, where they can flow through the blood stream to other organs and cause serious side effects. In addition, dosage through eye drops is inconsistent and difficult to regulate, as most of the drugs are released in an initial burst of concentration. To counter these problems researchers have been studying the use of contact lenses to deliver eye medication. One proposed method was to pre-soak the lenses in the drug solution, while another involved incorporating the drug solution in a hollow cavity made by bonding two separate pieces of lens material. However, neither of these methods proved very effective at delivering medication for extended periods of time.  Read More

Using robotics to learn how to walk again

October 27, 2004 The Lokomat is a bio-treadmill with robotic arms to move a stroke and paralysis victim's legs, allowing them to feel the 'pattern' of walking - which rebuilds muscles faster and speeds recovery. Designer and manufacturer Hocoma specialises in developing innovative equipment for applications in medicinal engineering and now their new 'Lokomat' bio-treadmill is helping people with disabilities to walk again.  Read More

Philips TV-based study to help manage health from home

October 13, 2004 Philips has launched a pilot study to test a secure, personalised healthcare communication platform that connects chronic disease patients at home to their care providers through their television. Philips will be testing this platform - called Motiva - over coming months with the Cardiovascular Associates of the Delaware Valley (CADV), a US-based physicians' group providing complete cardiovascular care to patients.  Read More

Boyfriend Arm Pillow a sales success

September 3, 2004 The Boyfriend Arm Pillow is a Japanese product aimed at Japanese who like sleeping with their head on their partner's chest but don't have a partner to do it with, or have given up on the standard model and are trying to reconstruct a better boyfriend. So far they've got the shape right and have it padded appropriately for comfort, they've eliminated all the sounds and smells of the standard boyfriend and have even added an alarm clock which gently shakes the arm when it's time to get up.  Read More

Groundbreaking Sexual Stimulation Technology

June 3, 2004 An American company has just released what is believed to be the first of its type - an electrical sexual stimulation device.Stimulation Systems is a Texas-based company specialising in 'electronic consumer products that bring pleasurable, life-enhancing solutions to the world.  Read More

Tiny telescope implant combats blindness

Wednesday December 3, 2003 A micro-sized telescopic eye implant is being developed to aid those affected by dysfunction of the macula - a specialized area of the retina that is responsible for the central part of our vision. IMT (Implantable Miniature Telescope) has a tiny wide-angle lens (about the size of a pea) that projects a magnified image onto the retina to reduce the blind spot caused by macular degeneration and improve the ability to see previously unrecognisable images.  Read More

Wednesday November 5, 2003: Nine million people or around 63% of the population in Australia wear glasses and we spend an estimated $2.1 billion on direct costs associated with vision impairment each year.  Read More

New contraceptive drug gains US administrative approval

Saturday October 11, 2003: An "extended-cycle" oral contraceptive that reduces the number of periods from 13 to 4 per year has been approved the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Clinical trials have found "SEASONALE" has a comparable safety profile to a more traditional oral contraception....  Read More

USB camera provides close-up skincare

Monday October 6, 2003: Fujitsu have released a PC-based skincare device in Japan that analyses facial skin quality using a USB mini-camera. Known as the Hada Chekki V01, the product uses specially developed software to determine whether skincare is required based on a facial close-up image provided by the USB camera.  Read More

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