You really shouldn’t rush out and take on debt, but there are times when it actually makes sense not to pay it off. All debt is not alike. Some of the worst kinds, such as unsecured credit card debt, can wreck your budget, but even there, you have cases where it won’t, and it could even work to your advantage. Other kinds of debt might seem imposing with those big red “Past Due” stamps but pose less of a threat to your financial future.
Sweat contains a trove of medical information.
Sweat leaves unsightly blotches on our clothes, drips down our faces, and makes us stink. It cools us when we overheat, but most of the time we think of it purely as an inconvenience. But, soon we may learn to like our sweat a lot more, or at least what it can reveal about our health.
The simple test can diagnose cancer and pre-cancerous conditions from the blood of patients.
British scientists have developed a revolutionary new blood test that could detect any type of cancer. It is hoped the breakthrough will enable doctors to rule out cancer in patients presenting with certain symptoms – saving time and preventing costly and unnecessary invasive procedures and biopsies.
Ultrathin zinc-polymer battery.
Imprint Energy is developing flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be printed cheaply on commonly used industrial screen printers. The California startup has been testing its ultrathin zinc-polymer batteries in wrist-worn devices and hopes to sell them to manufacturers of wearable electronics, medical devices, smart labels, and environmental sensors.
Artificial blood vessels.
3D bioprinting has made new headway recently in fabricating blood vessels. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed a method for 3D printing biological material using magnetically controlled robots.
Dr. Warren Wiechmann, UC Irvine School of Medicine
The University of California at Irvine (UCI) School of Medicine announced that it is integrating the already-iconic wearable into its four-year curriculum for medical students. UCI will be the first medical school to do so.
When you have seriously damaged bones you want to regrow them quickly, but you also have to carefully manage that growth to produce the right shape. A gel has been created by Rice University researchers that makes it easier to produce only the bone tissue a patient needs. (Video)
Medical technology companies are focusing more than ever on products that deliver cheaper, faster, more efficient patient care. They are also making inroads with U.S. Food & Drug Administration regulators to re-engineer the complex review and approval process for new medical devices.
Embedded tracking technologies are being used to remotely monitor individual health and performance.
Personal wearable devices are painting a more intimate picture of your health and overall fitness level by the data they are collecting. The real opportunity of wearables may be in connecting that information to a person who can help us make sense of the data and in turn, build a new relationship between patients and experts, one that carries with it highly personalized layers of analysis and recommendations.
Certain bacteria are clearly good for us.
Scientists connect another medical condition to atypical gut bacteria populations almost every day it seems. Researchers have claimed that gut bacteria play a role not just in digestive health but even in basic brain function and mental health.
The world will look very different a year from now.
It is never easy forecasting the future. We are living in a world in which the pace of innovation and scientific discovery makes reality seem more and more like science fiction. In the next year, those lines will get even more blurred: Think electronic pills that beam your vitals to your doctor, a drone swooping from the sky to save lives in a disaster, or even a fundamental rethinking of how businesses relate to society.
Advances in healthcare mean that in-body devices to treat chronic conditions, or even just make you perform better as a human being, are not as far away as you might imagine. Some of these innovations already exist.