The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) has announced the winners of the 2011 BMEidea Competition. Awards have gone to three college groups for the invention of much needed biomedical devices and applications that will aid patients in the future: an internal bleed detector, a new therapy for dry eye disease, and a superior broad spectrum antibacterial dressing for infected wounds.
Judgment Day believers need not read this, unless May 21, 2011 has come and gone and you're still here. For those that are interested in a more scientific analysis of their life spans, a British company, Life Length, has the technology to predict how long you will live through a small blood sample.
Some 400 million people worldwide are classified as obese. The manufacturer of the first implant to treat obesity, EnteroMedics, has vowed to install its first VBLOC implant in an obese person before the end of 2011. It has not yet passed muster in the U.S. but the VBLOC is in Phase III clinical investigations, so the device has a chance of making it into someone's tummy this year.