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Pink LED Ceiling Light & Ionizer Freshens Air, Improves Mood

The “ELM” ceiling light from Sharp Electronics of Japan features an integral ionizer to clean the air while a pale pink tinted Sakura (Cherry Blossom) LED bulb emits a warm, mood-altering glow.

That's Sick! Seven Strange & Bizarre Japanese Medical Devices

While the vast majority of Japanese medical device designs are insightful, beneficial and, er, normal, a rare few stand out by virtue of their extreme niche applications and distinctive attributes such as borderline inappropriate cuteness. This isn't always a bad thing, especially if one of these strange and bizarre medical devices is about to be used on you!

FDA Approves Vision System That Helps Certain Blind Patients Regain Lost Vision

A new invention by Second Sight Medical Products, Inc, which is named the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use. The device will help those with retinitis pigmentosa to regain lost vision for those who suffer from this disease, which impacts vision in stages.

Device To Reduce Migraines Looks Like A Star Trek Treatment

Anyone who has ever had a migraine knows pain -- real debilitating pain. Sufferers experience intense sensitivity to light and sound, and often experience extreme nausea and vomiting. Now there is a new treatment that does not need to be taken internally with the risk of side effects. Instead the Cefaly Anti-Migraine device  delivers a mild electric shock to the supraorbital nerve.

Rex Robot Shows Off Prosthetics Possibilities

A look at the new Rex robot, made by Shadow, that is designed to show off the forefront of  prosthetics  technology to the world. With more than half of the organs in the human body being simulated at this point. He will soon be on TV and then in a London museum for the public to see the advances for themselves.

New Treatment Targets Cancer Cells - Not Healthy Ones

Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samuel School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a new treatment method for cancer; a method that delivers a cancer killer to the nucleus of a cancer cell without harming healthy cells, avoiding the risks associated with gene therapy and chemotherapy.

Robots Keeping Hospital Rooms Safe

Vancouver Coastal Health announces the use of the Tru-D SmartUVC to help keep their rooms clean and reduce the risk of infection for patients, by adding UV light to the traditional cleaning mix. The new robot should help in lessening the risk of infections such as norovirus, influenza, and C. difficile.

Large Study Links Erectile Dysfunction To Heart Disease And Early Death

From Australian National University comes a longitudinal study of more than 95,000 men that links erectile dysfunction (ED) with heart disease.  Though previous studies have demonstrated the link between ED and cardiovascular disease (CVD), this is the first study to show how the severity of ED can indicate the extent of the risk - and that ED is not just a risk factor for heart disease, but a risk marker.

New Protein Discovered In T-Cells That Protects Against The Flu

Researchers have discovered a protein in some of the body's T-cells that is a powerful repellent of influenza and other viruses.  It's called IFITM3, and it won't help the norovirus or the remainder of this season's upper-respiratory flus, but if it can be incorporated into a vaccine, it might ward them off in the near future.

Snoring Increases Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease

New research, conducted by the Henry Ford Hospital's sleep center, indicates that snoring is a contributor to cardiovascular disease, because it thickens the carotid arteries, the main arteries to the head and neck. The researchers warn that snoring is, in fact, a greater risk for atherosclerosis than smoking or obesity.