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Design Emergency Urinal, Win €1,000 Via Public Urinal Systems Design Contest

The Emergency Sanitation team at WASTE are looking to creative inventors from around the world to develop a sanitary public urinal system to be installed in emergency situations. Do you have a golden design to share?

The De-Stressing Vest: It Sure Doesn't Look Like A Medical Device!

No, the de-stressing vest, invented by a quartet of Cornell University students, doesn't look like a medical device, and I bet it doesn't feel like one either.  I just have two questions: Where do I have to go to get into the device testing pool? and When?

Research Indicates Some Statin Drugs Protect Against Alzheimers And Cataracts

Though some research has previously indicated that statin users may lower their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by taking the drug, a Taiwanese study looked at the relationship on a very large scale, studying the effects of statins on Alzheimer's risk on more than one million subjects.  This study, as well as another meta-study on the effects of statins on the risk for cataracts, was presented in reports to the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) over the past weekend.

Digital Detox For Internet Addicts In First In-Patient Hospital Program

The first hospital in-patient rehabilitation program for Internet addicts is about to open at the Bradford Regional Medical Center in north-central Pennsylvania on September 9, 2013, but get in line now if you're ready to commit yourself; the program will only accept four patients at a time.  Once admitted to the program, patients will be subjected to a 'digital detox' for 72 hours. If they survive that...

The 5 Top Rated Natural Aromatherapy Products Sold On Amazon

It's not easy shopping for aromatherapy products. I find buying them online can sometimes be daunting, especially if you've never tried a particular brand or aroma. So after doing a lot of searching to find something online, I decided that I would save the next person a whole lot of surfing and searching by just putting together what I believe to be some of the best products on the market.

Silver Gel Sucks Bacteria Out of Dirty Water in Seconds

In the aftermath of disasters, clean drinking water may be impossible to find. Now, a porous gel infused with silver nanoparticles is in development. The invention may change the way water purification happens. The gel sucks in contaminated water and squeezes out purified water in mere seconds.

Personal Sound In-Ear Amplifier Lets You Hear Exactly What You Want

Is the world around you too darn loud? The In-Ear Amplifier from Able Planet gives you super hearing of a sort.

Acessa™: State Of The Art Non-Invasive RFA Treatment For Uterine Fibroids

If there was a way to relieve the pain and discomfort of uterine fibroids without having major surgery, I'm sure more women wouldn't suffer with their symptoms as long as they do.  Well, now there is a way.  The new Acessa™ Procedure uses radiofrequency ablation (RFA) to destroy the fibroids in an out-patient procedure and most women can be back to their routines the next day.

3D Printable Cast Lets Your Bones Heal While You Scratch Those Itches

Just about everyone who has ever broken a bone knows that it is a pain -- and not just from the break. The skin under the cast will inevitably start to itch and you can drive yourself nuts trying to find the right size stick or knitting needle to slide inside for a scratch that just never seems to be quite the relief you were looking for. Then there is the problem of being able to shower without getting the cast wet. That is until now. Jake Evill, a designer in London, has come up with a lightweight exoskeletal cast that can be created by using a 3D printer.

Biochip Device To Detect Dangerous Radiation In Our Bodies

A tiny biochip has the potential to quickly determine whether or not a person has been exposed to dangerous doses of radiation, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which helped develop the device.  Though further work on the chip is necessary, the eventual technology is expected to quickly screen exposed persons in the event of a radiological catastrophe.