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Jump Starting Cellphone Telemedicine
Medical professionals and technologists
are finding ways  to shrink:
1. expensive medical machines
2. medical diagnostic equipment
3. lifestyle biometric data collecting sensors
To enable people to acquire diagnosis, treatment, and/or biofeedback anywhere they have a cellular connection. This type of technology can reduce time in doctor's office, lengths of stays in hospitals, and even help people keep themselves mentally and physically fit.
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  A Second Chance at Sight
    The bionic dream is to one day be able to replace human parts with biomedical cellular reconstructed organs or electro-mechanical systems. These systems will restore or enhance physical abilities to pre-damaged conditions.
     The eye implant described in this month's column is the product of twenty years of research and development. The collaborators include engineers, scientists, and medical doctors from MIT, Harvard Medical School, Cornell University, and the Boston VA Medical Center.
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Bionic Sight
As a Pediatric Ophthalmologist Dr. Alan Chow was frustrated by his inability to prevent a degenerative eye disease from blinding one of his young patients. He is the originator of the vision chip.
Artificial Heart
Approximately five million people in the placecountry-regionUnited States today suffer from Congestive Heart Failure, a disease that can simply be described as a broken heart. During the FDA study eighty percent of the patients in need of heart transplant surgery survived on this artificial heart long enough to have their hearts replaced with a donor heart.
The Universal
Blood Substitute
This study will determine if this artificial oxygen carrying blood substitute, which is compatible with all blood types, is ready for widespread use in everyday trauma and surgical settings.
Blood Pathogens
With all the possible dangers, people all over the world still need blood transfusions at a rate of one person every three seconds. A new blood cleansing technology has recently been developed that deactivates pathogens in blood components.
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This Fake Tattoo Can Monitor a Personís Vital Signs
Professor John Rogers and his team at the University of Illinois have developed a prototype temporary tattoo that contains microelectronic circuits on a clear rubber transfer medium. The teamís temporary body art tattoos can monitor a person's vital signs while they are up and about performing their normal daily activities.
By Alan J. Pierce EdD
A Tattoo
Medical Breakthrough
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Microelectronic circuits inside the tattoo monitor vital signs of the patient.
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Painless Dentistry

By Alan J. Pierce EdD
The plasma brush is the new tool that can remove dental decay and prepare a tooth for a filling without any painful drilling. (See photo.) This technology not only removes the need for the drill, it also eliminates the need for most Novocain injections.
Your dentist might switch from a drill to the plasma brush sometime next year.
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By Alan J. Pierce EdD
If you were ever bitten by a mosquito, and who hasn't, you will find the work of these doctors fascinating. Imagine a world without biting Mosquitos!!!!   
     Biotechnologists, at the laboratory level, have found a way to eliminate mosquito bites. They also have found a way to  stop them from being able to carry Malaria. They are now working on preventing mosquitos from carrying other diseases.
     Their  solutions don't  involve the use of insecticides. This column also explains why Mosquitos' bite and why some people are actually Mosquito magnets.
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Controlling Cybernetic Machines with the Human Mind
The first cybernetic people will only have  a few mind controlled parts. These parts will replace amputated arms, hands, or legs. People with these kinds of replacements are now common in Sci-Fi movies. This column explores how close we are to almost human androids and mind controlled cybernetic replacement parts for people.
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Bioengineering the Mosquito Bite

By Alan J. Pierce EdD
Yesterdayís Science FictionóTodayís Medical Breakthrough
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     The movie prop that was attached to Luke Skywalkerís body, after his arm was cut off by Darth Vader in the Star Wars movie The Empire Strikes Back, was pure fiction when that movie was released back in 1980. What was once bioengineering fiction is todayís medical breakthrough.
     The DEKA Luke Arm (Photo 1) is FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) approved. What makes this prosthetic so amazing is that its physical movements are controlled by its wearerís mind, just like in the movie.
Once a Prop From Star Wars is Now
FDA Approved
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Improving Surgery with 3D Printed Practice Organs
Some Bleed When Cut

(Published February 2017 in TechDirections Magazine)

Part 1
Separation of Conjoined Twins with the Help of a 3D Printer

      This past June, in Gainesville Florida, two conjoined twins were separated after many practice planning sessions that used 3D printed organs that were created using 3D body scans of these babys' hearts.
Part 2
3D Printed Almost Human Organs -that Bleed
     Doctors who are learning their craft are beginning to practice surgery using almost human 3D printed organs that will bleed fake blood when they are cut. These organs contain built in defects or cancers that must be surgically fixed or removed.
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The Biological Supercapacitor
A power Source That Never Needs to be Replaced 
(Published January 2018 in TechDirections Magazine)
The Biological
    The biological supercapacitor is a new material science breakthrough of a biologically friendly electrical energy storage device. It is completely made up of materials that are biologically compatible with our internal chemistry. This device is recharged by the animal or human bodyís biological fluids and physical movements.  Scientists at UCLA and the University of Connecticut worked together to develop this new biological supercapacitor. Their research was funded by the National Science Foundation and other bioengineering and health institutes.
     They built their supercapacitor using layers of graphene and human proteins so their device contains no ingredients which are not biologically compatible with the human body. It is the inclusion of human proteins that makes their supercapacitor a biological device.
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By Alan J. Pierce EdD
    Recognizing the power of our brains is nothing new but trying to tap into our thoughts to create cyborg human enhancements is no longer just science fiction. One of Elon Muskís newest technology initiatives is the creation of a new company named Neuralink. The goal he set for its scientists and engineers is the development of hardware that can allow the human brain to automatically interface its own thoughts with artificial intelligence programs on the personís computer or smartphone.

     At CES 2019 I found BrainCo a company that was founded in 2015 that has already made major strides in tapping human brain waves without the need for brain surgery. Before describing their brain-machine Interface (BMI) I feel it critical to indicate that the BrainCo technology was developed by scientists, engineers, and PhD students from Harvard University.
     The Focus1 headband that they created, see photo 1, is an electroencephalogram (EEG) interface that detects the electrical activity of a personís brain through contact with a number of points on a personís skull. The significant difference between the BrainCo BMI and a medical EEG is the number of contact points that are detecting a personís brainwaves. You can see in Photo 2 that the BrainCo BMI only makes contact with a limited number of points on a personís skull.

     To interpret the brainwaves that their headband interface picks up, the scientists developed algorithms that convert the brainís electrical signals into digital code that their computer programs can use to measure a wearerís concentration and focus.
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A synopsis of my March coverage of the topic:
Bio-Hacking a Person's Thoughts
Published in the March 2019 issue of TechDirections Magazine
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