February 14, 2012

Smart Technology: New, Innovative…Ingestible?

Filed under: iPhone app,science — @ 8:18 pm

Smart TechnologyThe British pharmaceutical company, Lloydspharmacy, in collaboration with Proteus Biomedical US based company, has launched a new “sensor-enabled tablet.” This new placebo pill, which is smaller than a grain of salt, monitors when a patient is due to take their prescription medicine, also taking into account their sleep and exercise levels.

With the many responsibilities over everyday life, it is easy to “lose track of whether or not you’ve taken the correct tablets that day,” says Steve Gray, health care services director of Lloydspharmacy. According to the World Health Organization, up to half of patients do not take their medications properly, putting their health at risk, and the annual cost of unused medication is estimated to be up to four hundred million pounds.

The sensors themselves are activated by stomach acid. The stomach acid creates an electric current. The digital signal device is attached like a bandage to the patient’s skin to monitor said patients heart rate, respiration and temperature. The patient’s health status is then sent to their cell phone.

The smart technology has been tested with patients requiring varied medications, from patients experiencing tuberculosis, to mental health issues, to heart failure, to hypertension and diabetes.

This new technological innovation isn’t the first ingestible sensory mechanism. In the 1980s, NASA developed an ingestible digestible thermometers to monitor an astronauts’ core temperature. Additionally, there are pills with camera’s inside, to monitor a patient’s digestive system for problems such as blood inside a patient’s lower colon.

Jonathon Cooper, a biomedical engineering researcher wonders if this is the best monitoring system. As he notes, sometimes external technology provides more accurate and cost effective results. Only time will tell if the public widely adopts this technology.

For more information on this new technology, please visit Scientific American.

August 6, 2009

Bioengineered Teeth – A successful experiment

Lab Mouse for TestingModern science and technology are capable of creating the unimaginable – we are constantly amazed and awed by each small discovery. However, are we ready to experience a whole new form of amazement?

Scientists in Japan have successfully been able to bioengineer teeth in adult mice. That’s right – they have found a way to give a mouse a whole new set of chops. So far, their method only works on adult mice, however someday soon there may be a similar method that works on adults.

The team, led by cell biologist Takashi Tsuji from Tokyo University of Science, focused on embryonic tissues that develop into teeth. He extracted these tissues from mouse embryos, separated the epithelial cells and mesenchymal cells, recombined them into a new bioengineered tooth germ, grew them for 5-7 days, planted them into the jaws of adult mice, and voila! New healthy teeth reached their full potential after just 49 days. The new teeth proved to be just like the real thing – they had roots, inner pulp, outer enamel, and proved to be just as hard and durable as normal teeth. Previous studies have been tried, but none were as successful as this recent experiment.

This method is not perfected. It will still be many years before it can be successful enough to work on humans. Although this is a huge step in science, for the mean time, it’s probably best to take care of the teeth you have, or stick to implants and dentures – it may be a long and painful 49 days waiting for your new tooth to grow back!

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