Far out tech proves practical for surgeons

With hip replacements becoming nearly as common as hair dye among seniors, we thought you might be interested in the very latest in orthopedic surgical training. It’s so far out, we’re going to have to go with the picture’s-worth-a-thousand-words cliché, and urge you to watch the video. In it, we see young French surgeons learning their craft through […]

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The KNFB Reader App released for iPhones

With apologies, we get just as frustrated writing about “one day real soon now” prototypes as you do reading about them, so we’re delighted to announce that the long-awaited KNFB Reader app for the iPhone has just been released. KNFB, developed in a partnership between Ray Kurzweil and the National Federation of the Blind, is an uncannily […]

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A prototype for automating computer log-offs

The term “backronym” was coined to describe a phase constructed to fit a suitable word, as opposed to the simpler process of making acronyms. NASA is an acronym. ZEBRA, which stands for Zero-Effort Bilateral Recurring Authentication, is a Dartmouth research team’s triple-axel effort at a backronym. So what does this ZEBRA do and why should […]

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Thumb Extension for Smart Phones

We admit we were tempted to laugh at this clever invention, but then we realized it just might be very useful for seniors suffering from arthritis—or short fingers. We promise we’re not making this up! From gadget-loving Japan comes “Yubi Nobiiru” (finger growth), a prosthesis that looks like a long silicone thimble that you wear […]

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New, Flexible Headband for EEGs

If you’ve ever had a medical procedure that requires electrodes, you know you’re often left with “souvenirs,” either circles of gel or even the electrodes themselves embedded in sticky pads that technicians forgot to remove. Now, from Finland, comes a neat technical solution: electrode-containing film that can be easily placed and removed. Called “Brain Status,” […]

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National Employ Older Workers Week

According to the US Department of Labor, this week (September 21-28) is “National Employ Older Workers Week. ” Granted, a more helpful name would be “National Don’t Lay Off People Over 45 Week,” but we’ll stay optimistic and discuss some career websites that can assist seniors in their searches for paid employment, whether full or part-time. […]

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EHRs work with MedLinePlus

Previously, we discussed the AMA’s complaints about Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Now, from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), comes more optimistic news about how they can be useful for patients. The NLM’s MedlinePlus Connect links the diagnosis given on an EMR directly to MedlinePlus, instantly giving you details of what your condition is. However, the NLM […]

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And now, a soft exoskeleton

A two-fer from Harvard’s Wyss Institute this week. In addition to developing an artificial spleen, researchers there just received a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) grant for an exoskeleton. What distinguishes this device from other exoskeletons we’ve written about—and makes it of likely more benefit to seniors—is that this so-called “Soft Exosuit” supports the leg muscles with flexible fabric, […]

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Discount on Simple Tech for finding items in your car

We like this because it’s such a simple, obvious solution: The best way to find something is not to lose it in the first place! Groupon is currently running a promotion on the “Drop Stop Car Seat Wedge.” It’s a classic why-didn’t-I-think-of-that: A hunk of neoprene that fits between your car seats and your console, […]

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AMA on EMRs

In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act required that by this year, seventy percent of primary care providers should be using Electronic Medical Records (EMRs). Perhaps unsurprisingly then, the AMA has just issued a press release complaining about them. While it may be reassuring to discover that your doctor finds forms just as confusing […]

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