Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 14(2) April 2011 : 13-13.doi:10.12927/hcq.2013.22374

Points of Interest

New Prosthetics Use Mind Control

Targeted Muscle Reinnervation is a technology that works by redirecting brain signals from severed nerves to the healthy ones in muscles nearby. The result is a prosthetic that is more intuitive to control than the traditional muscle impulse control. The technology is being developed by Dr. Todd Kuiken in Washington, DC.

Kerry Sheridan Google News February 17, 2011

Dog Owners Stay Fit

Getting a puppy is very likely to encourage you to get more exercise say researchers at Michigan State University. Dog walkers are 34% more likely to get up to 150 minutes of walking done in a week. Stats were gathered from survey of 5,900 Michigan residents.

Matthew J. Reeves et al. The Journal of Physical Activity and Health March 2011

Tiny Laboratory Reports from Inside Body

Researchers at MIT are tracking tumours and detecting heart deterioration from a lab that can be injected with a needle. The tiny capsule uses magnetic nano-particles to measure the growth of a tumour or to monitor for silent heart attacks. The next step is building a magnetic wand that doctors can simply wave over the embedded sensor instead of traditional invasive procedures.

Ferris Jabr New Scientist March 15, 2011

Machines Vending Drugs Come to Ontario

Up to 40 prescription drug machines will be installed across the province in the coming months. The ATM-like boxes will feature a monitor and telephone handset for communicating with an actual pharmacist who controls the medication being dispensed. No narcotics will be stored in the machines.

Amy Dempsey The Toronto Star March 18, 2011

Burns Healed Under Spray Gun

Dr. Jorg Gerlach, a professor in the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Surgery, has developed an easy and fast treatment for burns. Stem cells are isolated from a healthy section of a patient's skin and then precisely sprayed on to the wound. After a few days under a special dressing the wound becomes healthy new skin.

McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine


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