Believe it or not, needles are your friends. They helpfully allow you to stab yourself in order to prevent you from getting sick or dying for one reason or another. But friends or not, it hurts like the dickens, and a new patch made of silk microneedles may be able to deliver all the drugs with none of the pain.
The whole point of an exoskeleton is to make you feel stronger, faster, more powerful, and just generally way more awesome. The point is not to make you feel like an old person, like this one does.
We write about all kinds of things here at DVICE, but what's especially exciting are the new medical technologies that might actually, you know, help people. And not just help them with faster downloads or higher-res screens, but with good old-fashioned physical betterment. While many of these breakthroughs are going to be most relevant for people who are sick, that doesn't mean a bunch of this stuff won't be good for healthy people as well. Whether it's sunburns, acne, memory, aging, the common cold, or even just feeling like crap, cures are in the works as of 2011, and you can relive all of this year's amazingness in the gallery below.
If you've ever been hospitalized and sent home to recover, you know it can be overwhelming. Now imagine it from a child's point of view. Children's Hospital Boston is now piloting a program to send telepresence robots home with post-op patients. The robots will allow for ongoing communication, observation and care to ease recovery from the familiar comfort of home.
This seems totally crazy, but according to a study from the French National Institute of Sport, runners who stand in a -166 degree room for a few minutes after a race can recover their muscle strength some 20 times faster. Cool?
You know those eyes in the back of you're head you've always wanted? Geneticists have now figured out how to get tadpole embryos to grow any organ, anywhere in their bodies.
HIV has resisted attempts for a vaccine for three decades, and despite vastly improved ways to treat the condition, two million people still get infected every year. A new gene therapy technique has been shown to provide complete protection from HIV in mice with humanized immune system, and the same thing should work in humans, too.
If you're still not convinced that stem cells are the future of medicine, try this on for size: Japanese researchers have used them to synthesize a fully functioning organ entirely from scratch.
Have you always wanted blue eyes, but are stuck with boring old brown eyes? Well, a doctor in California has come up with a way to turn someone's brown eyes blue in just 20 seconds.
One of the biggest downsides to organ transplants is that once someone receives a transplant, they've gotta stay on immunosuppresant drugs for life. Those powerful drugs prevent the recipient's body from rejecting the new organs, but they have some pretty nasty side effects.