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A Contraceptive Switch For Men? Vasectomies Could Be On The Way Out


When it comes to contraceptive measures, men have far fewer than women. Aside from condoms, there’s always a vasectomy, but that requires surgery and although it can sometimes be reversed, that too requires surgery, making the option rather unappealing. But now a company claims to have invented a device that can stop the flow of sperm at the flip of a switch, and allow it to flow through again without further surgery. The Bimek SLV is a spermatic duct valve that is surgically attached to the ducts that carry sperm, and can interrupt this flow if the wearer flips the switch beneath his skin. Flow remains interrupted until the switch is flipped back, finally giving men simply, easy and fast fertility control.

The device is currently being tested and isn’t ready to market, and once it does get approval, will likely not be covered by many insurance plans. Still, given its appeal, we expect hordes of men to pay for this out of pocket. Price is still unknown.


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Babypod Plays Music For Your Unborn Child, Requires… Insertion


It’s believed that getting your offspring to listen to music and voice sounds from an early age helps in their development. How early? Well, if you believe the folks at Babypop, as early as 16 weeks after conception. And to make sure your child gets the best, unmuffled music, the BabyPod device is a speaker meant to be inserted right into the vagina. Yes, that’s right. This is a speaker made to be inserted vaginally, and it’s not wireless… So you’ll have a cord dangling, which we suppose is good for removing it once you’re done with your session; think of it as a musical tampon. It’s made from hypoallergenic silicone, and is capped at 54 decibels (about the level of a hushed conversation) so as to not damage your child’s hearing. There’s no battery or Bluetooth chip, so don’t go worrying about electromagnetic radiation or anything. It’s $134.

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DigniCap Helps Prevent Hair Loss During Chemotherapy


Getting the dreaded cancer diagnostic isn’t only traumatic for what it entails for your survival chances, it also brings with it a host of realities that are inevitable even if you’re lucky enough to be treated early and make it out alive. One of these is learning to cope with the hair loss that comes with the chemotherapy treatments. In an effort to reduce this unwelcome side-effect, a company called DigniCap has invented a special silicone cap that contains channels for cooling fluid to flow through. Cooling your scalp during treatment constricts the blood vessels, allowing less of the drug to reach the hair follicles and minimizing the damage. It’s not a perfect solution, since 7 out of 10 patients still lost about 50% of their hair during the company’s US clinical trial. Still, the FDA-cleared device does offer some improvement over doing nothing at all, which could give already-traumatized patients the extra boost of morale that they desperately need.


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This Syringe Filled With Sponges Can Stop Bloodloss from A Gun Shot Wound in 15 Seconds


It’s a little depressing to realize how timely news of this product is, given the events unfolding worldwide as a result of religiously-motivated hate. But in a search for a silver lining, we suppose it’s somewhat comforting to know that there exists a product that can dramatically increase chances of survival in the event of being injured by a gun shot. You’re looking at a sponge-filled syringe called the XSTAT 30, which has been approved by the FDA as a tool to stop blood catastrophic blood loss. When medics arrive on the scene, they can quickly inject the wound with 92 of these little sponges, which will expand, absorb blood and eventually block further loss, giving the patient time to reach a hospital before dying from exsanguination. Once in the ER, doctors can remove the sponges and give appropriate treatment. Each one is tagged with a radiopaque marker to insure none is accidentally left inside a patient. Initially reserved for military use, the FDA clearance now makes it available to the general public. And while it’s not something you would buy yourself, you can now move on with your life with the knowledge that if something tragic were to happen, there’s an extra tool in doctors’ arsenal to keep you alive.


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Fever Scout Tracks Your Baby’s Fever Continuously


Like many physical illnesses, fevers are best treated if caught early. Especially for a toddler or a baby, being able to provide him with the right medical attention at the right time can make the difference between a speedy recovery and a few days of crying and worrying. Fever Scout is a soft flexible patch that your kid wears on his chest at all times. It continuously monitors his temperature and sends it to your smartphone; if ever it goes beyond some preset range, it’ll notify you immediately. It’ll also generate a graph of his temperature over time, letting you see what’s effective and what’s not. It’s not meant to be worn for months at a time, only a few days when necessary, and the kit comes with 10 medical grade adhesive patches. It’s $60 and available early 2016.

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Medicine Dispensing Sippy Cups


Getting your child to swallow a dose of cough syrup can be an exercise in patience, if not in futility. But when brute force doesn’t work, maybe cunning can overcome. The Medicine Dispensing Sippy Cup camouflages a sealed-off inner cup to keep the medicine and the fruit juice (or whatever) chaser separate, until the child actually drinks it all. There are ml and tsp calibration markings for easy measuring of medication, and the whole thing is of course BPS-free and dishwasher safe. It’s $4!

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The Dechoker Is For When The Heimlich Manoeuvre Doesn’t Work Out


Choking is bad, m’kay? It’s probably one of the most horrifying ways to die, so we’re happy that most people are at least somewhat aware of life-saving techniques like the Heimlich manoeuvre. But you know, it doesn’t always work. Or even worse, not everyone knows how to perform it, so a person in distress that could otherwise be saved ends up kicking the bucket needlessly. Well, the Dechoker is a product intended to come into the fray after Heimlich has either failed to work, or failed to be performed for lack of knowledge. It’s basically a vacuum pump that you place over a person’s mouth, while they’re on their back; you pull the plunger and hopefully dislodge your blockage in the process. You then place them on the side until they recover. It’s a brilliant tool to keep in your first aid kit, and definitely worth the astronomical $149.95 asking price.


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This Ear Thermometer Plugs Into Your Smartphone’s Audio Jack


There are many ways to take a person’s temperature, and some are less pleasant than others. The Tympani Ear Thermometer is the more pleasant type, gathering its data with an in-ear infrared sensor. It then transmits the information to your smartphone through its audio jack. A companion app lets you track your temperature, or email it to your doctor when necessary. It does its measurement in two seconds, which is great when your patient is an uncooperative baby or a really grumpy adult. Tympani requires no batteries, and best of all, costs very little at $25. It’s a fully-funded Indiegogo project, with expected shipment due in December.


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Thumb-Worn Ring Can Diagnose STDs In Minutes


If you have multiple sexual partners, the responsible thing to do is to get tested for STDs on a somewhat regular basis. Despite knowing this, a large number of people avoid doing so, perhaps out of fear of the associated stigma. Whatever the reason, anything that can be done to encourage these stragglers to get tested is a good thing, and the Hoope Ring hopes to help with that. It’s a thumb-worn ring that’s able to detect four STDs (syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis) in less than a minute.

Users start by using Hoope’s electric pulse generator to numb their skin. They then press a button on the ring, which causes its single-use retractable needle to come out. That needle is then used to draw a blood sample, which is carried by capillary action to the ring’s lab-on-a-chip.

There, the blood flows through four microfluidic channels, in which it’s exposed to different antigens that have been synthesized to catch antibodies associated with each of the targeted diseases. If any of those antibodies are present and thus captured, an electrochemical reaction occurs which is detected by the onboard electronics.

The Hoope then wirelessly transmits the data to an app on the user’s smartphone, which tells them what disease has been detected, and where in their community they can go for treatment.

Of course we’re a little puzzled that the tech needs to be in the form of a ring, since there’s very little chance you’ll want to wear this more than once… and rings are meant to be worn over extended periods of time. But it’s a small complaint for what promises to be a potentially very useful device. It’s still under development, but when ready sometime next year, it should cost around $50 and come with three needle/lab-on-a-chip cartridges.


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