Femtosecond lasers are promising a dramatic improvement in cataract removal and other eye surgeries. What are the benefits of this technology for patients and care providers, and is it financially out of reach for public healthcare systems like the NHS?
Could Microsoft’s Kinect drive a revolution in home-based stroke recovery through the use of affordable motion tracking? Chris Lo speaks to researchers at Southampton University and Roke Manor Research, who are aiming to bring virtual stroke rehabilitation into the patient’s living room.
Münchausen by Internet, which involves online posters who deceive health forums with fictitious stories of illness and bereavement, is an emerging phenomenon that sheds light on the spaces where medicine and social media collide. Chris Lo looks into the methods and consequences of online fakers, and asks whether healthcare systems can keep up with this new frontier.
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The many benefits of prefilled syringes are fuelling one of the medical device industry’s fastest-growing markets. Chris Lo rolls up his sleeves to explore the finely-honed science behind ready-to-use syringes.