Aside from those spammers taking advantage of the swine-flu frenzy by sending virus-laced e-mails about, well, the virus, it’s been a big week for health innovations: British company Zilico is in the trial stages of a promising handheld cervical cancer screening device. Doctors in Rome unveiled a thought-controlled bionic hand. And the winner of a recent design challenge combines induction technology and Braille guides to make cooking more safe for the blind.
Of course, for every finger-waggling, cancer-screening, blind cook that’s celebrating, there’s the bad news: A study found BPA in 90% of U.S. infants in its sample group. The recession has deflated the ballooning medical-tourism trend, down 14%. And those electronic medical records Obama loves and has pledged $19 billion to support? Well, turns out they’re a bit clunky, boosting neither cost effectiveness, nor patient health.
We can think of a few fun ways to get you through your next sick (or slow) day. Slow-tech star Redbox is expanding into video games and launched an iPhone app to locate specific movie titles at different kiosks. These graphic-design conundrums still have us scratching our heads (seriously. Help a brother out). And, in contrast, Ustream makes browsing its top 10 vides of 2009 crazy-easy.