When engineering and medicine meet, wonderful things can happen – for example, the collaborative project at the University of Washington that is researching ways of using ultrasound to treat punctured lungs without incisions or scalpels. Surgeons hope that the ability to deploy treatment before the patient arrives at hospital will lead to fewer deaths from this type of injury. [ColonyWorlds]
I dread dentistry. It’s painful, undignified and frighteningly expensive – having a tooth replaced with a cap or bridge can cost a month’s salary, and it’s never as good as the real thing. So I’m hoping this ultrasound device that stimulates the regrowth of dental tissue works out well, and heads to these shores as soon as possible. Anything that means I could avoid having root canal surgery for a third time is more than alright in my books.