Mother-turned-mental health advocate

Regina Bisikiewicz didn’t start out intending to become a full-time mental health advocate. She just wanted her son to get better.

From the moment her 18-year-old son had his first psychotic episode in 2005, the mother of four encountered a health care system that viewed people experiencing mental ill health as incurable, compared with many other European countries, which focus on recovery.

#DisabledAndCute – the inspiring hashtag that’s winning hearts and changing minds

Keah Brown is disabled. And cute. She tells This Is Medtech how her social media campaign to improve the portrayal of people with disabilities went viral.  

It all started with a tweet. Keah, a journalist and writer with almost 50,000 Twitter followers, has cerebral palsy. She decided to post an empowering message for people with disability, creating the hashtag #DisabledAndCute. What happened next was mind-blowing!

Young Turk revolutionizes diagnostics with smartphone imaging

Getting sick is no fun anywhere, but relief is close at hand in the industrialized world. Lab results come within hours, diagnosis is quick, treatment is prescribed.

For sick people in remote villages around the globe, though, the story is completely different. The nearest lab might require a journey of many days. Aydogan Ozcan would like to put a modern diagnostics lab into every corner of the world by turning ordinary smartphones into low-cost but high-powered microscopes.

Mother of Invention: Afghan Physicist Defies Tradition, Introduces Precision Radiation Therapy

Shakardokht Jafari knew her father had leukemia. The young Afghan woman had flouted tradition by earning a radiology degree, and she recognized the symptoms.

Afghanistan had no cancer treatment, though, and the closest help was in Pakistan. Traveling over mountains on poor roads, Shaker helped her father, weakened by cancer, painfully endure the trip.

Getting a new knee at 73

When Peter Schmelter’s kneecap was shattered into five pieces in an accident 55 years ago, the only option was to stick them back together. 

In 1962, total knee replacements - or TKRs - were still several years away and so Peter, then 18 years old, had to get on with a repaired (and slightly enlarged) knee rather than a new one. Despite this, the 73-year-old has managed to remain active and still rides his bicycle every day. About six months ago, however, Peter decided to undergo TKR surgery.

IVF and beyond: the world of mind-blowing baby tech

These days, there’s cutting edge technology for pretty much every aspect of baby planning, making and care.

From wellness apps for expectant moms, to mini-magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines that can scan babies’ brains, to new in vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques for infertile women hoping to become pregnant, tech has got it covered.

Holograms show surgeons our heart in 3D

3D imaging will change how we diagnose disease, train doctors and build spare body parts – and may even allow us to see our unborn babies in the round long before they are born

Fans of Grey’s Anatomy (the hit TV show, not the classic textbook) were stunned: the medical drama has a habit of wowing viewers with occasional glimpses of the latest medtech gadgets but this one was breathtaking.

Artificial intelligence and sensors: our picks for the best healthcare tech at CES

The digital era’s transformation of healthcare is on the way to be as revolutionary as it has been in retail, research, and media, based on innovations showcased at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show.

Held annually in Las Vegas, CES is one of the largest trade shows, drawing 170,000 people. This year’s CES Best of Innovations list included standout medtech developments combining sensors, artificial intelligence, voice recognition software, and smartphones to make healthcare more efficient and affordable.

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