Blood Pressure Study

A new study finds that at least 16.8 million Americans could potentially benefit from lowering their systolic blood pressure (SBP) to 120 mmHg, much lower than current guidelines of 140 or 150 mmHg. The scientists calculated the potential impact of preliminary results from the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) that will be presented in full at the American Heart Association meeting and published online in the New England Journal of Medicine. The initial analysis of SPRINT, r...
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The surprising trick jellyfish and lampreys use to swim.

Jellyfish and lampreys have among the most energy-efficient swimming motions of any animal. From a long time, researchers have assumed that in order to move forward, fly or swim, humans and animals exert pressure on surface, air or water around them. But a new study published in the journal Nature Communications has revealed that two sea animals do not follow the general theory. Jellyfish and lampreys pull their way through the water, as per the study. A Stanford led team shows how these anci...
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Mitas AirCell dramatically boosts the performance of tire inflation systems

Mitas has introduced AirCell, an inner tire that the company boasts enables the inflation of large agricultural tires by 14 psi (from 11 to 26 psi) within just half a minute. According to Mitas, that is more than 10 times faster than the current method of inflation. Mitas AirCell is located on the rim inside the tire and occupies about 30% of the volume of the tire. Mitas Aircell has been designed for the Mitas 710/75 R42 SFT, other sizes will follow. AirCell is continuously inflated to a max...
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Robo Washer: The All-In-One Sink, Faucet, Soap Dispenser and Hand Dryer

Amazing self-cleaning invention that replaces sink, faucet, soap dispenser and hand dryer all in one, has been just launched on Kickstarter. This gadget may fix one of the worst things about using public bathrooms. In addition to waiting on long lines, one of the worst things about public bathrooms is having to use the same sink faucets and hand dryers that dozens before you have touched. Robo-Washer Revolution cleans and dries hands, then recycles its water after each use. The Robo-Washer is...
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A noninvasive way to measure pressure in the brain.

MIT researchers team up with Boston Medical Center and Philips to test a noninvasive way to measure intracranial pressure. Current methods to check for increased pressure in a patient’s brain are invasive. One widely used technique is to drill a hole in the skull to insert a catheter or sensor into the brain tissue. Because of the risk of brain injury and infection, doctors typically only measure intracranial pressure or ICP when a patient is very sick, even though knowledge of this pressure cou...
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Inexpensive, Portable Wound-Healing Device

A novel and inexpensive device known as the wound pump has been invented by Daielle Zurovcik, which is a portable wound-healing device. This negative pressure pump helps to heal acute and chronic wounds, which will be affordable to low-income populations because it does not need electricity or batteries to operate and has a unique, simplified design. After surgery a patient requires care for an amputated limb or the open wounds of a fractured bone. Vacuum pumps speed healing by removing ba...
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Genetic investigation of Blood Pressure Regulation

A new study pinpoints several gene networks closely linked to the regulation of blood pressure. Framingham Heart Study launched a major initiative to identify and study the genes underlying cardiovascular and other chronic diseases in individuals as this research could lead to new treatments and better strategies for disease prevention. The study, which takes a close look at networks of blood pressure-related genes is published in the journal Molecular Systems Biology. More than one bil...
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