Cancer is one of the deadliest ailments known to science, closely followed by AIDS. Not only does it come with life ending possibilities, it even brings with itself loads of despair and unhappiness for the people suffering with it. No matter how feared this disease may be, steps have always been taken to get rid of the ailment. Scientists all over the world have put in their night and day trying to create vaccines and cures for this deadly curse. The wait is yet to end, for till then, all one can do is sit and expect with a bated breath or to standup and use the do good gadgets and technologies that have been developed to spread awareness and detect cancer. Listed below are a few gadgets and technologies that hate cancer, have a look.
How does the idea of tiny nono bots inside your body sound? Creepy, right! However, they are not injected into the body to make mischief but to ensure that there is an early detection of cancer causing cells inside the blood stream. Devised in the University of California, the tiny nanobots once injected into the blood stream find and target the tumor cells, cutting off their communication paths completely. The saying 'Prevention is better than Cure' fits in very aptly over here.
Stomach cancer has finally found a cure. Thankfully, there are no severe operations involved, all thanks to the crab like robotic pincers which scrape and cut out the cancerous tissue from the stomach. Made in a typical crab like structure, complete with a long arm and two robotic pincers, the contraption travels down the person’s throat and takes out the infected tissue with its sharp claws. The surgeon can view the passage with the built in camera. The usefulness of the device is the extreme stability it provides to the surgeon.
Sunscreens often prove to be a major reason for skin cancers in humans. Even though, such lotions may mislead many into believing they are safe, the ultimate truth is that they hardly save the skin from the harmful UV rays. In order to clear up confusion around SPF, sunscreen lotion manufacturing companies have been asked to mention the contents of their products clearly on the labels. Doctor Antonella Tosti has devised an application for iPhone which helps detects skin cancer in her patients and has used the images captured on her iPhone to cure these patients.
Cue is a special electronic device launched by Avie Products. This waterproof gadget sends constant reminders to perform a breast self examination, which will help detect breast cancer at an early stage. The easy to use gadget has been fitted with four buttons and also has a built in clock. It will store results of 4 users at the same time with personalized alerts and display names.
Breast cancer detection has become easier, all thanks to Portable Breast Cancer Detector. Now, you don’t need to rush to the medical shops or to the doctors to get this checkup done. Sit at home and do the check yourself. All you need to do is place the device on your breast and let it do its own work. The device passes light through the skin and highlights the denser cancerous cells on a LCD screen. This can come in handy as it is simple to use and allows it to detect cancer easily.
The Breast light is exactly what the name suggests. It is a device which is necessary for passing light through your breasts in order to view any anomalies and abnormal growth. Simply go into a dark room, dab some lube on your breasts and place the light underneath. The red light from the contraption will light up the tissues inside the breast along with any other growths and protrusions. By doing so, you would ensure you’re doing the right checks at the right time.
Free flowing cancer cells in the body lead to setting up of cancer sites in the whole body. Often, such cells separate from the main tumor site and start to travel in the blood stream. This phenomena has been a major reason of concern for the scientists all over the world. However, with the CTC (Circulating tumor cells) technology, one can easily estimate the speed at which these cells travel, further enabling Velcro to capture the cells. This leads to early detection of cancer and can lead to drastic changes in the human body.
The scientists at the University of Toronto have come up with an ingenious way of judging if a person has cancer and that too in a matter of minutes. Shaped like a big cell phone, the device incorporates a small microchip inside which analyses the blood sample in matter of minutes. Further, it declares the result ASAP. With the invention of this magnificent gadget, it would not be long before saving lives would become all the much easier and faster.
NASA’s cancer-sniffing sensor is the ultimate revolutionizing gadget today. Like an alcohol detector you would be needed to breathe on the device. Armed with a multitude of nano sensors, the little devices will quickly pick up the diseases by analyzing your breath in a matter of seconds. The best part of this product is that it shall come equipped as a part of your cell phone, allowing you to finally get rid of all the self pricking everyday.
Lung cancer is a little difficult to detect in the early stages, as the symptoms don’t appear early in the disease. Scientists from the Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, have come up with sensors crafted from various gold nanoparticles. These can easily sense the natural concentrations of volatile organic compounds or VOCs that too under humid conditions, which is an important trait of human breath. The best part being, it is portable, small and reasonably priced.