Focus on Technology

Wednesday afternoons during Cincinnati Edition, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Ann Thompson reports on the latest trends in technology and their effects on medicine, safety, the environment or entertainment.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Shot could eventually suppress food allergies

Peanut allergies are among the most common food allergies. Other common ones include egg and milk allergies.
Ann Thompson WVXU

It's still five years away from human clinical trials, but at least in mice, a new antibody injection has seemingly suppressed allergic reactions to food.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Social Media activated vending machine nets you free stuff

This is what you see when using an Instagram-activated vending machine made by IVS.
Ann Thompson WVXU

The concept is 21st century clever. Help companies promote their products via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram  to get free products from special vending machines.

Patrick McDonald thought of this idea years ago and launched Innovative Vending Solutions in 2008. The company is based in West Carrollton. His partner is Jeff Thibodeau.

Companies rent or buy the machines.  Telus and the World Wildlife Federation put this one in Canada.

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Cluster Headaches
2:00 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Instant pain relief from cluster headaches?

Cluster headaches are often called "suicide headaches" because of their intense pain, paralyzing suffers for 15 minutes to three hours at a time.

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Focus on Technology
12:30 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Getting weight loss down to a science

Dr. Habegger, assistant reasearch professor at UC, illustrates different kinds of weight loss surgeries.
Holly Yurchison WVXU

Note: This originally aired on July 31, 2013.

Scientists are just beginning to learn how the body’s hormones are programmed to melt away fat. More hormones in combination with minor surgery may be the solution for the obese. 


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Technology
6:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Cleaner air boosts fertility rates at UC West Chester

The new filtration system is on the roof of the Center for Reproductive Health.
Dr. DiPaola UC Health

Doctors say it is something in the air that's helping infertile couples conceive at West Chester Hospital. Ever since the installation of a high-tech air filtration system the UC Health Center for Reproductive Health has seen a 20% increase in fertility for in vitro fertilization.

Medical Director  Krystene DiPaola, MD, says the national average is 40%. In West Chester it's 60%.

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