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.

Genre: 

Pages

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%.

Read more
Focus on Technology
1:55 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Athletes don't have to be on the hot seat

Robby Genepri tried out the cool seat in Washington D.C. and is sold on it.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Slugging it out on a court that is way hotter than the actual air temperature is a set-up for heat related illness according to Dr. Brian Grawe, a UC Health sports medicine surgeon, who was the doctor for tennis players at the Western & Southern Open. Right now there are a couple of common ways for them to cool down including waiting for ball boys and girls to bring wet towels.

Read more
Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Brain stimulation seems to be helping stroke victims

The navigated brain stimulator can pinpoint the exact area where doctors can treat patients.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Clinical trials are underway in Cincinnati and nationwide that could prove brain stimulation is beneficial to stroke victims.

The stimulation is actually turning off a part of the brain

As confusing as it sounds, the 1 hz "stimulation" actually shuts down the side of the brain unaffected by the stroke. This is because the non-lesioned side often takes over and hinders recovery.

Read more
Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Mammoths & Mastodons may hold clues for distant relative elephant

Scientists are studying mammoth and mastodon teeth to better understand their ecology and the relationship to elephants.
Ann Thompson WVXU

University of Cincinnati scientists have literally drilled down through the teeth of mammoths and mastodons to discover their habits in what’s believed to be the first study of its kind in the region.

UC paleoecologist Brooke Crowley borrowed some mammoth and mastodon teeth from the Museum Center with hopes of finding out where they lived and what they ate. The specimens, very small amounts of white powder from the teeth, were eventually sent to the University of Illinois for  testing.

The process

Read more
Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Making wearable electronics commonplace

Purdue researchers used a standard sewing machine to create this new type of low-cost flexible metal interconnect for "soft" robotics and wearable electronics.
Babak Ziaie Purdue University

The market for wearable electronics could top $3 billion by 2018, according to a new report. However, Beecham Research says with better collaboration between technology companies and the fashion industry, the market could be worth $9.3 billion by 2018.

Read more

Pages