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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Physics
6:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Laser sheds new light on molecules at Miami

Laser beams are key in a number of physics experiments at Miami Unversity as students try to better understand the energy transfer process.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Miami University students are mapping out molecular properties with the help of new ultrafast laser technology to better understand energy transfer for processes in collisions between atoms and molecules.

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Focus on Technology
6:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Fixing speech problems by visualizing them

(from left) UC's Dr. Suzanne Boyce works with Jake Goodwin to help him visualize how to better say his "r."
Ann Thompson WVXU

During his elementary and teenage years Jake Goodwin was sometimes overlooked in class. It wasn't that he didn't have anything interesting to say. In fact, the Mariemont High School sophomore has a lot to say, but sometimes he isn't understood. He suffers from a speech disorder that makes it hard to say the "r" sound.

"It always bothered me but after so many years of just no success at changing it I more or less accepted it as part of myself."

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Google to take the surprise out of disease

The study, with 175 people, will eventually ramp up to include many more with the help of Stanford and Duke Universities.
Google

Researchers from Google X, Stanford and Duke plan to drill down to the most basic level of the human body. They want to determine what we look like when we're well, so doctors know sooner when we are becoming sick.

Here's how it will work initially:

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Reflux Disease
2:00 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Ring of beads proving successful in stopping reflux

This is the LINX device that is an apparent cure for reflux disease.
Ann Thompson WVXU

North College Hill's David Puckett knows what it's like to suffer from reflux disease. For five years he was on medicine to prevent mouthfuls of stomach juices from coming up and interfering with his daily life. He also had to watch what he ate and when he ate it.

Then David heard about a new device called LINX.

The titanium beads allow patients to swallow food but they tighten around the esophagus to prevent the acid from coming back up.  Here's how the outpatient procedure works:

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Driving simulator useful in getting teens to focus

Nick Miller, Children's Senior Associate Media Relations, agreed to demonstrate the driving simulator.
Ann Thompson WVXU

It's no secret that teens don't get enough sleep on school nights, an estimated five to seven hours a night. They need nine. Researchers say not only does this affect their school work, it affects their driving.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is studying whether adding 90 minutes of sleep a night will  make them more alert and decrease accidents. The study involves driving a simulator and monitoring the mood of the teen while they do it.

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