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 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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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

A UC geologist uses 3-D to study cliff landscapes

Dr. Dylan Ward University of Cincinnati

A camera and a computer may be all it takes to scientifically map earth formations.

Using a regular camera with Agisoft Photoscan software UC Geology Professor Dylan Ward pitched his tent at the bottom of a cliff near Ferron, Utah in May and began clicking away. He took 900 digital images at the base and once back in Cincinnati loaded them into the computer.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

How long before a robot does your job?

Baxter is a "collaborative robot" designed to work alongside people.
Wikipedia

It may not be too long before your co-worker is a robot. That robot might eventually take your job, according to this video.

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