“Owner-Mediated Data Exchange Using Blockchain” – What are the CDC and IBM Talking About?

October 27, 2017 – A number of years ago I worked on the design of a database for managing patient cases at a hospital here in Toronto. The focus was on interventional radiology, ... Continue Reading →

New XPrizes to Focus on Alzheimer’s, Clean Air, Cybersecurity, Democracy and Zero Waste Mining

October 16, 2017 – The XPrize, a competition that tackles global issues and provides substantial cash prizes to individuals and companies to address them, is moving from getting ... Continue Reading →

CRISPR Takes on Messenger RNA to End Huntington’s Disease and ALS

October 15, 2017 – The DNA editing tool known as CRISPR is about to tackle the creator of aberrant proteins that lead to Huntington’s Disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis ... Continue Reading →

GMO Mosquito Technology May Be Our Best Weapon Against The Latest Super Malaria Outbreak

September 22, 2017 – The fear and uncertainty spread by those who feel that genetically modified anything is bad needs to be weighed against mosquito spread infections that are ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: If you Experience Atrial Fibrillation You May Want This App

September 12, 2017 – AliveCor has created Kardia, a pulse-monitoring pad that wirelessly connects to an app running on a smartphone, or tablet, and allows users to self-administer ... Continue Reading →

The Power to Control Evolution is Now in Human Hands

August 31, 2017 – A backhoe on a nearby street has kept me from posting new content to 21st Century Tech blog for the last two days. My Internet Service Provider was kind enough ... Continue Reading →

Gene Altering Technique Used to Correct Congenital Heart Disease

August 7, 2017 – When my daughter was born back in 1984 she came into the world with a faulty heart. She had what is defined as a congenital (as in born with) disease that could ... Continue Reading →

Novel Biomedical Uses for Robots

July 26, 2017 – Robots are finding their way into medical practice in many ways. Here are two innovations, one already in use to make current procedures safer, and the other presenting ... Continue Reading →

A Spark Ignites a Genetic Cure for Haemophilia

July 1, 2017 – It is Canada’s 150th birthday today. The country founded on July 1st, 1867 represented the first peaceful creation of a self-governing “dominion” ... Continue Reading →

The God Cell: The Story of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, Part 3

May 9, 2017 – A few weeks ago I attended a seminar at one of Toronto’s preeminent hospitals. The speaker opened with a statement that humanity was on the threshold of a ... Continue Reading →