Anybody want to model "reflux" in the circulatory system? Physical model or computer pipe model!

My wife just had an amazing success when we went down to Newport Beach, California to get venoplasty to relieve many of  her symptoms following a stroke.  http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkzXlmAwZTZfQ01RnN-8Ip5lUz0HrNWzN  We pay for national medical insurance in Canada and this treatment is not covered.  (Even though it clearly works, )   One road block is that an expert doctor here could not find any evidence of reflux in blood flow to or from the brain.  (Some MS patients have damaged valves in their neck veins).  Now, given that each heart beat raises blood pressure from 1.5 psi to 2.3  psi about once every second and that valves are actuated by the blood flowing backwards, I find the "expert doctor's" results impossible to believe.  I am not totally without knowlege in that area either because I made a low pressure airlift pump this year  that has a much higher lift submergence ratio than the normal ones.  (The airlift in a bucket one). I was told that the maximum  lift to submergence in these things was probably not much more that 10 to 1 but I managed to get over 20 to 1 lift to submergence primarly by reducing reflux.    Also, I observed that the effects of this reflux can extend conciderable distances from the "valve" itself and are different in small tubes than in big tubes.  Therefore it is possible (Likely even) that a damaged valve in a persons jugular will have its primary effect in a capallery somewhere in the brain up to a foot away from the damaged valve.  So if someone made this model, I think it is likely that they can contribute to the rapid advancement of medical science!   Brian White

Posted by gaiatechnician 5 years ago


Cystic Fibrosis patient needs an inexpensive respirator generator

My daughter with cystic fibrosis, uses a "bio vest system" that includes the vest with hoses that attach to a generator which weighs about 50 lbs. Hillrom makes a 17 lb vest system (www.thevest.com) but it costs $16,000.00. I don't understand why it has to cost so much. We can't afford the 17 lb version. My daughter who has just graduated from college and wants to travel in her career is faced with not taking her vest along with her for weeks at a time because she can't handle carrying the heavier version on and off planes, trains, etc. This leaves her without getting her breathing treatments. Is there a solution to this problem? Can the bio-vest be made any cheaper so that everyone can have the 17 lb version??

Posted by teachermom 10 years ago


For Sale! Used medical equipment!

I have several pieces of used medical equipment for sale. These pieces would be EXCELENT for parts, projects, and experiments! If your interested please contact me...

Posted by damadtatter 7 years ago


How feasible to make cluster of red and IR LEDs?

​hey! I'm very interested in putting together a cluster of both red and IR LEDs for skin rejuvenation, and pain relief (I'm disabled and have back and joint pain). The medical devices for sale online are around $250 - $400. Should I pursue this DIY project or bite the bullet and fork over the money? I have NO electrical skills, but this just seems like something that should be doable!! Feedback plz :-)

Posted by depnomore 4 years ago


How to convert a jpeg format picture to DICOM format??

I have the hard copy of an MRI ( it's in xray sheets). Unfortunately I don't have it in a CD. I need to send this abroad but I can't send the x-ray of the MRI just in case I need it here. I have taken pictures of the x-ray using a light box. Now I have been asked to send the pictures in DICOM format. I have no idea how that is done. I have about  5 x-ray sheets and in each there are about 29 pictures. I have taken individual pictures of each and every picture. Can someone please help me to achieve this? I need to do this ASAP! Thanks

Posted by shazni 4 years ago


How (not) to improve eyesight

We seem to be getting a rash of Instructables claiming to be able to improve eyesight through simple exercises.Please, people, can these stop? The methods were quackery in 1920, and have been thoroughly refuted numerous times since (for example in 1956 and 2004 ), yet, like holistics, pyramid power, magnetic bracelets and a host of other quackeries, they still do the rounds and fool people into falling for them.Please, people, do a little research before posting supposedly medical treatments.

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago


Need your input on the acceptability of posting a medical device ible

 I am a new member but an old reader.  If websites were worlds Instructables would be my home planet. I have plans for ibles that center around stuff I make for my small farm and old house; my kid calls it The Things My Mother Finds In Other's People's Trash.  No problem there.  My editor (I do a little no-big-deal writing) told me I should make an ible about ostomy care as it's something I deal with daily since I underwent a total colectomy and nephrectomy from cancer.  By the way, if anybody happens to post an ible for a replacement kidney...  I wanted to post some ibles about different ways to cut the wafers, the part the pouch attaches to, to accomodate different body types, how to make the process so simple you can take care of it in a few seconds with a bit of privacy, how to easily and thoroughly empty the pouch, which for ileostomy patients is a 12 or more times a day;  modify underwear instead of buying special $55 a pair "ostomy wear" and most important, how to CLEAN AND REUSE those pouches that come twenty to a box (that's a MONTHS supply), cost over $100 after insurance, and are supposed to be worn DIRTY and then thrown away in the vast sea of plastic, a biohazard and a weight on the earth. I realized that although my ideas are kind of no-brainer simple, the subject might attract really brilliant people who could offer better ideas and designs.  Before I went forward with my postings though I wanted to check with you all and ensure that the subject matter would not be so gross or offensive to the community that it caused a problem.  I'm so conflicted about it myself except when I get mad about it that I didn't feel I could trust my judgement. I really appreciate you taking the time to read my long ramble here and any advice you would like to render. Thank you so much!

Posted by Trueallie 3 years ago


Gap measurement using a sensor

I want to measure a very tiny gap of about 20-30 microns(0.02-0.03 mm) using a sensor with the help of arduino and then display it using a 16x2 Digital LCD Display. Can someone help me out with the sensor that I will need for this purpose with exact name and its working.The gap that I want to measure is the gap between the the joints of a healing fractured bone.(the joint where the tissues develop to join the broken parts together.)Since this is a leg bone any person walking with such a fractured bone will put pressure on the bone and the gap present in the bone will reduce. So that is what I want to measure using a sensor and arduino. Since this gap will be too small (20-30 microns) I am unable to find a suitable sensor for the same.PS: Main issue I am facing is the measurement of gap using a sensor and arduino since I can find a suitable sensor for the same.Please find the attachments of the bone and the gap I want to measure.Also the thing I am doing is a close case of greenstick fracture. refer to the attachment of greenstick fracture.

Posted by ChinmayV2 5 months ago


ICE or Medical Alert App for Android.

Hi folks. Following some recent life changing events I find myself in the market for a reliable ICE or medical alert app. There are hundreds available & understandably looking at the various web pages they all claim to be brilliant at the job & the best ever of their genre, unfortunately the self promoting reports I have read so far are frankly about much use as a chocolate kettle. I need something that someone has actually used & an honest opinion of its reliability it would be even better if it has been used on a Samsung Galaxy S2 but any info about something that you have experience of would be appreciated. Many thanks in advance. NG.

Posted by Nostalgic Guy 5 years ago


Knol.Google

Http://knol.google.com/I notice there's also "How to Backpack: starting from scratch", maybe they're trying to compete with E-How/Wiki-How too? Slashdot-Google has taken the wraps off Knol, its expert-written challenger to Wikipedia. Wired has an in-depth look. Knol's distinctions from Wikipedia are that authors are identified by their real names (and verified), and that they can share in ad revenue if they choose to. The service initially features a lot of medical articles, which is interesting considering that Medipedia also launched today. This medical wiki is backed by Harvard's and Stanford's medical schools.

Posted by ll.13 10 years ago


You Might be an Instructabler if...

You might be an instructabler if you have a favourite brand of medical tape.

Posted by newera 10 years ago


Test Strips for Sale! (pH, Medical control, blue litmus and unknown)

Various testing materials for sale. I found them under my bed, in a bag with some safety goggles(let me know if you want some of them, i have like 8) I have no clue how much this stuff is worth so just shoot me a price and we will work from there.

Posted by ledzep567 10 years ago


Wearable Technology

Which is the most innovative wearable technology till date?

Posted by v_s 3 years ago


Ultimate Bathroom Alarm Clock...

I have a Burning question on building the ultimate bathroom alarm clock.  I like to have a nice LED clock.  But also be able to alarm out saying BRUSH your TEETH. But also. for the OLDER folks.  to take your medications...  and maybe even take that second one ONE step further.  how about to be able to Dispense your medication for you...   So multiple alarms for multiple people...     and design it however you think would look and feel the best.  But this is MY ultimate WANT and Desire!!!!

Posted by lonelydragon757 5 years ago


Yip Yips Caption Contest - UPDATED

When we ran into the Yip Yips, we were a little stunned. They were so fluffy and flowing and said something, but we can't remember what it was. We need you to provide a caption to the photo below to clear up this situation!Post your caption as a comment below. There is a limit to 3 entries per person. The winner will be announced on Monday. The prize will be a copy of Sew Subversive. After much discussion, the winner is treylvr1 for this caption:Milk...$2.29Prescription medication...$45Running out of prescription medication to stop your hallucinations...priceless

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Tips, Tricks and helpful strategies for those dealing with behavioral issues.

Due to the huge response to Supersoftdrink's Sensory Seeker and Counterchangeracing's One Legged Therapy Stool from a huge variety of people looking for ideas and help for themselves or their children, I believe there is a need for a designated category. Nothing medical or diagnostic but of ideas that have worked for people, how to make or use equipment, gadgets etc. When you look at the two sites Ive referred to you will see that many different needs and "issues" are asked about. I stress no diagnosis or medical at all. Please give this your consideration.

Posted by craftyv 8 years ago


Paper Batteries

Has anyone read anything about the up and coming Paper (thin) batteries ? Paper Batteries: A paper battery is a flexible, ultra-thin energy storage and production device formed by combining carbon nanotubes with a conventional sheet of cellulose-based paper.A paper battery acts as both a high-energy battery and supercapacitor, combining two components that are separate in traditional electronics. This combination allows the battery to provide both long-term, steady power production and bursts of energy. Non-toxic, flexible paper batteries have the potential to power the next generation of electronics, medical devices and hybrid vehicles, allowing for radical new designs and medical technologies.What do you think? Will it replace these monsters one day?

Posted by Goodhart 10 years ago


when you want to know how it works

Here is a site that explains how most things work http://www.howstuffworks.com/ two good medical sites are   http://www.webmd.com       http://www.mayoclinic.com/health-information/ Trust me I'm a doctor, see my picture:

Posted by fenderphil 7 years ago


Question of legality

Is it appropriate for Instructables to host a group dedicated to an activity known to be universally dangerous (both medically and socially), and also illegal in every country currently hosting members of this site?Clarification added in editThere is a pro-drugs group on the site: https://www.instructables.com/group/potsmokers/Do "we" show the group tolerance, or the door?

Posted by Kiteman 11 years ago


How to Stand Still

I recently joined JROTC and for drills i have to stand still...but i have always have a problem where i always shake. ... its not medical or any thing but i just shake...any body have and suggestions on how to stand still.

Posted by yuckzee 10 years ago


Home remedies, traditional remedies, quack medicine

I've been noticing a growing number of home and traditional remedies appearing. I don't doubt that some of them might have some slight benefit. But on the other hand, some are utterly worthless and a waste of time and money. I have a concern that less knowledgeable people may assume that because a remedy is listed here that it is, in fact, a reliable means of alleviating whatever ill they possess. I would like to see a flag/banner for all such instructables noting that the medical claims made in the instructable are entirely anecdotal and have mostly likely never been examined by any medical researchers. I'm not against the use of traditional remedies. I simply don't want someone to forego treatment by a physician on the basis of what they've just read here.

Posted by ringai 3 years ago


Yellow Fever Vaccine Question

OK, big trip coming up, all the Kite Boys (including GrandfatherKite) are off to Kenya at the end of July. We'll be on safari around Samburu, Lake Naivasha, Treetops, that general area. We've had a bunch of vaccines already, and have our malaria tablets ordered, but we haven't had Yellow Fever vaccines yet. Here's the thing - should we? I've had conflicting advice from medical professionals (one said I need it, one said no need), probably down to a lack of experience in the area, so I'm wondering what you folk have to say. Yes, I know that free medical advice on the internet is frequently worth less than you pay for it, I'm just after some opinions or pointers on the risks vs benefits. Are the probable side effects worth it, given the potential risk involved?

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago


Switch Design Issues?

Okay, so I've been working on a prop for a Team Fortress 2 Medic costume, and I've run into a fairly major problem with the wiring of the Medigun. I have everything figured out, except the triggering mechanism for most of the LEDs. In-game, the "trigger" is a pivoting handle, such as one that operates a valve on a firehose. The problem is that I have no idea how to find/install a switch that will activate when the lever (indicated below) is pushed forward. I'm still trying to decide how to install the switch, but as long as the switch is active through a given angle, the installation shouldn't be too difficult to negotiate. Another problem is finding appropriate switches with low actuation forces, but that's an entirely different issue. So, where could I buy that sort of switch, or barring that, how can I make one that will hold up decently well? Thanks in advance!

Posted by bensciguy 7 years ago


Portable debris hut frame possibility

I came up with this idea the other night for a portable frame for a debris hut. I was wonder what others thought of it's possibilities. I won't be able to build something like this for a while due to medical issues. If somebody builds this tell me how it worked please.

Posted by meddler 3 years ago


Filming 1 drop every second for 24 hours

Hi there! I need to be able to control the dripping of water to around 1 drip every second or so. What are my possible solutions? Is it worth trying to go down the home made drip kit route? Or would it be better to try and get my hands on a medical IV drip and regulator? Any ideas? Thanks :D

Posted by tabascooo 6 years ago


LASER HELP

I recently came across a HeNe (Helium Neon) Laser module, probably from some medical equiptment. it has no power supply, but im in the process of acquiring one. Does anybody Have any suggestions for what i should do with it? it will be my first post, but definitely not my first project. i'm not accustomed to working with lasers, so any help would be appreciated. Sepcifications: 15 Mw max class 3b model no. LGK 7621 MM

Posted by nickdisney 11 years ago


Glueing Plastic Syringes

Hi. Most of you know the plastic medical syringes  (Terumo is a popular brand).  They are made of a plastic that I have not yet found a glue to work on. Can anyone offer some suggestions? A list I have tried includes Contact cement,  Super glue, Bostic Vinyl cement,  Sil-poxy, Epoxy-Resin 2 part (Araldite) So we are moving into the area of the exotics Many thanks Dave 

Posted by marcwolf 8 years ago


eletronic stimulation device

Hello fellow builders, I am having some trouble, for a rather important school project i need to perform some test and for one of the set of tests i need a device to deliver electric impulses on a person on regular basis. so i immediatly thought of medical devices like a TENS or EMS (if i remember correctly) unit. no the big problem is they are almost unobtainable in working conditions or they cost a fortune in shipping and stuff. is it possible to make a unit like this on my own ? 

Posted by sacredrose 5 years ago


Violet Voltage?

Every so often, I see "violet ray" electrotherapy devices come up on ebay. They often sell for silly money, but occasionally one will sell for only a few pounds.Originally quack medical devices, they seem to operate in a similar manner to a plasma globe (gas discharges, high voltages). Does anybody know how they work? Is it worth getting hold of one to rip the innards out to get at the high-voltage supply?(Yes, I know they have "adult uses", but, really, it is the innards I'm talking about)

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago


Would like your thoughts on our development project

We have been developing a pill dispenser that is integrated with your smartphone. We used 3D printed parts and an RFduino microprocessor. This device would allow tracking of medications from the factory to the end user, eliminating couterfeit meds. In addition it would remind you when to take your meds, and notify your doctor or pharmacy via the internet. Watch the video and let me know what you think. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yNBGXBSqLY

Posted by InteMed 4 years ago


Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators

Implantable Cardioverter DefibrillatorsI just saw an advertisement for this thing..... It's different than a pacemaker and to be honest, I had no idea such things existed.... It's interesting (for me at least) because my family history has this problem among a few other heart problems. My grandfather had bypass surgery when it was new (late 60's/early 70's).... three of them over his lifetime - the third heat attack (I think it was #3) is what got him.Just exciting medical stuff that for some reason they felt it necessary to advertise as if it was a new drug o.0

Posted by trebuchet03 11 years ago


Flourscent Light Sickness

Every time I walk into Wal-Mart or Home Depot, I get sick because of the fluorescent light. The problem is, almost every large retailer uses fluorescent lighting. I get migraines, and queasiness. It has a great impact on my life. I was only curious to see if anyone else on instructables had such a sickness. If you do have such a sickness, what Do you do about it? My new school has all fluorescent lighting. -sunglasses? -migraine medication? (although that would not do much for the sick to the stomach feeling) I call it Wal-Mart sickness.

Posted by littlechef37 10 years ago


Flexible LEDs to boost biomedicine

Nature News is reporting today on the development of thin flexible sheets of LEDs which could be used for medical diagnostics, or even implanted in the body to use with light-activated drug delivery.  Besides these uses (obviously cooked up for the grant proposal :-) ), the clothing and other DIY uses seem fantastic! The interesting thing to me is that these sheets are made with conventional semiconductor LEDs (surface mount) and the flexibility of the leads is handled simply with extra lead lengths to pick up the slack. The original paper is being published in Nature Materials (Kim, R.-H. et al. Nature Mater. doi:10.1038/NMAT2879 (2010).

Posted by kelseymh 8 years ago


need low- tech medication taken/counting device,multiple strands , like a ranger klic bead counter

I have tried many of the sync programs including telephone call in reqall syncing with evernote. i may have to give that i try again, but there are times i don't have my phone /itouch within arms reach, I also have had problems where the syncing in evernote seems off and i need to keep a better count of pain meds,One is an extremely powerful very fast acting buccal tablet.. 5 to 15 minutes for breakthrough pain. Due to the change in pain daily and sometimes extreme breakthrough pain, my cognitive mind is shot and i am still trying y best to keep my daily count accurate, and counting helps me try and lower it by changing my activities. My ability to focus and write has gone downhill.. i have one med i may take 3 times a day at 10mg, or many times try and break it up to more frequent times but same dose, rather than 10mg(2 tabs) at one time i may take 5 and 3 hours later take the other 5 mg, i do this to avoid the side effects of the other meds, so i don't get as sleepy ,lethargic, i have another med i take usually 4 times a day, but sometimes 6 times and difference lucky 3 times.. so i need a 3 to 6 string. Another med i take usually 3 times sometimes 4, and may also break them in half it avoid the sleepiness,, that would be a 3 to 5 beads. i also have another that i may take 1 a day or 8 a day, that is the one that ruins my memory, so lately only taken before sleep, since 30 minutes after taken it , i will forget, and have done things like put the bottle in different places or turned it upside down, but doesn't help wherein i am out. Needless to say mu cognitive mind is very bad. i have plenty of leather and different beads so i have the supplies. i cant figure out how to do it, and since i have million things to do, 2 years behind schedule with a lot of medical procedures that take hours to do. plus need to figure out how to modify equipment so it works better for me. I cant focus on how to make this simple Aztec/Inca counter . I know it is simple, which kills me to ask, but i hate waking up dead. Which has almost happened too many times., i have to get ready for doctors so excuse any grammar errors please. thanks in advance , i lose my pens and papers all the time so that method became unreliable. i figure beads that i can snap on my belt loop would be the best fix.. A bead counter for one strand and i should be able to figure out the rest. i hope  

Posted by escapefromyonkers 7 years ago


Help With Title for Article

For the final exam in my Journalism class, students are required to write an article detailing an event or period of time in their family history. I chose to write about the two-year tour of duty that my Grandfather served in the Vietnam War. He was never sent overseas, but instead served as a medical officer at an army general hospital. At this point, I have written my entire article, but still need a title. I had considered "Life at War", but didn't know if that would be considered plagiarism because of the Denise Levertov poem by the same name. Do you have any suggestions/hints/ideas/etc. that could help me? Thanks in advance.

Posted by Gjdj3 8 years ago


water inline low pressure gauge at output

I don't know if they sell them , water Inline  pressure Gauge  made for 5 lbs and under, or is there an easy way t to make one, doesn't have to be inliine, it just needs to  measure the psi at 5 gallons and at 1 gallon.. Even A balloon that burst at 3psi would be good/. it is for a medical device. i spent the last year going crazy cause it was defective brand new.  it was putting out the correct  pressure at the start, 5 gallons, at the half way point it was putting out about half the pressure, didn't know it, almost had  surgery because of the poor results thanks for any ideas

Posted by escapefromyonkers 7 years ago


A Letter to my Instructables Family

Dear instructables family, I come to you today to ask for your loving support because the Positive "sunshine" you know here, is hurting for my sister, her son and my family. It takes a huge blow to knock me down to the point that I am discouraged but the past few months my family has endured tragedies that have been difficult to bare and to openly share. My nephew has needed a kidney and pancreas transplant for five years and has recently been accepted into the donor transplant program and one of the requirements is to set up a funding program to cover medical expenses that are not covered by his insurance. Although we do not have a huge family and friend support group, we have managed to raise 65% of the modest $5000.00 that is needed for his transplant. We are nearing the end of our fundraiser and although it is very difficult for me to ask for help. I am humbled at this point and ask for your loving support. We have always been a hard working self sufficient family and have never had to ask for help from people outside our immediate family until now . . . Your support would bring a great relief to my sister who is 75 years old and about to collapse under the pressure of all the responsibilities of taking care of her youngest child who is 50. We are grateful for your consideration and support ~ I love my dear instructables family and all of the love you have shown me over the years. sunshiine~ https://pages.giveforward.com/medical/page-z85hhz/?utm_swu=2297#activity-feed-wrapper

Posted by sunshiine 2 years ago


Functional intra nasal prosthesis

A patient had a malignant cancerous tumor removed from the nasal anatomy and is now left with no nose and no internal nasal structures that normally would filter, warm and humidify the inspirated air. Can anyone design a mini air conditioner that is light weight, safe to use, easy to clean, and affordable? If you do, then you can patent your device, and will probably be the first to ever create such a device. While there is no monetary reward, you would probably become known in the international medical community, and your device could be developed and marketed through the usual channels. As for me, I have nothing to gain. Its just that I am trying to help some colleagues who are now faced with this challenge. Anyone?

Posted by Darilatkins 4 years ago


Team Fortress 2 Is Now Free

As of the Uber Update for Team Fortress 2 the game is now free. Anyone can download it as long as they have steam (which is also free.) Whether this is heralding a new game release or valve is simply trying to give us a freebie I have no idea but it is still something worth checking out. Note: as it is now free their servers are jam-packed with people both playing and trying to download, I had a friend who had to wait almost 4 hours for his download to start and another 5 for it to finish. However do not let this deter you as the wait is worth it. P.S. Meet the Medic has (finally) been released and I would embed it on this topic but I have no idea how.

Posted by An Villain 7 years ago


K'nex war log entry 2.

Here it is. 10/4/09 (continued) The SR-v2 men were ready to attack, but the KI army was still laying ammo like rain. I shot my sniper ( O.S.S.R ) at the army. I took out one guy. The leader of the group of IN ( KILLERK )shouted a FIRE and all 34 SR-v2 men pulled the trigger. It was amazing. The WHOLE frontline was severely damaged and the medics took them out. Our guys didn't have a big loss of people, just a couple of newcomers. Then a weird thing happened. The youtube guns came out. You can imagine how well they fared. The outside world laughed at our conflict. They don't even know how hard it was. Some guys took one in the eye and got blinded. To be continued...

Posted by NYPA 9 years ago


Powered Stethoscope - NOT the KipKay one...

Hello from Arizona! I'm switching my career from Computers to Medical and will be taking an EMT course. One of the things you MUST be able to do is take blood pressure.  To do so, however, you need to be able to hear the pulse through a stethoscope.  Unfortunately, I have a slight hearing deficit. I've seen the KipKay video and would like something like this, but it needs to fit (sorta) into a regular stethoscope format.  I can't have external boxes & wires hanging off of it. Would someone be so kind as to help me lay something out with suggestions on parts, etc.? Commercial versions of this start at $250, so if I can get away w/it for <$50> or so it'd be great! Thanks for any help. Scott, Lake Havasu City, AZ

Posted by sellenwood 7 years ago


Things to do with C Batteries?

For a while my wife had to use this special medical machine that ran on c batteries.  every week the hospital would send us a box batteries even tho they were lasting about a month.  We kept telling them that we didn't need more but they said that they were required to send them anyway.  Now that she's off the machine I have all these batteries and nothing that uses them.  Everything that i've found on Amazon is very expensive.    I'm into woodworking and no absolutely nothing about electrical stuff or I'd design something myself.    anybody have any cool projects using c batteries? as one project idea, I have several of these lantern flashlights that run on d's.  it would be cool to convert those to run on c's.

Posted by dimtick 7 years ago


Free to Good Home

Just an Idea but if someone can market it feel free to, just send me one LOL. There are many medical alert necklaces / bracelets etc out there for people act risk of falling which is a good thing,but the catch to all of them is the monthly cost of subscribing to some monitoring service and $20 a month doesn't sound much but to someone on a fixed income it can be a big deal. It seems reasonable that someone out there could come up with a simple system using off the shelf stuff for a transmitter and receiver set up and hit the button and the receiver dials the first of say three numbers with a recorded message. It would dial out until it received a human, have it wait for the tone of someone pushing one or something and then play a recorded message "Help I've fallen and can't get up" or something and send help to 1313 Mockingbird Lane. You could put a relative or a neighbor first and a second perhaps then 911 or if the person is likely to need fast medical help have it dial straight to 911 but make it simple to program. Make the necklace / pendant play a sound when it's been activated and maybe make a 20 second pause before it dials out so people could cancel accidental triggers by picking up the phone or something, which cancels the tone from the pendant but leave the tone on once the first number has been dialed incase the victim loses consciousness so first alerters can find them quicker. Put a silence button on the receiving unit but disengage the phone silencing option in case the first person there picks up the phone... This seems a simple concept that people could sell for like $40 and I'd bet all my donuts there is a big market for something like this in that range, plus it would help a lot of people by taking away some of the fear of living alone as we age... And we all age. Any thoughts? Could it fly?

Posted by Senseless 10 years ago


Water purifiation for flood victims

Hi, I am a flood relief volunteer based in India. During flood, many children get seriously sick due to consumption of contaminated water. The flood water is contaminated with suspended particles,rotting organic matter& pathogens( specially E-coli) . These people do not have access to electricity,sanitation & medical relief. I am working on small, cheap & effective water filters that can be made/assembled at the site. If someone can suggest methods to make effective turbid water filters using commonly available materials, or send me the links which can help make these filters, it will be a big big help. Thanks, Chandan Singh,GreenPower India.Images of last yr floods 1Images of last yr floods 2 Images of last yr floods 2

Posted by chandn 10 years ago


Boom-box ambulance

An emergency siren that alerts drivers by making their vehicles vibrate is being tested by doctors in Hampshire, England.The Howler is being used by BASICS Hampshire, a charity made up of 20 volunteer medics who attend about 750 road traffic accidents every year. The Howler sends out low bass sound that makes the car in front "shake".Dr Rob Dawes, a volunteer doctor whose full-time job is as an hospital anaesthetist and military doctor, said people get out of the way quicker when the device is used.He said: "The main problem is on the motorways where people can't hear the sirens or see you, because often they either don't look in the mirrors or they've got the radio on quite loud."What this new siren aims to do is, because they can't see you and they can't hear you, we hope that they'll be able to feel you." BBC Story.

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago


3 inches of pain

Does anyone remember Gattaca? Well that movie explored the possibility of limb extensions in a fantastic manner. Apparently there's a vanity medical procedure to do this called Limb Lengthening. I'm not sure if anyone in the US does it, but for 100,000+ dollars you can add a few painful inches to your legs in Cairo.This procedure seems reasonable for midgets, or other deformities but for people 5'6" you'd think that this surgery is pure vanity. But that may not be true, a survey of CEO's of fortune 500 companies shows that they are on average ~6' tall. Another research study that followed thousands of people from birth to adulthood shows that an inch of height above the average of 5' 9" is approximately equal to a salary increase of $789 a year.What do you think? Is this vain, or a good way to get around prejudice against average/short people._BGvia:boingboing.net and http://men.style.com/details/features/landing?id=content_6838

Posted by lamedust 10 years ago


Is Alumisol Soft Plastic food safe?

I'm looking to cast a fake monster tongue out of Alumisol Soft Plastic (Plastisol) for a costume. Obviously it will end up going in my mouth. I can't find any information anywhere about the food-safety of the solid compound. What I gather from the msds sheet is that it's non-toxic, but it's a little ambiguous. The retailer I asked couldn't find any information either. From what I can tell it's usually used to create soft rubber fishing lures, so I'd assume it's environmentally friendly with respect to not releasing toxins into the water, and its listed uses include special effects as well as medical reproductions (Of tissue). Has anyone used this type of plastisol in contact with food or the surface of your mouth before? All help is appreciated.

Posted by SixFootBlue 3 years ago


The Inspiration Topic

Hello. I have no idea how you do it. In a good way, I am jealous. Some of you can become inspired by relativly nothing and make something amazing. I on the other hand, have apparently a medical lack of inspiration. Maybe I'm just lazy. I know its not imagination, because once i get somethign it flys around doing everything in my head. Enough about me. I know you love me, but maybe later, okay? What I really created this topic for is for thse of you like me, and the rest of you. Post particularly amazing and inspiring things. What i mean is, artistic-wise. Post things that would inspire someone to draw/paint/aret-create, something amazing. Who-kn ows, besides +10 Karma for you, maybe the creator will love you long time?

Posted by Whales 8 years ago


Please help my dog rescue - Labradors and Friends, win $10,000

Hello, The dog Rescue I volunteer with is involved in a contest sponsored by the Petco Foundation.  Basically, you "Like" the Petco Foundation's Facebook page, then Vote for our rescue.  The top 10 rescues of the 100 in the contest will receive a $10,000 grant from the Petco FOundation www.lfdrg.org/petco100 <--- Just click this link I know this is a bit off topic for Instructables, but it would be a great help. Labradors and Friends is an all volunteer based, 501(c)3 non-profit group dedicated to rescuing Labrador Retriever and Lab mix dogs in Southern California.  Many of our dogs require surgeries or other medical care the far exceeds our adoption fee.  We rely heavily on donations and grants to cover our operating expense and care for these dogs. Robert Maudsley Labradors and Friends Dog Rescue Web: www.labradorsandfriends.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/labradorsandfriends Blog: www.lfdrg.net

Posted by rsmaudsley 6 years ago


Merry ... uh....

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practi[c|s]ed within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, col[o|ou]r, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

Posted by westfw 10 years ago