Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon.
Of course these spoons (don’t call them spoogles) are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson’s Disease to eat without spilling.
The technology senses how a hand is shaking and makes instant adjustments to stay balanced. In clinical trials, the Liftware spoons reduced shaking of the spoon bowl by an average of 76 per cent.
“We want to help people in their daily lives today and hopefully increase understanding of disease in the long run,” said Google spokesperson Katelin Jabbari.
Other adaptive devices have been developed to help people with tremors — rocker knives, weighted utensils, pen grips. But until now, experts say, technology has not been used in this way.
“It’s totally novel,” said UC San Francisco Medical Center neurologist Dr. Jill Ostrem, who specializes in movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease and essential tremors.
She helped advise the inventors, and says the device has been a remarkable asset for some of her patients.
“I have some patients who couldn’t eat independently, they had to be fed, and now they can eat on their own,” she said. “It
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR HALLOWEEN GIVEAWAY WINNERS SAMANTHA AND ADRIAN!
Have you noticed staining on your children’s teeth? Some children who swim in a chlorinated pool up to 14 hours a week may have a hard brown to black in colour stain on their teeth. This staining is often observed along the gum line of the upper and lower front teeth. The good news is that this staining can be removed by your friendly hygienist/dentist and using a special remineralizing toothpaste may prevent it from developing
Today we say farewell to our amazing hygienist Stacey as she embarks on her journey into motherhood! We wish you all the best! We can’t wait to find out if it’s going to be a boy or a girl! We have our guesses!
The One Who Invented Trick or Treat by Shel Silverstein
“Yes, I invented “Trick or treat”
So you could fill your mouth with sweets-
Candy bars and lemon drops,
Marshmallow and Tootsie Pops,
Butterscotch and bubble gum.
Hold out your hand – they’ll give you some
Chocolate kisses, Jujubes,
Sourballs and jelly beans.
Have a cake – some cookies too.
Take a couple – grab a few
Peppermint Sticks and Mary Janes,
Licorice whips, and candy
INNOVATION DRIVE DENTAL’S SPOOKY HALLOWEEN GIVEAWAY
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We are happy to announce to you, that we are now offering the services of Dr. Jaclyn Altman , Periodontal Specialist to all of our existing patients. Our goal has always been and continues to be your comfort and convenience.
Therefore, Dr. Altman has agreed to be our onsite Specialist and she will be available to all of our patients for consultations and the treatment of:
- Periodontal disease
- Surgical placement of Implants
- Periodontal Surgery
We have reserved one Thursday a month for Dr. Altman from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm for your convenience.
If you are in need of any of the above mentioned treatment or are currently seeing someone for any of these conditions, Dr. Altman can see you in the comfort of our office where all of your records are easily accessible.
Should you need more information, please, don’t hesitate to call our office, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
While some may consider dental implants “modern day dentistry”, you may be surprised to learn that it dates back to ancient Egyptian times.
In 1952, orthopaedic surgeon Per-Ingvar Brånemark, the father of modern day implantology, was researching bone healing and regeneration at Lund University. During this time, he adopted the rabbit ear chamber (a study that was conducted at the University of Cambridge in which a chamber of titanium was embedded into the soft tissue of the ears of rabbits to study blood flow in vivo) to use in a rabbit’s femur. When he had completed the study, he attempted to remove the titanium chambers from the femur, and noticed that the bone had grown back so close to the titanium that the bone and the chambers were almost fused together.
Although Brånemark had originally planned on using this discovery for hip and knee surgery, he decided that because of the high rate of edentulism (missing teeth) in the general population, he would use this discovery towards the replacement of missing teeth. Today, many dental offices still use Brånemark’s dental implant system.
But hold on a
Your tongue can help diagnose general health issues just by looking at it. It’s shape, colour, texture, bumps, and indents can tell you more about your health than you would expect, let’s just say… your tongue is kind of a road map to what is going on in your body.
A healthy tongue: pink in colour with a light white coat on it, medium thickness with no cracks, ulcers or teeth marks.
A bright red tongue: A red tongue normally indicates a lack of nutrients in the body, normally Vitamin B and Iron. In children, a strawberry/raspberry coloured tongue can be the early signs of Scarlett fever or Kawasaki disease.
A pale tongue: You are probabley lacking Haemoglobin, the iron-containing protein found in red blood cells. A pale tongue can also suggest bacteria, dead cells, and debris are wedged into your papillae. In some cases, a white tongue may be a sign of anemia or oral thrush (yeast infection).
Purple or bluish tongue: This can mean that fluid and blood are not circulating properly. A purple tongue is common in people who suffer from high cholesterol, heart problems, and chronic bronchitis.
Black and hairy tongues: This is caused by an overgrowth of papillae trapping bacteria and other debris. While this is normally harmless and short lived, it is normally found in