Monday, February 21, 2011

Remote Stethoscope

Students scope out solutions to big challenges on spring break

Part One: Preflight

Less than four months ago, eight students and graduate students from Biomedical, Mechanical, and Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan committed to spending their spring break on a mission to address a big global challenge.

They are heading to Guatemala…not in search a good time for themselves but to do some good for others.

Each year approximately 1,600 infants born in Guatemala are afflicted with a malformed heart, which can cause permanent brain, lung, and heart damage or death if not treated surgically within weeks of birth. Proper diagnosis in remote areas is a serious problem. And this team intends to do something about that.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Crash testing social entrepreneurship

Simpler children's car seat being developed by University of Michigan engineering students

By Matt Nixon

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 3 to 14 years old, according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

If that doesn’t get your attention, then consider this on a global level: While 90 percent of high-income countries have laws requiring young children to be properly restrained in vehicles, only 20 percent of low-income countries do, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).