The birth of an idea
BME team's obstetrics device heads to finals in national
When the birth of a baby does not proceed smoothly,
how much force should a doctor or midwife apply? If a
complicated delivery takes too long, the child could
suffocate; pulling too hard could injure the child.
To address this dilemma, Johns Hopkins biomedical
engineering students have invented an unobtrusive device
— a wireless transmitter sending data from the
doctor's or midwife's arm to a computerthat measures the
amount of force being used while delivering a baby.
Day-care facility set for fall '04
Another day-care option will soon be available to
Johns Hopkins families. The YMCA of Central Maryland last week
announced plans to open a 7,000-square-foot child care center in
the new Harry and Jeanette Weinberg YMCA at Stadium Place, the
former site of Memorial Stadium.
A new way to pinpoint early heart
Mildly elevated blood pressure affecting millions of
Americans could lead to heart pumping disorders if left
untreated. A new Johns Hopkins study indicates that the
amount of oxygen that can be circulated throughout the body
during each heart beat while exercising could reveal to
doctors early signs of heart trouble in this population.