+5 | The top 5 medtech stories for November 8, 2016

Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Stanford uses CRISPR to correct sickle cell, human trials planned Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine have reportedly used CRISPR, a gene-editing tool, to repair the gene that causes sickle cell disease. The team is planning the 1st human clinical trial using this technique to correct cells with sickle cell disease, according to Reuters. “What we’ve finally shown is that we can do it. It’s not just on the chalkboard,” senior author Dr. Matthew Porteus told the news outlet. “We think we have a complete data set to present to the FDA to say we’ve done all pre-clinical experiments to show this is ready for a clinical trial.” Read more 4. Inspire Medical Systems raises $13m for sleep apnea device Inspire Medical Systems has raised $12.5 million in a new round of equity financing, according to an SEC filing posted today. Inspire Medical developed and produces a sleep apnea implant, a pacemaker-like system designed to stimulate nerves to keep airways open during sleep. Read more 3. Positive 1-month safety r...
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A popular New Jersey high school principal died Sunday after donating bone marrow to a young boy in France, his family confirmed to news outlets. Derrick Nelson, who was the principal at New Jersey’s Westfield High School, never recovered after falling into a monthlong coma following a bone marrow donation procedure at a Bergen County hospital, his father told Nelson died Sunday at age 44, though the exact cause of his death was unclear, his father said; he told ABC News that his son may have had a heart attack. Nelson was donating bone marrow to supply stem cells to a 14-year-old boy in France with an undisc...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Education New Jersey onetime Source Type: news
In this study, we used HUT as the means to provide an all-encompassing assessment of cardiac and/or peripheral autonomic function in normal controls, SCD subjects and non-SCD subjects with chronic anemia. We hypothesized that by identifying different categories of HUT response among these subjects, we would be able to isolate the autonomic phenotypes that might place SCD subjects at increased risk for microvascular occlusion and VOC. We then employed the causal modeling approach, which utilizes signal analysis and system identification techniques, to probe and disentangle the functional mechanisms involved in the cardiovas...
Source: Frontiers in Physiology - Category: Physiology Source Type: research
Condition:   Sickle Cell Disease Interventions:   Diagnostic Test: polysomnography and oxygen saturation exam;   Biological: calculation of VOC rate within the two previous years;   Biological: Blood samples;   Other: Physiological measurements;   Other: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Sponsor:   Hospices Civils de Lyon Recruiting
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Background:The prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSA) in children with sickle cell disease (SCD) is higher than in the general pediatric population. Adenotonsillectomy involves significantly increased risks in patients with SCD because of the need for general anesthesia,which could induce a vaso-occlusive event. Various preoperative regimens have been suggested to reduce peri-operative risks for SCD patients.Objective: We retrospectively reviewed the perioperative management for pediatric SCD patients undergoing adenotonsillectomy. We sought to identify the optimal preoperative hemoglobin (Hb) level for patie...
Source: Blood - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: 114. Hemoglobinopathies, Excluding Thalassemia-Clinical Source Type: research
The objective of this abstract is to evaluate preliminary clinical outcomes of the integrated SCD-pulmonary clinic during the intervention phase (July 2017-June 2018) compared to 24 months prior to implementation (July 2015-June 2017). We hypothesized an integrated clinic model would improve access to specialized pulmonary care for children with SCD and reduce hospitalizations for vaso-occlusive episodes (VOEs). The primary endpoints are adherence to pulmonary clinic appointments and unplanned acute healthcare utilization for SCD-related complications and/or asthma exacerbations. Secondary endpoints are the number of unpla...
Source: Blood - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: 901. Health Services Research-Non-Malignant Conditions: Poster III Source Type: research
Conclusions: Comorbidity of obesity, obstructive sleep apnea, or heart disease could be potentially associated with mechanical ventilation use during an episode of acute chest syndrome. Prospective observational studies would be required to confirm these findings and infer potential interventions for preventing illness severity.
Source: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine - Category: Pediatrics Tags: Feature Article Source Type: research
Abstract PURPOSE: Patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) regularly experience abnormal sleep, characterized by frequent arousals and reduced total sleep time. However, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is a common comorbidity of SCD, making it unclear whether the disease per se is impacting sleep, or sleep disruption is secondary to the presence of OSAS. Thus, we assessed sleep, independent of OSAS, using a mouse model of SCD. METHODS: Sleep was compared between 10-to-12-week-old Townes knockout-transgenic mice with the sickle cell phenotype SS (n = 6) and Townes mice with sickle cell tra...
Source: Sleep and Breathing - Category: Sleep Medicine Authors: Tags: Sleep Breath Source Type: research
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is prevalent and may be more severe in children with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) compared to the general pediatric population.
Source: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology - Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe methods described in this manuscript propose a medium to high throughput framework for membrane proteome profiling by LC –MS of potential applicability to larger clinical cohorts in a variety of disease contexts.
Source: Clinical Proteomics - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research
ConclusionsOSA in children with SCD is associated with higher rates of a broad range of SCD complications, including pneumonia and acute chest syndrome. Routine screenings, diagnosis, and increased therapeutic intervention for children with comorbid OSA could decrease SCD morbidity.
Source: Sleep and Breathing - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
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