7 medtech stories we missed this week: March 2, 2018

[Image from unsplash.com]From InspireMD’s new distribution deals to Kelynium’s distribution deal with a mystery partner, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. InspireMD inks distribution deals in Greece, Caribbean InspireMD announced in a March 1 press release that it has signed exclusive distribution agreements with T-Vascular IKE Medical Supplies in Greece and Endo-Serv, SRL in the Caribbean. Both suppliers create high-tech medical devices for minimally-invasive procedures. Endo-Serv markets to the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Aruba, Curacao and Trinidad and Tobago. 2. iCad wins CE Mark for new digital breast tomosynthesis software iCad has received CE Mark approval for its new digital breast tomosynthesis software PowerLook Tomo Detection 2.0, according to a March 1 press release. The software is the company’s second deep-learning-based computer-aided detection software that helps radiologists manage and interpret digital breast tomosynthesis data. PowerLook Tomo Detection 2.0 is able to be used with Hologic, GE and Siemens systems. The algorithms int he system are designed to detect malignancies and determine the probability of cases having malignant findings. 3. FDA clears Meridian PM oral appliance for sleep apnea and snoring Meridian PM announced in a Feb. 27 press release that its oral appliance for treating obstructive sleep apnea and snoring has been cleared by the FDA. The Mer...
Source: Mass Device - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: 510(k) Dental Diagnostics Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Hospital Care Imaging Patient Monitoring Regulatory/Compliance Ultrasound Biolase dexalytic Getinge Hologic Inc. iCad Inc. InspireMD Kelyniam Global Inc. MedTech Source Type: news

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(Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2018;219(2):147–161) Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) consists of a spectrum of respiratory and ventilation abnormalities ranging from snoring to obstructive sleep apnea and is an increasingly common condition in the nonobstetric population. It can be associated with morbidity. The incidence of SDB in pregnant women is unknown and many cases likely go undiagnosed. This systematic review and metaanalysis aimed to determine whether pregnant women diagnosed with SDB were more likely to have adverse intrapartum and perinatal outcomes compared with control subjects.
Source: Obstetric Anesthesia Digest - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Editorials and Reviews Source Type: research
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition in which the soft tissues of the throat relax and narrow the airways during sleep, may raise the risk of developing heart problems after surgery, according toresearch published this week inJAMA. In OSA, breathing stops and starts multiple times during sleep, resulting in snoring, gasping for air, poor sleep quality, morning headaches, daytime fatigue, irritability, and difficulty concentrating.The study, led by Matthew T. V. Chan, Ph.D., M.B.B.S., of the Chinese University of Hong Kong included 1,218 patients aged 45 years or older who had abdominal, vascular, or major orthopedic ...
Source: Psychiatr News - Category: Psychiatry Tags: anesthesia cardiovascular disease heart problems JAMA Matthew Chan obstructive sleep apnea OSA sleep problems surgery Source Type: research
We examined the validity of the STOP-Bang questionnaire and a modified STOP-Bang questionnaire to screen for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in women with obesity during the second trimester of pregnancy.Methods:Ninety-nine pregnant women age 18 years or older with body mass index≥ 40 kg/m2 completed the STOP-Bang questionnaire during their second trimester. The number of oxygen desaturation events (≥ 4% from baseline) was measured using overnight pulse oximetry, with OSA defined as≥ 5 events/h. A Modified STOP-Bang score was derived by replacing the“Tired” item with Epworth Sleepiness Scale score≥ 10...
Source: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine : JCSM - Category: Sleep Medicine Source Type: research
Conclusions:This study increases the awareness that insomnia, sleep apnea, and poor sleep quality are common in individuals with chronic SCI; often coexisting. There is a need for increased screening for sleep problems by healthcare providers taking care of individuals living with SCI.Citation:Shafazand S, Anderson KD, Nash MS. Sleep complaints and sleep quality in spinal cord injury: a web-based survey.J Clin Sleep Med. 2019;15(5):719–724.
Source: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine : JCSM - Category: Sleep Medicine Source Type: research
Conclusions: Obstructive sleep apnea and TED have each been independently associated with elevated serologic and tissue inflammatory mediators. The systemic inflammation associated with OSA has been implicated in the pathogenesis of disease states aggravated by untreated OSA. Effective treatment of OSA decreases the levels of circulating inflammatory mediators. Currently, smoking is the only known modifiable risk factor in TED. There is evidence to implicate the pathologic elevation of inflammatory cytokines in the mechanism of smoking on TED. This preliminary investigation reveals a significantly greater prevalence of O...
Source: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Category: Opthalmology Tags: Original Investigations Source Type: research
The underreporting may contribute to the underdiagnosis in women of obstructive sleep apnea, which can lead to high blood pressure, stroke and other health issues.
Source: WebMD Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
CONCLUSION: A FE appears almost exclusively in supine position. In patients with a FE, positional therapy can be a promising alternative as a standalone treatment, but also as part of combination therapy with for example mandibular advancement devices or less invasive forms of upper airway surgery. PMID: 31020483 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Sleep and Breathing - Category: Sleep Medicine Authors: Tags: Sleep Breath Source Type: research
ConclusionA FE appears almost exclusively in supine position. In patients with a FE, positional therapy can be a promising alternative as a standalone treatment, but also as part of combination therapy with for example mandibular advancement devices or less invasive forms of upper airway surgery.
Source: Sleep and Breathing - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
(CNN) — Hey, sleepyheads. What you believe about sleep may be nothing but a pipe dream. Many of us have notions about sleep that have little basis in fact and may even be harmful to our health, according to researchers at NYU Langone Health’s School of Medicine, who conducted a study published Tuesday in the journal Sleep Health. “There’s such a link between good sleep and our waking success,” said lead study investigator Rebecca Robbins, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Health. “And yet we often find ourselves debunking myths, whether ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health Healthwatch News CNN Sleep Source Type: news
Conclusions: Embolism associated with asymptomatic carotid stenosis shows circadian variation with highest rates 4–6 h before midday. This corresponds with peak circadian incidence of stroke and other vascular complications. These and ASED Study results show that monitoring frequency, duration, and time of day are important in ES detection. Introduction Transcranial Doppler (TCD) detected microembolism in the ipsilateral middle cerebral artery (MCA) may help stratify the risk of stroke and other arterial disease complications in persons with advanced (≥60%) asymptomatic carotid stenosis. If so, this techniqu...
Source: Frontiers in Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
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