Rapid Compression Device to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis
Researchers at Penn Medicine have developed a wearable sleeve that provides rapid pulsatile compression, and aims to mimic the compression our calf muscles experience during walking. The technology, being commercialized by Osciflex, a spin out from Penn Medicine, is intended to prevent deep vein thrombosis in patients who are bed-bound for long periods of time. Deep vein thrombosis tends to affect those that are not very mobile, so getting out of bed to stretch one’s legs is a challenge, making the condition tricky to prevent. At present, mechanical cuffs that periodically inflate around the leg are used, with mix...
Source: Medgadget - April 13, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Cardiology Geriatrics Medicine Surgery Vascular Surgery Source Type: blogs

Tunable Vibrations Could be Key to Reducing Lower Back Pain
Researchers at the Nagoya Institute of Technology in Japan have developed a device that can diagnose and help to correct postural instability leading to back pain. The technique involves using vibration to stimulate sensory receptors that help the brain to perceive the position of the body in space, which is known as proprioception. The approach is based on the hypothesis that poor proprioception leads to postural instability and subsequent lower back pain.    Lower back pain is a very common affliction, particularly among older people, and can often seem unavoidable. The pain can be caused by postural instabi...
Source: Medgadget - April 13, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Neurology Orthopedic Surgery Pain Management Rehab Sports Medicine Source Type: blogs

mRNA Delivery System Protects Neurons After Stroke
Researchers at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University have developed a way to deliver therapeutic mRNA to the brain, in this case to produce brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which can protect neurons from ischemia. The researchers hope that the treatment could help patients who have suffered a stroke to achieve better outcomes by reducing cell death. mRNA is enjoying a moment in the spotlight, with two of the most effective COVID-19 vaccines using it to produce an immune response against the virus. However, mRNA has significant therapeutic potential beyond vaccination, and this latest research investigates its ...
Source: Medgadget - April 12, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Emergency Medicine Genetics Neurology Rehab Source Type: blogs

Tendon-Inspired Sutures Protect Fragile Tissues
Researchers at McGill University in Canada have developed bioinspired sutures that mimic the structure of human tendons. The gel-covered sutures are slippery and tough, reducing the damage caused by conventional sutures when used on soft tissues. Interestingly, the gel surface of the sutures may allow for advanced applications such as drug delivery, infection prevention, or even near-infrared imaging to aid suture placement and removal during minimally invasive surgery. Suturing to close wounds and aid healing is an old technique, with centuries of history, but in all that time sutures haven’t advanced all that mu...
Source: Medgadget - April 12, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Cardiac Surgery GI Materials Ob/Gyn Plastic Surgery Radiology Thoracic Surgery Vascular Surgery Source Type: blogs

3D Printed Microfluidic Bioreactor for Brain Organoid Culture
Researchers at MIT and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras have developed a 3D-printed microfluidic bioreactor that can be used to culture and study brain organoids. The tiny self-organizing nodules of brain tissue are very useful in studying neurological disease and the effects of drugs. However, the bioreactors used to grow brain organoids can be bulky and costly, and do not always allow for easy viewing of the organoids as they grow. This latest technology aims to provide a low-cost organoid bioreactor using the benefits of 3D printing and microfluidics. Organoids offer a chance to create ‘mini organs,&rs...
Source: Medgadget - April 8, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Materials Medicine Neurology Neurosurgery Oncology Source Type: blogs

Gold Sensor Lives Under Skin for Months Measuring Drugs and Biomarkers
Researchers at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany have developed an implantable biosensor that can measure concentrations of various biomarkers and drugs in the body. Unlike many implantable devices, the sensor can reside in place under the skin for many months without being rejected by the body or losing its functionality. The system uses receptor-studded gold nanoparticles that change color when an analyte of interest binds to them. The researchers can detect this color change non-invasively from outside the body. The technique could lead to long-term biosensing technologies. Implantable biosensors tha...
Source: Medgadget - April 6, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Diagnostics Materials Medicine Nanomedicine Source Type: blogs

Sticker on Skin Diagnoses Cystic Fibrosis in Real-time
Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a sticker that can measure chloride levels in sweat in real-time through a simple color change. The sticker is applied to the skin and wicks sweat inside itself through a set of microfluidic channels, where an onboard bioassay measures chloride levels, a marker of cystic fibrosis. The technology may end up simplifying cystic fibrosis diagnosis in newborns. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease caused by a malfunctioning chloride channel in epithelial cells. It typically results in very thick mucus in the airways, leading to serious breathing issues and infections, and...
Source: Medgadget - April 6, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Diagnostics Medicine Source Type: blogs

NIRVANA Test Rapidly Identifies and Sequences COVID-19 Viral Variants
Researchers at the Salk Institute in California, working with outside collaborators, have developed a COVID-19 test that can rapidly identify and sequence the causative virus, helping to track new variants. The test, called “nanopore sequencing of isothermal rapid viral amplification for near real-time analysis,” (NIRVANA), can also simultaneously test for other viruses, such as influenza, that may cause similar symptoms. As SARS-CoV-2 continues to mutate, health authorities are increasingly concerned about new variants being more dangerous, more transmissible, and more difficult to treat or vaccinate agains...
Source: Medgadget - April 5, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Medicine Public Health Source Type: blogs

Quick and Easy CRISPR-Based COVID Test
Researchers at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed an easy to perform CRISPR-based COVID-19 test that takes only 30 minutes for the results to come in. The test, which involves dipping a paper strip into a mixture containing a nasal sample, is unaffected by new variants of the virus, and could be useful for rapid testing performed by non-specialists. “Viruses are very smart. They can mutate, edit, or shuffle their genetic material, meaning diagnostic tests may fail to catch them. Hence, we spent considerable effort developing a robust and sensitive test that can catch the vir...
Source: Medgadget - March 31, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Genetics Medicine Public Health Source Type: blogs

Quick and Easy CRISPR COVID Test Spots Mutations
Researchers at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed an easy to perform CRISPR-based COVID-19 test that takes only 30 minutes for the results to come in. The test, which involves dipping a paper strip into a mixture containing a nasal sample, can identify various new variants of the virus, and could be useful for rapid testing performed by non-specialists. “Viruses are very smart. They can mutate, edit, or shuffle their genetic material, meaning diagnostic tests may fail to catch them. Hence, we spent considerable effort developing a robust and sensitive test that can catch the...
Source: Medgadget - March 31, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Genetics Medicine Public Health Source Type: blogs

Hope, Resilience & Healing in the COVID-19 Era: A Virtual Conference Report
Well-being and health cannot solely rely upon symptomatic treatment. In fact, “good health” cannot be truly achieved unless the root causes of dis-eases are addressed. Even more ideal is the approach of preventative and integrative medicine, in which lifestyle and behavior changes are made holistically, in conjunction with any necessary treatments, such that balance and health can be achieved in parallel.  From March 24 to 27th, some of the world’s foremost integrative health and medicine practitioners gathered for a virtual conference entitled “Hope, Resilience and Healing in the COVID-19 E...
Source: Medgadget - March 30, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Alice Ferng Tags: Exclusive Psychiatry Public Health Source Type: blogs

Hummingbird Device for Ear Tube Placement: Interview with Steve Anderson, CEO of Preceptis Medical
In the United States approximately 1 million children undergo ear tube placement every year. The tubes are typically needed when there’s excess fluid in the middle ear and to address chronic ear infections. The tubes help to prevent this fluid build-up but require placement under general anesthesia. General anesthesia can be distressing for children and parents, and Preceptis Medical, a medtech company based in Minnesota, has developed an in-office solution for ear tube placement that requires only a local anesthetic. The Hummingbird device allows an ENT surgeon to place an ear tube in a single pass, and provides ...
Source: Medgadget - March 30, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: ENT Exclusive Pediatrics Source Type: blogs

Mussel Protein Bioglue to Seal Fistulas Inside Body
Researchers at Pohang University of Science & Technology in Korea have developed a bioglue, containing a mussel adhesive protein and hyaluronic acid, that can seal fistulas within the body. It works even on fistulas present in particularly challenging areas, such as the wall of the bladder. The researchers delivered the glue using a thin syringe, and showed that it could plug fistulas in the bladder walls of pigs. Fistulas are abnormal openings between spaces in the body, such as between the bladder and surrounding organs and structures, including the intestine and vagina. Fistulas in the bladder can have a vari...
Source: Medgadget - March 25, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: GI Ob/Gyn Surgery Source Type: blogs

Micro-Aneurysm-On-A-Chip to Model Vascular Disease
An international research collaboration, including teams from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), Brown University, and MIT, has developed an AI platform that can assess blood flow characteristics through microvasculature. The system relies on a microfluidic chip that mimics vascular disease, in this case a micro-aneurysm in the eye. The AI platform uses 2D images of fluid flow through the chip to calculate how blood would flow in three dimensions. The resulting data could help clinicians to learn more about vascular diseases, improve their diagnosis, and track their progression. “Curre...
Source: Medgadget - March 25, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Cardiology Ophthalmology Vascular Surgery Source Type: blogs

Near-Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging Detects Liver Fat Content
Researchers at the Tokyo University of Science have applied a new imaging technique in a way that may allow clinicians to assess liver fat content without having to take biopsies. Called near-infrared hyperspectral imaging, the method can highlight fat distribution in liver tissue, potentially helping clinicians to diagnose and assess conditions such as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD involves excessive fat deposition in the liver and can lead to liver failure. As the name suggests, this isn’t caused by alcohol abuse, but risk factors such as type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol play a role. At...
Source: Medgadget - March 24, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Medicine Source Type: blogs

Ultrasound Technology to Decode Brain Activity for Brain Machine Interfaces
Researchers at Caltech have developed a non-invasive functional ultrasound system that can detect brain activity by listening to tiny changes in blood flow within the brain. The system could provide a viable alternative to invasive electrodes that are implanted into the brain for brain machine interfaces, such as those used in prosthetics. So far, the system can detect the brain activity corresponding to a specific body movement in non-human primates, before the movement occurs. Brain machine interfaces hold significant promise for those with paralysis in controlling a variety of assistive technologies, such as wheelcha...
Source: Medgadget - March 23, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Neurology Radiology Rehab Source Type: blogs

Lab-Generated Heart Valves Grow Inside Body
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a tissue-engineered heart valve replacement that can grow within a patient. The breakthrough could allow children with congenital heart defects to avoid repeated surgeries to replace heart valves that they have outgrown. To create the valves, the researchers cultured donor cells in a fibrin gel within a bioreactor, allowing them to deposit a collagen matrix. They then removed the donor cells from the valve constructs before implanting them into lambs, where endogenous cells populated the valves and enabled them to grow. At present, children with heart defects...
Source: Medgadget - March 22, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Cardiac Surgery Cardiology Materials Source Type: blogs

Electrodiagnosis of Ocular Diseases Using Sensor-Enabled Contacts
Electroretinography is a common technique for diagnosing and following up on eye conditions such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and retinitis pigmentosa. To perform an electroretinography exam, a device is placed against the eye that projects light onto it and measures the resulting electrical signals that are generated by the retina. Commercial electroretinography devices are rigid and require electrodes, often in the form of a hard contact lens, to touch the eye or the bulbar conjunctiva just underneath. This is irritating and unpleasant, and often requires general anesthesia or sedation to be administered, in additi...
Source: Medgadget - March 18, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Materials Ophthalmology Source Type: blogs

Polymer Technologies for Tissue Repair: Interview with Christophe Bancel, TISSIUM CEO
TISSIUM, a Paris-based medtech firm, has been named a French Tech 120 company for the 2021 program. TISSIUM, previously called Gecko Biomedical, is developing a suite of polymer technologies and associated delivery devices for tissue repair applications. French Tech 120 is a French government driven program designed to support a total of 120 late-stage startups based in France every year. The program provides financial and practical support for promising companies, and offers an opportunity for companies to network with other start-ups at a similar stage of development. TISSIUM aims to create polymer solutions for tissu...
Source: Medgadget - March 18, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Exclusive Materials Surgery FrenchTech120 TISSIUM Source Type: blogs

Medical Robotics and The Future of Surgery: Interview with Tracy Accardi, VP of R & D for Medtronic Surgical Robotics
Medtronic has been a key player in the minimally invasive surgery space for the last few decades, and has made great strides more recently in robotic surgery with last year’s acquisition of Digital Surgery. As a quick reference point: despite the many benefits of robotic-assisted surgery (RAS), only 3% of surgeries around the world are done with the help of robots. Medtronic is aiming to shatter the barriers currently thwarting the adoption of this important technology. We were able to connect with Tracy Accardi, VP of R&D at Medtronic to catch a sneak peek of what the industry can expect over the next six mon...
Source: Medgadget - March 16, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Alice Ferng Tags: Cardiac Surgery Exclusive Neurosurgery Orthopedic Surgery Plastic Surgery Thoracic Surgery Urology Vascular Surgery Source Type: blogs

Silver-Hydrogel Composite for Bioelectronic Applications
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a silver-hydrogel composite that can conduct electricity, which looks promising for use in a variety of bioelectronics applications. These include skin mounted electrodes for neuromuscular stimulation that may be helpful in treating muscular disorders or other motor issues. Soft materials are expanding the possibilities for biomedical devices that can safely and delicately interact with human tissues. Often, such materials are made using hydrogels, but most hydrogels cannot conduct electricity, meaning that they lack a property that would be very useful in biomedi...
Source: Medgadget - March 15, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Materials Neurology Rehab Source Type: blogs

Smart Speaker Monitors Heart Rhythms
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed an AI-powered sound system that can detect irregular heartbeats. The system sends inaudible sounds into its close environment and then analyzes the reflected waves to identify individual heartbeats from someone sitting close to it. The technology may be useful in detecting heart rhythm disorders, such as cardiac arrhythmias. “Heart rhythm disorders are actually more common than some other well-known heart conditions. Cardiac arrhythmias can cause major morbidities such as strokes, but can be highly unpredictable in occurrence, and thus difficult to diagnos...
Source: Medgadget - March 10, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Cardiology Geriatrics Source Type: blogs

Rapid 3D Printing of Materials with Livings Cells for Organ Replacement
Researchers at University at Buffalo in New York have developed a new technique that allows them to rapidly 3D print hydrogel materials containing viable cells. The researchers hope that their method will pave the way for 3D organ printing in the future. Current limitations include the slow pace of 3D printing, leading to poor viability of such printed constructs. The new technique, called fast hydrogel stereolithography printing (FLOAT), significantly reduces the environmental stresses placed on encapsulated cells that are typical with other techniques. The shortage of donor organs for transplant has spurred a huge ...
Source: Medgadget - March 9, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Materials Plastic Surgery Source Type: blogs

Improving Structural Heart Disease Care: Interview with Joel Portice, egnite CEO
egnite, a digital healthcare company based in California, offers the CardioCare, an AI-based solution that aims to help clinicians identify and treat patients with structural heart disease. CardioCare is already used in over 50 hospitals in the US. The company reports that structural heart disease can sometimes be undertreated or not identified in a timely manner. These gaps in care inspired CardioCare, which aims to help clinicians in their diagnosis and referral of such patients. For instance, the system can analyze echocardiograms to look for signs of structural heart disease, and provide targeted information on each...
Source: Medgadget - March 8, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Cardiology Exclusive Source Type: blogs

Gold Nanoparticles Inside Contact Lenses Correct Color Blindness
Researchers in the United Arab Emirates have developed contact lenses that can help to correct color blindness. Containing gold nanoparticles, the lenses help to increase red-green contrast in wearers while also functioning as corrective lenses. The particles give the lenses a rose tint, which will hopefully result in wearers having a more positive experience when viewing the world, rather than the misplaced optimism typically associated with such tinted eye wear. Red-green color blindness can pose a variety of challenges, such as having difficulty knowing when to stop at traffic junctions in response to a red light. Re...
Source: Medgadget - March 4, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Ophthalmology Source Type: blogs

Skin-Like Sensor for Fine Control of Prosthetic Arms
Researchers at the City University of Hong Kong have developed a soft sensor for sensitive measurement of shear forces applied to its surface. When attached to robotic grippers, the tactile sensing allows for fine control of grasped objects, enabling the robot to perform impressive feats, such as threading a needle and gripping an egg without breaking it. The researchers hope that the sensor may be useful for next-generation prostheses that can accomplish tasks that require very fine control. Human skin is adept at detecting shear force, which is the force that occurs when two objects slide over each other. When you fee...
Source: Medgadget - March 3, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Materials Rehab Source Type: blogs

Surgical Robot with Humanoid Arms for Transvaginal Hysterectomies
Memic, a company with headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, won FDA authorization to introduce the first of its kind robotic surgical system that utilizes humanoid-shaped arms to achieve impressive reach and procedural safety. The FDA’s De Novo marketing authorization, which is given out for technologies that don’t have a prior analogue, indicates the new Hominis robot-assisted surgical platform for transvaginal benign surgical procedures, including benign hysterectomies. The robotic component is quite small, unlike typical robotic surgery setups that can take up entire rooms...
Source: Medgadget - March 2, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Ob/Gyn Surgery Source Type: blogs

Robots Measure Vitals to Minimize Interactions with COVID Patients
Researchers at Simon Fraser University in Canada have developed three different robots that can sense and measure patients’ healthcare parameters, including electrocardiograms, oxygen levels, respiration rates, and temperature. One of the robots, comprising a robotic arm, contains electrodes in its fingertips, and can take measurements when it makes contact with a patient. Another, a smart insole, can monitor patient gait when worn in a shoe. The third, a humanoid robot, can keep track of oxygen levels, which may be useful in the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The researchers hope that future iterations of the...
Source: Medgadget - March 2, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Cardiology Critical Care Medicine Public Health Source Type: blogs

Microfluidic Smartphone Dongle Detects COVID-19
Researchers at Rice University have developed a microfluidic device that can test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in a drop of blood and display its results once plugged into a cell phone. The test runs in under an hour, and works by detecting SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid protein using antibody-studded magnetic nanobeads. In tests, the device could detect very low levels of the protein, suggesting that it could function as a sensitive diagnostic tool.    The fight against COVID-19 continues, and testing is one of our most commonly deployed and useful weapons in stopping the spread of the virus. PCR remains the g...
Source: Medgadget - March 1, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Medicine Public Health Source Type: blogs

Microfluidics and AI Microscopy for Hemoglobin Measurements
In this study, we demonstrate that the applicability of a system originally designed for the purposes of imaging can be extended towards the performance of biochemical tests without any additional modifications to the hardware unit, thereby retraining the cost and laboratory footprint of the original device,” said Srinivasan Kandaswamy, a researcher involved in the study. The system consists of a microfluidic chip onto which a small-volume blood sample is loaded. The chip runs a sodium lauryl sulfate assay to detect hemoglobin within the sample. The chip can then be viewed using a microscope with automatic AI imag...
Source: Medgadget - February 25, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Anesthesiology Cardiology Critical Care Emergency Medicine Military Medicine Pediatrics Surgery Sigtuple Source Type: blogs

Intraoral Stimulation for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Interview with Akhil Tripathi, CEO of Signifier Medical
Signifier Medical Technologies, a company with headquarters in London, UK and Massachusetts, has created a new treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, and it is the first to be used during waking hours. Unlike conventional sleep apnea devices, the eXciteOSA is designed to be used for short periods during the day and employs electrical stimulation to improve tongue muscle function, helping keep the airway open during sleep. It was recently authorized for sale by the FDA. Sleep apnea involves airway obstruction during sleep and can have a variety of serious consequences, including cancer and cardiovascular disease....
Source: Medgadget - February 24, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Cardiology Exclusive Medicine Neurology Source Type: blogs

Wireless Smart Catheter for Bladder Control: Interview with Matt Monarski, CEO of UroDev Medical
UroDev Medical (formerly Spinal Singularity), a medtech company based in Minneapolis, has developed the IntelliFlow Bladder Management System, a wireless urinary catheter that can be controlled with the touch of a button on a remote control. At present, patients with urinary retention may have to use up to 200 disposable urinary catheters a month. This is not only inconvenient, but can cause complications, including infection. It can also be expensive. To address these issues, UroDev Medical has created the Intelliflow. The catheter can reside in place for a week, meaning much fewer catheter changes. A magnetic valv...
Source: Medgadget - February 23, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Exclusive Urology Source Type: blogs

Clear Cranial Implant Allows Ultrasound Imaging of Brain: Interview with CEO of Longeviti Neuro Solutions
Longeviti Neuro Solutions, a medtech company based in Maryland, has announced that its ClearFit cranial implant has been cleared by the FDA for post-surgery ultrasound imaging. The clear implants are used for cranial reconstruction after brain surgery, and are custom-made for each patient. The company uses patient CT scans and 3D printing to produce the custom implants, and then sends the sterile constructs directly to surgeons. Typically, ultrasound imaging of the brain is not possible in adults because of the properties of the skull. The implants allow clinicians to perform this task by being nearly transparent to ult...
Source: Medgadget - February 22, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Exclusive Neurosurgery Orthopedic Surgery longeviti Source Type: blogs

Placental Allografts for Diabetic Foot Ulcers: Interview with Tim Wright, CEO of MiMedx
MiMedx, a medtech company based in Georgia, has developed EpiFix, an off-the-shelf allograft system for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. The grafts are made using donated human placental tissues that are obtained from consenting mothers during caesarean section procedures. The tissues then undergo a proprietary processing procedure to clean them and eventually produce a dehydrated graft that can be stored at room temperature long term. Diabetic foot ulcers are relatively common in patients with diabetes, presenting in as many as 15% of such patients. These wounds are stubborn and typically resistant to treatment, ...
Source: Medgadget - February 18, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Exclusive Medicine Surgery Vascular Surgery Source Type: blogs

Monitoring Cognitive Performance Using Smart Devices: Interview with Maha Radhakrishnan, CMO, Biogen
Biogen, a medtech company based in Massachusetts, has announced that is partnering with Apple in a research study to determine if it is possible to identify and develop biomarkers of cognitive decline, using data from smart devices, including the iPhone and Apple Watch. Biogen has a neuroscience focus, and the company hopes that it may be possible to identify the early signs of mild cognitive impairment, which is an early indicator of some forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The study, which launches later this year, will run over several years and Biogen will recruit participants of different ages a...
Source: Medgadget - February 17, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Exclusive Geriatrics Informatics Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Fully Implantable LVAD for End-Stage Heart Failure: Interview with Greg S. Aber, CEO of Corvion
Patients with advanced heart failure often need a cardiac transplant due to the severe injuries sustained by the heart muscle. Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs) are frequently used in such patients to help the heart pump blood through the body while they are waiting for a transplant. These devices are also used in the short-term to support the hearts of patients who have had heart surgery, and are increasingly being employed as a long-term option for patients who cannot get a transplant. Medgadget had an opportunity to speak to the Greg Aber, CEO of Corvion Inc., a company that has developed a fully implantab...
Source: Medgadget - February 12, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Rukmani Sridharan Tags: Cardiac Surgery Cardiology Exclusive Source Type: blogs

Huge 12 Megapixel Display for Breast Imaging FDA Cleared
Double Black Imaging, a Plymouth, MN company that specializes in medical displays and monitors, is releasing an impressive 12 megapixel monitor intended for use in breast imaging. At 31 inches in size, the Gemini 12MP can be used instead of two separate 5 megapixel monitors that are now ubiquitous in radiologic imaging. Two different mammography or tomography exams can be easily compared using one screen without the distracting plastic bezel in between. The FDA cleared display comes with a high-speed graphics controller for Tomo image processing, as well as Double Black Imaging’s own comprehensive calibration soft...
Source: Medgadget - February 11, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Ob/Gyn Radiology Source Type: blogs

Electrical Stimulation for Improved Function Post-Spinal Cord Injury: Interview with Dave Marver, CEO, ONWARD
In this study, researchers from University of Calgary, EPFL, and CHUV demonstrated they could quickly and accurately normalize blood pressure with electrical spinal cord stimulation. Stabilization was observed in rodents and non-human primates for extended periods after acute and chronic SCI, and the approach also showed promise in humans. We look forward to moving toward clinical trials in humans so this approach can be translated into a viable therapeutic option for people with SCI. Medgadget: When do you envisage that such technology will be widely available? Dave Marver: Should the Up-LIFT trial be successful, we...
Source: Medgadget - February 10, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Neurology Orthopedic Surgery Rehab Source Type: blogs

Neuromuscular Tongue Stimulator for Snoring Authorized by FDA
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) impacts millions of people with wide-ranging effects that can have a serious impact on overall health. There are a number of technologies to help manage and sometimes treat the condition, including continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices. Most patients end up receiving therapies that don’t treat the underlying causes of poor breathing during sleep. The FDA has now authorized, via the De Novo process, the first device that trains the muscles around the tongue to become stronger in order to reduce snoring and help alleviate OSA. Signifier Medical Technologies, a compan...
Source: Medgadget - February 9, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Cardiology Medicine Neurology Source Type: blogs

Philips Unveils Medical Tablet for Patient Monitoring During Emergencies
Philips is releasing a computer tablet designed to provide easy access to patient information in various emergency environments without a difficult implementation. The Medical Tablet, as it is called, can connect wired or wirelessly to hospital systems, whether the tablet itself is there or not. Thanks to integration with Philips IntelliVue XDS software, the device provides remote access to patient information even when there are a lot of people to look after. There’s no need to have a central monitoring station and everything can operate over a standard WiFi connection. Philips believes that their solutio...
Source: Medgadget - February 5, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Anesthesiology Cardiology Critical Care Emergency Medicine Informatics Public Health Source Type: blogs

Tiny Ventway Sparrow Ventilators FDA Cleared
Inovytec, an Israeli firm, has won clearance from the FDA to introduce its Ventway Sparrow ventilators in the United States. Weighing only 2.2 pounds (1 Kg), including the built-in battery, and with a small footprint, these can be used just about anywhere that ventilator support is required. The Sparrows support both invasive and non-invasive ventilation and are designed to manage patients over 5 Kg in weight. Thanks to a built-in turbine and battery, the device doesn’t require external oxygen and can operate free from an external power source for up to 4.5 hours. The same turbine used to deliver oxygen provides ...
Source: Medgadget - February 4, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Anesthesiology Cardiology Critical Care Medicine Pediatrics Source Type: blogs

In-Office Treatment for Chronic Rhinitis: Interview with Brian Shields, Neurent Medical CEO
Neurent Medical, a medtech company based in Galway, Ireland, has developed the NEUROMARK system to treat chronic rhinitis via a simple in-office procedure which targets the nerves responsible for many common symptoms. Chronic rhinitis affects a huge number of people and has been estimated to affect 1 in 4 people in the U.S. Symptoms are consistent with chronic inflammation of the mucosal membrane in the nose, leading to a variety of issues including sneezing, postnasal drip, congestion, and itching. Conventional therapies involve long-term pharmacological interventions which meet with mixed success and require patients ...
Source: Medgadget - February 4, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: ENT Exclusive Neurology Source Type: blogs

Synthetic Antibody Prevents COVID Virus Replication
Although a few types of COVID-19 vaccines have begun to be distributed around the world, a unique technology, developed at University of California, San Francisco, may offer an even more direct way to prevent the coronavirus from multiplying within the body. The UCSF team created a synthetic antibody that prevents SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from binding to human cells. These synthetic antibodies, known as nanobodies, are modeled on tiny antibodies that camels and llamas often generate to protect themselves against coronaviruses. They target the spikes on the exterior of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that it ...
Source: Medgadget - February 3, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Medicine Public Health Source Type: blogs

SENSEI Robotic Gamma Probe Cancer Detector Cleared in Europe
Lightpoint Medical, a company based near London, England, has won the EU CE Mark for its SENSEI robotic gamma probe. The device is the first of its kind, allowing physicians to insert it through a cavity or a standard laparoscopic port and look for lymph nodes and lymphatic system metastasis, when paired with an injectable radioactive tracer. Articulating the probe inside the body is achieved using either manual or robotic tools with a grasper at the distal end, and when using multigrip orientations, six degrees of freedom are achieved. “Securing CE Mark for SENSEI® is an important milestone in our efforts...
Source: Medgadget - February 2, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Oncology Surgery Source Type: blogs

DiamondTemp Ablation System FDA Approved for AFib
Cardiac ablation is the current go-to method for treating most cases of atrial fibrillation (AFib) that are not responsive to medications. While radiofrequency ablation, the most common kind, can be highly effective, the technique often results in damage to cardiac tissue beyond what is intended. This can be a result of poor heat dispersal, overly aggressive delivery of energy, or a number of other parameters such as poor targeting or lack of sensing of how hot things are getting. Helping to overcome such matters, Medtronic has just received FDA approval to introduce its DiamondTemp ablation system in the United St...
Source: Medgadget - February 1, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Cardiac Surgery Cardiology Source Type: blogs

Engineered Cartilage Cells Produce Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Osteoarthritis affects millions of people worldwide, and occurs when the cartilage that protects the ends of bones starts to degrade and wear down. With the aim of ultimately developing treatments for osteoarthritis, researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have genetically engineered cartilage cells to release an anti-inflammatory drug when they undergo mechanical stress, such as that caused during bending of knees or lifting of heavy loads. Their research is part of a rapidly growing field called mechano-genetics, that studies the effect of physical and mechanical forces on genetic expre...
Source: Medgadget - January 29, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Rukmani Sridharan Tags: Materials Medicine Orthopedic Surgery Source Type: blogs

Aktiia Optical Blood Pressure Monitor Wins European Green Light
Swiss company Aktiia, whose cuffless blood pressure monitor we’ve been following for several years, announced that their wrist-worn device has received the CE Mark as a Class IIa medical device in Europe, and is now available for pre-order in the UK through the Aktiia website. Aktiia recently completed a pivotal trial whose preliminary results suggest that the device was able to meet a requirement of less than 5 mmHG mean difference (
Source: Medgadget - January 27, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Scott Jung Tags: Cardiology Geriatrics Medicine Source Type: blogs

Canon ’s Premium Large Bore CT Coming to U.S.
Canon Medical is releasing its Aquilion Exceed LB advanced CT scanner that features an impressively large 90 centimeter bore. The wide opening and edge-to-edge extended field-of-view (90 cm) reconstruction will certainly allow for large patients to be imaged, but also gives more flexibility in patient positioning, as well as easier access during procedures such as when CT fluoroscopy is employed. Thanks to an 80-row detector with a 4 cm coverage, the largest for large bore scanners, an exam can be done faster. The Aquilion Exceed LB includes Canon’s Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE) Deep Learning...
Source: Medgadget - January 26, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Radiology Source Type: blogs

ToeMate Nail Soak Fungus Treatment Kits
Why topical nail fungus (onychomycosis) treatment needs a device Penetration For the medication to penetrate and reach the infection through nail keratin (which absorbs water and repels water insoluble drugs) the treatment must be at least partially water soluble. The most effective way is to immerse the infected nails in an antimicrobial that is dissolved in water to give nails absorption time. Of the 125 or so treatments for nail fungus, only three are at least partially water soluble (Kerydin, Loceryl and ToeMate Nail Soak). Scientifically, nail keratin is hydrophilic and Kobayashi et al 1999 found that the per...
Source: Medgadget - January 26, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: ToeMate Tags: Sponsored Content Source Type: blogs

Vercise Genus Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson ’s FDA Approved
Boston Scientific has landed FDA clearance for its Vercise Genus Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) System. This is the fourth generation of the company’s DBS devices, which are designed to have a longer battery life, improved targeting to reduce symptoms, and make programming and management easier. Vercise Genus devices are available in rechargeable and non-rechargeable varieties, and are all safe for conditional use inside MRI scanners, given certain precautions. The implants rely on Boston Scientific’s Cartesia directional leads to deliver electric pulses to the brain. The company partnered with Brain...
Source: Medgadget - January 25, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Neurology Neurosurgery Source Type: blogs