Orthopedic Surgeons are Training in Virtual Reality : Interview with J & J ’s David Badri
The Johnson & Johnson Institute has recently launched a virtual reality training program designed to prepare orthopedic surgeons and nurses for a couple common procedures. The program will expand to other surgeries, but for now it’s focusing on total knee replacement with direct anterior approach and hip fracture treatment with a proximal femoral nail. The hope is that using virtual reality to learn and practice surgical techniques will help improve clinical outcomes for patients. We spoke with David Badri, Virtual Reality and WW Professional Education at Johnson & Johnson, about the new program and what...
Source: Medgadget - July 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Exclusive Orthopedic Surgery Source Type: blogs

New Nano Microscope Gives Detailed New Look at Alzheimer ’s Brains
Alzheimer’s disease seems to develop over many years, if not decades, before symptoms begin to show up. In order to better understand its development, researchers have been looking for new ways to track the formation of amyloid plaques within the brain, which are the best known biomarkers of Alzheimer’s. Researchers at Purdue University recently developed a so-called super-resolution “nanoscope” that can show molecular-level details of the composition of tissues and recently they optimized the technology to look deep into the brain. Using the new method, researchers at Indiana University were ...
Source: Medgadget - July 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Genetics Nanomedicine Pathology Source Type: blogs

Stryker ’s Blood Flow Diverting Stent for Large and Giant Brain Aneurysms Approved in U.S.
Stryker won FDA pre-market approval for its Surpass Streamline Flow Diverter, a device indicated for treatment of large and even giant unruptured intracranial aneurysms. This is only the second flow diverting stent to be approved in the U.S., the first being from Medtronic. “Surpass Streamline is the first flow diverter indicated for large and giant posterior communicating artery aneurysms.  These unruptured aneurysms are more challenging due to their location and surrounding anatomy.  Having Surpass approved for this and other locations is an important advantage for physicians and patients,” in ...
Source: Medgadget - July 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Neurology Neurosurgery Radiology Source Type: blogs

First Blood Flow Diverting Stent for Large and Giant Brain Aneurysms Approved in U.S.
Stryker won FDA pre-market approval for its Surpass Streamline Flow Diverter, a device indicated for treatment of large and even giant unruptured intracranial aneurysms. This is only the second flow diverting stent to be approved in the U.S., the first being from Medtronic. “Surpass Streamline is the first flow diverter indicated for large and giant posterior communicating artery aneurysms.  These unruptured aneurysms are more challenging due to their location and surrounding anatomy.  Having Surpass approved for this and other locations is an important advantage for physicians and patients,” in ...
Source: Medgadget - July 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Neurology Neurosurgery Radiology Source Type: blogs

Stimulation of Brain ’s Reward System Leads to Reduction in Cancer Tumors
Scientists at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology have come up with a surprising way of fighting tumors and in the process showed that our brains have a role in preventing the growth of cancers. The researchers, who reported their findings in journal Nature Communications, artificially stimulated the reward system of mice stricken with cancer. What the investigators showed is that over time, the mice that received stimulation had significantly smaller tumors than control mice that were not administered the therapy. The team believes that their stimulation affected the nervous system so much so that the immune s...
Source: Medgadget - July 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Neurology Oncology Source Type: blogs

Improving Medication Compliance with Smart Pill Bottles: Interview with AdhereTech CEO Josh Stein
Compliance with medications is considered one of the best ways for patients to stay on track in managing their health. However, driving adherence is a complex problem influenced by not only medical, but also economic, social, and geographic factors. Ensuring patients continue taking their medications, while understanding and addressing the source(s) of an individual’s tendency to unintentionally or intentionally miss a dose, represents the goal of many medication adherence programs. Recent innovations in digital health have tackled medication adherence with software, hardware, and combined solutions to achieve this g...
Source: Medgadget - July 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Michael Batista Tags: Exclusive Geriatrics Medicine Public Health Source Type: blogs

Noble Announces Launch of AdhereIT Platform for Real-Time, Error-Correcting Self-Injection
Earlier this year, Medgadget spoke with Noble International about the company’s self-injection trainers designed to mimic the patient experience with prefilled syringes and autoinjectors. During the interview, we heard about AdhereIT, “a smart attachable device component, available for various autoinjector form factors, that connects to the device and has the capability to track, monitor and guide patients not only through device training but also actual self-injections.” Recently, Noble officially launched the “smart” AdhereIT platform, which includes features like detecting when the inj...
Source: Medgadget - July 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Michael Batista Tags: Exclusive Medicine Pediatrics Source Type: blogs

Device Detects Mosquitoes Carrying Pathogenic Viruses
Mosquitoes are usually only an unpleasant nuisance, but when they’re carrying diseases we only find out once people start showing up sick at hospitals and clinics. A spinoff from Purdue University is hoping to give public health professionals, and mosquito eradication programs, an early warning system to know where to direct their resources. The company, called SMK Diagnostics that’s headquartered in West Lafayette, Indiana, has developed a sensor that can identify the presence of infectious viruses within mosquitoes and to name specifically which flaviviruses they are. The technology, which consists of an elec...
Source: Medgadget - July 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Diagnostics Genetics Materials Public Health Source Type: blogs

Spectral X-Ray Scanner Gives Detailed New View Inside The Body
An amazing new X-ray scanner has been tried for the first time on a human, producing 3D color images with incredible detail. The spectral (multi-energy) scanner was developed for clinical uses by researchers at Universities of Canterbury and Otago, both in New Zealand, and it relies on a detector created originally for CERN, the large European particle accelerator laboratory, to help find the Higgs boson. The detector is unique because it measures the X-ray energy delivered to it and counts photons at the same time, resulting in thousands of times more data than CT or MRI machines. This, in turn, provides an ability t...
Source: Medgadget - July 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Diagnostics Radiology Source Type: blogs

EchoNous Vein Portable Ultrasound for Peripheral IV Placements
EchoNous, a Seattle-based firm, landed FDA clearance for its EchoNous Vein ultrasound for peripheral IV catheter delivery. It can visualize veins up to five centimeters deep and can be used on both children and adults. The transducer probe connects to a Samsung tablet, which serves as the display and control device, since the probe only has two buttons on its body. The EchoNous Vein is portable and compact, and tuned to image vasculature, allowing clinicians to quickly place an IV with fewer failures and re-insertions. “Time is critical, especially when patients need an infusion or antibiotic treatment, and finding t...
Source: Medgadget - July 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Anesthesiology Critical Care Emergency Medicine Pediatrics Radiology Source Type: blogs

Scientists Use Organ on Chip to Grow New Kidney Cells
Scientists at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have come up with a way of growing podocytes, kidney cells that filter out blood, from induced pluripotent stem cells inside a special chamber that replicates the glomerulus of a kidney. These cells, provided an environment similar to their natural one, have shown remarkable identity to their all-real cousins in their transcriptomic and protein expression abilitities. According to Wyss, they “match those of mature podocytes”. Because the cells grown using Wyss’ approach are effectively the same as naturally produced ones, researchers now have an abil...
Source: Medgadget - July 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Genetics Medicine Pathology Source Type: blogs

Medtronic ’s HVAD Heart Pump FDA Approved for Less Invasive Implantation
Medtronic’s HVAD System, a left ventricular assist device, can now be implanted via a thoracotomy, a less invasive procedure than a median sternotomy. Moreover, a thoracotomy means that future procedures that may require access through the chest can still be performed in what are already risky patients. The HVAD System is indicated for those with advanced, refractory heart failure, both as a bridge to a heart transplant and as a final therapy if a transplant is not an option. Some details about what led to this news: FDA approval for HVAD implantation via thoracotomy is based on data from the LATERAL ...
Source: Medgadget - July 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Cardiac Surgery Cardiology Source Type: blogs

Medmo Offers New “Name-Your-Price” Platform for Medical Imaging
New medical technology solution lets patients set their own price for radiology imaging tests, like MRIs and CAT scans Medmo (https://www.medmo.com) is a new, rapidly-growing healthcare start-up that enables patients to obtain medical imaging tests – such as MRIs, CT scans (CAT scans), PET scans, and more  – at the exact price they can afford, with no surprise fees or bills. Patients simply indicate the type of scan they need, and Medmo connects them with a nearby, accredited imaging center that can work with their budget. “The ‘name your price’ concept has worked well in the travel indus...
Source: Medgadget - July 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medmo Tags: Releases - Featured Sponsored Content Source Type: blogs

Healcerion 300L Wireless Portable Ultrasound Now Available in U.S.
Healcerion, the South Korean firm that introduced truly wireless ultrasound probes that work with smartphones and tablets, is releasing its SONON 300L ultrasound in the United States. The device was cleared last fall by the FDA and Healcerion has been working on manufacturing and preparing it for distribution. The SONON 300L works with most Android and iOS phones and tablets, requiring the user to simply download the Healcerion app and to pair the ultrasound to the device being used. The ultrasound itself weighs 13 ounces (370 grams), is powered by a rechargeable battery that can scan continuously for up to three hours, an...
Source: Medgadget - July 11, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Anesthesiology Cardiology Critical Care Emergency Medicine Ob/Gyn Surgery Source Type: blogs

Citro ën Unveils Glasses That Help Alleviate Motion Sickness
Citroën, the french car manufacturer, is releasing special glasses that help to prevent motion sickness. Though motion sickness was always a problem for some, since the introduction of smartphones and tablets the condition has been affecting more people as more of us look at screens while being chauffeured around. The so called “SEETROËN” glasses are actually developed by Boarding Ring, a French firm. The glasses have a blue liquid that can flow in front and around the eyes. The liquid stays horizontal with the ground, regardless of how the vehicle moves, and so provides a sort-of stability to the eye...
Source: Medgadget - July 11, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: ENT Neurology OTC Source Type: blogs

G-Med, An International Social Platform for Physicians: Interview with CEO Ilan Ben Ezri
Scientific researchers commonly collaborate beyond their specific institutions, and sometimes even their field, with peers around the world studying related subjects and solving adjacent challenges. Physicians, on the other hand, are typically limited to their immediate practice or physician colleagues for input on complex cases or insights into changing clinical trends. G-Med, an international, social media platform exclusively for physicians, is seeking to facilitate similar opportunities for crowdsourcing and collaboration that scientists already experience. Today, G-Med has built a network of over 120,000 doctors from ...
Source: Medgadget - July 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Michael Batista Tags: Exclusive Net News Source Type: blogs

Plasmonic Patch Improves Sensitivity of Fluorescent Diagnostic Testing
A great deal of life science research relies on using fluorescent markers to track molecular biological activity. It’s extremely effective as long as the light signal coming back from a sample is strong enough, but if the light is dim, as with highly sensitive, low concentration tests, fluorescent markers are often insufficient. Now researchers from Washington University in St. Louis and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are reporting on a new elastic material, that contains gold nanorods, that is able to amplify the light intensity of almost any fluorescing signal by up...
Source: Medgadget - July 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Genetics Materials Nanomedicine Pathology Source Type: blogs

TEECAD Camera Gives Vision to TEE Probes
A young medtech company called Visura Technologies, based outside of Chicago, won FDA clearance for its TEE Camera Assist Device, TEECAD for short. The device is designed to be connected to a transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) ultrasound probe, letting the physician see the upper airway and esophagus while navigating the probe toward its destination. TEE procedures are used to image the heart and nearby anatomy in high quality, since a probe placed in the esophagus is much closer to the heart. Getting there, though, is sometime a challenge, particularly in overweight and older patients, and in patients with esopha...
Source: Medgadget - July 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Anesthesiology Cardiology Critical Care Medicine Radiology Source Type: blogs

Latest Air-Powered Robot for Breast Biopsies Inside MRI Unveiled (Video)
Most breast biopsies are currently performed using ultrasound and handheld needles, guided by previously taken radiological images. The problem is that humans aren’t always perfect and what is imaged during an MRI scan or mammography may look different later under ultrasound. Performing a biopsy right inside the MRI machine may provide incredibly accurate targeting of suspect lesions. That, though, would require a robot small enough to fit near the patient inside the MRI, but more importantly, the robot can’t be influenced by the strong magnetic field and therefore can’t work using any electronics. Resear...
Source: Medgadget - July 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Pathology Radiology Surgery Source Type: blogs

Optical Ultrasound System for Imaging With Fewer Limitations
Modern ultrasound devices have a good deal of high tech electronics inside, but these very electronics introduce their own problems and limitations. Size, heat, energy usage, interference with other imaging modalities are some of the issues that ultrasound designers have to balance. There is another way, which involves using light to generate ultrasound waves within tissue being sampled, and also light for measuring the return signal. Such optical ultrasound technology has been attempted in the past, but now researchers at University College London are reporting in journal Biomedical Optics Express on a syst...
Source: Medgadget - July 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: News Source Type: blogs

Surgery-Free Hemodialysis Fistula Creation With everlinQ endoAVF
TVA Medical of Austin, Texas, a newly acquired subsidiary of Becton Dickinson, won de novo marketing clearance from the FDA for its innovative everlinQ endoAVF system for creating arteriovenous fistulas for hemodialysis without relying on open surgery. The system relies on catheters inserted into adjoining arteries and veins. When in proximity, built-in magnets within the catheters attract each other and snap the catheter pair together. A small electrode is then used to ablate the tissue between the catheters, creating a fistula. The location of the catheters and whether they have snapped together can be see...
Source: Medgadget - July 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Medicine Surgery Vascular Surgery Source Type: blogs

New Smart Bandage Monitors Health of Wounds, Dispenses Drugs as Needed
When wounds are bandaged, they’re only being assessed when the bandage is replaced every so often. This is starting to feel like something from the olden times, as so many things in our modern world are constantly monitored and evaluated. Engineers from Harvard, Tufts, MIT, and other institutions have now banded together to create a digital bandage that is smart enough to sense the state of a wound and that can decide to deliver drugs directly to the wound as it deems necessary. The device is made of two main parts, one of which is the bandage itself, that has pH and temperature sensors and drug releasing microbeads ...
Source: Medgadget - July 9, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Materials Medicine Plastic Surgery Vascular Surgery Source Type: blogs

Nano-Patterned Bone Implants Vascularize and Generate Bone Better Than Smooth Ones
A University of Toronto team from the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) discovered that nano-scale surface topology matters when it comes to vascularization of bone implants. They compared two titanium implants of the same chemical composition and varied only their surfaces at the nano scale. One was smooth and the other was rough and nano-patterned. In their experiments of bone regrowth around a skull implant, they observed over three times more bone formation around the implant with a rough surface. To uncover the mechanism, they turned to intravital microscopy to visualize the implant at micr...
Source: Medgadget - July 9, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Ben Ouyang Tags: Materials Nanomedicine Orthopedic Surgery Source Type: blogs

Humanoid Robot Teaches Autistic Kids to Recognize Emotions
Children with autism often seem to want to socialize with robots more than humans, something that researchers at MIT want to harness as a pathway for therapy. The team, partnering with others at Chubu University in Japan and Imperial College London, have given a popular humanoid robot, called NAO, the ability to see what the kids playing with it are doing and to respond in an intelligent fashion. “The long-term goal is not to create robots that will replace human therapists, but to augment them with key information that the therapists can use to personalize the therapy content and also make more engaging and nat...
Source: Medgadget - July 9, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Pediatrics Psychiatry Rehab Source Type: blogs

Virtual Reality Interactive Molecular Dynamics System to Help Researchers Design New Drugs
Drug discovery is a long and expensive process, and any technologies that can speed up how drugs are created has great potential to improve medicine overall. Scientists at Bristol University in the UK, Interactive Scientific, a spinoff of the university, and Oracle Corporation, have worked together to develop a virtual reality simulator that can be used to assemble new molecules and test how they interact with other molecules. The system was made to run on the Oracle cloud, allowing multiple people in different locations to interact together, manipulating molecules and sticking them together to see what happens. Some of th...
Source: Medgadget - July 9, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Informatics Medicine Pediatrics Source Type: blogs

Novaerus Defend 1050 Uses Ultra-Low Energy Plasma to Disinfect Large Clinical Spaces
Novaerus, based in Ireland, is releasing a new hospital air filtration system that’s designed to be used in large rooms and where there’s a high chance for airborne transmission of pathogens. The Novaerus Defend 1050 uses “ultra-low energy plasma technology” and three separate filters, including HEPA and carbon/molecular filters, to remove nearly all infectious bugs coming through it. It can be wheeled into a room, plugged into a power socket, and left alone to disinfect the air around it. The company sees it being used in intensive care units, surgical wards, emergency rooms, and fertility labs, am...
Source: Medgadget - July 9, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Critical Care Medicine Public Health Surgery Source Type: blogs

Predictive Health Company Potrero Medical Closes $26.6 Million in Oversubscribed Series C Financing
GT Healthcare and Sonder Capital Led the Round SAN FRANCISCO — July 9, 2018 — Potrero Medical, Inc., a predictive health company focused on using smart sensors and analytics for early detection of critical illnesses, announced today the closing of a $26.6 million Series C financing. The financing was led by China-focused healthcare investment firm GT Healthcare Capital Partners and Silicon Valley-based Sonder Capital. The funding will support further commercialization efforts of the company’s flagship product, the Accuryn®  Monitoring System. Alan Au, Founder and Managing Partner of GT Healthcare...
Source: Medgadget - July 9, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Potrero Medical Tags: Sponsored Content Source Type: blogs

ExplORer Surgical Uses Workflows to Make Surgeries More Efficient
Surgeries are complex undertakings, with moving parts that include team members having multiple roles, specific protocols that must be followed, and dozens of tools and instruments that must be accounted for. ExplORer Surgical is a Chicago-based company that hopes to help better organize and manage these moving parts. ExplORer Surgical works by creating step-by-step “workflows” for each member of the surgical team. In short, explains CEO Jennifer Fried, the platform “is a digital guide designed to lead a surgical team through complex procedures.” The workflows are customized for specific procedures ...
Source: Medgadget - July 5, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Cici Zhou Tags: Exclusive Surgery Source Type: blogs

Embolx Announces FDA Clearance for Next Generation Sniper Balloon Occlusion Microcatheter
Embolx, a new medical device company out of Silicon Valley, develops microcatheters for arterial endoembolization procedures, and now their next-generation Sniper Balloon Occlusion Microcatheter will be available in the US. The new family of microcatheters shows significant improvement over previous devices, and offers physicians enhanced performance features to make it easier to navigate through small vascular structures. The Embolx Sniper’s balloon occludes the vessel to alter blood flow-dynamics using a method called pressure-directed embolization (see video below). It is currently used for the treatment of cancer...
Source: Medgadget - July 5, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Yuriy Sarkisov Tags: Oncology Radiology Surgery Source Type: blogs

Electronic Whiskers For Improved Prosthetic Touch
More than two million people are living with limb loss in the USA, and that number is expected to rise. For the majority of these individuals, prosthetic limbs are an invaluable tool to help regain some quality of life. One challenge that has been difficult to overcome in the design of prostheses, however, is enabling sensation through these devices. Our sense of touch is an incredibly sensitive and complex biological process that involves the interplay of many neurons of different types – and replicating this process electronically excites and perplexes many scientists in the field of prosthetic engineering. Any sen...
Source: Medgadget - July 5, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Mohammad Saleh Tags: Materials Neurology Rehab Source Type: blogs

Opportunity for Innovation or Potential Data Breach Nightmare? Project SPARK Announced in Ontario
Project SPARK, an initiative recently announced by the government of Ontario, Canada, is seeking to make healthcare data more accessible. As part of Canada’s nationwide single payer healthcare system, the government of Ontario has access to a significant number of patient health records, all located within a single database. This is in contrast to places like the United States where medical data sits within disparate data silos whose walls are only starting to come down. While clinicians already access much of this information at the point of care, the effort aims to provide patients with greater access to their...
Source: Medgadget - July 5, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Michael Batista Tags: Informatics Medicine Public Health Source Type: blogs

Liquid Biopsy Separates Tumor Cells from Blood Faster Than Ever Before
Biopsies are a sure way to find out if a patient really has a neoplastic tissue in the body. While highly accurate, biopsies are only useful if one has a lesion to sample. Many tumors are well hidden and difficult to reach, making traditional biopsies effectively impossible. But, tumors tend to shed cells that end up swimming in the blood stream. While these cells are very problematic, as they cause metastasis, they are also perfect biomarkers that point to the existence of cancer within the body. Spotting them within a drawn blood sample is known as a “liquid biopsy,” and many research groups around the world ...
Source: Medgadget - July 5, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Genetics Pathology Source Type: blogs

Scientists Identify Individuals from Brain Scans While Doing Tasks
All humans are unique individuals, some of it due to the differences between our brains. Being able to identify the differences in the structure and activity of our brains may have enormous consequences for neurology and neurosurgery. While CT and MRI scans can’t yet provide a level of detail to diagnose many neurological conditions, researchers at Purdue University are working on using computational methods to spot biomarkers within imaging data. The team is relying on brain imaging scans obtained from the Human Connectome Project, a research venture to map the human brain. The scans were performed while t...
Source: Medgadget - July 5, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Informatics Neurology Radiology Source Type: blogs

New Method for Monitoring Biomarkers at Ultra Low Concentrations
Many chemical biomarkers within our bodies, such as proteins and DNA fragments, are found in extremely low concentrations, making it difficult to monitor their behavior. At the Eindhoven University of Technology, researchers have now developed an exciting new method for continuous, live monitoring of individual molecules within blood. The researchers were able to use it to detect the presence of DNA and protein molecules down to the pico and nanomolar scale. The technique relies on attaching target molecules to a substrate and watching their vibrations, known as Brownian motion, change. When the molecule is attached via on...
Source: Medgadget - July 5, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Genetics Pathology Source Type: blogs

3D-Printed Casts and Splints. Interview with Diana Hall, COO of ActivArmor
ActivArmor, based in Colorado, offers a range of 3D-printed casts and splints. The customized casts are breathable and water-proof, and can be made to either be fixed in place, or removable, as required. The company reports that patients wearing the new casts can complete a greater range of activities during their recovery, including swimming. The casts are designed to be comfortable and can reduce the skin irritation associated with conventional casts by minimizing sweat build-up and allowing patients to wash the casted area. The production process involves a scan of the injured limb, resulting in a 3D map that ActivArmor...
Source: Medgadget - July 3, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Exclusive Orthopedic Surgery Rehab Source Type: blogs

Wipe Cloth FDA Approved to Treat Excessive Sweating
Dermira, a Silicon Valley firm, won FDA approval for a wipe to treat excessive under-arm sweating, clinically known as primary axillary hyperhidrosis. The cloth contains glycopyrronium, an anticholinergic. “For years, dermatologists have been telling us of the need for new treatment options that address primary axillary hyperhidrosis given the stigma and burden associated with this condition,” said Tom Wiggans, Dermira’s Chairman and CEO. “From the start, our goal was to develop an approach that went beyond masking a person’s excessive underarm sweating and instead focused on treating the cond...
Source: Medgadget - July 2, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Medicine Source Type: blogs

Artificial Intelligence and Radar Technologies to Measure Blood Glucose
Diabetes management is slowly moving away from needles, finger sticks, and insulin pumps that intrude on a person’s life. Now, researchers from the University of Waterloo have developed a novel combination of radar and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to help people manage diabetes more effectively and detect changes in glucose levels without having to traumatically poke the skin or draw blood. The research was carried out by using Google’s Soli alpha kit. The Soli system, co-developed by Google and a German hardware firm Infineon, is a 60 GHz mm-wave radar that promises a small, mo...
Source: Medgadget - July 2, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Yuriy Sarkisov Tags: Diagnostics Informatics Medicine Pediatrics Source Type: blogs

FDA Approves Zephyr Endobronchial Valve, a Minimally Invasive Implant for Severe Emphysema
The FDA approved a new medical device for patients suffering from severe emphysema. The Pulmonx Zephyr Endobronchial Valve is a one-way valve system to be implanted through the airways using a traditional bronchoscope. The valve is integrated into a stent that expands against a bronchiole to block off air flowing in and only allow it to flow out. As the trapped air flows out, ventilation/perfusion mismatch is improved, and the device relieves pressure on the healthy lung to allow for better breathing. The available data is from a multi-center study of 190 patients with severe emphysema (the LIBERATE trial), comparing Zephy...
Source: Medgadget - July 2, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Ben Ouyang Tags: Medicine Thoracic Surgery Source Type: blogs

The World ’s First Wireless, App-Based Ultrasound: Interview with Dr. Ryu, CEO of Healcerion
Healcerion, based in South Korea, was the first company to receive FDA clearance for a wireless, app-based ultrasound system back in 2015. The groundbreaking work done by South Korean engineers and scientists laid the foundation for the development of an ultrasound transducer that works with most smartphones or tablets. Since introducing the SONON 300C convex transducer, the company has been making progress to further advance this branch of ultrasound devices. Their latest, the SONON 300L linear transducer, weighs only 13 ounces (370 grams) including the battery, and features color Doppler mode for easier musculoskele...
Source: Medgadget - June 29, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Yuriy Sarkisov Tags: Anesthesiology Cardiology Critical Care Emergency Medicine Exclusive Ob/Gyn Surgery Source Type: blogs

A Brief Look at FOCI: The Wearable That Helps You Stay Calm and Focused
At the ITF Conference in Belgium in May, imec director Chris Van Hoof shared with us how mental health is an area of medicine that is underserved and ripe for innovation with medical technology. While they might be more for general wellness, we’re slowly starting to see a new wave of technologies in the form of apps and smartwatch features that offer breathing exercises to help reduce stress. But how can one quantify stress? UK-based Tinylogics thinks that their upcoming platform called FOCI, a wireless, wearable sensor combined with machine learning, is the answer. The FOCI wearable is a lightweight, tiny device ab...
Source: Medgadget - June 29, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Scott Jung Tags: Medicine Psychiatry Rehab Sports Medicine Source Type: blogs

MedCrypt Documents Cybersecurity Concerns and Raises Next Round
Earlier this month at the HIMSS Healthcare Security Forum, Dr. Christian Dameff, UCSD Emergency Physician and Clinical Informatics Researcher, presented new survey data, commissioned by UCSD and sponsored by MedCrypt, on previously adverse events resulting from medical device cybersecurity breaches. While the full scope of this research is planned for future publication in an academic research journal, information about the survey data and key findings have been made available. The study includes input from executives surveyed at 40 of the largest medical device vendors (75%) and healthcare delivery organizations (25%) bot...
Source: Medgadget - June 29, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Michael Batista Tags: Informatics Source Type: blogs

MedCrypt Documents Noncompliance with FDA Cybersecurity Guidelines and Raises Next Round
Earlier this month at the HIMSS Healthcare Security Forum, Dr. Christian Dameff, UCSD Emergency Physician and Clinical Informatics Researcher, presented new survey data, commissioned by UCSD and sponsored by MedCrypt, on previously unreported adverse events resulting from medical device cyber security breaches. While the full scope of this research is planned for future publication in an academic research journal, information about the survey data and key findings have been made available. The study includes input from executives surveyed at 40 of the largest medical device vendors (75%) and healthcare delivery organizatio...
Source: Medgadget - June 29, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Michael Batista Tags: Informatics Source Type: blogs

Experiences from the First StimRouter Implanted in Patients in Canada
As a shadowing medical student in family medicine clinics in Toronto, I’d seen patients with chronic pain of a neurogenic origin and always felt heartbroken. I’d looked on in helplessness as we consoled the patients and offered them physiotherapy, bedrest, and pain killers. We and the patients knew none of these options were curative, and subsequently tiptoed around that subject. Fortunately, Health Canada approved a new solution earlier this year: a peripheral nerve stimulator called the Bioness StimRouter. It’s a minimally invasive neuromodulation device consisting of an implanted lead, an external puls...
Source: Medgadget - June 28, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Ben Ouyang Tags: Anesthesiology Exclusive Pain Management Rehab Source Type: blogs

Magnetically Activated Micromachines to Operate Remotely Inside Body
There are a lot of diseases and conditions within the body that may be treated if only mechanical devices would be small enough and powered for long enough to do their job. Engineers at MIT have created a class of magnetically activated bug-like microdevices that may foreshadow remote-controlled surgical tools and externally powered heart-assist pumps. These interesting devices have an origami-like look and a variety of them have been built that crawl, jump, grasp, and do other things. They’re actually printed from soft materials that have ferromagnetic nanoparticles within their interior, allowing a magnet to manipu...
Source: Medgadget - June 28, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Materials Source Type: blogs

VectraCor Inc Receives Innovative Technology Contract from Vizient, Inc. for VectraplexECG System with CEB ®, Cardiac Electrical Biomarker
VectraCor, Inc. announced its VectraplexECG System with CEB® Cardiac Electrical Biomarker has received an Innovative Technology contract from Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country. The contract was based on a recommendation of VectraCor’s VectraplexECG System with CEB®technology by hospital experts who serve on one of Vizient’s member-led councils.  Innovative Technology contracts are reserved for technologies that demonstrate an ability to enhance clinical care or patient safety, and those that improve an organization’s ...
Source: Medgadget - June 28, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: VectraCor Tags: Sponsored Content Source Type: blogs

Medtronic ’s MiniMed 670G Hybrid Closed Loop Automated Insulin System Receives CE Mark
Medtronic has secured the CE mark of approval to make their MiniMed 670G system available for sale in the European Union. Having previously obtain FDA approval for both adults and pediatric type I diabetes patients, Medtronic is now making the world’s first “Hybrid Closed Loop System” available worldwide. The system uses the latest advancements in diabetes tech to combine an automated insulin pump with a continuous glucose monitor. “We have seen that this innovation offers great promise for better glucose control and improved quality of life for those living with Type 1 diabetes,” said Pratik...
Source: Medgadget - June 28, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Yuriy Sarkisov Tags: Medicine Pediatrics Source Type: blogs

Nanoparticles Heat Up in Magnetic Field to Kill Cancer Tumors
A team of researchers, headed by a group from University at Buffalo, has developed a new nanoparticle that can be used to cook tumors to death. The zinc ferrite nanoparticles can be activated by a low strength magnetic field, making the technology clinically applicable. The nanoparticles will hopefully be paired with antibodies, or other targeting mechanisms, and a quickly alternating magnetic field, delivered by an electromagnet near the patient’s body, would make the nanoparticles heat up. The heating is localized, and so should have little negative effect on tissues away from the target. “The treatment ...
Source: Medgadget - June 28, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Nanomedicine Source Type: blogs

Controlling Robots with Brainwaves and Hand Gestures to Improve Powered Prostheses
Methods to control robotic arms are closely related to those used to manipulate powered prosthetic arms. At MIT scientists have been working on improving how robots interact with humans, and this research should help to make prostheses more intuitive for amputees to control. The team from the institute’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a way to link a person’s brainwaves and hand gestures to the movement of an advanced robotic arm. The system is so effective that it lets the user make real-time corrections to the robot’s actions, guiding it to make accurate, precisel...
Source: Medgadget - June 28, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Rehab Source Type: blogs

Self-Tightening Suture Shortens to Keep a Perfect Fit
J&J‘s DePuy Synthes division is releasing a new orthopedic suture that automatically tightens when compression is lost. The DYNACORD suture, due to its multi-part construction, shortens if it’s not feeling a pull, which can help to guarantee the integrity of a wide variety of soft tissue procedures. The primary focus of use of this device is in the rotator cuff repair procedures of the shoulder. Having a tight suture prevents small movements from grinding the suture material into the tissue, which can lead to injury and loosening of the contact. The suture is designed not to over-tighten and is made o...
Source: Medgadget - June 28, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Orthopedic Surgery Source Type: blogs

The Most Expensive Drugs in America: Interview with GoodRx Co-Founder/Co-CEO Doug Hirsch
United States healthcare policy is currently in the spotlight as the Trump administration seeks to weaken Obamacare with actions such as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which removes the individual mandate that required individuals to carry health insurance. Another focus of the current administration’s plan is to lower drug prices with strategies like preventing brand-name drug manufacturers from blocking the entry of cheaper generics and creating incentives for cheaper drugs. While the results of this strategy have yet to play out, they do beg the question, how expensive are medications in the United States? For that an...
Source: Medgadget - June 27, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Michael Batista Tags: Exclusive Medicine Net News Public Health Society Source Type: blogs