Remote heart rate sensors can be biased against darker skin. A UCLA team offers a solution
Key takeaways:Engineering for equity. New engineering approaches like the one pioneered by UCLA researchers are needed to overcome the shortcomings of current health-related remote sensing technologies.Further fixes. The researchers say the new device is an initial step toward health diagnostics that are fair and accurate across a diverse set of attributes, including skin tone,  body mass and gender.As telemedicine has grown more popular, so have devices that allow people to measure their vital signs from home and transmit the results by computer to their doctors. Yet in many cases, obtaining accurate remote readings for ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 24, 2022 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Appoints Larry Merlo as Non-Executive Chair Designate of Planned New Consumer Health Company
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., August 24, 2022– Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) today announced the appointment of Larry Merlo as Non-executive Chair Designate for the future, listed New Consumer Health Company’s Board of Directors. Merlo previously served as President and CEO of CVS Health and brings over 30 years of purpose-driven and transformative health leadership to the Board for the planned new company. As announced in November 2021, the planned separation would create two global leaders – the new Johnson & Johnson and the New Consumer Health Company – both better positioned to deliver improved health outcomes f...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - August 24, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Latest News Source Type: news

Indian medical device maker Dozee launches smart connected bed with Midmark India
Dozee ' s sensor-based technology uses AI to track vital parameters. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - August 24, 2022 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Gambia: Philanthropist Provides Scan Machine to Reduce Suffering of Antenatal Mothers in Sukuta
[Foroyaa] Sukuta Health Center had been grappling with a lack of medical equipment for many years. Philanthropist Basiru Barrow, a native of Sukuta, has provided his community with a scanning machine for pregnant women to reduce the burden of antenatal mothers suffering at the health centre. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 23, 2022 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Centre rationing hundreds of medical consumables and products
Hundreds of items of medical equipment and consumables ranging from dressings to tracheotomy tubes are under strict demand management by NHS Supply Chain, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - August 23, 2022 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

HHS: Publication of OIG Special Fraud Alerts
Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announcing two Special Fraud Alerts previously published by OIG on its website. The Special Fraud Alerts cover 1) the fraud and abuse risks associated with the offer, payment, solicitation, or receipt of remuneration relating to speaker programs by pharmaceutical and medical device companies and 2) fraud schemes involving companies that purported to provide telehealth, telemedicine, or telemarketing services and exploited the growing acceptance and use of telehealth. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 23, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Gore-Tex maker buys Duke University spinout focused on dialysis
A medical device startup with deep ties to Duke University has been acquired by a global company with $4.5 billion in revenue. (Source: Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 22, 2022 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Zac Ezzone Source Type: news

Tucson-based Accelerate Diagnostics to raise $35M in stock offering
Shares of Accelerate Diagnostics, a Tucson medical device company, lost nearly half their value on Aug. 19 after a company announcement made a day earlier. (Source: Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 19, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Andy Blye Source Type: news

Lab Notes: Larimar readying response to the FDA's clinical hold; Tela Bio completes $36.8M stock sale
This week's Lab Notes has updates on two new drug candidates, one targeting a rare inherited disease and another for prostate cancer, plus a medical device manufacturer's $36.8 million stock sale. (Source: Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 19, 2022 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George Source Type: news

FDA Gets Over 48,000 Reports of Faulty Philips Respiratory Devices in May-July FDA Gets Over 48,000 Reports of Faulty Philips Respiratory Devices in May-July
FDA said it had received more than 48,000 reports of faulty Dutch medical equipment maker Philips ' ventilators and respiratory devices between May and July, which included 44 deaths.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - August 17, 2022 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Pulmonary Medicine News Source Type: news

Gambia: First Lady's Foundation Presents Medical Items to Bansang Hospital
[The Point] As part of efforts to complement Government efforts in the health delivery system, the First Lady's Foundation through support from Zaragoza based foundation, Arambia in collaboration with Star GSM Company recently donated medical equipment to Bansang Hospital at a ceremony held at State House. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 17, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Minnetronix Medical brings own device to market
It's the first medical device that Minnetronix, which had previously only manufactured other companies' devices, had conceived, developed, manufactured and brought to the market that is its own since the company was founded in 1996. (Source: Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 16, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Caitlin Anderson Source Type: news

F.D.A. Clears Path for Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids
The agency ’s action opens the door to cheaper, more accessible devices without a prescription or medical exam. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Jewett Tags: Medical Devices Ears and Hearing Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Tests and Examinations Food and Drug Administration your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Philips chief exits in wake of fallout from medical device recall
Frans van Houten’s sudden departure comes after the Dutch company recalled faulty products (Source: - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: - Drugs and Healthcare - August 16, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Wipro GE Healthcare, Boston Scientific join hands to provide cardiac care solutions in India
The first of its kind collaboration between the two global medtech companies in India, will offer advanced medical devices and capabilities from Boston Scientific, coupled with GE Healthcare ’s strong medical imaging systems like cardiac catherization lab and related software, support diagnostics through treatment and monitoring of the cardiac patient-care pathway. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news