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SPUD Sound Pick-Up Device Hopes to Replace Paramedics’ Conventional Stethoscopes

Stethoscopes that most clinicians use have remained essentially the same for decades. They’re not exactly rigid, but their flexibility is limited in emergency situations when accessing a person’s chest is a challenge. A company called...Show More Summary

HyperQ High-Res ECG Technology FDA Cleared to Diagnose Heart Attacks

Biological Signal Processing Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel) received FDA clearance for its high-resolution ECG technology to be used to diagnose heart attacks, according to the Globes newspaper. HyperQ, as it’s called, the technology gives a much closer look at the QRS complex of an ECG, which holds clues about the patient’s cardiac condition. Show More Summary

Philips Lifeline GoSafe Medical Alert Service Now Live

Philips is finally releasing its Lifeline GoSafe personal alert system after previewing it at CES almost two years ago. Similar to other “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” devices, it lets the user press one button to quickly get in touch with emergency services, loved ones, or anyone else pre-arranged to help. Show More Summary

Nikon Small World 2014 Micrography Winners Announced

Nikon Small World has announced winners of this year’s contest of microscopy images. The top prize goes to Rogelio Moreno of Panama for capturing the open mouth interior and corona of a rotifer. It is an amazing image, but the rest of the winners are quite spectacular as well. Show More Summary

Hygeia H1 Clinical Kiosk Hopes to Speed Patients Through Vitals Measurements

Patients coming in for a doctor’s visit are often put through a battery of tests to gather data on their vitals. This usually involves a nurse taking the time to go through the steps, often a time-consuming process that can benefit from a bit of automation. Show More Summary

Blood-Brain Barrier Opened With Ultrasound Implants to Let Drugs Through

The blood-brain barrier is a defensive mechanism that protects our most distinctive organ from toxic materials present in blood. It is also the same mechanism that prevents therapeutic drugs from being able to access the brain. There...Show More Summary

Berkeley’s Autonomous Surgical Robotic System

While so-called surgical robots have been around for a few years now, they are really not robots at all, but rather remotely controlled machines that faithfully execute the commands of their masters. For robots to be real robots, they have to be autonomous and able to do tasks without much operator input. Show More Summary

Skin Patch Detects Multiple Protein Biomarkers for Blood-Free Disease Detection

Blood draws are often the first step in diagnosing all kinds of diseases, but many people, especially kids, just can’t stand the process. Moreover, taking blood samples requires having trained staff performing the procedure, often a rare commodity, especially in underdeveloped nations. Show More Summary

Technique Keeps Tumors Alive in 3D to Test Individual Cancer Therapies

Knowing ahead of time how a tumor will respond to a specific chemo drug would go a long way toward improving individualized therapy while preventing many from needless suffering, and even death, caused by ineffective chemo. To that end,...Show More Summary

Soft Exosuit to Help Soldiers Run Up Mountains, May Herald Next Gen Rehab Devices

The U.S. military is keen on developing powered exoskeletons that may one day help soldiers run faster, carry more weight across difficult terrain, and help reduce fatigue during long missions. While those are proper goals for a military,...Show More Summary

Liquid Crystal Polymer Capsules Deliver Targeted Chemo to Brain

Intracranial neoplasms are notoriously difficult to kill. Part of the problem lies in delivering chemo drugs to the brain, currently done by injecting the compounds into the blood stream with the hope that enough will cross and reach their targets before causing too much damage to the rest of the body. Show More Summary

Amiko Automatic Inhaled Medication Tracker (VIDEO)

Remembering to take medication at the right time every day is a challenge for a lot of patients, often leading to poor treatment outcomes when a proper regimen is not followed. There are a number of tools out there that can help youShow More Summary

PENTAX’s i10 HD+ High-End GI Endoscopes Released in U.S., Canada

PENTAX is releasing in the U.S. and Canada its i10 Series HD+ line of endoscopes. The devices provide a high-definition look into the colon and upper GI tract with an “Effective Field of View” of 140 degrees. There’s also a macro-like feature that lets you bring the lens as close as 2mm to the intestine wall to carefully inspect suspect lesions. Show More Summary

Medtronic’s New Pericardial Aortic Valve Going on Trial

Medtronic has announced that it’s begun testing a new surgical aortic heart valve in a global prospective clinical trial. The investigational device was implanted in the first patient at the ProMedica Toledo Hospital in Ohio. The bovine pericardial valve features a low profile and leaflets mounted on the interior of the device. Show More Summary

Covidien’s New ReliaTack Fixation Device for Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

Covidien has just launched the brand new ReliaTack articulating fixation device for laparoscopic hernia repair procedures. The business end of the unit can swing up to a 65-degree angle for easier access within the abdominal wall when...Show More Summary

Ethicon Launches ECHELON FLEX GST Stapler with Gripping Surface Technology

Ethicon, a part of J&J, today unveiled its ECHELON FLEX GST powered stapler and reload system. The device was developed to reduce slippage across tissue when firing off the staples. The device features Ethicon’s “Gripping Surface Technology,” which the company claims leads to four times less slippage compared to a couple competing Covidien devices. Show More Summary

Easy to Use Nucleic Acid Detector for Cheap Diagnostics Anywhere (VIDEO)

Biomarkers for cancer and other diseases that are present in urine can be a great target for early diagnostics. Nucleic acids, particularly microRNAs (miRNA), are interesting because they’re present in all living things and signal the on-goings of specific activities or presence of certain types of cells. Show More Summary

TactiCath Quartz Contact Force Ablation Catheter (VIDEO)

The FDA has given St. Jude Medical approval to introduce its TactiCath Quartz ablation catheter to the U.S. market. The device provides live contact pressure information during cardiac ablation procedures when treating atrial fibrillation (AF). Show More Summary

Cardiac Transcatheter Valve Delivered to Infant’s Heart via Liver

Transcatheter cardiac valve replacement has already allowed thousands of otherwise ineligible people to receive a life saving replacement valve, but for particularly young patients delivering a valve is still a challenge since the vasculature is too small to support intravascular catheters. Show More Summary

Rare-Earth Nanocrystals for Deeper Fluorescent Cancer Detection

Nanoparticle-based tumor detection schemes often rely on injecting particles that seek out and stick to cancer cells. In order to see where they found their target, light, usually in the near-infrared range, is used to excite and fluoresce the nanoparticles. Show More Summary

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