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Philips MR400 Patient Monitor Now Cleared for Use Near MRI Machines in U.S.

Monitoring of patients in the MRI suite, particularly those under anesthesia, is often impossible since traditional patient monitors don’t do well around strong magnetic fields. Philips just received FDA clearance to introduce the Expression...Show More Summary

Researchers Weld Neurons Together, Hope to One Day Repair Spinal Injuries

10 hours agoIndustries / Medical : medGadget

Broken neuronal connections are the cause of paralysis, organ failure, and other serious conditions. There have been attempts to bypass such injuries, with limited success, but now researchers at the University of Alberta in Canada have developed a technique that uses lasers to essentially weld neurons together. Show More Summary

Thin Film Brain Implants Integrate Electronic Components in Flexible Package

13 hours agoIndustries / Medical : medGadget

There seems to be a race to develop practical neural interfaces that are implanted in a minimally invasive fashion and that don’t require wires sticking out of the scalp. We just reported on stentrodes that can be delivered into theShow More Summary

Knee Perturbator Studies How Legs Recover from Stumbles to Improve Prostheses

14 hours agoIndustries / Medical : medGadget

Lower limb prostheses are becoming competitive with real legs in terms of strength, running speed, and other characteristics. One important factor these devices are still missing compared to natural legs is the brain’s assistance when recovering from a stumble. Show More Summary

Stentrodes for Recording Electrical Activity Within the Brain

15 hours agoIndustries / Medical : medGadget

Being able to accurately record brain activity over long periods of time holds promise for paralyzed people to control prosthetic devices or even their own arms and legs again. That’s can be thought of as only a start of course, as the...Show More Summary

AXINESIS REAplan Upper Limb Rehab Robotic System Cleared in EU

AXINESIS,  startup out of Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, won the European CE Mark to introduce its REAplan arm rehabilitation system. The product is designed to help people with brain injury, such as a stroke, recover motor activity in the upper limbs. Show More Summary

Withings Now Offers Hy-Result BP Assessment Software

Withings, maker of smart scales, activity trackers, wireless blood pressure cuffs, and other devices, has released a new in-app offering to better interpret blood pressure readings. The Hy-Result algorithms were developed at the Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris to replicate how a physician would study the numbers. Show More Summary

Microfluidic Chip Mimics Smallest Capillaries to Study How Drugs Affect the Mechanics of Cells

  It has been known for a while that some drugs seem to have physical rather than chemical modes of action or associated side effects. Glucocorticoid drugs that are used for asthma or rheumatoid arthritis,  for example, increase the white blood cell count but biological explanations for how that happens have been unconvincing. Show More Summary

Spectranetics Bridge Occlusion Balloon Plugs Large Vessel Tears Caused by Lead Extractions

Spectranetics, a Colorado Springs, CO firm, won FDA 510(k) clearance for its Bridge Occlusion Balloon, a device used to block large vessels, typically the superior vena cava (SVC), if a tear happens while removing cardiac leads. Though tears are rare, when they do happen the rapid blood loss can be difficult to manage. Show More Summary

Hangout Today with Prof. Chen on Using Hep. E Viral Shells to Transport Drugs

  Just a few days ago we reported on how scientists at UC Davis are using hollow shells of the Hepatitis E virus to safely transport drugs through the digestive system and into the rest of the body. Today at 6pm EST (3pm PST) we’ll be hosting a live Hangout with Professor Holland Cheng, one of […] The post Hangout Today with Prof. Show More Summary

Smart Arm Sleeve to Improve Post-Stroke Rehab

At the University of Southampton researchers are working on a special arm sleeve to help people recover proper movement post stroke.  The sleeve will have mechanomyography (MMG) sensors that are able to detect vibrations due to muscle contractions, and accelerometers, gyros, and magnetometers for measuring the arm movements. Show More Summary

BioArchitects’ Patient Specific Titanium Implants Cleared by FDA

BioArchitects, a company with offices in New York City and Sao Paulo, Brazil, won FDA clearance to introduce its titanium patient specific cranial/craniofacial implants. The plates are printed on Arcam AB‘s additive manufacturing 3D printers that use electron beam melting technology designed using CAD based on patient CT or MRI scans. Show More Summary

Curatio Hand Scanner to Help Fit 3D Printed Casts

Anyone who has had an arm cast knows the importance of good fit, which is typically accomplished thanks to the material being soft when it’s applied. In the not too distant future, 3D printed casts may become popular because of a variety of advantages. Show More Summary

Neck Collar Helps Prevent Concussions with “Brain Bubble Wrap”

Performance Sports Group, the parent company of Bauer Hockey, has developed a promising device that may decrease the prevalence of concussions in athletes. Though there have been plenty of helmets and mouthguards that attempt to mitigate...Show More Summary

St. Jude’s OPTIS Mobile System Combines OCT, Angiography, FFR In a Mobile Package

St. Jude Medical is releasing in Europe and Japan its OPTIS Mobile System that combines optical coherence tomography (OCT) and angiography co-registration with fractional flow reserve (FFR) measurement. Offering similar features as the...Show More Summary

Joystick Fascial Closure Device Helps Wrap Up Laparoscopic Surgeries

The typical closure of fascia at laparoscopic port site through a small skin incision can be tricky and frustrating. Artisan Medical, a firm based in Medford, New Jersey, is introducing its Joystick fascia closure device intended for wrapping up laparoscopic surgeries by securely capturing and suturing the fascia. Show More Summary

Medtronic’s MRI-Conditional CRT-Ds Approved by FDA

Medtronic received FDA approval for its Amplia MRI Quad CRT-D SureScan and Compia MRI Quad CRT-D SureScan cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators, making them the only MRI-conditional CRT-Ds so far to be available in the U.S. Show More Summary

Shells of Hepatitis E Virus to Deliver Drugs to Kill Cancer, Treat Other Diseases

At UC Davis scientists managed to use the hollow shells of Hepatitis E virus as transport vehicles to deliver drugs. The viral shell was selected because the Hepatitis E virus is able to travel through the digestive system without being destroyed, and so would be a good candidate for PO formulations. Show More Summary

Nano Crystal Balls to Safely Ferry Drugs Through The Body

Crystal balls are finally proving useful for genuine medical applications. This is thanks to researchers at Drexel University where materials scientists are producing nano-scale crystal balls designed to distribute drugs within the body. Show More Summary

Bioabsorable Waveguide Helps PTB Seal Tissues Deep Below Surface

Photochemical tissue bonding (PTB) is a light-based method to repair tissues and is an alternative to traditional sutures and staples used to close wounds. Unlike the latter, PTB does not cause inflammation and scarring at the repair site. Show More Summary

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