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Applied Tissue Technologies, based in Hingham, MA, won FDA clearance for its Platform Wound Dressing (PWD), the first embossed negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) device that doesn't require using any foam or gauze. The PWD has an adhesive base and an embossed membrane that keeps the wound isolated from the outside environment. The membrane, thanks to its unique design, ends up performing the functions of the foam or gauze that's currently used with existing NPWT products. The device is transparent when looking from above, allowing for close monitoring of the wound during...
Incontinence, be it urinary or fecal, is not fun and products to treat it is not something that excites the average consumer. Yet, InControl Medical was at CES 2019 showing off its Attain device, a product for managing urinary and/or fecal incontinence in both men and women. The Brookfield, Wisconsin firm claims that the Attain is the most advanced incontinence control device available for over-the-counter purchase. It uses both electrical muscle stimulation and visual biofeedback to train the pelvic floor muscles. After the user lovingly inserts the device into one...
Electrical neurostimulators may look alike and even work similarly to each other, but differences in how their energy is delivered can have significant effect on a therapy's effectiveness. Nevro, a Silicon Valley company, has developed a high frequency spinal cord stimulation technology that avoids some of the common problems associated with other neurostimulators. The Nevro Senza implant delivers signals at 10 kHz, which is much higher than competitors' products. This frequency is too high to elicit paresthesia, a condition commonly described as a tingling feeling in areas regulated by the electrically...
Dassault Systèmes is a major French manufacturer of all sorts of clinical equipment and technologies, and the company is always looking for new product ideas and ways that can improve medical care. Recently, the firm launched its 3DEXPERIENCE Lab initiative, which is an accelerator program for startups across the world that are looking for help with technologies and expertise for their product development. The 3DEXPERIENCE Lab is particularly focused on startups that work in one of six different categories: City, Life, Lifestyle, Internet of Thing, Ideation and Fablab. The startups, based...
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a therapy that has been around for decades. It is used to treat pain and a few other conditions, but over those decades it has gotten a bit stale. New companies, though, are taking TENS therapy to a new level and NeuroMetrix is one of the leaders in this field. The company was showing off for the first time its Quell 2.0 TENS device at CES 2019. It is smaller than the company's original product, but sports a larger battery that can provide more...
WHILL makes some of the most interesting powered wheelchairs around, though don't call them that. These are personal electric vehicles that can serve all kinds of users. They are made of attractive materials and have a unique form that can be used by people that use wheelchairs and those that rely on mobility scooters. Now the company is introducing a self driving feature for its vehicles that will help people ride around with greater confidence and ease. The WHILL Autonomous Driving System (ADS) uses cameras to look around and recognize the...
Hoobox Robotics, a robotics company based in São Paulo, Brazil, has developed the “Wheelie 7”, a wheelchair controlled using facial recognition technology. Incorporating AI developed by Intel, the technology allows users to control the movements of a motorized wheelchair using just their faces. The technology is envisaged as being particularly helpful for users who cannot use their hands to control a motorized device. The tech consists of a 3D camera that records a user’s facial expressions (no body sensors are required) and an on-board computer that interprets the expressions and...
TThe names Black & Decker and Stanley conjure thoughts of sawing wood planks, drilling holes, as well as mixing up dough for your secret bread recipe. They certainly don't make one think of medical devices. But the joined company, called Stanley Black & Decker, now has a division called STANLEY Healthcare that already has a number of products designed specifically for use in clinics and by patients at home. At CES 2019, the company was presenting its new Pria by BLACK+DECKER Home Care Companion, a smart device that can dispense medications at...
We went to CES 2019 to investigate all the latest health-related consumer-centric gadgetry. What we did not expect you is to talk to Penn Jillette and discuss his health concerns and how he managed to lose massive amounts of weight (he even wrote a book about it). But that's what happened, as Mr. Jillette was representing Withings and their line of activity tracking watches, smart scales, and other digital tools that help people improve their levels of physical activity, track blood pressure, ECG, and body temperature, and help folks to...
RFPi, a company out of Greenville, North Carolina, won FDA clearance for its iCertainty blood flow and perfusion imaging system. The technology gives clinicians the ability to essentially watch as blood saturates or drains in tissues being worked on, something that typically has to be done using invasive means. The new technology avoids injection of dyes and the use of fluoroscopes that emit ionizing radiation, and may be an alternative to interoperative MRI scanning in some cases. RFPi believes that many surgical procedures can be done faster, more easily, and...

January 15th, 2019 by ToeMate
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...

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Attain Incontinence Control Device at CES 2019

Incontinence, be it urinary or fecal, is not fun and products to treat it is not something that excites the average consumer. Yet, InControl Medical was at CES 2019... January 17th, 2019

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