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ULedger is a blockchain technology start-up Medgadget had a chance to meet at the "Healthcare on the Blockchain" event earlier this year (See our coverage of Day 1; Day 2) . The company focuses on helping enterprises achieve data integrity through its blockchain platform. Data integrity is particularly important in light of a regulatory inquiry during which a business must prove the reliability of their data. Working with ULedger's platform, enterprise businesses can upgrade their data infrastructure with minimal effort and cost while gaining the benefit and reliability of a tamper-proof, distributed ledger. Flexibility...
Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new microscopy technique that can image living tissue in real time, without the need for chemical stains or dyes. The technique can achieve significant detail, such as allowing researchers to see the movement of vesicles, which are tiny transport packages, between cells. This approach could be used during surgical procedures to assess tissues of interest, and also has significant potential in tissue pathology, diagnostics, and disease monitoring applications. “The way we have been removing, processing, and staining tissue for diagnosing diseases...
At the University of Cambridge, scientists have developed a method of monitoring small changes in joints of patients living with osteoarthritis. The capability should give clinical researchers and physicians treating patients a new tool to better understand and deal with the disease. The technique relies on CT scans of patient joints, and it measures the slight changes in the distance between the two bones in a given joint. As such, the semi-automated method is called joint space mapping (JSM), and it seems to be better than traditional two-dimensional X-ray imaging,...
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) is a condition which makes it difficult to chew on food and talk, while being quite painful and unpleasant. It's caused by the breakdown of the cartilage disc that brings together two bones of the jaw. Researchers from University of California, Irvine, University of California, Davis, and The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston have now developed a way of taking tissue from a rib of one animal, separating out cartilage cells, and then used those cells to grow a new replacement cartilage that can be...
Growing neural stem cells is a complicated process that has the potential to result in the unintended production of cancer cells. In large part this is due to the addition of growth factors to the culture mix, which can result in indiscriminate cellular multiplication. Now researchers from the Hong Kong Baptist University have developed a way of growing neural stem cells without the use of growth factors, relying instead on nano-scale materials to stimulate the process. "Traditional methods for proliferation and differentiation of NSCs require a large number of additional...
Loss of hearing results in a decreased quality of life. While hearing aids generally improve hearing by about one-half of the loss, they face significant barriers to use. According to a 2012 study of hearing aid usage by the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), only 1 in 7 American adults over 50 with hearing loss used a hearing aid, and a 2014 Cochrane report found that 5-40% of patients who already own hearing aids do not use them. The reasons are complex and multifactorial, including discomfort, insurance...
B2B eCommerce and the medical device industry are both growing. Frost & Sullivan predicts B2B eCommerce will be double the size of B2C by 2020 ($6.7 trillion versus $3.2 trillion). At the same time, an aging population and the development of new technologies are fueling growth in the medical devices and supplies market. According to IBISWorld research, the medical supplies market in the US alone was worth $192 billion in 2017. Forward thinking companies will see the convergence of these two trends and will make sure to be among the...
Medical students around the world are invited to participate in the first international diagnostic championship hosted by International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA) and InSimu, a company that makes apps for students to practice diagnostic decisions. Teams of up to three students can participate from anywhere in the world, combining their theoretical knowledge to arrive at correct diagnoses using a smartphone app. The first prize includes being named as the Best Diagnostician 2018, coupled with a very nice 3M Littmann Master Cardiology stethoscope. Link to register: International Diagnostic Championship... Official announcement: IFMSA And...
At Purdue University researchers have come up with a way of reliably attaching thin film sensors and other small electronic devices to soft contact lenses. The capability may allow for real-time, non-invasive measurement of glucose levels, delivery of drugs directly to the eye, and maybe even tracking intraocular pressure. “We developed a very unique technology that enables the integration of thin film sensors with a commercially available soft contact lens,” said Chi Hwan Lee, an engineering professor at Purdue. “These current hydrogel-based contacts serve as the perfect platform for smart...
Masimo and Thermomedics, a part of PositiveID, announced they're releasing in the U.S. the TIR-1 non-contact Bluetooth thermometer. The infrared thermometer integrates with the Masimo Root patient monitor, allowing contact-free forehead temperature measurement in patients of all ages. Since no contact is made, there's no need to replace those plastic tips as on ear thermometers every time a measurement is taken. The device provides clinical-grade readings, allowing clinics to avoid touch-based thermometers altogether. This can help speed up the taking of readings and in the process avoid the potential for...
Though mammography helps to provide early detection of breast cancer, it is a modality that suffers from limitations, particularly in dense breasts. A new technology, developed at Caltech, may have the potential to eclipse mammographies for spotting cancerous lesions. The photoacoustic system sends near-infrared laser light into breast tissue and detectors are used to spot ultrasonic waves that return. Because the light is absorbed disproportionately by hemoglobin molecules, their signal is stronger, and they end up more visible to the detector. Since most of the hemoglobin is present within blood...

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