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Researchers and students at Michigan Technological University have used a 3D printer to create adaptive aids for arthritis patients, which could help people perform daily tasks such as opening doors or getting dressed. The devices are a small fraction of the cost of commercial alternatives, meet or improve on existing standards, and are customizable for individual patients. The CDC estimates that almost 25% of the U.S. population suffers from some form of arthritis. The disease can make routine tasks, such as turning a key in a lock, difficult or nearly...

December 13th, 2018 by Editors
CMR Surgical, a UK firm, is making a big push at introducing its Versius robotic surgical system in the U.S. by partnering with the Nicholson Center in Florida and launching the first U.S.-based training program for the Versius. In preparation of the program, and to get the kinks worked out in the training, 27 surgical teams including more than 100 clinicians worked during nine weeks of FDA validation studies of the robot. The Versius robotic system can be moved from room to room, expanding the potential for robotic surgery in many...
Tattoos have a long history on the human skin, underlined by a find of a body in the Alps more than 5,000 years old that had tattoos all over it. While tattoos have mostly served as decorations, status symbols, and as parts of rituals, researchers at University of Colorado Boulder believe they can be made to serve medical purposes. The researchers encased special dyes within plastic microcapsules that are extremely small and that can be injected within the interstitial fluid of the skin, just like regular tattoo dyes. The nifty thing...
Materialise, a company that 3D prints millions of unique medical parts every year, has partnered with Carestream Health to release a browser-driven pre-operative planning solution. The product will give orthopedic surgeons the ability to plan surgeries and order custom surgical guides and other 3D printed parts from just about any in-hospital computer with a browser. Currently, dedicated workstations that have Materialise's OrthoView software had to be used to perform these tasks. The same will be available through a browser login, and since no patient data is stored on the local...
GIBLIB, named after Dr. John Heysham Gibbon, the revolutionary surgeon that invented the heart-lung machine, is an online streaming platform that provides medical professionals with access to high-fidelity, immersive 360-degree virtual reality (VR) video content of current medical topics and surgical procedures. The videos closely emulate the operating room environment, including camera angles from the surgeon's point of view, and feature expert physicians at leading academic medical centers. The company's content provides students and medical professionals around the world with access to a wide variety of medical lectures and surgeries from...
A few years ago researchers identified the Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2 (HER-2) protein as a biomarker for the presence of certain types of breast cancer. Tests for it, though, are expensive and take much time to produce results. Researchers at the University of Connecticut and University of Hartford have now developed a cheap biosensor that detects HER-2 in a small whole blood sample within fifteen minutes. The achievement relied on using an inkjet printer to put down a nanoparticle ink onto a plastic substrate, in the process producing a specialized...
  Hill-Rom and EarlySense have partnered to introduce contact-free patient monitoring into an already hi-tech patient bed. Hill-Rom's Centrella Smart+ bed now features EarlySense's sensor, which is able to track the patient's heart rate and respiratory rate while laying unseen under the mattress. The sensor performs measurements more than 100 times per minute and provides live data at the nurse's station, including warnings when the values reach outside of predefined norms. The companies hope that the new bed will allow clinicians to address patient emergencies faster than before and without having...
Chances are, someone you know has been affected by mental health problems. With an estimated world-wide burden of 300 million people, depression can be a severely debilitating condition. In fact, in the past year alone, more than 16 million adults in the US have experienced a major depressive episode. While many of those who seek help are able to find solace in therapy or medication, treatment-resistant depression is not uncommon. Clinicians like Stanford’s Dr. Nolan Williams have been studying the applications of transcranial magnetic stimulation (or TMS) for a variety of...
Turner Imaging Systems announced it will be releasing its Smart-C X-ray device, which is a tiny C-arm designed for imaging the extremities at the point of care. The device can be used inside clinical offices, surgical suites, and even taken in the field for help with disaster relief. The Smart-C weighs in at only 16 pounds (7 Kg) and can be carried by one person without too much trouble. Since it's powered by a battery, there's not even a need to have a power outlet to use it. The wireless...
All too often after tumor resections cancers end up spreading to other parts of the body. Metastasis is not well understood, but researchers at University of California, Los Angeles, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou and Fudan University in China, have developed and tested a remarkable new gel that seems to prevent it from occurring. The spray gel is designed to be used following a removal of tumors, applying it to the area following treatment. The gel is infused with calcium carbonate nanoparticles that hold onto an...
Contego Medical, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, landed FDA clearance for its Vanguard IEP peripheral balloon angioplasty system. The product features the Congego's proprietary Integrated Embolic Protection (IEP) technology that captures embolic debris breaking off from occlusions being treated within the superficial femoral artery. It was cleared last year in Europe under the CE Mark. The IEP component is a parachute-like filter that captures anything larger than 150 microns in diameter, thanks to tiny pores that let blood through but blocks most of the plaque that can dislodge from an occlusion. The device...

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