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Researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, the University of Trento in Italy, and other international collaborators leveraged a machine learning algorithm to identify a subset of gut bacteria associated with colorectal cancer, the third most common cancer worldwide. They performed a meta-analysis of eight studies of gut bacteria and colorectal cancer, spanning seven countries and three continents, and found that the microbiome changes associated with colorectal cancer are robust, despite differences in environment or diet. The team used a tool called mOTUs2, which can accurately...
Tyto Care and Best Buy have partnered up to release one of the more interesting at-home medical devices to come out in the last few years. The TytoHome Medical Exam Kit provides a true telehealth capability by letting parents, caretakers, and people themselves perform physical exams. While the exams are done by average folks, the data, such as otoscope photos, temperature readings, and heart rate can be examined by a physician over a computer. The Tyto device has a camera, onto which different gadgets can be attached, such as a...
Balloon catheters have revolutionized the treatment of vascular diseases, but when they're used to push plaque against the walls of vessels tears can form. These tears can have significant impact on the integrity and hemodynamics of vessels and therefore on the health of patients. Stents can be used to address these, but stents are typically much longer than the tears and multiple tears would require multiple stents, each with potential to create side effects down the road. Intact Vascular, a company based in Wayne, Pennsylvania, landed FDA approval for its...
Good ideas for new medical devices are a dime a dozen. Getting from an idea to an actual product is the true challenge. There are many factors to manage during the early stages of developing an idea into a product, financial potential, electronics, materials, regulatory issues, ergonomics, and clinical significance. There are now dozens of incubators, accelerators, and product development outfits around the country that help advance ideas for medical products, but they're clustered on the coasts and in a few hubs, such as Silicon Valley. Many, if not most,...
Spry Health, a Silicon Valley company, won FDA clearance to introduce its Loop System continuous health monitor. The product, which consists of a wrist-band wearable device, charging cradle, and platform to analyze the readings, provides clinical-grade pulse oximetry, heart rate, and breathing rate of a patient over the entire day. Clinicians can have remote and real-time information about patient status, helping to monitor those with COPD and other chronic conditions. The patient doesn't have to do anything except place the wearable on the charging pad when it's asking to be...
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PENTAX Medical, a part of HOYA Group, has unveiled a new endoscope processing and storage solution that helps to eliminate any chance of bacterial infections. In the last few years endoscopes have been identified as common vectors through which bacteria spread from patient to patient, so new endoscope designs and ways to clean them are coming out. The PlasmaTYPHOON from PENTAX Medical delivers ultra-fast drying of the channels of the endoscope and is then used to store endoscopes within special PlasmaBAGs. The drying is done within five minutes and safe...
Stryker won FDA approval to introduce its LIFEPAK CR2 defibrillator with LIFELINKcentral program manager. It was developed by Physio Control, now a subsidiary of Stryker. The interesting capability of this automatic external defibrillator (AED) is that it is able to analyze the stricken patient's electrocardiogram (ECG) while someone is performing chest compressions. Normally, movements and another person's electrical signals would confuse a defibrillator, but the cprINSIGHT technology within the LIFEPAK CR2 manages to identify the source of the electrical signals and separates the two. This capability increases the amount of...
Deep Lens is an AI-driven digital pathology company based in Ohio. They’re currently working with Worldwide Clinical Trials to fast-track patient enrollment into clinical trials. This week, they announced a successful Series A financing round of $14 million. “Since our inception, we’ve benefited from a tremendous group of investors, which now includes the world class team at Northpond Ventures,” said Deep Lens co-founder and CEO Dave Billiter in a press release statement. “This Series A financing is further validation of the value of our industry-changing approach to digital pathology in...
Ever since its advent, in vitro fertilization has relied on trained specialists with a keen eye to select which embryos look more viable. This is a great responsibility since roughly only half of IVF procedures are successful. Any improvement of this process would be of great benefit to the expectant parents. Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine have now developed an computer vision system, powered by artificial intelligence algorithms, that is able to identify with impressive accuracy whether a given human embryo will probably make it in the womb. The system...
Artificial intelligence techniques are becoming important tools in medicine and biomedical research. Tasks that require a great deal of precision, patience, and previous knowledge can now be taught to computers. A field where AI may be particularly useful is neurology, as the time scales and number of cells involved can be overwhelming for many experiments. Appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research involved speeding up two-photon calcium imaging, a well known method of recording neural activity. Currently, it is a laborious, mostly manual effort to...
Donor organs are hard to come by partially because of ischemic damage, physical damage, presence of infection, and other reasons. Researcher at the University of Toronto in Canada and University of São Paulo in Brazil have developed a method of getting rid of bacteria and viruses from donor organs using only light. The technique involves first removing all donor blood from the organ, running a preservation liquid through the organ, and illuminating organs using ultraviolet and red light for about a half hour or so. In order to boost effectiveness,...

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HEMAsavR Helps to Recover More Intraop Blood

Ecomed Solutions, out of Mundelein, Illinois, is releasing its HEMAsavR device for blood capture and transfer during surgeries. The product helps to avoid allogeneic... April 11th, 2019

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HEMAsavR Helps to Recover More Intraop Blood

Ecomed Solutions, out of Mundelein, Illinois, is releasing its HEMAsavR device for blood capture and transfer during surgeries. The product helps to avoid allogeneic... April 11th, 2019

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