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Compliance with medications is considered one of the best ways for patients to stay on track in managing their health. However, driving adherence is a complex problem influenced by not only medical, but also economic, social, and geographic factors. Ensuring patients continue taking their medications, while understanding and addressing the source(s) of an individual's tendency to unintentionally or intentionally miss a dose, represents the goal of many medication adherence programs. Recent innovations in digital health have tackled medication adherence with software, hardware, and combined solutions to achieve this goal. One...
Earlier this year, Medgadget spoke with Noble International about the company's self-injection trainers designed to mimic the patient experience with prefilled syringes and autoinjectors. During the interview, we heard about AdhereIT, "a smart attachable device component, available for various autoinjector form factors, that connects to the device and has the capability to track, monitor and guide patients not only through device training but also actual self-injections." Recently, Noble officially launched the "smart" AdhereIT platform, which includes features like detecting when the injection device makes contact with the injection site on the...
Mosquitoes are usually only an unpleasant nuisance, but when they're carrying diseases we only find out once people start showing up sick at hospitals and clinics. A spinoff from Purdue University is hoping to give public health professionals, and mosquito eradication programs, an early warning system to know where to direct their resources. The company, called SMK Diagnostics that's headquartered in West Lafayette, Indiana, has developed a sensor that can identify the presence of infectious viruses within mosquitoes and to name specifically which flaviviruses they are. The technology, which consists...
An amazing new X-ray scanner has been tried for the first time on a human, producing 3D color images with incredible detail. The spectral (multi-energy) scanner was developed for clinical uses by researchers at Universities of Canterbury and Otago, both in New Zealand, and it relies on a detector created originally for CERN, the large European particle accelerator laboratory, to help find the Higgs boson. The detector is unique because it measures the X-ray energy delivered to it and counts photons at the same time, resulting in thousands of times more...
EchoNous, a Seattle-based firm, landed FDA clearance for its EchoNous Vein ultrasound for peripheral IV catheter delivery. It can visualize veins up to five centimeters deep and can be used on both children and adults. The transducer probe connects to a Samsung tablet, which serves as the display and control device, since the probe only has two buttons on its body. The EchoNous Vein is portable and compact, and tuned to image vasculature, allowing clinicians to quickly place an IV with fewer failures and re-insertions. “Time is critical, especially when...
Scientists at Harvard's Wyss Institute have come up with a way of growing podocytes, kidney cells that filter out blood, from induced pluripotent stem cells inside a special chamber that replicates the glomerulus of a kidney. These cells, provided an environment similar to their natural one, have shown remarkable identity to their all-real cousins in their transcriptomic and protein expression abilitities. According to Wyss, they "match those of mature podocytes". Because the cells grown using Wyss' approach are effectively the same as naturally produced ones, researchers now have an ability to perform...
Medtronic's HVAD System, a left ventricular assist device, can now be implanted via a thoracotomy, a less invasive procedure than a median sternotomy. Moreover, a thoracotomy means that future procedures that may require access through the chest can still be performed in what are already risky patients. The HVAD System is indicated for those with advanced, refractory heart failure, both as a bridge to a heart transplant and as a final therapy if a transplant is not an option. Some details about what led to this news: FDA approval for HVAD implantation via...
New medical technology solution lets patients set their own price for radiology imaging tests, like MRIs and CAT scans Medmo (https://www.medmo.com) is a new, rapidly-growing healthcare start-up that enables patients to obtain medical imaging tests – such as MRIs, CT scans (CAT scans), PET scans, and more  – at the exact price they can afford, with no surprise fees or bills. Patients simply indicate the type of scan they need, and Medmo connects them with a nearby, accredited imaging center that can work with their budget. “The ‘name your price’...
Healcerion, the South Korean firm that introduced truly wireless ultrasound probes that work with smartphones and tablets, is releasing its SONON 300L ultrasound in the United States. The device was cleared last fall by the FDA and Healcerion has been working on manufacturing and preparing it for distribution. The SONON 300L works with most Android and iOS phones and tablets, requiring the user to simply download the Healcerion app and to pair the ultrasound to the device being used. The ultrasound itself weighs 13 ounces (370 grams), is powered by...
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Citroën, the french car manufacturer, is releasing special glasses that help to prevent motion sickness. Though motion sickness was always a problem for some, since the introduction of smartphones and tablets the condition has been affecting more people as more of us look at screens while being chauffeured around. The so called "SEETROËN" glasses are actually developed by Boarding Ring, a French firm. The glasses have a blue liquid that can flow in front and around the eyes. The liquid stays horizontal with the ground, regardless of how the vehicle...
Scientific researchers commonly collaborate beyond their specific institutions, and sometimes even their field, with peers around the world studying related subjects and solving adjacent challenges. Physicians, on the other hand, are typically limited to their immediate practice or physician colleagues for input on complex cases or insights into changing clinical trends. G-Med, an international, social media platform exclusively for physicians, is seeking to facilitate similar opportunities for crowdsourcing and collaboration that scientists already experience. Today, G-Med has built a network of over 120,000 doctors from 50 different countries representing 60...

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TEECAD Camera Gives Vision to TEE Probes

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TEECAD Camera Gives Vision to TEE Probes

A young medtech company called Visura Technologies, based outside of Chicago, won FDA clearance for its TEE Camera Assist Device, TEECAD for short. The device is... July 10th, 2018

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