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Insulet won FDA clearance for its Omnipod Dash insulin management system. The system relies on a tubeless stick-on insulin pump that can stay hidden and discreet under the skin, controlled wirelessly without even having to lift the bottom of a shirt. The system comes with a smartphone-like device that interfaces with the pump and keeps track of readings and amount of insulin delivered over time. If used along with the CONTOUR NEXT ONE blood glucose reader, the system can keep track of sugar levels and help to adjust the delivery of insulin...
Researchers at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology in Saudi Arabia have developed an electrically conductive hydrogel that can flex, stretch, and self-heal when cut and reattached. The versatile material has potential in a variety of applications including wound healing patches, wearable electronics, and touch-sensitive robotics. The research team developed the new material by combining a water-infused hydrogel with a metal-carbide compound called MXene. The gel can stretch by up to 3400% before returning to its original size, can reattach itself after being cut into pieces, and can adhere...
At this week's Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery conference (CARS 2018) in Berlin, scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing in Germany will be showing off their unique software that helps to fix cardiac valves. Designed for minimally invasive procedures, which involve placing special rings that correct native valve anatomy, the software helps to identify the desired approach and predicts the chances of positive outcomes. Using imaging data gathered from MRI, CT scans, or ultrasound, a virtual heart is created in-silico that can be examined in detail, particularly the...
  MDCalc is a 13-year-old medical reference started by two practicing emergency medicine physicians, Dr. Joe Habboushe and Dr. Graham Walker. A recent survey by EB Medicine has shown that MDCalc’s 370+ tools are now used weekly by 65% of U.S. attending physicians and nearly 80% of U.S. residents, which may make it the most broadly used medical reference. It is still owned and run by the physicians who started it, without outside investment or outside corporate influence (just like Medgadget). To better understand how new medical calculators are created...
Medtronic won FDA approval and is releasing its Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Clinician Programmer and Activa Programming Application. The app, loaded on a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablet, lets neurologists and neurosurgeons program the stimulation using intuitive controls. One significant feature of the new programming capability is that it will allow rechargeable neurostimulators to work up to fifteen years, compared to the current nine year average lifespan. This will cut down on replacement surgeries, lowering the overall cost of the therapy and causing less discomfort for patients. "After using the Medtronic...
Earlier this year at the Health 2.0 WinterTech Conference, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Catalyst @ Health 2.0 launched the RWJF Opioid Challenge, an initiative aimed at bringing together healthcare and technology innovators to solve a growing epidemic of addiction in the United States. A panel of 19 judges evaluated 97 initial submissions based on innovation, scalability, and overall design and intuitiveness of the solution, resulting in five semifinalists. Resilience IQ (ResQ) Hey, Charlie Luceo/Canary App Sober Grid HashTag Preparation for Phase 2 of the competition is underway with...
Peptides, or strings of amino acids, are being investigated as a way to help activate the immune system to fight cancer and other diseases. Delivering them into the interior of immune system's cells is difficult because they're easily broken apart by the body. Now a team of researchers from Switzerland and Germany have developed a way of creating hybrid silk-based particles and using them to encapsulate peptides for safe transport to disease sites. “To develop immunotherapeutic drugs effective against cancer, it is essential to generate a significant response of T...
Dexcom won European regulatory approval to introduce its Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitoring system wherever the CE Mark applies. We checked out the system recently to get a better idea of its latest features and how it works. It's indicated for diabetes patients that are two years in age or older, effectively eliminating the need to do regular finger prick tests neither for disease management nor to calibrate the sensor. Because the sensor/transmitter that stays on the skin has been reduced in size by nearly 30%, it should help improve...
EarlySense is an Israeli-based company and a market leader in the field of real-time, contact-free health monitoring systems. We at Medgadget have been following the company for more than a decade, starting with the company’s flagship product, EverOn. EarlySense systems were initially developed for use in hospitals and rehabilitation centers. These systems wirelessly and continuously monitor patient vital signs while also providing information that maximizes patient safety by helping prevent falls and the formation of pressure ulcers. Last year EarlySense broke into the consumer market with their debut of EarlySense...
Optovue, based in Fremont, California, received FDA clearance for what it calls "world’s first OCT Angiography metrics" system. The AngioAnalytics system is used to image the eye much like with traditional optical coherence tomography (OCT) systems, but provides visualization of individual vessels of the superficial and deep capillary plexus along with conventional OCT. It produces images from captured 3D data in layers, depending on what's of interest, virtually separating and allowing to focus on specific anatomy. No dyes are used in the process, and so is easier and faster to...
A team of Swiss researchers has developed a microplate system for printing engineered muscle and tendon tissue. The investigators were able to create a microwell plate that allows tissue to adhere to it and the system constantly monitors progress, screens the growth and selects the desired results. The system may end up being used for therapeutic applications to treat a variety of muscle and joint disorders, but also for screening new drugs. Some details from the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS): Muscle and tendon tissue models are fabricated...

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