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BioCardia, a Silicon Valley firm, won FDA clearance for its Morph DNA catheter, a device developed to help with delivery of the company's CardiAMP cell therapy into the heart. CardiAMP involves depositing a patient's own bone marrow cells into heart tissue, with the intention of jump starting the body's natural healing processes to reverse previous damage that has occurred in the heart. The Morph DNA deflectable catheter is used to guide the Helix delivery system toward multiple targets inside the heart. The Helix injects cell therapy agents directly into cardiac...Read More
Sales of counterfeit drugs are disturbingly common around the world. Some patients end up not receiving necessary treatments, while others are harmed by ingesting whatever substances are inside the fake pills. Researchers at Purdue University have now come up with a way to tag medications so that forgers can't do the same to their fakes. The researchers created tiny digestible films, made of proteins, that can be stuck to pills and tablets, and which have fluorescent particles that display digital signatures that are extremely difficult to copy. These so-called "edible...Read More
Abbott is a giant medical technology company, but it kept understated at CES. We had a chance to learn a bit of what the company is doing at the world's premiere gadget conference, which is the Proclaim XR low dose neuromodulation implant. The Proclaim XR spinal cord stimulator can run for ten years using its internal battery, and patients can control its function using a paired iPhone. For chronic pain patients who may be helped by such therapy, it may result in a huge lifestyle improvement over many of their...Read More

January 16th, 2020 by Medgadget Editors
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PENTAX is releasing its IMAGINA Endoscopy System in the U.S., having just received FDA clearance for the GI imaging platform. The endoscope sports two powerful and long lasting LEDs at the tip that do not require regular replacement, unlike traditional bulbs that can be costly to regularly swap for new ones. Given enough procedures, a clinic can end up saving significant amounts by using the IMAGINA over a system containing conventional bulbs. The system also features a HD+ CMOS light sensor and a touchscreen display on the control unit with...Read More

January 16th, 2020 by Medgadget Editors
Automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) are common these days in airports, stadiums, and other places where there are very many people around. They are still expensive devices, and so are not as widely available as they should be. People who are susceptible to suffering from dangerous cardiac arrhythmias but that don't have appropriate implants would probably be safer with an AED nearby that a family member or someone else can use on them in case of an incident. At CES 2020 in Las Vegas we learned of HeartHero, a small, portable,...Read More

January 15th, 2020 by Medgadget Editors
Regular physical activity is one of the best ways to prevent a wide variety of health problems, but not everyone is willing to sign up for a gym membership. The way that most gyms are currently operated is that you either sign up for a membership for a year or two, or you simply don't get to go, even if you want to visit the place once in a while. FlexIt is a new startup that aims to make gym access easier for those that don't want a full membership,...Read More
By 2025, an estimated 75 billion internet of things (IoT) devices are predicted to be in use worldwide. This includes the growing number of connected medical devices, such as pacemakers, that patients rely on to sustain life. While some regulation related to securing healthcare data exists, governance related to protecting the devices themselves is inadequate despite the increasing risk of malicious attacks on these digitally-accessible medical technologies. Medgadget has previously spoken with emerging cybersecurity companies who recognize the risks of compromised medical technology and are building solutions to address the...Read More
Medtronic obtained the European CE Mark for its Percept PC neurostimulator that uses smart feedback technology to deliver deep brain stimulation to treat Parkinson's and other neurologic diseases. The so-called BrainSense technology powering the Percept PC can record brain signals at the same time that it delivers therapy. It is compatible with full-body MRI scans in scanners up to 3 Tesla, allowing patients to continue to receive necessary imaging. The implant has a longer battery capacity than Medtronic's Activa PC deep brain neurostimulator while having a smaller body. A short...Read More
A medical device consultant can provide research, regulatory, communication and product development services, so that you can launch your product in the market with confidence.  Recent advances in technology and research has accelerated the growth of the medical device industry, which is growing at an unprecedented rate. It is predicted that the medical device market will achieve a compound annual growth rate of 4.9% over the coming years, leading to its value to top $200 billion in 2023, according to Fitch Solutions. Medical devices are heavily regulated. It’s a long...Read More

January 15th, 2020 by Medgadget Editors
TriSalus, a Denver, Colorado firm, is launching a new solid tumor infusion system to target hepatocellular carcinoma, liver metastases, and other tumors. The TriNav Infusion System features the company's SmartValve and Pressure-Enabled Drug Delivery (PEDD) technologies to get more of the tumor killing drug inside the diseased tissue. The treatment is delivered in a similar manner as many existing intravascular procedures, as the device is compatible with common cath lab tools (0.035-inch and 0.038-inch standard angiographic catheters) and is easy to track through the vasculature because of a single-body design....Read More

January 14th, 2020 by Medgadget Editors
Total knee replacements (arthroplasties) have become some of the most common surgeries performed in hospitals these days. To achieve optimal results the implants themselves have to be well engineered and manufactured, and follow-up monitoring and therapy have to be done properly. Sensoria Health, an Italian company, has developed a number of technologies to aid with these aspects of total knee replacements. Their tech has already been validated, including at the Mayo Clinic, and the company hopes to expand availability of its products so that more patients can be guaranteed to...Read More

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