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E-Motion Medical, an Israeli company, won the European CE Mark for its E-Motion System that stimulates the esophageal peristalsis in order restore failing motor activities of the digestive system. Patients suffering from acute gastrointestinal dysmotility (GID), which includes many, if not most, of the critically ill, require a great deal of care and multifaceted treatment. Complications are common, so novel treatment options that work well would be welcome by clinicians in the ICU and other wards. The E-Motion System sends patterns of electrical current through a feeding tube that has electrodes...

November 20th, 2018 by Editors
Bionic Vision Technologies, a firm based in Australia, has announced that its bionic eye system has been used to restore a "sense of sight" to four completely blind people suffering from retinitis pigmentosa. The findings from the study, which was performed at Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne, were presented at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists Scientific meeting. Unlike previous studies of the technology that were limited to in-lab use, the four patients were able to use the system in their everyday environments. Each had...

November 20th, 2018 by Michael Batista
As of last week, all three parts of this year's Future Health Index (FHI) by Philips are now available. Started two years ago, the FHI has previously measured perceptions of how healthcare is experienced from the points of view of both patients and providers in different countries (2016) and compared these perceptions to the reality of health systems in those countries (2017). This year, the FHI is focused on where healthcare systems around the world are in their progress towards value-based care. In doing so, the FHI is building on...
Infrared spectroscopy is commonly used for testing the strength of various materials, to study archaeological finds, and in forensics. It's a bit of a niche in medicine, partially due to the fact that the visible spectrum is itself so useful and equipment relying on it cheap to acquire. Researchers at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore have now developed an infrared sensing technique that relies on cheap visible spectrum detectors to do the job. The researchers figured out how to split a laser beam into two...
Safe and powerful biofuel cells may help power future medical implantables, and researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology and Korea University are helping to make that happen. The team of collaborators has developed a glucose-powered fuel cell that relies on gold-infused cotton fibers to achieve a new level of efficiency for such devices. Gold nanoparticles are embedded within cotton thread that is made functional thanks to a glucose-oxidase coating, resulting in highly electrically conductive electrodes that are biocompatible and very stable. Because the glucose-oxidase is placed in intimate contact with the...
Edwards Lifesciences received European CE Mark approval for its SAPIEN 3 Ultra transcatheter aortic heart valve. Indicated for valve replacement in patients with severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis, the device is available in three sizes (20 mm, 23 mm, and 26 mm) to fit most anatomies. It sports modifications to the valve itself, as well as an all-new delivery system and sheath, in order to be able to treat patients for whom other transcatheter aortic valve systems are not appropriate. The SAPIEN 3 Ultra features an extended skirt on its exterior that helps...
It's that time of the year when we call on technological visionaries, medical futurists, and creative people of all kinds to submit medical science fiction stories to our annual Medgadget Sci-Fi Writing Contest. At Medgadget, we keep a record of the progress of medical technologies and hope to inspire you to imagine a future where medicine is able to do things that are currently deemed impossible or, even better, have not yet been imagined. Medicine, and the people that work within this field, can be influenced by new ideas and technologies, and we hope...
Diabeloop, a company based in Grenoble, France, won the European CE Mark of approval for its DBLG1 blood sugar management system for type 1 diabetics. The system combines data gathered from a continuous blood glucose monitor and smart algorithms to drive the activation of an insulin pump. The system can predict glucose levels based on its continuous learning capability that adjusts to each individual patient. It's essentially the brains of a closed-loop system that replicates the functionality of a pancreas. “We are proud to have passed the regulatory step of...
Losing one’s memories, and therefore one's identity, must be a terrifying experience. With a global estimate of almost 50 million people living with dementia, predicted to rise to more than 130 million by 2050, the burden of Alzheimer’s and dementia are indisputable. While there are still no approved drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer’s, there is an urgency for developing diagnostic tests and the identification of biomarkers that enable the early detection of the disease. In light of this need, diagnostic technology company IQuity (pronounced I-Q-witty) has recently received a...

November 16th, 2018 by Conn Hastings
Researchers at the National Eye Institute in the U.S. have developed a retinal imaging technique that reveals live neurons, blood vessels, and epithelial cells within the retina. The method involves combining adaptive optics and angiography, and allows the researchers to view complex units of cells that interact in the outer edge of the retina. As this retinal region is involved in a range of diseases, including atherosclerosis, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and Alzheimer’s disease, the researchers hope that the technique could help with diagnosis and disease monitoring. “For studying diseases,...
EyeQue, a company based in Newark, California, is releasing a vision testing system that you can use at home to test your eyes with the help of a smartphone. The EyeQue VisionCheck personal vision tracker snaps onto the screen of a smartphone and the user simply places it against the eye to perform the testing. The accompanying app displays various images on the screen and while the user looks at those, an internal motor rotates a series of lenses that work together to measure the eye's focus and astigmatism, and so...

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