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November 20th, 2019 by Medgadget Editors
Myopia is a very common condition in children, often progressing rapidly and triggering earlier onset of other eye conditions, such as cataracts and detached retina. Cooper Vision, a company out of Lake Forest, California, just won FDA clearance for the first contact lens that can actually slow down the progression of childhood myopia. Myopia is a result of the eye growing longer than it should, which causes the image to focus not on the retina, but in front of it. Indicated to be worn by kids between the ages of...Read More
According to market research firm Key Group, Formlabs is the most installed 3D printer for all sizes of dental labs. The global company currently provides professional 3D printing hardware and digital fabrication services across a range of industries from healthcare, including dental and audiology, to entertainment and education. Doubling down on its current dental offerings, last week Formlabs announced the launch of Formlabs Dental. The new business unit, comprised of a team of dental professionals, will serve the dental vertical with Formlabs' new Form 3B printer and platform. The Form...Read More
Researchers at Penn State have developed self-propelled liposomes that can migrate towards or away from chemical signals, paving the way for self-directed drug delivery vehicles that can actively target a specific area in the body. The technology may help to enhance efficacy and reduce side-effects of drugs in a variety of applications. Because of the drawbacks of conventional drug therapies, researchers are developing a wide variety of drug delivery vehicles including nanoparticles, biomaterials, and even implantable devices, to increase drug accumulation at a target site in the body and reduce...Read More
A German company called avateramedical GmbH won European regulatory approval for its avatera robot-assisted, minimally invasive surgical system. The CE Mark was issued separately for all the system's components, including the control unit, the robot itself, as well as instruments, an endoscope, and sterile parts that accompany the avatera. Together, the separate CE Marks allow the entire system to be used in Europe during minimally invasive procedures. The avatera robot relies on single-use instruments, something that helps to guarantee sterility during every procedure using the new system. The potential for...Read More
Elysium Health, a life sciences company selling health products with a particular focus on interventions that target fundamental processes of aging, has developed the Index at-home biological age test. The company claims that the test allows users to determine their biological age at home, and provides science-backed healthy living recommendations that may be able to impact overall health. Aging is the largest risk-factor for a huge array of diseases and health issues, and, indeed, mortality. Identifying, monitoring, and modifying the factors involved in the aging process could help clinicians to...Read More
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an imaging modality that provides a micron-level look at the tissues being examined. It is used in ophthalmology to assess the eyes and for imaging the interior of arteries to help with atherectomies. Although OCT has significant potential to help clinicians evaluate the health of tissues, it has proven difficult to use deep within the body. Now, researchers at Duke University have managed to equip a rigid borescope, the kind used to look inside joints during arthroscopies, with OCT imaging capability. The borescope, with a...Read More

November 18th, 2019 by Medgadget Editors
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Pentax Medical won FDA clearance for its ED34-i10T2 duodenoscope that features a disposable elevator end piece, making it easier to guarantee that the scope is properly sterilized between patients. This is the first scope of its kind, although we recently covered the clearance of ScopeSeal, a disposable device that snaps over a scope's business end to keep it clean. Thanks to a disposable end piece, there are fewer parts to process when sterilizing the new ED34-i10T2 duodenoscope. A few years ago it was discovered that duodenoscopes are carriers of infections,...Read More
care.ai, an artificial intelligence company based in Florida, has partnered with Google to create an autonomous patient monitoring system. By combining multiple sensors in a patient’s room and neural network data analysis, the system can identify and predict accidents and clinical events, in some cases warning healthcare staff before an incident happens. Preventable accidents and medical issues in healthcare facilities result in thousands of patient deaths and significant patient suffering every year. These include falls, infections, and pressure ulcers. While such issues are theoretically avoidable, in many cases it is...Read More

November 15th, 2019 by Medgadget Editors
Art
Virtual reality is already used in medicine to train surgeons, fight phobias, and even help with early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers at Drexel University have now taken the first steps to apply virtual reality in the field of art therapy. “Art therapy is founded on the idea that creative expression with an art therapist facilitates communication and problem solving, reduces inhibition, alleviates depressive symptoms and promotes personal development,” said Girija Kaimal, EdD, lead author of the study in Journal of Art Therapy Association that involved 17 people making art...Read More
Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have developed a prototype wireless, flexible oxygen sensor the size of a band aid. The device can be stuck to the skin and can wirelessly monitor blood oxygen levels and transmit data through the internet to doctors and caregivers. The technology may allow ill newborns to go home with their parents rather than having to stay in the hospital, all while providing adequate monitoring of blood oxygen levels to the clinical team. “Extended stays in the hospital are costly and can be a strain on...Read More

November 15th, 2019 by Rukmani Sridharan
Continuous monitoring of bacterial growth is a critical step in the biotechnology industry and in biological labs. These measurements are typically taken using large and bulky spectrophotometers that do not fit into incubators for real-time monitoring. Moreover, continuous monitoring is labor-intensive as it requires multiple samplings. Recent developments by researchers from Cork, Ireland have overcome these challenges by hacking a generic heart rate monitor to make a low-cost turbidity tracker. The team 3D printed a holder where an LED light can shine through, while the sensors' photodiode can measure the...Read More

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