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B2B eCommerce and the medical device industry are both growing. Frost & Sullivan predicts B2B eCommerce will be double the size of B2C by 2020 ($6.7 trillion versus $3.2 trillion). At the same time, an aging population and the development of new technologies are fueling growth in the medical devices and supplies market. According to IBISWorld research, the medical supplies market in the US alone was worth $192 billion in 2017. Forward thinking companies will see the convergence of these two trends and will make sure to be among the...
Medical students around the world are invited to participate in the first international diagnostic championship hosted by International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA) and InSimu, a company that makes apps for students to practice diagnostic decisions. Teams of up to three students can participate from anywhere in the world, combining their theoretical knowledge to arrive at correct diagnoses using a smartphone app. The first prize includes being named as the Best Diagnostician 2018, coupled with a very nice 3M Littmann Master Cardiology stethoscope. Link to register: International Diagnostic Championship... Official announcement: IFMSA And...
At Purdue University researchers have come up with a way of reliably attaching thin film sensors and other small electronic devices to soft contact lenses. The capability may allow for real-time, non-invasive measurement of glucose levels, delivery of drugs directly to the eye, and maybe even tracking intraocular pressure. “We developed a very unique technology that enables the integration of thin film sensors with a commercially available soft contact lens,” said Chi Hwan Lee, an engineering professor at Purdue. “These current hydrogel-based contacts serve as the perfect platform for smart...
Masimo and Thermomedics, a part of PositiveID, announced they're releasing in the U.S. the TIR-1 non-contact Bluetooth thermometer. The infrared thermometer integrates with the Masimo Root patient monitor, allowing contact-free forehead temperature measurement in patients of all ages. Since no contact is made, there's no need to replace those plastic tips as on ear thermometers every time a measurement is taken. The device provides clinical-grade readings, allowing clinics to avoid touch-based thermometers altogether. This can help speed up the taking of readings and in the process avoid the potential for...
Though mammography helps to provide early detection of breast cancer, it is a modality that suffers from limitations, particularly in dense breasts. A new technology, developed at Caltech, may have the potential to eclipse mammographies for spotting cancerous lesions. The photoacoustic system sends near-infrared laser light into breast tissue and detectors are used to spot ultrasonic waves that return. Because the light is absorbed disproportionately by hemoglobin molecules, their signal is stronger, and they end up more visible to the detector. Since most of the hemoglobin is present within blood...
Modernizing Medicine, a medtech company based in Florida, has developed the Electronic Medical Assistant (EMA), an EHR system which the company claims can significantly streamline clinician workflow. Cloud-based and developed by physicians, the EMA aims to intuitively adapt to each individual doctor’s unique style of practice and remembers their preferences. One of the features of the system is intelligence amplification (IA). The system also features a voice assistant that allows clinicians to record their speech as text to take patient notes, navigate the EHR, and make corrections using their voice....
European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), a European intergovernmental research organization, has announced that its scientists have managed to harness the power of optogenetics to guide how cells and tissues grow. They were able to generate different tissue shapes, a capability that may develop into growing tissues for therapeutic applications. Optogenetics is a technology that allows the activity of cells to be activated using beams of light. The cells themselves have to be genetically modified in order to embed genes that make the cells react to light. The researchers effectively mimicked...
Many cancers tumors are actually quite easy to kill, if not for our extremely skeptical immune systems. There are proteins, for example, that are quite toxic to some cancers, but they get broken down rapidly as soon as they are injected into the body. Researchers at Penn State University have now created a way of encapsulating a protein called gelonin, derived from a plant, within a nano-package that stays below the radar of the immune system. This so-called biomimetic nanosystem consists of self-assembled metal-organic framework nanoparticles that hold the cargo, but...
Biopsies are typically the way prostate cancer is identified, but prostate cancers also release circulating tumor cells (CTCs) that are telltale signs of the presence of the disease. Because they're so rare and difficult to separate from whole blood, CTCs remain rarely used for establishing diagnoses. Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Scientists have now developed a cheap and easy way to capture CTCs using silica nanowires grown on frosted glass slides and antibodies that make the connection to the cancer cells. The silica nanowires were grown directly on the...
Elekta won European CE Mark approval for its Unity system that combines magnetic resonance imaging with a linear accelerator for highly targeted, real-time radiotherapy. The technology was originally the brainchild of physicists at UMC Utrecht in The Netherlands. Before their research found breakthroughs, it was believed that combining an MRI machine and a particle accelerator was impossible. Fast moving, electrically charged particles are strongly influenced by a powerful magnetic field, so keeping them on track while near an MRI seemed like an impossibility. On our recent visit to UMC Utrecht,...
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amg International, a German part of Q3 Medical Devices Limited, an Irish company, won the CE Mark of approval for its ARCHIMEDES Biodegradable Biliary and Pancreatic Stent. The European approval gives the company the green light to introduce the device on the continent, with the clinical indication for placement within blocked biliary and pancreatic ducts. Of note, this is the world's first bioabsorbable biliary and pancreatic stent. Traditionally, such stents, designed to keep the ducts unobstructed, are typically made of plastic or metal. The ARCHIMEDES is made of a number of biodegradable...

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