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Withings, the famous French maker of stylish activity trackers, blood pressure cuffs, and other personal healthcare and fitness devices, is releasing a breathing disturbance monitor. Built into its Sleep tracking mat, the technology can detect many of the instances when a person's breathing is interrupted. These events can be signs of sleep apnea, which in turn can lead to a variety of cardiovascular conditions. As a matter of fact, Withings is planning to add true sleep apnea detection to the Sleep mat once it received FDA and European regulatory clearances,...
Intuitive Surgical effectively brought robotics into the operating room with its da Vinci systems. The company now dominates this market and its robots are now used all over the world to conduct all kinds of minimally invasive surgeries. While the da Vincis give surgeons incredible precision when working with tissues deep inside the body, they lack any force-feedback and therefore the physician can't feel what's being worked on. This is a serious problem, as our sense of touch lets us know when something is in the way, when a tear may start...
Siemens Healthineers is releasing a new CT scanner tuned specifically for cardiovascular imaging. The new SOMATOM go.Top Cardiovascular Edition provides advanced radiation dose management features for routine cardiovascular procedures. It's a 128-slice scanner that's expected by the company to be adopted by outpatient cardiology clinics and hospitals to perform a variety of procedures, including CT angiographies (CCTA) and HeartFlow FFRCT analysis. One of the main features of the new system is called CARE kV that automatically chooses which kV setting to go with, depending on the patient and procedure. It...
Conventional wheelchairs can only go where the ground is relatively smooth and flat, which means nature is mostly out of bounds to those that can't walk. A new wheelchair developed by Omeo Technology, a company out of New Zealand, allows people to go off-road and visit new places. The Omeo Evolution 1 has only two wheels, so it automatically balances the user during the ride. It has powerful motors to get up inclines and can rotate in place. The wheelchair can be controlled with either a joystick or by the...
Cancer of the esophagus is often related to chronic heartburn, something patients too often end up ignoring. The onset of the potentially deadly disease can be detected, though, given good enough imaging and regular screenings. The imaging component, that we're particularly interested in, relies on physicians to take biopsies of random bits of the esophageal tissue and to then examine it under the microscope. Since precancerous cells are spread out randomly, it is very easy to miss the development of cancer. CDx Diagnostics has developed a technology that allows physicians...
Boston Scientific landed the European CE Mark for its next generation of the WATCHMAN FLX Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) device. The device is used to isolate the left atrial appendage of the heart, the place where stroke-causing blood clots tend to form in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AFib). The technology is minimally invasive, and the new generation of the WATCHMAN FLX is designed to make implantation easier and to make it applicable to a greater range of patients. The previous generation of the device received European regulatory approval...
Sensors are usually made to detect specific chemical or physical stimuli, making it difficult to create devices that can monitor a variety of different parameters at the same time. Now researchers at  Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed an unusual sensor, built  out of conductive ink formed into origami arrays, that can detect both chemical and physical stimuli. The device can measure the temperature, humidity, light, and the presence of volatile organic compounds. The technology is also impressive in that it can be used to tell apart isomers and chiral enantiomers...
When performing challenging and dangerous tasks, our state of mind can have great effect on whether we succeed or fail. During emergencies some people panic while others remain calm. Some people get so influenced by emotion that an easy task, such as simply running out of a building, can turn into a disaster all of its own. Turns out that this state of mind can be pretty easily manipulated, as researches at Columbia University have shown. This poses exciting possibilities for human potential as well as interesting ethical dilemmas that...
Breast cancer is usually spotted using mammography, which delivers a good deal of dangerous X-ray radiation. MRI is a safer imaging modality that can produce higher resolution images, but it suffers from a few limitations that have kept it as a marginal tool in breast cancer screening and diagnosis. One issue is that it is actually the MRI coils, which are placed on the body part being scanned, that produce the images. And to produce high quality scans, the coils have to fit well over whatever is to be scanned....
Let’s face it, today’s fast-paced and viciously competitive world has made stress inevitable. Our brains are constantly bombarded with tasks and distractions, leaving many of us worn out. Although it is known that meditation can help many of us to step away from all our stressors and give our overactive brains a break, starting and sticking with such a practice is easier said than done. Fortunately, Unyte Health, a Canadian digital health company, is trying to make this often-perplexing practice easier and more fun. Despite the fact that Unyte is...
It's been known for a number of years that certain implantable devices with wireless capabilities can be hacked, given certain conditions. These include cardiac pacemakers and cardioverter defibrillators, the proper functioning of which helps to keep many people alive. Now researchers at Purdue University, who have been studying this problem intensely, have come up with a universal way to block all wireless attempts at hacking medical implants. The idea is to get away from using wireless transmission completely, and instead to rely on the body's own conductivity to pass signals...

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