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While visiting Med in Ireland, the big get-together of Irish companies and all kinds of buyers in the medical device space, we were introduced to the SureWash system. This is an innovative product unlike anything we've covered before, the end goal of which is to prevent the spread of infections within clinical facilities. The SureWash both teaches and verifies proper hand washing techniques of clinical staff, as well as hospital patients and visitors. The user can either go through a short video class on the front facing screen or do...
On our visit to Med in Ireland medtech industry event, we had a chance to check out some cool indigenous materials engineering that goes on in Ireland to benefit medtech. Specifically, ATD emolda, a company based outside of Dublin, was showing off its Abderma foam, a product designed for wound management applications. Abderma, a biocompatible material, combines a number of characteristics that make it work well on wounds, including being able to absorb a lot of liquid material quickly and to retain it within itself. Having tried it between our...
Ireland was once a poor country. Agriculture was its main output and Guinness its ambassador to the world. Things have drastically changed in the last couple of decades, so much so that Ireland is now the fastest growing economy in Europe and one of the hottest places for medical technology companies to do business. A focus on education, a favorable tax environment, hard working people, and a culture that prizes success have turned the Irish from sheep herders to technology innovators. Of course Ireland still does quite a bit of...
Now in its third year, DPC2017 offered attendees in London an impressive array of presentations, debates, workshops, and networking opportunities. The two-day event at the Olympia featured contributions from over a hundred world experts covering all aspects of diabetes care, and showcased the emerging technologies underpinning tomorrow’s healthcare solutions. The vast program on offer was split into five streams over two days focusing on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diabetes and other associated conditions. The line-up also included dedicated sessions on hypoglycemia and diabetic foot ulcers, with visitors even...

November 20th, 2017 by Conn Hastings
Scientists at Cardiff University in the UK have found a way to enhance the cancer-destroying ability of T-cells through DNA editing. The research team used CRISPR genome editing technique to remove the receptors naturally present on T-cells, and instead replace them with receptors that would recognize specific cancers cells, causing the T-cells to destroy them. The research team hopes that the technique will enhance immunotherapies for cancer. Harnessing the ability of T-cells to attack and kill cancer cells is at the forefront of transformative cancer immunotherapy. While the technique holds...
Researchers at Newcastle University in the UK have developed a new cell culture technique that allows scientists to produce enormous quantities of cells using a very small growth area. The key to the method is a "peptide amphiphile" coating that allows cells to grow and then "peel away" and detach from the growth surface, leaving space for more cells to grow. The method could be very useful in growing the huge numbers of cells required for upcoming cell therapies. Cell therapy, using regenerative stem cells, holds enormous promise, but at...

November 20th, 2017 by Editors
We are accepting entries in our annual Medical Sci-Fi Writing Contest. You still have time to polish the prose and to twist the story line. Medgadget is looking for science fiction stories that imagine the future of medicine. This future may involve the good and the bad, including fantastic treatments of disease and moral dilemmas that new technologies bring about. Here are the rules: Your fictional essay has to be 250-2500 words. Text. English language. Top entries will be printed here and, therefore, must be safe for work and families....
Sensus Healthcare is a medical device company that focuses on providing non-invasive and cost-effective treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers and keloids utilizing superficial radiation technology (SRT). Their proprietary, FDA-cleared SRT technology is used to effectively and safely treat oncological and non-oncological skin conditions. The radiation is focused onto cancer cells almost exclusively, and it penetrates no more than 5mm under the surface of the skin, sparing nearby tissues. In 2013, Sensus Healthcare received FDA clearance in the United States to treat keloids with the SRT-100 device. Earlier this summer, China's...
At present, there is no way to predict if multiple myeloma will respond to a particular drug cancer therapy, meaning clinicians often have to take a shot in the dark and hope that something works. Researchers at MIT have developed a new method to measure how well multiple myeloma patients will respond to a specific chemo agent, or combination of them. The process involves using an incredibly sensitive apparatus that can weigh individual cancer cells. If the cells reduce the rate at which they gain mass when exposed to a...
Quantum dots are tiny nanoparticles made of semiconductors that have unusual optical properties. In medicine, they may be very useful because they emit light when stimulated by electricity or an external light source, making them easy to spot in diagnostic tests. They're more than ten times brighter than fluorescent dyes commonly used today, potentially allowing their use to significantly improve many existing tests and systems that rely on fluorescence. A major challenge of putting quantum dots into clinical practice is how to attach them to antibodies that seek out diseases...
Here on Medgadget, we cover a lot of groundbreaking devices that save lives and improve health. But one often overlooked topic deals with something each and every one of us use every day: food. Food is essential for our survival, and one can say it interacts with our bodies more intimately than any medical product, so what we eat certainly plays a major role in our health. We've had several opportunities to explore the world of "foodtech" recently. Here are a few notable products for your reading and eating pleasure.  ...

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