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Pneuma Respiratory, a young company out of Boone, North Carolina, has announced that it developed a digital soft mist inhaler that can be set to deliver different size drug particles to the lungs, and that works with a variety of medications including large-molecule compounds. The company's droplet ejector technology generates whichever size droplets are preferred and intelligently injects the soft mist into the air stream as the patient breathes in from the inhaler. Having different size droplets may significantly help improve a drug's effectiveness, as the droplet's size plays a...
Smart pill bottle caps have existed for a while now, tracking every time the bottle is accessed. But, most of the world relies on blister packs and a new product will soon be coming out that can track those as well. The Popit Sense device is a small plastic dongle that bites into and tightly attaches to just about any blister pack, and then senses every time a pill has been popped out. We spoke with Timo Heikkilä and Teemu Piirainen, the co-founders of Popit Ltd., a Finnish company, about the...

November 13th, 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....
About 10% of children between 5-17 years of age, or more than 7 million kids in the US alone, suffer from asthma. In half of these cases, the child’s asthma is not well controlled. This is typically due to a variety of reasons, such as inconsistent use of inhalers or the inability of parents or caregivers to successfully identify signs of poor asthma control. Given the difficulty that families face in keeping track of their child’s symptoms, solutions that enable better measurement of asthma control are urgently needed. That’s why...

November 13th, 2017 by Editors
Cianna Medical won FDA clearance for its SAVI SCOUT reflector, a non-radioactive implant for wire-free localization of tumors within the breast. Because the implant doesn't emit any harmful radiation and is a fairly simple device, the emitter can remain implanted for an indefinite period of time. This gives clinicians greater freedom of scheduling the different steps that patients have to undergo in preparation for biopsy or surgical excision. Coupled with the rest of the SCOUT system, the 4 millimeter long implant can provide physicians its exact location down to a...
Molecular-scale fluorescent markers are a staple of many branches of life sciences research. They get excited and emit a glow when illuminated with a laser, and so can be spotted and associated with cells and other biological things they're attached to. A common problem with the fluorescent agents is that they lose their glow shortly after being energized. Moreover, tissues nearby get excited by the laser too, producing their own "autofluorescence" that muddies the glow coming from the fluorescent dyes. Now researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have developed...

November 10th, 2017 by Scott Jung
When life starts to get stressful, we often turn to things like a soothing cup of tea, deep breathing and meditation, or a dose of Xanax to help bring calm. One company we've covered in the past, Thync, based in Los Gatos, California, hopes to position itself as a smart, drug-free wearable device that can calm you down. It works through a process called neurosignaling: tiny, specially-tuned electrical waveforms are transmitted to your brain and alter your neural pathways, eventually gently bringing on a feeling of calmness. When we last met with...
Neusoft Medical, a Chinese firm, won FDA clearance for and is releasing its NeuViz Prime 128-slice CT scanner. The device sports spectral imaging, which uses different energy levels to image the body and attain in many cases sharper, easier to read results. Fast rotation of the gantry (0.259s) and a 25ms temporal resolution help to alleviate common motion artifacts that occur due to moving organs, such as the lungs and heart, and when working with pediatric patients that refuse to stay still. The company is also touting a new X-ray...
[caption id="attachment_1363629" align="aligncenter" width="770"] Neutrophils (red) arrest plastic nanoparticles (green) from the bloodstream and deliver them to the liver of a live mouse for disposal. Image credit: Catherine Fromen, Cell Adhesion & Drug Delivery Lab[/caption] Researchers at the University of Michigan have shown that nanoparticles can distract neutrophils from causing inflammation, which could be helpful in treating inflammatory diseases. The immune cells carry the nanoparticles to the liver instead of causing inflammation at injury sites. Excessive inflammation is a component of many diseases, from atherosclerosis to sepsis. In a recent...
Stryker landed FDA approval for its Neuroform Atlas stent via a humanitarian device exemption (HDE). The nitinol stent is intended for use along with neurovascular embolic coils to treat wide neck, intracranial, saccular aneurysms. The coils are used to pack aneurysms, while the Neuroform Atlas stent is placed across the neck of the aneurysms to provide structural support for the vessel. The device features a hybrid cell design and the lowest profile delivery system currently available in the United States, helping to reach difficult locations within the brain. This will allow...
Ford, the automaker, is trialing a new exoskeleton at two of its factories. The device is designed to help line assembly workers perform overhead tasks. The exoskeleton, called EksoVest, was developed in a partnership with Ekso Bionics, a company we visited and whose technology we tried on ourselves a couple years ago. While Ekso has devoted a great deal of effort to building full-body exoskeletons for paralyzed people, the technology found in those devices can be applicable to able bodied people performing physically difficult repeat tasks, such as operating the overhead...

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