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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...
A team of biomedical engineering students have won the 2017 international James Dyson Award, and the £30,000 ($39,000) prize that goes with it, for their innovative sKan device that uses skin temperature measurements to diagnose skin cancer. The James Dyson Award runs in 23 countries, and is open to university level students and recent graduates studying product design, industrial design, and engineering. The final year students at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada used their skills of ingenuity and invention to tackle the problem of affordable and reliable melanoma diagnosis. Current diagnostic...
CT scanning technology has become a routine modality in many fields of medicine, and yet the imaging provided by CT scanners is pretty low resolution in a world of $500 4K TVs. Researchers at Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on a potentially revolutionary new way that gets CT imaging down to a resolution of 100 nanometers. This is compared to about 500 nanometers that has so far been possible with lab-based CT scanners. The investigators built what they call a Nano-CT...
Vaica Medical, a company out of Tel Aviv, Israel, is releasing a product designed to help introduce patients to new types of medications, such as injections and atomized drugs, or to complicated pill regimens. The cigar box-like device, called Capsuled, holds patient medications, like injectors and inhalators, and a touchscreen display provides a place to view detailed instructions on how to take the drugs. The Capsuled monitors every time it's been accessed, and can send reminders and notifications if it's not used according to a prescribed plan. The first use...
Well it is what it is! A watch that is targeted towards medical professionals who wear scrubs - i.e. doctors and nurses. They call it the Scrub Watch because the colors of the bands match with typical scrub colors. Speidel reached out to us to see if we would review their watch, and, slightly intrigued at what might be called a clever marketing ploy, we bit. We'll be frank: the Speidel Scrub Watch is a fairly typical analog watch. It doesn't sync with your phone, nor does it count your...
Photoacoustic imaging is a way to look beneath the surface of a biological sample at high resolution. A laser is used to excite tissue, expanding it slightly and generating vibrations within it, which results in sound waves. It images better than ultrasound and at depths greater than optical techniques, revealing some pretty small objects that would be difficult to observe otherwise. Yet, just like light has a diffraction, the wavelengths of sound generated using photoacoustic imaging can be a fundamental barrier for ultrasound detectors. This acoustic diffraction limit prevents photoacoustics from seeing...
BITalino is a set of hardware and software ingredients that allow just about anyone to build their own body monitoring devices. We've covered the technology in the past (see flashbacks below), which is designed for prototyping, research, and education. Now the folks behind BITalino have made it easier to collect data from different body sensors, to process it, and to share it. The software, which previously required stand-alone computers to run, is now available in a cloud-based version. It makes it easy to go from assembling a kit to using...
[caption id="attachment_1358719" align="alignright" width="422"] By combining cross sections of a macrophage cell from the x-, y-, and z-axes, researchers could examine how nanoshell-drug complexes (red) distributed inside cells after a 24-hour period of incubation. A dye was used to distinguish the cell nucleus (blue). (Image by O. Neumann/Rice University)[/caption]   Researchers at Rice and Northwestern universities engineered a way of encapsulating toxic chemo agents inside of gold nanoshells that deliver and deposit their contents only inside neoplastic cells. Reported on in the latest Early Edition of Proceedings of the National Academy...
Molecular drugs are far from perfect. As biotechnology develops, researchers are finding that human cells may be used in the treatment of certain diseases, and in some cases offer benefits over traditional therapies. This is the theory behind Encellin, a San Francisco-based company that hopes to change the treatment for Type I diabetes. Encellin’s technology could replace pancreatic islet cells, which are the primary defect in Type I diabetes. The company's investigational device resembles a patch, consisting of donor human pancreatic islet cells residing within two sealed layers of a...
Stem cells are a way to test new drugs and therapies that would otherwise require the use of animals or difficult to obtain patient samples. While they have great potential for medicine, stem cells are hard to manage, particularly growing and differentiating them into other cells, and then storing them for later use. Now a team of German researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging have developed a cheap and simple to use device that...

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