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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...
Researchers at University of California, Berkeley have developed special sensors that provide a look at the location and concentration of neurotransmitter chemicals, such as dopamine, inside living brain tissue. The new capability should help scientists to study a variety of neurological conditions and the drugs that are used to treat them. The nano-scale sensors are made of carbon nanotubes coupled with synthetic polymers that fluoresce in the near-infrared light range when in the presence of molecules being looked for. The researchers focused on dopamine and the drug Merital (memantine hydrochloride) that...
With every heart beat, our blood vessels expand and contract, something known as pulsatile motion. When commonly used metal stents are placed within vessels, they prevent those vessels from exhibiting pulsatile motion. This may be a cause of or a compounding factor for restenosis and may even lead to a cardiovascular disease to develop faster. Elixir Medical, a Milpitas, California firm, has developed a drug eluting stent that structurally behaves the same as a traditional metal stent, but after a few months becomes more flexible, allowing pulsatile motion to take...
At Medgadget, we cover a lot of digital health devices and wearables. Some are developed by startups, while others come from brand name businesses that have branched out into this new and growing market. A common thread among most of the digital health technologies covered is the need to record data through various sensor technologies. However, most companies do not have the intellectual property or capability to develop sensors themselves and instead turn to "ingredient technology" companies to provide these components. Valencell is one of these ingredient technology companies, making some...

November 7th, 2017 by Editors
We are excited to announce the return of the Medgadget Sci-Fi Writing Contest! We cover the latest medical technologies on a daily basis, many of which may seem like they come from the future. Yet, we feel that the medical device industry can benefit from the work of creative fiction writers, as literature of the past has foreshadowed the present. Kurt Vonnegut, Philip K. Dick, and many other writers predicted a future of robotic automation, high-speed long-distance travel, artificial intelligence, and ever-present surveillance. Much of their writing was as a...

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