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Inscope Medical Solutions, a company based in Jeffersonville, Indiana, just announced its Inscope Direct, a laryngoscope with built-in suction capability. This is apparently the first device to integrate controllable suction within a laryngoscope, avoiding having the physician to switch between yankauer suction and advancing the endotracheal tube. This can help speed up patient intubation, particularly benefiting in emergencies. The device includes two suction inlets that together prevent clogging by making it easy for secretions and blood to pass through and away from the vocal chords. It works with standard tubing and...
The waiting lists for organ transplants are long, and people die daily waiting for transplants that never become available. For those that get a transplant, there is a risk that their immune system could reject it. Using organs from pigs is an alternative to human organs since many are a similar size. However, there is a major risk of rejection, so pig organs aren’t suitable for transplantation into humans in an unmodified state. Miromatrix, a company based in Minnesota, is working hard to find ways to make pig organs more...
Abbott is introducing in Europe its XIENCE Sierra stent following receipt of the CE Mark of approval. The device is based on the popular XIENCE everolimus-eluting stent platform. The new installment of the XIENCE features a narrower profile, greater flexibility, and available in longer lengths and smaller diameters, compared to previous device generations. It promises to be easier to deliver into and open particularly well blocked lesions while relying on much less pushing force from the physician to do so. The improved flexibility is thanks to narrower strut crests and...
[caption id="attachment_1338301" align="aligncenter" width="770"] Caution - Investigational Device. Limited by Federal Law to Investigational Use. CorVista™ is not available for commercial distribution.[/caption] Human body emits all kinds of signals that, if analyzed with the proper sensors and computers, can help us develop completely new diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. Most medical technology advancements are improvements of existing devices, but some people try for bigger leaps. Analytics 4 Life is a company based in Toronto, Canada, that is developing a new technology called Phase Space Tomography, which doesn't require any radiation and is...

October 27th, 2017 by Kenan Raddawi
Transform 2017, held a few weeks ago, was the tenth annual healthcare innovation conference hosted by the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation (CFI). Each year it brings together stakeholders from around the world to "challenge assumptions, collaborate, and share results to create the future of health care." This year the conference focused on Closing the Gap Between People and Health, and more than 30 speakers led discussion on various topics, ranging from policymaking and healthcare spending to social determinants of health. In this article we aim to touch on some...
Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL) working with investigators in other institutions, managed to see, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), how the brain reorganizes itself after a person is treated with targeted motor and sensory reinnervation (TMSR). TMSR is a method of redirecting existing nerves on or near the amputee's stump to muscles and skin areas. Sensors can then detect that a nerve activates a muscle, for example, and use that to control a prosthetic device. The result is an easy and intuitive way for amputees...
According to the AHA (American Heart Association), when it comes to stroke, it's all about acting FAST (face, arms, speech, time). And while comprehensive stroke centers have gotten pretty good at triaging and imaging and treating patients, the time it takes for the ambulance to transport the patient to the hospital eats up precious minutes. The University of California, Los Angeles will now be trialing an ambulance equipped with everything a typical ambulance has, but also a CT scanner and CT tech to operate it, a blood lab, a neurologist,...
Qualcomm, the developer of mobile processors and more, is promoting the use of virtual reality, and in the process its Snapdragon technology, through the release of a medical app. It just unveiled the Think F.A.S.T. virtual reality app that trains medical students and others to diagnose signs of a stroke. As the name implies, it relies on the F.A.S.T. mnemonic (face, arms, speech, time) that's widely used to help remember what to look for when evaluating a possible stroke victim. Here's a short video about the Think F.A.S.T. app: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttxlOknA5z8 Via:...
This is the second of a two-part series about Medgadget editor Scott Jung joining the Verily Baseline Project Study. Click here to read the first part. The Project Baseline Study is a landmark, 10,000-subject trial sponsored by Verily Life Sciences (Alphabet's life sciences division) and coordinated in partnership with Stanford University and Duke University. Much of the appeal of the study was how a major technology company like Alphabet would utilize the kind of technologies marketed toward consumers to make health and medical discoveries about entire populations. For this inaugural,...
The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor sports one of the finest medical centers in America. We won't even mention the football team. One of the reasons U of M's clinics are at the forefront of what they do is because the university gives physicians the freedom to seek new ways of doing things. This includes building new facilities designed to handle the kind of medical practices that are expected to take place in the near future. One such facility is the recently built hybrid operating room at the Frankel...
Cambridge Design Partnership, a company that helps other firms design new products, is touting its recent work on the Klarus auto-injector management system. Auto-injectors, such as those used by people with multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, are a bit of a hassle to maintain. They need to be stored in the fridge and warmed up before injecting, making sure to prepare everything at the right time. The Klarus automates this process by being a mini fridge for the auto injector, which automatically warms up the drug cartridge in preparation for...

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