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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...
Varian has released its Halcyon image-guided volumetric intensity modulated radiotherapy system (IMRT) in Europe at University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium. The system, recently FDA cleared, is designed to be speedier during prep, while delivering therapy, and providing an assessment of results. The number of steps that technicians have to undertake for each patient have been reduced to a third, compared to previous Varian systems. The first patient in Europe to be treated with the Halcyon was a 80-year-old with head & neck cancer. The system essentially includes a CT scanner within the...
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At the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, a nifty art installation will be on show in the coming days that will be a part experiment and partly a demonstration of brainwave reading technology. It will involve an electroencephalography headset being connected to a motorized wheel via a computer. People will be controlling the movement of the device while the data their brainwaves generate will be anonymized, collected, and provided to researchers for study. The exhibit will be held at EPFL ArtLab from October 27th to February 1, and...
Researchers at the Northeastern University in China have developed a deep convolutional neural network that can identify and classify different shaped red blood cells. The technology may provide cheap, easy to use devices for monitoring of patients with sickle cell disease. Although it's commonly assumed that sickle cell disease leads to the production of only sickle-shaped cells, in reality other shapes are also common. The types of shapes and their variety can be a biomarker of the disease, indicating how bad it's progressing. The problem is that identifying these shapes...
Neuroscientists at UCLA have found that electrically stimulating a specific area of the brain using ultrafine wires enhances memory in epilepsy patients. If the technique can enhance memory in other patients, it might help with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Our memory naturally declines with age, and in conditions such as Alzheimer’s, people can suffer devastating memory impairments. In a recent study appearing in journal eLife, neuroscientists have developed a technique that might help to improve memory. The research team conducted a memory study in epilepsy patients, who already had...

October 26th, 2017 by Conn Hastings
Researchers at Penn State have developed a DNA-laced hydrogel that mimics biological systems by releasing a proteins in response to a chemical signal, a technology which could be useful for drug delivery. The system has potential for on-demand release of therapeutic proteins, also known as biologics, to treat a variety of conditions. Hydrogels are composed of a network of polymer chains infused with water. They have attracted a lot of attention as they can be biocompatible and are suitable for implantation in the body due to their unique biological and...
Voice-enabled technologies are changing the landscape of digital health by offering a new channel to engage patients who are managing their chronic conditions. To leverage this opportunity, Macadamian, a software design and development firm, and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario – Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (CHEO - OCTC), have partnered to develop My Diabetes Coach, a voice activated service. The initiative is part of CHEO - OCTC's Health Innovation Program, where ideas from within the organization are matched with technical resources to turn innovative concepts into reality. My Diabetes Coach...
At the American Society of Anesthesiologists annual meeting in Boston this week, Mindray, a Shenzhen, China firm, introduced its Neuromuscular Transmission (NMT) Module for the company's Passport 17m and 12m patient monitors. The device sends electric signals through the fingers and measures how the body responds to the stimulation. The technology provides a pretty clear indication whether a patient is properly relaxed when on a neuromuscular block. The data related to the NMT test is visible on the Passport monitor's display and can be uploaded to an electronic medical record or an...
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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