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Over the past few years, just about all the major tech giants have shown significant interest in health. It's basically now a necessity for smartphones and smartwatches to contain sensors, apps, and other features to monitor your health and fitness. And many of these companies are partnering with research institutions to analyze and mine user data for insights about our bodies, such as Apple's and Stanford's recently announced study to use Apple Watch data to identify cardiac arrhythmias. One of the other notable studies uses technology from Verily (Alphabet's life...
Patients are constantly lectured on the importance of taking their medications as directed. Yet, a disturbingly low adherence across patient populations remains a major challenge for clinicians, insurance and pharma companies, and of course the patients themselves. New technologies are coming out that are trying to solve this problem, and one of the more exciting ones that is already undergoing clinical trials is the ID-Cap from etectRx, a company based in Newberry, Florida. ID-Cap uses drug capsules that have a bit of electronics and simple chemistry within them to confirm...
During the last decade and a half, robotic-assisted surgery has led to smaller scars, less pain, and faster recoveries for patients. Concurrently, surgeons using this technology have benefited from being able to perform surgeries in a more comfortable position, while also experiencing greater visualization and enhanced precision. With all of these benefits, robotic-assisted surgeries are becoming increasingly common worldwide, particularly in the United States, where more than 67 percent of all of Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci robots are installed. Moreover, just yesterday we covered the FDA clearance of the Senhance...

October 17th, 2017 by Conn Hastings
Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a portable 3D scanner that can help health workers to rapidly assess patients with elephantiasis, a condition that causes swollen limbs. The scanner allows medical professionals to measure the volume and dimensions of swollen limbs in the comfort of a patient’s home. Approximately 120 million people worldwide suffer from elephantiasis, a parasitic disease transmitted by mosquitoes that causes significant swelling and deformity of the legs. At present, health workers assess the severity of the disease using a measuring...
Abbott is releasing in the U.S. its Proclaim DRG neurostimulation system to fight chronic pain in patients with complex regional pain syndrome in their legs. The product consists of an implantable neuromodulator that stimulates the dorsal root ganglion (DRG), an Apple iPad for programming the device, and an iPod touch for the patient control of the device. In a recent clinical trial, dorsal root ganglion stimulation has shown markedly better outcomes over spinal cord stimulation in many patients suffering from chronic pain in the lower extremities. Bluetooth wireless connectivity is...
At the Institute for Basic Science in Daejeon, South Korea, scientists have developed a hydrogel that responds to the presence of nitric oxide (NO) and releases drugs when so activated. This kind of drug delivery system may be particularly effective for treating rheumatoid arthritis, as immune cells within inflamed joints release toxic NO in large quantities. Injecting a gel that actively responds to inflammation, absorbs NO, and immediately delivers anti-inflammatories or other drugs may allow for automatic long-term control of inflamed joints. The same applies to many other diseases and conditions...
Cancers often come back following successful treatment, a process at least partially due to the fact that dormant cells, which are particularly resistant to common therapies like chemo, remain in the body. They're elusive and therefore difficult to study, so progress on targeting such cells has been limited. Now scientists at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities have developed a way to pick out dormant cancer cells from other cancer cells and to keep them in their quiescent state in order to study them. The technique consists of placing cancer cells within...
Esaote, the Italian ultrasound manufacturer, has just unveiled its brand new high-end MyLab9 ultrasound system. The device is designed for all sorts of diagnostic imaging procedures and clinical environments. The MyLab9 features non-composite single crystal probe technology and "Ultra-engine" platform that together generate high quality images in a variety of cases from OB/GYN to cardio to lesion detection. The new system includes something called easyMode, a software feature that automatically optimizes scans with minimal input from the user via a small built-in touch screen. Esaote's i-motion technology helps to produce quality...
A team of French researchers has developed a specialized ultrasound technique to allow people to visualize the shape of the tongue during speech. This “visual biofeedback” system could help with speech therapy. At present, speech therapists will listen to someone’s pronunciation, and use diagrams to help explain how to position the tongue in the mouth to form specific sounds. How easily someone can put a speech therapist’s advice into practice depends on how easily they can understand the instructions and apply them to their own speech. For something like positioning...
TransEnterix, a North Carolina firm, won FDA clearance for its Senhance Surgical Robotic System. This is only the second company that's offering an abdominal surgical robotic system to receive FDA's green light, following Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci systems, the first of which was introduced nearly two decades ago. The multi-port system features some pretty high-tech capabilities, such as haptic feedback that lets the surgeon feel when the instruments come in contact with other objects, including tissues, and an eye-controlled endoscope that moves its point of view to follow the user's...
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This week and next at the American College of Gastroenterology’s World Congress of Gastroenterology conference in Orlando, Olympus is unveiling its SB Knives. The devices are designed to be used for endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD), a procedure that was defined as unique from endoscopic mucosal resection only about fifteen years ago. The three-in-one SB Knives can be used for mucosal incision, submucosal dissection, and hemostasis when removing early GI cancers that have not yet penetrated into the muscle. In many cases such procedures can help patients avoid open surgeries, as long as the...

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