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Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Washington at Tacoma have partnered to develop a compact, portable, and easy to use system for simultaneously detecting a variety of bacteria and viruses that cause disease. The system provides results in about a half an hour, which are nearly as accurate as laboratory equipment, and the technology can be used in the field and at the point-of-care. The technology revolves around a microfluidic chip that contains loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) reagents. Each of the chip's parallel channels is...

October 23rd, 2017 by Conn Hastings
Researchers at the University of Washington and University of California, Los Angeles have developed a flexible “skin” that can be applied to a prosthetic limb. The skin can sense vibrations and can also measure shear force, such as the feeling when your finger slides along a table or when an object slips out of your grasp. This technology could help prosthetic devices to act more like real limbs, or maybe even help surgical robots to better sense their environment and so surgical instruments more safely and accurately. So far, artificial...
Anyone who has been in an orthopedic cast knows their inconveniences. They are cumbersome, must be kept dry, which makes bathing difficult, and can cause the skin underneath to become itchy, smelly, and irritated. Cast21 has designed a cast that solves those problems. The Chicago-based company uses a lattice frame that provides more breathability, while the material itself is waterproof and performs better in a few key metrics when compared to traditional fiberglass casts. The company's cast takes about three minutes to set and can last for the duration of the...
Another exciting announcement from Health 2.0 is a partnership between Sensoria and Genesis Rehab Services (GRS) to develop smart aging solutions under the name, "Sensoria Health powered by Genesis Rehab Services." Sensoria is already known as a leading developer of smart footwear and clothing products based on the Sensoria Core microelectronics and cloud system. Sensoria's expertise in using "internet of me" wearables for health and fitness will now be redirected towards addressing specific challenges older individuals at Sensoria Health. GRS is a holding company representing one of the nation's largest...
MedTech Strategist working together with The Medical Alley Association for the very first time brought their premier innovation summit to Minnesota, a place now considered by many to be the global epicenter of health innovation and care. Over the two-day long event more than 35 start-up and emerging medical companies presented their technologies and devices to representatives of leading venture capitalist and investment banks, and also to large medical device companies. Considering that funding is of major importance to the field of medical innovation, this event gave both investors and...
OptiScan Biomedical, a company based in Hayward, California, won FDA clearance to introduce its OptiScanner 5000 in the U.S. The device is intended for use in intensive care units to continuously monitor blood plasma glucose levels, something the OptiScanner 5000 can do accurately without having to be regularly calibrated. The device works via an integrated blood centrifuge and spectrometer to provide directly measured plasma-based glucose levels in critically ill patients. The OptiScanner 5000 relies on a single-use disposable cartridge that is swapped out for every patient. Once activated, clinicians can...
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...

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