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At Maastricht UMC+, an academic hospital in The Netherlands, the first surgical procedure using a new microrobot has been successfully performed. The physicians used a system from Microsure, a Dutch firm that spun off from Eindhoven University of Technology and Maastricht UMC+, to suture sub-millimeter vessels in the arm of a patient suffering from lymphedema. The robotic device converts the movement of the surgeon's hands into precise, but tiny actions of the robot, giving physicians an unprecedented level of dexterity that would be impossible with just bare hands. During the surgery, lymphatic...
Klue, a new wearable tracker, was just unveiled at this year's Health 2.0 conference in Silicon Valley. The makers of the device claim it can detect the type of activity that you're engaged in, with a particular focus on eating and drinking. The ultimate goal of the technology is to help users adjust their habits, whether it is drinking more water while exercising or staying off snacks between meals. The firm says it has developed AI algorithms that convert arm movements into actionable data. This data is presented using different...
Microorganisms are natural factories for all sorts of biomolecules, and some of them produce antibiotics that can be very useful in medical practice. This is not a newly discovered fact, but because each microorganism produces its own set of molecules and the rate of production is not very high, it's been difficult to use this knowledge to manufacture large quantities of needed antibiotics. Now researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a molecular-scale sensor that can detect the production of antibiotics, which would allow the identification of the microorganisms...
At University of California, Davis engineers managed to combine intravascular ultrasound with fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIm) inside a single catheter. The combined imaging modalities provide a new look inside of arteries, offering both a morphological picture as well as one that gives insight into the composition of plaques. While cath-lab techniques are now commonly used to detect and treat plaque build-up, diagnosing the actual problem typically involves angiographies, which can show the narrowing of vessel walls. The problem is that plaque can still be dangerous even if it doesn't constrict...
Color has always been a mystery to me. As a child, I always figured that making something red was simply adding "red color" to or on it. University was when I really started to understand that colors in biology were made of chemical pigments, each with a unique chemical structure. They all absorbed a different part of the visible light spectrum, and what they didn’t absorb is what we could see. So a red ball would be absorbing blues and greens (and all the colors of ROYGBIV except R), and...
This week, healthcare technology innovators, thought leaders, and business owners convene in Santa Clara, California for Health 2.0's 11th Annual Fall Conference. While this year's event runs from October 2-4, Medgadget was able to participate in the Sunday pre-conference and the annual Startup Pitch Competition. Evaluating eight "Series A ready" companies, organized into professional solution (B2B) and consumer solution (B2C) tracks, were six judges. The diverse panel of judges included: Anya Schiess from Healthy Ventures Caroline Arenz from Healthbox Alexander Hoffman from Merck Ventures Gwyn Ballentine from Texas Medical Center Innovation Dennis Hillen...
At ETH Zurich in Switzerland, researchers have developed tiny new biodegradable sensors that can measure the temperature of things they're embedded in. The technology is primarily designed to help monitor food safety, but will certainly also be useful for keeping track of temperature sensitive medications and medical devices. The core goal of the research project was to avoid using toxic precious metals that are typically used in such devices. The researchers instead used very thin, wound threads of a mix of magnesium, silicon dioxide, and nitride for electrical conductivity, all...
Dräger is now making available in the United States its Babyleo TN500 IncuWarmer beds. These devices keep a careful control of the temperature inside the infant warmer/incubator and can be used in open and closed care, as well as during transitions. Florida Hospital in Orlando is now the first facility in the U.S. to begin using the new beds. It has three different heating units, including a convective heater, a dual radiant warmer, and a heater inside the mattress. The three head delivery modes help to control the temperature and work...
Believe it or not, the way we blink our eyelids can be influenced by neurologic conditions, autoimmune diseases, and other factors. In order to take advantage of this knowledge, though, one needs a device that can accurately measure the movement of the eyelids. At Technion-Israel Institute of Technology researchers have designed just such an apparatus, which relies on a magnetic field sensor to detect eyelid dynamics. The device, which resembles something a mad movie scientist would wear, works with standard refraction glasses that ophthalmologists use. The person whose blinking is being...
Imec, a nanotechnology and digital technology research institution in Belgium, has developed the world's densest neural probe. The ability to build ever more complex and capable brain-computer interfaces and neural implants requires being able to interface with as many neurons as possible. The new neural probe is so densely packed with electrodes that individual neurons can be read and stimulated using the new device. "Our goal was to fabricate a brain probe that would enable a breakthrough in the level of detail by which micro circuits of the brain cortex...
Interstitial fluid, which resembles blood plasma and that is reachable near the surface of the skin, contains many biomarkers, including sodium, potassium, and proteins, associated with normal body function, as well as those related to certain diseases. Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories and University of New Mexico have working on a new microneedle patch that can draw large quantities of interstitial fluid for laboratory testing. Additionally, there's room for sensors to be integrated into the patch for point-of-care biomarker detection. Each of the microneedles on the patch feeds into a tiny tube where...

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