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When a person develops an unsightly skin condition, the first person to assess it is typically not a dermatologist. A lack of expertise in dermatology too often leads to misdiagnoses. General practice physicians, for example, get very little training on skin conditions. Now, thanks to a new feature inside the latest Apple iOS for iPhones and iPads, any physician can have access to an impressive image recognition platform that identifies skin conditions and recommends further actions. We spoke with Dr. Art Papier, CEO of VisualDx, about the VisualDx + Derm...
At Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, California, kids will now be driving themselves to the operating room. The hospital now has a fleet of ride-on mini cars that kids are much more excited to drive rather than being taken to OR on a wheeled bed. The electric cars are actually operated by an adult using a remote control. The kids simply get in and, being children, pretend that they are in charge of the vehicle. There's a stereo built-in, so the kids can select the tunes they prefer while they...
As our modern society pushes ever forward toward greater efficiency and productivity, even breast pump technology is getting the 21st century upgrade. The Lilu is a powered bra that has a built-in massager that does what women have been told to do for ages: compress your breasts to produce more milk and to prevent blocked milk ducts. The Lilu is not itself a pump, but is compatible with most commonly used brands. It can be used in conjunction with a nursing bra, or worn all on its own. The company has...

September 25th, 2017 by Conn Hastings
Biomedical engineers at Brigham Young University have developed a nanocomposite "smartfoam" lining for football helmets, which measures impacts and can help coaches know if a player may have sustained a brain injury. Football players risk concussions during games. If a player is involved in a collision, it can be difficult to know whether they should stop playing, or play on. Concussions aren’t always obvious right away, but continuing to play with a head injury can be very dangerous. To address this problem, the team at Brigham Young University developed a...
The last few weeks have been full of natural disasters striking Mexico, islands in the Caribbean, and the United States mainland. Roads are damaged and entire communities have been cut off from help for days at a time, while the potential for infectious diseases to thrive has skyrocketed. Moreover, patients often end up without their prescription medication and some meds that require refrigeration go bad. In many cases, as with people on insulin, this can be a life threatening problem. Drones may soon become part of future rescue missions. Researchers at...
Abiomed won FDA approval for its Impella RP heart pump, the first percutaneous temporary ventricular support device indicated for right heart failure. The device moves blood from the inferior vena cava into the pulmonary artery, doing the work of the right ventricle. It's inserted via the femoral vein and pushed up and through the right ventricle, with the inlet positioned before the heart and the outlet outside of it. Once activated, it is able to augment at least four liters of blood per minute, providing considerable assistance to patients that would otherwise...

September 25th, 2017 by Anya Kozorez
Mazor Robotics, an Israeli firm, announced that its Mazor X Surgical Assurance Platform has received the European CE Mark of approval. The system, used to perfect spinal surgeries, is being co-marketed by Medtronic, which just invested $40 million into Mazor Robotics. The Mazor X consists of a pre-op software package that helps to establish a surgical plan using 3D tools. Thanks to computer vision segmentation algorithms, the software recognizes different anatomical structures. This helps to quickly and accurately lay down path lines for instruments to follow. During surgery, the system relies...
More than 200 million people worldwide, including approximately 8.5 million Americans, suffer from Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). In the U.S. and Europe, PAD is responsible for around 240,000 amputations every year. Nearly a quarter of patients die within 30 days and almost half within a year of their limb amputation. With the number of diabetic patients increasing annually, a group at high risk for arterial blockages, safer, faster, more effective, and less expensive treatment options have never been as important. DABRA is an innovative new technology from Ra Medical Systems that can combat...
Now celebrating its 25th gathering, the MedTech Investing Europe Conference brought together over 100 participants from throughout Europe, and further afield, to London. Attendees included startup companies and medtech industry innovation specialists, along with sector-specific professional investment firms, as well as angel and family office investors. There were also a number of people from regional governments and embassies with strategic links to the medtech sector present. As part of the program, around 25 pre-vetted startup companies were each pitching their novel technologies for investment at both seed and series A rounds....

September 22nd, 2017 by Conn Hastings
Scientists in the UK have developed a microscopic molecular machine that can be used to assemble individual molecules. The technology could allow scientists to build drug molecules from scratch, as well as help with drug discovery. The molecular robots are only a millionth of a millimeter in size and each has a tiny robotic arm. They use their arm to move and manipulate molecules, and can join molecules together to generate more complex structures. Each device consists of only 150 carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen atoms, and a pile of them,...

September 22nd, 2017 by Conn Hastings
Researchers have developed a laser device that can tell in real time whether tissues in the body are receiving enough oxygen. The laser system relies on resonance Raman spectroscopy, and could help doctors to predict cardiac arrest, as low oxygen levels in heart muscle is a warning sign that the heart could stop pumping. “With current technologies, we cannot predict when a patient’s heart will stop,” says John Kheir, of the Boston Children’s Heart Center, who was involved in the research. “We can examine heart function on the echocardiogram and measure...

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