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At the beginning of this year, Medgadget spoke with Colin Lawlor, CEO of SleepScore Labs about the company's S+ non-contact sleep monitoring technology. Last month, we again heard from SleepScore Labs about their new SleepScore Max sleep monitoring system, an upgrade to the original S+. Since then, Medgadget was able to give the SleepScore Max device a try for ourselves. Note that we also had a chance to try out the S+ technology earlier this year, and will be making some comparisons between the original and updated devices from SleepScore Labs. Before...
Elite HRV, creators of a heart rate variability (HRV) app and platform, has recently launched CorSense, their new HRV device, on Kickstarter that raised $100,000 within the first 48 hours. The company's popular HRV app is available for download on your mobile device. HRV is a complex biomarker that acts as a comprehensive “check-engine light” for the body and mind, that is also non-invasive and responsive. More specifically, HRV is measured by calculating the time between R-R spikes on an ECG trace and comparing these values over time. This variation...
Researchers at Columbia University have developed a system called the Tethered Pelvic Assist Device (TPAD), which can help Parkinson’s patients to improve their gait stability after just one training session. Fall rates in adults with advanced Parkinson’s disease are twice as high as those in healthy adults of a comparable age. Finding strategies to reduce the number of falls that these patients experience could be life changing. “Most falls in Parkinson’s disease are reported during walking, and gait disorders are one of the hallmarks of Parkinson’s disease, but previous studies...
The year 2017 is coming to a close, and as in years past, we look back with excitement at the medical technologies that have been gracing the pages of Medgadget. As usual, there are trends that have revealed themselves, with many research teams around the world working on similar technologies. There are also new devices that are unlike anything we've seen before, solving medical problems in novel and unexpected ways. Take a journey with us as we review the most innovative,  full of impact, and revolutionary medical technologies of the...
Nexeon Medsytems is a medical device company focused on providing innovative neurostimulation products for patients suffering from debilitating neurological diseases, including Parkinson's and essential tremor. It was founded in 2005 with the goal of changing how innovative ideas in the medical device industry move from concept to reality, with a focus on creating solutions for clinicians in their pursuit of improving patient outcomes. Medgadget had the opportunity to ask Will Rosellini, CEO of Nexeon, some questions about Nexeon, and their plans for the future. Conn Hastings, Medgadget: Can you tell us...
XableCath, a Salt Lake City company, won FDA clearance for its XableCath blunt tip support catheter for crossing calcified lesions in the peripheral vasculature both above and below the knee. It results in a tunnel through the lesion, helping to facilitate the placement of stents or other therapies. “In two clinical investigator-led studies, XableCath was demonstrated to be a safe, effective, and easy-to-use device, enabling therapeutic options for patients with PAD,” in a published statement said Johannes Dahm, M.D., Director of Interventional Cardiology & Angiology, Heart & Vascular Center Neu-Bethlehem,...
With every heartbeat blood is carried through the arteries to provide organs with life-sustaining oxygen and nutrients. In patients suffering from diseases such as atherosclerosis, arterial blood flow can be severely restricted, limiting the delivery of oxygen and nutrients. To re-establish blood flow, surgeons may place a stent to mechanically re-expand and hold the damaged artery open. One of the potential complications with stents is that they are typically made of a non-degradable metal, which can lead to an immune response and impair vessel healing. In a recent Nature Materials...
Welcome to Medgadget's overview of this year's Exponential Medicine (ExMed) conference by Singularity University (SU), which took place, for its fifth year in a row, in San Diego, CA at the Hotel Del Coronado last month. This year ExMed brought together innovators from nearly 40 countries to discuss the technologies and trends reinventing the future of health and medicine. For those of your who were not able to tune into the live stream, this conference report, broken up into two segments, will provide an overview of the conference talks and topics,...
Children born with congenital heart valve defects number in the thousands each year, yet there are simply no artificial cardiac valves available that were designed specifically for babies. Multiple heart surgeries have to be performed as the child outgrows successive implants. In addition, since the devices were never intended for children, they often have to be modified in the OR and sometimes they fail, leading to additional surgeries. Draper Lab has now developed a tiny heart valve that expands and grows along with the child's cardiac anatomy. The valve can expand...
Medgadget recently reported that Gecko Biomedical, a biomedical start-up based in Paris, France received CE mark approval for their SETALUM Surgical sealant. The bioinspired polymer sealant is cured on-demand using light and can supplement conventional sutures during vascular surgery. The material is biodegradable, bioresorbable, and biocompatible, can be delivered minimally invasively and is conceived for use in wet and challenging environments, such as vascular tissues. Now, Gecko intends to expand its family of polymer therapeutics, using the same type of polymer materials to create a barrier between different tissues, act...
Prescient Surgical, based in San Carlos, California, just won FDA marketing clearance for its CleanCision Wound Retraction and Protection System. The device, which combines a retractor with infection control mechanisms, aims to prevent surgical site infections, a common, dangerous, and costly problem. The CleanCision System protects surgical wounds by covering them and the surrounding tissues with a waterproof material, while providing irrigation and suction along the edge of the wound. The device is placed into the wound and pulled apart in an intuitive fashion, opening up like a flower. The clinical...

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