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          At this year's CES in Las Vegas, Omron, a company well known in the medical industry for pulse oximeters and blood pressure monitors, was showing off its latest products geared toward consumer use. We were able to stop by the firm's booth to take a look at a couple exciting new devices that Omron recently developed. One the first FDA cleared wristwatch to measure blood pressure, and another is an all-in-one ECG and blood pressure system people can use at home. Take a look for yourself: https://youtu.be/Virunsz-QEo Flashbacks: World’s First...Read More
          Neurology
          Medtronic won EU regulatory clearance to introduce its InterStim Micro neurostimulator and InterStim SureScan MRI leads. The devices are used to deliver sacral neuromodulation therapy to treat overactive bladder (OAB), fecal incontinence, and non-obstructive urinary retention. The InterStim Micro is a much tinier version of Medtronic's InterStim II neuromodulator, as it is 80% smaller, but it is a rechargeable device with an expected longevity of about 15 years. This is made possible partially thanks to so-called Overdrive technology that lets the battery maintain almost its full capacity to recharge throughout...Read More
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          Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new deep learning algorithm, called DOVE, that can improve modelling of proteins and help create new drugs. The human body contains over 20,000 different types of proteins, which interact with each other to enable life as we know it. Currently, protein docking models have been developed to estimate how two proteins will interact, yet it is challenging to score whether or not the predicted docking estimate is correct. The Purdue researchers developed a new computational method to address this challenge. DOVE, short for...Read More

          January 13th, 2020 by Medgadget Editors
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          While at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, we were happy to see Aktiia there. The Swiss company has developed optical blood pressure monitoring technology that has already been tested quite extensively as far as its accuracy (see flashbacks below). We met the co-founder and CEO of Aktiia and here's what he was able to tell us about his company and its tech: https://youtu.be/JEeW79deGfs Link: Aktiia homepage... Flashbacks: Interview with Tobias Pforr of aktiia, an Optical Blood Pressure Monitoring Company; Aktiia’s Cuffless Blood Pressure Monitor is Accurate for MonthsRead More

          January 10th, 2020 by Medgadget Editors
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          Our feet are impressively capable, but they're virtually ignored as a method for interacting with computers and other electronics. Brilliant Sole, a company out of Wilmington, North Carolina, has been developing technologies to allow the feet, via a pair of smart soles, to be used as a controller for other devices. We envision such capabilities to be used in medicine to help rehabilitate patients, to provide some disabled folks with a novel controller option, to monitor certain diseases and conditions, and to track how individuals exercise. Here's a company rep...Read More
          Ophthalmology
          Bioengineers at UT Dallas with collaborators at UT Southwestern Medical Center were able to create corneal tissue models and utilize them to study how damaged eyes heal. Corneal keratocytes are programmed to assist if the eye is injured. The cornea is composed of threadlike collagen fibrils, arranged in a criss-cross pattern to guide keratocytes to the site of injury. However, for reasons that are not yet understood, the natural healing process can sometimes fail, resulting in scarring or blindness. In order to build a model of corneal tissue to study...Read More

          January 10th, 2020 by Medgadget Editors
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          The Belgian research organization imec has a dear spot in our hearts, as it helps to develop a lot of the technologies that power current and future medical devices (see flashbacks below). At CES in Las Vegas this year, imec's Chris Van Hoof introduced us to the organization's somewhat shifting focus toward wearable, ingestible, and, yes, invisible body monitoring technologies: https://youtu.be/WrWRtgLbikA Link: imec homepage... Flashbacks: Wearables for a World Without Disease: Interview with imec’s Chris Van Hoof; Smart Contact Lenses are Here: Interview with Prof. Herbert De Smet of Imec;...Read More
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          Researchers at ETH Zurich and National University of Singapore have developed a new type of bandage that does not stick to the wound while helping blood to clot beneath it. This is the first time scientists have combined both properties in one material and the capability allows the bandage to promote healing and be easily removed or changed as necessary. While their quest initially began with developing a material for coating heart and lung assist devices and artificial hearts, these researchers came upon an unexpected discovery. They developed and tried...Read More
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          Researchers at the University of Toronto have developed a highly stretchable “skin”-like sensor that can be applied directly to our native skin. The material can measure changes in temperature, strain, and humidity, and can monitor the movement of underlying tissues. The sensor has potential as a wearable health monitor. For instance, the material could be used in a patch to monitor movements in patients undergoing rehabilitation or as a smart bandage to enhance wound healing. ? Teams around the world have been exploring the potential of flexible materials in healthcare...Read More
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          Among the myriad of consumer gadgets at CES 2020, we ran into a Dutch maker of microsurgery robotic equipment. Microsure makes the MUSA robot, which already has the CE Mark in Europe. Here's a company rep giving us an introduction: https://youtu.be/Q_nNzJxS3yY Link: Microsure technology info page...Read More

          January 9th, 2020 by Medgadget Editors
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          CES 2020 is proving to be an interesting venue to check technologies that are translating from the professional medical space to the consumer. At the event we met with a rep from YO, an at home sperm testing system that allows men to visualize their own sperm and measure its motility. https://youtu.be/pCe6rfofonc Link: YO Home Sperm Test Medgadget flashback: YO Sperm Motility Testing and Counting at HomeRead More

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