Silver and electricity can kill bacteria: Here’s how

Swedish researchers have developed a way to use silver nanoparticles and electrical currents to prevent bacteria from growing on plastic surfaces – helping to prevent hospital infections in the process. Large electric currents and high silver concentrations are known to kill bacteria but pose a risk to humans. Before the Swedish Medical Nanoscience Center at Karolinska

4 ways wearables will transform healthcare’s future

Wearable technology is moving beyond consumer-grade health and wellness devices – the daily step counters and heart rate trackers offered by the likes of Apple, Fitbit and Garmin. “They’re convenient, small, portable and inexpensive, but you don’t use consumer items for life and death,” said Dr. Arthur Combs, chief medical officer at flexible electronics company MC10

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7 diagnostic devices to boost healthcare in the developing world

The World Health Organization estimates that a quarter of death and disease globally is caused by hazards and environmental burdens in developing countries with little to no access to preventative care and diagnostic devices. Since developing countries are poor agricultural regions that are still becoming economically and socially advanced, it is harder for doctors to

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How a common hospital tool predicts poor outcomes after liver transplants

A frequently used tool in the hospital can be an indicator of which liver transplant recipients will do poorly after surgery, according to new research from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Led by Vinay Sundaram, a team of researchers found that the nursing assessment called the Braden Scale could be put to use in liver transplant patients

Could this algorithm be better at diagnosing arrhythmia than cardiologists?

A new algorithm that can go through hours of heart data to detect arrhythmia performs better than trained cardiologists, according to new research from Stanford University. The algorithm gathers data from wearable monitors to find life-threatening irregular heartbeats and allows for data to be sorted through in remote areas where there is a scarcity of

How a single drop of blood can detect sepsis

Sepsis can be identified by a single drop of blood, thanks to a lab-on-a-chip device from the University of Illinois. Researchers at the University of Illinois and the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill., recently completed a clinical study of the device that provides a fast, point-of-care measurement of the body’s immune system response without

This wearable device predicts influenza outbreaks

A wearable thermometer developed by Boston Children’s Hospital has had success in predicting seasonal influenza outbreaks in China, one month earlier than before, according to a new study. “The fact that we were able to predict influenza outbreaks faster than China’s national surveillance programs really shows the capacity for everyday, wearable digital health devices to

Cold, vibrating device works like lidocaine, but faster

A cold pack and a vibrating device reduces a child’s pain that comes with IV insertion during emergency room visits just as well as topical lidocaine but quicker, according to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia researchers. The vibrating cold device can be used quickly, while lidocaine usually needs 30 minutes to take effect. It is battery-powered

Roy Smythe’s plan to transform the physician workflow with technology

Dr. Roy Smythe’s transition from the operating room to chief medical officer of health informatics at Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG) wasn’t fueled by physician burnout. Rather, it was sparked by his attempt to transform healthcare from the inside out. “It’s hard to redesign the airplane while you’re flying it,” he told MassDevice.  At Philips, Smythe works to

This bacterial discovery could prevent biofilms

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have discovered a potential new way to eliminate biofilms to reduce the number of hospital-borne infections. Biofilms are a group of microorganisms that stick to a surface. Over time, the cells in the biofilm can grow and cause chronic infections and can even become resistant to antibiotics.

4 steps to deeper medical device design insights

When it comes to medical device design insights, Karten Design might have a helpful tool with its “Voice of the Ecosystem” approach. There are many changes to the healthcare system, Eunji Park, lead design strategist at Karten Design, explained during a webinar this week entitled, “Unpacking the Ecosystem of Healthcare Consumers.” Cost increases in the healthcare

ivWatch touts new OEM board for IV infiltration detection

Hampton, Va.-based ivWatch announced the launch of its ivWatch OEM board designed to enable seamless integration of its IV infiltration detection technology with patient monitoring systems, infusion pumps and other devices. OEMs can help bring a higher level of patient care to patients and reduce risks that come from IV therapies by using ivWatch technology

Trump proposes deep cuts to Medicaid, NIH funding

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would slash Medicaid funding and cut support for major biomedical research programs at the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. The budget blueprint drew condemnation from healthcare advocates and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. Senate majority whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) reportedly said earlier

5 officials running healthcare under Trump

President Donald Trump’s critics complain that the president has yet to make hundreds of appointments to midlevel positions. But at least with healthcare, we’re starting to get a clearer picture of who is in charge. Just on May 10, the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Scott Gottlieb as FDA commissioner. Here are 5 top officials shaping

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Airgas creates new healthcare focused brand

Airgas has created a new brand called Airgas Healthcare that will integrate existing healthcare and life sciences activity of Airgas and Air Liquide Healthcare. Airgas Healthcare will provide a wide range of medical gasses and related products and services to customers with the integration of Air Liquide Healthcare. Those who will benefit from the new