9 diabetes breakthroughs you need to know

Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to produce and respond to insulin. About 29.1 million people have diabetes in the U.S, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of that number, 8.1 million go undiagnosed. One of the most popular breakthroughs in diabetes research has been the artificial pancreas, which

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Mechanical heart valves are so loud that they cause insomnia

A quarter of patients with mechanical heart valves claim that the valves disturb their sleep, according to a new study. “For some patients, the closing sound of their mechanical heart valve reduces their quality of life, disturbs their sleep, causes them to avoid social situations and leads to depression and anxiety,” said Kjersti Oterhals, a

2 paths to success on the medtech fundraising trail

Funding a medical technology company isn’t a simple job: Modern medical devices require cutting-edge innovation, research and design to make it to market. And don’t even get started on regulatory and reimbursement challenges. The recession of the late 2000s, Affordable Care Act and changes to regulatory bodies and reimbursement requirements have changed the game for

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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

Medtech stories we missed this week: May 26, 2017

From Merck’s new licensing agreement to surgical study data being touted, here are medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Merck inks exclusive licensing agreement for Alzheimer’s antibody Merck announced in a May 25 press release that it has entered an exclusive worldwide license agreement with Teijin Pharma. The

Artificial intelligence accurately predicts stroke risk

Machine-learning algorithms, a form of artificial intelligence, accurately predicted people’s risk of heart disease and stroke, according to new research from the University of Nottingham. Researchers and computer scientists compared the risk guidelines for heart disease and stroke from the American College of Cardiology with 4 machine-learning algorithms to analyze the risk of a patient

Artificial pancreas: These companies are racing to make one

Medical device companies are close to achieving the holy grail of diabetes treatment: a combined glucose sensor, control algorithm and insulin infusion device that effectively acts as an “artificial pancreas.” We explain more in our newest Medical Design & Outsourcing video. (And for a deeper dive, check out our recent roundup of companies in the

Laser ablation and medical device manufacturing: what you need to know

David Van de Wall, Amada Miyachi Europe Laser ablation is gaining popularity for medical device applications that require stripping of coatings on cylindrical components like hypotubes and guide wires. It is also being widely used for advanced surface treatments, including discoloration or foaming of plastics and darkening or annealing of metal parts. Offering a repeatable

Deaths prompt Abbott recall of Thoratec HeartMate II controllers

Brad Perriello, Executive Editor Abbott (NYSE:ABT) is recalling nearly 29,000 controllers for the HeartMate II implantable heart pump made by its Thoratec subsidiary after 26 patients died trying to change out the controllers on their own. The March 29 recall of 28,882 controllers for the HeartMate II left ventricular assist device follows 70 reports of

This could be the battery-free solution for pacemakers

A new energy storage system charges itself using ions from inside the human body – providing an exciting alternative to traditional batteries used in pacemakers, according to researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Connecticut. Researchers at the universities developed a bio-friendly energy storage system called a biological supercapacitor;

Silicone and medical devices: 7 things you should know about it

Drew Rogers, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions. Silicone’s popularity for use in medical devices has been growing.  This is due to its compatibility with bodily fluids and strong chemical structure. Advancements in medical polymers are also part of this push toward next-generation single-use medical devices, implants and packaging technology. In order to get the right material, configuration and

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

3D printing is stransforming maxillofacial surgeries: Here’s how

Customized, 3D models for pre-surgical preparations are transforming maxillofacial surgical procedures in the U.K. – thanks to Stratasys’ PolyJet 3D printing. Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, U.K. is using Stratasys’ Objet Eden350V 3D Printer and has reported having an up to 93% reduction in surgical planning time that comes with standard anatomical models. They have

Why X-rays in shoe stores were a really bad idea

Vanessa Burrows, FDA historian X-rays have enhanced healthcare in a variety of ways since their discovery in the late 19th century. But like many cutting-edge scientific developments, the technology has also inspired uses of uncertain therapeutic value. That was the case with the shoe-fitting fluoroscope, the subject of the latest episode of FDA’s history video

Apple Watch detects atrial fibrillation using built-in technology

The Apple Watch can automatically detect atrial fibrillation (AF) using its built-in heart rate sensor and artificial intelligence, according to a new study. The research used a deep neural network that was based on photoplethysmographic (PPG) sensors that are frequently found in smart watches. When paired with an artificial intelligence-based algorithm, Apple Watch’s heart rate