How medtech could stop the drug overdose crisis in the U.S.

The opioid epidemic is one of the deadliest problems facing the U.S. today. Through the development of new pain management devices, medtech could be a leader in solving the crisis. The prescription opioid overdose crisis in America didn’t start until the late 1990s, when pharmaceutical companies touted prescription painkillers that weren’t supposed to be addictive.

This test can detect when your body is fighting a virus

A test that measures the RNA or protein molecules in human cells is also able to detect when your body is fighting a viral infection from respiratory symptoms, according to Yale researchers. The test involves a nasal swab and could be a faster and cheaper way to diagnose respiratory viral illnesses. “It’s a simpler test

Medtech stories we missed this week: Dec. 22, 2017

From Hepa Wash’s new collaboration to Stimwave’s FDA clearance, here are five medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Hepa Wash collaborates with GALS program Hepa Wash announced in a Dec. 7 press release that it has collaborated with the German Accelerator Life Sciences (GALS) program to expand its

How modern medicine changed ancient antidotes

Modern medicine is revolutionary in comparison to how different diseases and disorders were treated in ancient times. Without regulation, its no surprise that methods like drilling a hole in the skull to relieve a headache and using enemas to treat asthma were normal practice. With the FDA’s founding in 1906, many devices and practices have

Medtech stories we missed this week: Dec. 8, 2017

From Minimus Spine’s European distribution deal to Stimwave receiving FDA clearance, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Minimus Spine inks EU distribution deal Minimus Spine announced in a Dec. 4 press releasethat it has signed its first European distribution deal with Italian company Moss and

River blindness successfully treated using smartphone-based microscope

A California research team has developed a smartphone-based microscope technology that can help diagnose and treat river blindness. River blindness is a disease that is caused by parasitic worms. The END Fund reports that about 37 million people had the disease in 2010 with more than 102 million people being at risk in Africa alone.

How hydrogels could repair intestinal injuries

Hydrogels have already shown promise creating soft robotics and regrowing skull bones. New research suggests the water-based material could also help deliver stem cell treatment to repair damages caused by gastrointestinal diseases. Hydrogels have been permeating medtech recently – with researcheres using them for tasks as varied as gluing detached retinas back together to stopping bleeding. Now,

Diamonds and PET scans can diagnose Alzheimer’s sooner

Yale Medicine researchers have used a new technique involving diamonds and PET scans to look for biomarkers of Alzheimer’s for early detection. The researchers have used a technique called vibrational spectroscopy that involves using a light reflection off of a diamond core to confirm characteristics of Alzheimer’s in blood plasma. The technique was reported as

3 keys to a higher value launch for IVD

Amanda Brantner, Ximedica Launching a new IVD technology can involve many hurdles and risks, but investment dollars abound for technologies that can demonstrate significant value in the healthcare market. “Investment and fundraising in the healthcare ecosystem saw a banner first half of 2017, driven in part by advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning for

Philips unveils new image-guided therapies and diagnostic devices

Philips is showcasing some of its recently expanded image-guided therapies at the annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) event in Denver this year. The company is touting its advanced interventional imaging systems, diagnostic and therapeutic devices, planning and navigation software and various services. It is also showcasing its latest cardiac care solutions for ultrasound and image-guided

These 7 antique medical devices will make you shudder

It’s a good thing we live in the times of modern medicine. Historically, medical devices have been scary and unorthodox – and sometimes amounted to downright quackery. Surprisingly, a lot of these devices were thought to be useful in their era, long before the U.S. FDA started preapproving devices (which wasn’t until the 1970s). You

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Medtech stories we missed this week: Oct. 27, 2017

From RadiaDyne’s FDA expansion to NuVasive launching its new implants, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. FDA expands indications for RadiaDyne’s OARtrac dose monitor RadiaDyne announced in an Oct. 24 press release that it has received additional FDA clearance for its upcoming OARtrac. The OARtrac allows

The top 10 medical disruptors of 2018

Each year the Cleveland Clinic determines what the top 10 disruptors in healthcare will be for the following year. The criteria to be considered a disruptor is that it has to be so innovative that it could change healthcare in a significant way in the next year. Approximately 150 to 200 Cleveland Clinic physicians from

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This lab-on-a-chip is bringing point-of-care diagnostics to smartphones

A new diagnostic platform that works using a smartphone is making point-of-care diagnostics easier for infectious diseases. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Washington at Tacoma developed a device that diagnoses infectious diseases at the point-of-care. The devices uses a smartphone as the detection instrument with a test kit

The 11 most innovative medical devices of 2017

The nominees for the best medical technology of 2017 were recently announced for the 11th Annual Prix Galien USA Awards. The Galien Foundation, the host of the awards, hands out the the Prix Galien Award annually to examples of outstanding biomedical and technology product achievement designed to improve human condition. Before candidates can qualify for

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