Home strep tests save time and money

Parents could save time and money by testing for strep throat at home as opposed to going to the doctor, according to a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center researchers also collaborated on the study. Streptococcus, also known as strep throat, causes a sore, red throat that is

How surgeons are using robots for cochlear implants

A group of surgeons and engineers have created a surgical robot for cochlear implantation that can perform surgery that is otherwise difficult for surgeons to do manually. The team included surgeons and engineers from Inselspital, Bern University Hospital and the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research at the University of Bern. A cochlear implant is

6 surgical robots that will surprise you

Researchers around the globe have created surgical robots for solutions to procedures that are generally invasive and time-consuming. Whether its eye surgery or even finding a vein to draw blood, healthcare practitioners face daunting tasks, but robots have made these procedures easier (as easy as the DaVinci makes it look when peeling a grape and

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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

The stem cell therapy that could reverse hearing loss

Frequency Therapeutics is betting that it can change the lives of millions of Americans with hearing loss through a cell therapy that triggers the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Researchers have used cells in regenerative medicine for decades – in 1931, the father of cell therapy, Paul Niehans, treated a patient with material from

Oventus announces U.S. launch of O2Vent T device for sleep apnea

Oventus, a Brisbane-based medical device company seeking to change the way sleep disorders are treated, announced the U.S. launch of O2Vent T, the first and only FDA-cleared sleep disorder device that provides relief for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) via a unique, separate airway that avoids multiple sites of obstruction, including the nose, the soft palate

Independent clinical study shows Adherium’s Smartinhaler dramatically improves clinical outcomes and medication adherence in children with asthma

Adherium Limited, a global leader in digital health technologies that address sub-optimal medication use in chronic disease, announces the publication of results from an independent, randomized controlled trial of its respiratory disease management tool, Smartinhaler. The study, in children with poorly controlled asthma, revealed a significant reduction in hospital admissions over the course of 12

Clearwater Clinical and The Ottawa University Faculty of Medicine partner to create a national hearing screening program in Canadian schools

Clearwater Clinical Limited, makers of SHOEBOX Audiometry, a clinically validated iPad audiometer, along with the University of Ottawa Medical School, is expanding the highly successful iHEAR program to bring much needed hearing testing to elementary school students. In its first phase, the program ran locally across the Ottawa region. Today, they announce that iHEAR is

The problem with medical device patent strategies

By Jackie Hutter, founder, The Hutter Group IP strategists spend considerable time “Monday Morning Quarterbacking” patent strategy for medical device inventions for the purposes of valuation and commercialization. We are often asked to review medical device patents to provide opinions on commercial potential. For some of these reviews, we are forced to conclude that the medical

What’d you say? Pressure relief valve improves removal of patient earwax

A custom manufactured pressure-relief valve has improved the operation of an earwax removal device. The valve Model 130 with 3/8-in OD from Smart Products is customized with a plastic body, special O-ring material, and precise opening psi. The customized components ensure the valve works precisely within the Earigator. Pressure control is critical so the Model