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Journal Articles on Your Smartphone with The Case App: Interview with Co-Founder Eric Kowalchyk

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:35:28 +0000

Keeping up to date on the latest academic journal articles and publications can be challenging for researchers focused on bringing their own innovations and projects to life. With many different journals publishing articles daily, research article aggregators like PubMed have become the go-to solution. Recognizing the limited bandwidth and increasing mobility of researchers, Case, a […]



Stick-On Flexible Electronics to Track Stroke Recovery

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:11:06 +0000

Electronics that keep working even when repeatedly stretched and flexed have improved significantly in the last few years to the point that now they’re finally being introduced into real wearable medical devices. At Northwestern University, John Rogers, the scientist responsible for many achievements in the field of flexible electronics (see flashbacks below), has developed new […]



Knitted Fabric Delivers Laser Light to Treat Skin Conditions

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:51:01 +0000

A number of diseases are treated using light therapy. These include acne, actinic keratosis, jaundice, Paget’s disease, and psoriasis. Modern light blankets use arrays of LEDs to produce illumination, but light emitted by LEDs can be quite weak compared to light produced by a laser. Photodynamic therapy light lamps, on the other hand, can create painful […]



Google’s Deep Learning Software Analyzes Retinal Images for Signs of Cardiovascular Risk

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:16:44 +0000

Google has been tinkering in the field of medicine over the last few years, including developing a prototype electronic contact lens. The company’s latest health project involves detecting cardiovascular conditions by analyzing the vasculature of the retina. The researchers built a deep learning system that processed data from two datasets containing thousands of patients, each […]



On-Skin Flexible Screen for Displaying Live Health Information

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:59:39 +0000

Scientists at the University of Tokyo have developed an elastic display that can be affixed to the skin to display the waveform of an electrocardiogram, or other health parameters, detected by a skin sensor. When combined with a communication module, the system can transmit the data to a smartphone and the cloud, allowing doctors to […]



Concept Idea for a New da Vinci Surgical System

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:38:09 +0000

The da Vinci surgical robotic systems from Intuitive Surgical have become extremely popular among physicians and patients, though there are some controversies surrounding costs of procedures and complications. The system is so inspiring that Amin Akhshi, an industrial product designer, has imagined a future da Vinci system. Akhshi’s design provides easy access to the patient […]



Arterys FDA Clearance for Liver AI and Lung AI Lesion Spotting Software

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:32:32 +0000

Arterys, a San Francisco, California firm, won FDA clearance for its Arterys Oncology AI suite. The cleared software aids in finding lesions within CT images of the lungs (Lung AI) and in both CT and MRI when assessing the liver (Liver AI). It uses artificial intelligence methods to segment lesions and nodules, and in evaluations […]



Upconversion Nanoparticles Deliver Light Deep Into Brain to Power Optogenetic Therapies

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:58:38 +0000

Optogenetics is a powerful method developed over the past few years that lets scientists use light to activate specific genetically modified neurons within the brain. This technology still has a lot of time left in the lab before it can help to address human diseases, but that reality may be a bit closer thanks to […]



Power Source Inspired by Electric Eels to Energize Medical Implants

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:10:39 +0000

Today’s batteries are full of limitations that make it a challenge to use them inside the body to power medical devices. They are rigid and are typically made of toxic materials, are difficult to recharge once implanted, and have a lifetime that requires replacement. Researchers at the University of Fribourg, University of Michigan, and University of […]



Edwards Lifesciences’ New CENTERA Transcatheter Aortic Valve Cleared in Europe

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:19:40 +0000

Edwards Lifesciences won European approval to introduce its brand new CENTERA transcatheter aortic valve prosthesis. The self-expanding stent comes attached to the delivery instrument, a major improvement over other valves that have to be squeezed, inserted, and attached to the catheter before they can be used. Moreover, a motor-powered handle helps with releasing the valve […]



AdhereTech’s Smart System Improves Medication Compliance

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:54:53 +0000

Taking pills can be easy to forget and factors such as unpleasant side effects can significantly contribute to missed doses. This is especially true for serious diseases with complicated and prolonged regimens, often leading to decreased patient adherence at a time when staying on a drug regimen is especially important. AdhereTech currently helps patients around […]