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How Everyday Technology Can Improve Healthcare: An Interview With Samsung CMO Dr. David Rhew

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:28:10 +0000

If Apple Watch, a Google “smart contact lens”, and IBM Watson are any indication, the tech giants have a significant interest in healthcare. Samsung is no exception. As the largest consumer electronics company in the world, Samsung products touch nearly every aspect of our lives. So it’s no surprise that they’ve sought to make their mark […]

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HAART 300 Aortic Annuloplasty Device Cleared by FDA to Repair Aortic Valves

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:53:01 +0000

BioStable Science & Engineering, a company based in Austin, Texas, won FDA clearance for its HAART 300 Aortic Annuloplasty Device. Having received the CE Mark clearance last year, the company has already begun distributing the device in a few specialty European centers. According to the firm, this is the first annuloplasty device for repair of the […]

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Cameras and Eyetrackers to Study How Kids With Cochlear Implants Learn

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:02:16 +0000

At the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center scientists are working on figuring out how young deaf kids adjust to their new cochlear implants and how they utilize the technology to study the world around them. While the devices liberate the hearing sense, children with cochlear implants are not as quick to learn new words as […]

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Heart Sleeve Helps Heart Pump Blood: Interview with Harvard’s Ellen Roche

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:38:21 +0000

Heart failure is a very common clinical condition, afflicting millions of patients worldwide, and its prevalence is expected to further increase in the near future. Unfortunately, there are limited treatment options for advanced heart failure and the overall prognosis remains poor. Heart transplantation is considered to be the only definitive cure, but with a shortage […]

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Solar-Powered Touch-Sensitive Electronic Skin for Next Generation Prosthetics

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:25:16 +0000

At the University of Glasgow in Scotland, researchers have developed a way of creating touch sensitive artificial skin that, as an added bonus, is also photovoltaic and therefore self-powered. This is a surprising development, as prosthetics typically consume a lot of energy and are always powered by an external source such as a battery. Besides helping to […]

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Smartphone System for Counting Sperm, Measuring Their Motility at Home

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:23:02 +0000

At-home male fertility tests typically only let users count the number of sperm in a sample, but another important characteristics that usually only labs measure is sperm motility, or how energetic the sperm cells are as they move around. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital have now developed an automated system that […]

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BIOTRONIK Releases New Line of MR-Conditional Pacemakers, CRT-Ps

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:49:24 +0000

BIOTRONIK is releasing a new line of MR-conditional pacemakers, the smallest the company has produced, and new quadripolar cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers (CRT-P). The Edora devices allow patients to receive MRI exams, as long as certain precautions are taken, and feature MRI AutoDetect feature that automatically puts an implant into safe mode when it’s near an MRI […]

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Novel Flexible Glove-Based Biosensor for Detecting Organophosphates

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:38:36 +0000

Organophosphates are toxic chemicals used as pesticides in agricultural practice and as nerve agents in biological warfare. Exposure to organophosphates can cause severe illness or death if appropriate safety measures are not taken. Rapid and accurate point-of-use detection of organophosphate pesticides or nerve agents would improve security in both food safety and defense scenarios. A […]

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Breast Cancer Detection Using Ultrasound: Interview with Dr. Georgia Giakoumis Spear, NorthShore University Health System

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:47:25 +0000

Detecting breast cancer is of vital importance in terms of treating it early and effectively. Mammography is the gold standard in routinely screening women for breast cancer. However, in a subset of women with dense breast tissue, mammography doesn’t work as well as one would hope. In fact, it can miss up to a third […]

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Medtronic’s New CoreValve Evolut Pro Transcatheter Aortic Valve Approved in U.S.

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:39:19 +0000

Medtronic received FDA approval for its CoreValve Evolut Pro transcatheter valve for implantation into symptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis who are too fragile for open heart surgery. The self-expanding valve is based on the CoreValve Evolut R, and has a porcine pericardial tissue wrap that makes contact with the native valve and promotes a good […]

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