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Will Light be the Key to Curing Addiction?

Optogenetics is a tool that is being used extensively to learn how the brain works. In a study recently published in Nature, a research team was able to use optogenetic techniques to modify taste sensations in mice. By stimulating with light genetically altered areas of the brain, they were able to make the mice experience [...]

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Poor Usability Leads to Device Recall

Poor usability in Draeger Medical’s JM-103 and JM-105 Jaundice meters has led the FDA to issue a Class 1 recall of the devices. A Class 1 recall is the most serious, and indicates that use of the device could cause serious injury or death. The Draeger meters measure yellowness of subcutaneous tissue in newborns. Measurements [...]

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A Simple App to Encourage Behavior Change?

Medtronic and Nutrino  have partnered to offer the iPro2 myLog App that integrates with Medtronic’s iPro2 professional continuous glucose monitor (CGM). The app provides an easy way for diabetes patients to track the foods they consume – they simply take a picture of their meal. Artificial intelligence is used to analyze the food consumed and [...]

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New Battery Technology?

The medical press is filled with breathless hype about the potential of new technologies. I am guilty of that myself. While there are a lot of very interesting things going on in science that could be employed in medical technology, the fact is that it takes a very long time before something proved to be [...]

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Cell Processes Revealed

A new microscopy technique developed by a consortium of universities has enabled unprecedented imaging of processes occurring deep within living cell structures. The technique involves passing an ultra-thin sheet of light repeatedly through the target area, effectively creating slices of the target volume. A computer can stitch the image data captured to create a 3-dimensional [...]

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Low cost, Flexible Electronic Body-Worn Monitors

Flexible electronics have significant potential for applications in medical devices. Still mostly in the developmental stages, I believe it will be very soon that we will see them in commercial products. According to an article in Medical Design Technology, a team at the University of Texas at Austin has developed a way to manufacture flexible [...]

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More on Computer-augmented Imaging

I have written on numerous occasions about the fact that computer algorithms are being developed to enhance imagery from ultrasounds, MRI’s, CT scans and the like to provide far greater resolution and clarity. A recent story in Medical Device Technology reported that deep machine learning has been used to enhance images from smartphone cameras to [...]

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Will Medical Devices Replace Pharmaceuticals?

To date, the wearables market has been focused on providing monitoring functionality – steps taken, heart rate, pulse, etc. In the future, wearable devices are also going to provide therapeutic remedy functionality. There are a number of companies that have recently come out with devices to treat various maladies that are normally addressed with pharmaceuticals. [...]

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Algorithm-based Healthcare

Sonde Health contends that analysis of subtle changes in your voice can accurately reveal important aspects of your health. They are working to develop an algorithm that can be used to compare the vocal characteristics of an individual over time and use the data to develop correlates to mark the earliest onset of illness and [...]

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Implanted Sensors

Sensors that can be implanted in the body will be replacing the current generation of wearable technology. Profusa, a company based in San Francisco, has developed a device that can be implanted under the skin and can serve as a sensor to determine levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide, glucose and lactate in the blood. What’s [...]

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