News / Medical Devices

FDA approves Adherium’s SmartTouch for Symbicort

Adherium has received 510(K) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its new inhaler monitoring device for AstraZeneca’s Symbicort aerosol inhaler. SmartTouch for Symbicort is a new device installed onto a patient’s inhaler to monitor and advance medication adherence under self-management plan. The new device has been developed for use in patients suffering from [...]

September 16th, 2017|News|

Anti-inflammatory drug Celecoxib promotes stem cell survival

Anti-inflammatory drug Celecoxib can promote stem cell survival and wound healing in mice Scientists have found a new way to protect stem cells from harsh inflammation during wound repair. In a study recently published in the journal Cytotherapy, researchers in India discovered that treating mice with a common anti-inflammatory drug called celecoxib promoted stem cell survival [...]

September 16th, 2017|News|

Genetic susceptibility (APOE-ε4) to Alzheimer’s disease with concurrent sleep apnea confers greater risk for cognitive impairment

Individuals who carry the apolipoprotein ε-4 (APOE-ε4) allele, which confers a genetic susceptibility to Alzheimer’s disease, may be at greater risk of diminished cognition from sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), according to study results published ahead of print in the journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society. “Previous studies have shown inconsistent findings between SDB and cognition, which [...]

September 4th, 2017|News|

Biotronik Launches Edora HF-T MRI-safe CRT-P, Touts as Smallest in US

Biotronik said today it launched its Edora HF-T magnetic resonance-conditional quadripolar cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker, touting it as the smallest device of its type available in the US. The German medical device company said the Edora HF-T QP has a volume of 15 cc, making it the smallest MR conditional CRT-P available in the US. The [...]

August 28th, 2017|News|

Wireless Remote Monitoring: the Future for Patients with Atrial Fibrillation?

An interview on wireless remote monitoring with Dr. Angelo Acquista, Founder of Peerbridge Health, conducted by April Cashin-Garbutt, MA (Cantab). What is the vision behind Peerbridge Health? Our vision is to remove all wires associated with monitoring patients. For example, typically, electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring systems have a multitude of wires. We started building a wireless [...]

August 26th, 2017|News|

New Nerve-Illuminating Tool Makes Surgery Safer by Helping Doctors See Nerves

Nerve-illuminating tool outperforms visual inspection; could reduce surgery related injury and chronic pain. During operations, it can be difficult for surgeons to avoid severing crucial nerves because they look so much like other tissue. A new non-invasive approach that uses polarized light to make nerves stand out from other tissue could help surgeons avoid accidentally [...]

August 24th, 2017|News|

Using Robots for Medical Research

It has been a long and stealthy takeover, but robots now dominate many leading bioscience laboratories, doing in just hours what once took days or weeks. Now the convergence of automation with nanotechnologies, biomedics and advanced algorithms proves that using robots for medical research is no longer a science fiction wish. In May of this [...]

August 22nd, 2017|News|

Bruin Biometrics: Scanner Detects Pressure Ulcers Sooner

A recent study found that the SEM Scanner (Bruin Biometrics; Los Angeles, CA), a wireless handheld scanner, detected pressure ulcers developing under the skin earlier than visual inspection. The results from the study of 182 patients in 12 hospitals, nursing homes, and long-term rehabilitation centers from across the United States and the United Kingdom were [...]

August 6th, 2017|News|

Researchers identify new wound healing properties of ficin

KFU and Voronezh State University researchers have identified new wound healing properties of ficin and used it to treat biofilms formed by Staphylococcus, one of the main obstacles in wound treatment. The project is headed by Senior Research Associate of the Microorganism Genetics Lab Ayrat Kayumov and funded by Russian Science Foundation and Project 5-100. [...]

August 4th, 2017|News|

Value-Based Payments – Opportunity or Threat for Device Manufacturers

Over recent years hospitals and health systems have developed and improved their practices and procedures for evaluating medical devices, with representation from clinical and administrative functions in formal decision-making structures. The general trigger for evaluation of a new product/service is that an alternative is identified, for an existing product/protocol, the alternative product would be either [...]

August 2nd, 2017|News|