Month: June 2021

In a Virtual Engineering Days presentation, Gerry Berberian, national sales manager–additive, at Arburg, described how pellet-printing 3D technology can be used to make medical devices. And to give some real-world examples, Evonik’s director of strategic marketing, medical device solutions, Balaji Prabhu, joined in to talk about his company’s resorbable polymers and how they are being used with
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Much-needed medical supplies were developed and manufactured quickly during the rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Medical device manufacturers as well as new players stepped up to fill urgent demands. But how did intellectual property fare in the global manufacturing flurry? Sharon Hwang, shareholder and executive committee member at McAndrews, Held & Malloy, answers MD+DI’s
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A study analyzing the association between a wide variety of prenatal and childhood exposures and neuropsychological development in school-age children has found that organic food intake is associated with better scores on tests of fluid intelligence (ability to solve novel reasoning problems) and working memory (ability of the brain to retain new information while it
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Researchers at Northwestern University and collaborators have developed a temporary cardiac pacemaker that dissolves away in the body into harmless byproducts. The technology avoids the need for leads penetrating the skin as well as follow-up procedures to remove a pacemaker. The device could make temporary pacemaker placement a safer and more convenient experience for patients.
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Sword Health uses sensors to guide people through physical therapy exercises. The company recently raised $85 million in funding. Photo credit: Sword Health As more digital physical therapy startups raise funding, competition is rising to win over coverage from more health plans. One of them, Sword Health, recently raised $85 million to grow its business
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With widespread vaccination a conceivable near-term possibility, we can finally begin to look beyond the focus on the day-to-day and plan with a longer horizon in mind. This desire, and frankly need, to broaden our timeframe for planning, holds true for individuals as well as corporate entities – and health systems are no exception. The
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Hypertension is a chronic disease that can lead to serious health problems. Patients with arterial hypertension are required to measure their blood pressure at home, which can have some drawbacks, such as forgetting to checkitor recordingthe values, errors in writing downthe figures,the inability to immediately notify health care staff about out-of-range blood pressure values, etc.
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Video highlights of COVID-19 data trends as of June 30, 2021. Explore COVID-19 trends around the world with our in-depth data tracking: New cases and cumulative cases: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/cumulative-cases Daily new cases, testing, and positivity ratio by U.S. state: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/testing/tracker/overview New cases by country: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/new-cases
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Latest Alzheimer’s News TUESDAY, June 29, 2021 Alzheimer’s disease has no cure, but one expert says it may be possible to reduce the risks of developing the disease with healthy lifestyle changes. There are two different types of Alzheimer’s. Early-onset typically affects patients before age 65. Late-onset affects older adults. “Early-onset dementia often is linked
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Latest Pregnancy News TUESDAY, June 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) Good news for couples considering fertility treatments: Children born through assisted reproductive technology (ART) don’t have an increased risk of cancer, researchers say. In the new study, kids born through high-tech fertility treatments — such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and frozen embryo transfer (FET) —
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Latest Coronavirus News TUESDAY, June 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) Hospitalized patients with diabetes who hadn’t been taking their medication had more severe cases of COVID-19, a new study shows. “Our results highlight the importance of assessing, monitoring and controlling blood glucose [sugar] in hospitalized COVID-19 patients from the start,” said study author Sudip Bajpeyi, associate
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Fire can put a tropical songbird’s sex life on ice. Following habitat-destroying wildfires in Australia, researchers found that many male red-backed fairywrens failed to molt into their red-and-black ornamental plumage, making them less attractive to potential mates. They also had lowered circulating testosterone, which has been associated with their showy feathers. For the study published
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DuPont Medical Packaging is actively working to advance sustainability across the healthcare packaging value chain, the company shared in a sustainability brochure published in time for World Environment Day on June 5. DuPont detailed its sustainability progress and goals on a number of fronts. “Consistent with the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and
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Researchers at the Harvard Wyss Institute and MIT have developed a face mask that can detect SARS-CoV-2 in a wearer’s breath. The mask employs freeze dried molecular components including CRISPR-based technology, and a lateral flow assay strip to detect the virus and alert the wearer. To initiate the test, the wearer simply presses a button
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As MD+DI has noted on several occasions this year, there’s been quite a bit of medtech M&A activity this year, especially in the diagnostic sector. Now, a medtech analyst has confirmed in a recent report that compared to 2020, both the number of medtech M&A deals and dollar volume of deals appear likely to increase significantly in 2021. According
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A new company has entered the rural healthcare arena, armed with value-based strategies that aim to improve care coordination. Called Main Street Health, the company was founded by former Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Director Brad Smith. The company launched on Tuesday through Smith’s healthcare firm Russell Street Ventures. This is not Smith’s first
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In a presentation at Virtual Engineering Days, Joe Cretella, applications engineering manager at ProtoLabs, offered technical examples about how multijet fusion (MJF) can best be used, while Brent Ewald, solutions architect from HP, talked about developing strategies for using MJF and encouraged companies to think about how the technology can complement their more traditional manufacturing
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Researchers at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology have developed a technique to coat implantable materials, such as stents, with extracellular matrix components and cells. The new approach could lead to implantable devices that suffer fewer adverse events, such as fibrosis, inflammation, and clotting, because of the foreign body response. Implantable devices all suffer
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