Month: November 2021

Every year the editors at MD+DI are amazed at some of the research done in universities and institutions to enhance medtech. This year researchers worked on a broad array of projects, from shapeshifting cancer-fighting robots to neural interface systems. MD+DI has compiled a list of medical research that collectively blew our minds.
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Data-driven patient care is undoubtedly the future of the healthcare field. Automation opens the door to improved efficiencies, more personalized care, and improved profitability, but in healthcare, the implementation and advancement of these technologies are not without challenges unique to medicine. Healthcare data is not only highly variable and complex but is extremely sensitive. Given
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BIOMEDevice Silicon Valley, a live event slated for December 8-9 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center coupled with several online sessions, will explore the latest technology that is rapidly advancing the delivery of patient care and driving the future of healthcare. Leaders from AliveCor, DesignAbly, Dyad Engineering, Exo, Nēsos, Oracle Corporation, Samsung SDSA, and Stanford University will
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Video highlights of COVID-19 data trends as of November 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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Thought LeadersSarah PhillipsLinguistics Ph.D. StudentNew York University In this interview, News-Medical talks to Sarah Phillips about new research on how bilingual brains process different languages, and how the same neural mechanism is used for each when interpreting mixed-language expressions. Please introduce yourself and tell us about your background in neuroscience. My name is Sarah Phillips,
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BioDevek, a medtech company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has developed a biomaterial adhesive that acts to seal internal wounds and incisions. The material is designed to be sprayed through a catheter, and the primary application for the technology so far is to act as a sealant following colonic polyp resection. At present, following polyp resection,
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Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute created a microfluidic chip that mimics the airway of patients with cystic fibrosis. By including lung airway cells from cystic fibrosis patients within the device, the team was able to reproduce many of the hallmarks of the disease, including a thick mucus layer, inflammation, and bacterial growth. The chip could
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A recent Mayo Clinic study conducted on pregnant women with mild to moderate coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has suggested that therapeutic monoclonal antibodies targeting severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) spike proteins are effective and safe for both mothers and infants. Study: Outcomes of Anti-Spike Monoclonal Antibody Therapy in Pregnant Women with Mild to
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Alva Health has won the favor of MD+DI readers. The company has been selected as the MD+DI Readers’ Choice Medtech Company of 2021, according to our medtech startup reader survey. Alva Health is developing a two-wristband device that can detect symptoms of an oncoming stroke and notify the user and emergency contacts, explained CEO and
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Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed an ultrashort-pulse laser that can kill multidrug-resistant bacteria and their spores, and without damaging human cells. The laser works by vibrating and breaking protein structures within the bacterial cell, resulting in biochemical disruption and eventual death. The researchers hope that the technique could
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Christmas comes early this year for plastics professionals on the East Coast, when Plastec East returns to the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York as part of the Advanced Manufacturing East event on Dec. 7 to 9. One of six co-located shows, including Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M), EastPack, automation-focused ATX, Design & Manufacturing
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Severe acute respiratory syndrome virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the causative agent of coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19), uses its spike (S) glycoprotein to enter host cells. The S glycoprotein consists of approximately 35% carbohydrate, affecting SARS-CoV-2’s infectivity and susceptibility to antibody inhibition. The S protein is the primary target of neutralizing antibodies elicited by natural infection and
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Video highlights of COVID-19 data trends as of November 29, 2021. Over the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend, many states did not report case or death updates. 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
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A team of UK-based scientists has recently evaluated the effectiveness of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines in preventing household transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in England. Their findings indicate that the vaccines effectively reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2 alpha and delta variants from breakthrough infections in the household setting, despite having reduced
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