Technology

Researchers at Rice University have developed a microfluidic device that can test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in a drop of blood and display its results once plugged into a cell phone. The test runs in under an hour, and works by detecting SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid protein using antibody-studded magnetic nanobeads. In tests, the device could
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Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science and SigTuple Technologies, a company based in Bengaluru, India, have developed a method to inexpensively measure hemoglobin levels in small-volume blood samples. The technique combines a microfluidic chip and an AI-powered microscope. The researchers hope that the technology will help streamline hemoglobin measurements and make things easier for
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February 4th, 2021 Medgadget Editors Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Critical Care, Medicine, Pediatrics Inovytec, an Israeli firm, has won clearance from the FDA to introduce its Ventway Sparrow ventilators in the United States. Weighing only 2.2 pounds (1 Kg), including the built-in battery, and with a small footprint, these can be used just about anywhere that ventilator
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February 3rd, 2021 Medgadget Editors Medicine, Public Health Although a few types of COVID-19 vaccines have begun to be distributed around the world, a unique technology, developed at University of California, San Francisco, may offer an even more direct way to prevent the coronavirus from multiplying within the body. The UCSF team created a synthetic
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Cardiac ablation is the current go-to method for treating most cases of atrial fibrillation (AFib) that are not responsive to medications. While radiofrequency ablation, the most common kind, can be highly effective, the technique often results in damage to cardiac tissue beyond what is intended. This can be a result of poor heat dispersal, overly
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January 29th, 2021 Rukmani Sridharan Materials, Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery Osteoarthritis affects millions of people worldwide, and occurs when the cartilage that protects the ends of bones starts to degrade and wear down. With the aim of ultimately developing treatments for osteoarthritis, researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have genetically engineered
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January 26th, 2021 Medgadget Editors Radiology Canon Medical is releasing its Aquilion Exceed LB advanced CT scanner that features an impressively large 90 centimeter bore. The wide opening and edge-to-edge extended field-of-view (90 cm) reconstruction will certainly allow for large patients to be imaged, but also gives more flexibility in patient positioning, as well as
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Why topical nail fungus (onychomycosis) treatment needs a device Penetration For the medication to penetrate and reach the infection through nail keratin (which absorbs water and repels water insoluble drugs) the treatment must be at least partially water soluble. The most effective way is to immerse the infected nails in an antimicrobial that is dissolved
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Boston Scientific has landed FDA clearance for its Vercise Genus Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) System. This is the fourth generation of the company’s DBS devices, which are designed to have a longer battery life, improved targeting to reduce symptoms, and make programming and management easier. Vercise Genus devices are available in rechargeable and non-rechargeable varieties, and
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Our breath holds a multitude of biomarkers, including potentially those indicating the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. Those infected with the virus are prone to exhale proteases, enzymes that speed up the breakdown of proteins, related to the new virus. This has led researchers at University of California, San Diego to work
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January 21st, 2021 Medgadget Editors Radiology Siemens Healthineers won FDA clearance for its recently introduced MULTIX Impact C ceiling-mounted digital radiography (DR) system. The FDA also cleared the MULTIX Impact VA20, a new version of the existing parent DR system. Both devices are targeted toward clinics on a budget, but offer advanced capabilities, including helping
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January 20th, 2021 Medgadget Editors Ophthalmology Eye surgeons at the Rabin Medical Center in Israel have successfully implanted the first artificial cornea into a bilaterally blind human patient. Once the bandages were removed, the 78 year old man was able to read and to recognize family members. This was all possible thanks to a device
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