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Maquet Unveils Two New Advanced ICU Ventilators
Maquet Medical is releasing two new ICU ventilators, one general purpose for most patients and one designed for support in neonates and infants. The SERVO-U and SERVO-n mechanical ventilators were designed to feature an intuitive interface while offering advanced patient specific capabilities such as NAVA (Neurally...
January 11, 2016
Biologics, Wound Care, Infection Prevention
Artificial Pancreas Trials To Begin In The U.S. 
In the U.S. alone, 1.25 million Americans suffer from type 1 diabetes, a potentially debilitating and life-changing condition. Every year, more and more people are diagnosed, and the only common treatment is regular insulin injections. A research team hoping to revolutionize diabetes treatment...
January 11, 2016
Orthopedics and Spine
SurgaColl Technologies firm seeks €15m for bone-repair technology
A fledgling Irish medtech company is looking to raise €15 million to develop and commercialize revolutionary technology that will allow doctors to repair bone and cartilage in patients. SurgaColl Technologies has just received European approval to market its first product, a highly porous...
January 11, 2016
Cardiovascular / Cardiology
Fitbit’s heart rate monitoring accuracy questioned in class action suit
Fitbit is facing yet another class action suit, this time over its heart rate monitoring, which plaintiffs claim is inaccurate to a dangerous degree. “Plaintiffs and many consumers like them have experienced — and testing confirms — that the PurePulse trackers consistently mis-record...
January 9, 2016
Surgery and Surgical Robotics
Robotic Legs Take Cues from Humans
For above-knee amputees, walking with a gait akin to biological limb functionality may require a number of physical therapy sessions. “Generally, the higher the amputation level, the more we can expect to see gait deviations, or what some would call limps,” according to...
January 9, 2016
Biologics, Wound Care, Infection Prevention
Dressing for Disease Prevention Success
In the last couple decades, blood-borne diseases, like HIV, Hepatitis B and C and others have become a serious talking points – so much so that sharps safety has become an unofficial never event, double gloving is trending and OSHA requires facilities to...
January 8, 2016
Orthopedics and Spine
UW center receives $16M to work on first implantable device to reanimate paralyzed limbs
In the next decade, people who have suffered a spinal cord injury or stroke could have their mobility improved or even restored through a radically new technology: implantable devices that can send signals between regions of the brain or nervous system that have...
January 8, 2016
Surgery and Surgical Robotics
Artist Paints Medical Helmets For Babies
Artist Paula Strawn paints boring white medical helmets for babies into something cool! These helmets are meant to reshape the skulls of children who were born with Flat Head Syndrome. Medical science, man. I love it. related question: How do they fix Big Head...
January 8, 2016
Biologics, Wound Care, Infection Prevention
Patient Hand Hygiene: The Missing Link
Abstract: Hospital acquired infections (HAI’s) are a major threat to patient safety and there is substantial evidence that good hand hygiene reduces the transmission of these diseases. However, most hand hygiene initiatives have focused on the role of the healthcare worker, caregiver, volunteer,...
January 8, 2016
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