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Lab-on-a-Chip Simulates Heartbeat for Testing New Drug Therapies

Our hearts evolved to pump blood in a pulsing manner. The heartbeat that nearly the entire body experiences may be important for a variety of biological processes, but laboratory experiments are normally performed without accounting for this factor. Now researchers at the University of Michigan...

  • June 25, 2015

Mind Controlled Robot Helps Disabled People Visit Family, Friends

Severely disabled people these days are often completely dependent on their caretakers to do even the simplest tasks. But thanks to a team of researchers from the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, even folks who can’t move their arms and legs can...

  • June 26, 2015

Edwards SAPIEN 3 Aortic Heart Valve

Edwards announced that the FDA has issued the company approval to introduce its latest transcatheter aortic heart valve, the SAPIEN 3, including the Commander Delivery System,  to the U.S. market. The device was designed to lower the chances of leakage around the valve, which should reduce...

  • June 26, 2015

Philips Lumify, an App-based Ultrasound System

Philips has unveiled a new ultrasound system that uses your own tablet as the display and interface. The Philips Lumify looks just like a typical transducer, but has a micro-USB plug on the far end. You simply download the Lumify app onto a compatible Android tablet, plug in the transducer into...

  • June 23, 2015

Misago RX Stent for Peripheral Arteries Now Available

Terumo is releasing in the U.S. its Misago RX self-expanding peripheral stent for treatment of stenoses and occlusions in the superficial femoral and proximal poplitea arteries. The bare stent is made of nitinol, a common shape memory alloy used for such applications. The stent is deployed...

  • June 22, 2015

PeriCoach Smartphone Pelvic Floor Exerciser

The FDA cleared the PeriCoach pelvic floor exercise system, according to MobiHealthNews. The product includes an insertable device which communicates with a smartphone to report on the how the exercises are being performed, the data being also passed to an online portal where it an be reviewed...

  • June 23, 2015

Airing, a Hoseless Micro-CPAP, Hoping to Become a Reality

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is typically treated with continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP), which normally involves a bedside pump pushing air into the lungs via a hose connected to a face mask. Sleeping like this can be terribly uncomfortable for many, and compliance rates with...

  • June 23, 2015

Researchers Unveil Surface Sampling Probe for Intraoperative Biopsies

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory, known best for nuclear weapons research, has developed a surface sampling probe that may replace professional pathologists in identifying cancerous tissue during surgeries. Currently, samples are taken to the pathology lab to confirm that all of the cancer has...

  • June 23, 2015

BrainPort V100 Turns Your Tongue Into an Eye

If you can’t see with your eyes, a device just approved by the FDA will now help you see with your tongue. The BrainPort V100 from Wicab, a Middleton, Wisconsin firm, is a system that uses a camera attached to a pair of glasses and a small electronic sucker that sits on the tongue. The...

  • June 24, 2015

SonoMed Continuous Open Airway Therapy Devices Now With Compliance Tracking

Continuous open airway therapy (COAT) is an option over continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP) for many patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. It can be more comfortable than CPAP if the intraoral device is fitted correctly to the patient anatomy, but as with CPAP...

  • June 25, 2015

Audio Simulation System Helps Patients Tune Their Own Hearing Aids

Hearing aids can be notoriously difficult to tune for the unique needs of every patient. Audiologists have to assume a great deal about a person’s day to day environment in order to set the parameters appropriately. At SINTEF, a large research institution based in Trondheim, Norway,...

  • June 26, 2015

CoreValve Evolut R Recapturable and Repositionable Transcatheter Aortic Valve

Medtronic just received FDA approval and is launching in the U.S. its CoreValve Evolut R transcatheter aortic valve system. The device comes in three sizes (23mm, 26mm, 29mm). The EnVeo R delivery system allows the valve to be recaptured and repositioned as necessary to achieve proper placement...

  • June 27, 2015

Medtronic MiniMed Connect Wirelessly Monitors CGM, Insulin Pump

Medtronic just received FDA clearance and will soon make available its new MiniMed Connect device to keep an eye on insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. The device wirelessly interfaces with Medtronic’s MiniMed MiniMed 530G with Enlite or the MiniMed Paradigm Revel insulin pumps,...

  • June 06, 2015

Anti-jet Lag Headset Designated Eu-approved Medical Device

Frequent flyers who are constantly battling jet lag may be interested in a light therapy headset that recently received the stamp of approval from scientists who tested out the device by flying volunteers from Finland to North America. Originally designed by a Finnish scientist and engineer...

  • June 12, 2015

Cold Plasma Speeds Up Wound Healing

An interdisciplinary team of German researchers is using cold plasma to speed up the healing of external wounds. The technique relies on creating a high voltage drop between a special device, called the PlasmaDerm, and the skin. The air within this region turns into a cool ionized gas, known as...

  • June 11, 2015