• Howard Wolinsky, Author at MedicalExpo e-Magazine
    The Smart Magazine About Medical Technology Innovations

    Howard Wolinsky

    Howard Wolinsky is a Chicago-based freelance journalist specializing in health-care topics.

    Smartphones have revolutionized our communications, as tweets, text messages, and even occasional phone calls come flying at us. And these devices, actually handheld computers, are starting to change how healthcare is delivered. Smartphones now can replace blood pressure cuffs, thermometers and stethoscopes. But even...

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    Doctors who suspect that a patient has had a myocardial infarction or is suffering from another heart disorder request a blood test to measure troponin, a protein released into the bloodstream by damaged heart muscle. According to Lars Halvor Langmoen, CEO of SpinChip, an Oslo point-of-care (POC) start-up, this...

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    Radiologists on staff at ProMedica, a not-for-profit, 12-hospital healthcare organization serving northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, may not know how spoiled they are. Working remotely, they can call up real-time diagnostic images from the Emergency Department or archived data from four years ago without logging...

    Three to five times a day, patients with diabetes have to prick their fingers to draw a drop of blood to determine if their blood glucose levels need to be adjusted. The demands of the regimen can wear patients down, threatening their compliance with monitoring and, therefore, their health. “In the diabetes community,...

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    It wouldn’t seem a dentist could get lost in a patient’s mouth during oral surgery. But dentistry is complicated–so it happens. Doron Dekel, CEO and co-founder of Toronto-based ClaroNav, a pioneering dental navigation company, said, “Many different complications can occur. Dentists, for instance, can hit the roots of...

    Operating rooms are now more and more “integrated”, with improvements in high-resolution imaging equipment and the enhanced ability to use large amounts of visual OR data.   What does “integrated” refer to? It means that all the operating room technology—patient information systems, audio, video, lighting and medical...

    A promising development is emerging in the area of dental implants. New materials—including zirconia and plastics—are being used in addition to time-tested titanium.   In the 1967 film classic The Graduate, there’s a famous scene at a party for the new graduate in which a family friend offers him some advice about the...

    Little is known about the history of dental extractors. These devices, also known as elevators or forceps, are often featured in pop culture, along with dental drills, as instruments of torture. But they were actually intended to relieve pain and disease, not to cause it.   “Prior to the introduction of analgesics and...

    Behold the humble test tube. If you think it’s the symbol of chemistry, you’d be wrong, argues William Jensen, a chemistry historian and professor emeritus at the University of Cincinnati Department of Chemistry.   “At best, it’s a co-symbol,” said Jensen, who has combed paintings and old chemistry texts in search of...

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    A keynote speaker at FIME, Richard Vincins is vice president of quality and regulatory affairs at Emergo. The Texas-based consulting firm assists and advises medical device companies from the quality system implementation perspective to the regulatory requirements such as submissions and registrations. Vincins shared...

    Clinicians can now “deep dive” using virtual reality to understand and view aortic stent grafts. Medtronic, the Dublin-based medical technology company, has made available an app at iTunes and Google Play that enables doctors to understand the use of stent grafts in dealing with aortic pathologies. Specifically, the...

    Sky Factory exhibited at Paris Healthcare Week in late May. The company creates installations of images of skies in hospital rooms to reduce the stress of patients and medical staff.   Anyone who has ever undergone an MRI scan knows that the enclosed settings with clanging magnets can trigger claustrophobic reactions....

    The first forks were eating utensils in ancient Egypt. Now the fork is going high tech in the interest of health. The new HAPIfork has a Bluetooth connection, smartphone apps and a computer dashboard to monitor and control eating habits. “Eating too fast leads to poor digestion and poor weight control,” according to...

    Medical students of the future may spend less time doing autopsies to learn anatomy and more time in augmented reality. The Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland have developed the HoloAnatomy app for the Microsoft HoloLens headset that enables students to probe the body using augmented...

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