• Laura Newman
    The Smart Magazine About Medical Technology Innovations

    Laura Newman

    Laura Newman is a New York-based medical writer that writes frequently about medical technological advances and health policy. She writes for the medical trade press, national health entities, and health care insurers.

    The San Diego, California start-up, Portable Genomics, bridges two potentially transformative forces in health care. It spans an industry keen on accelerating precision medicine and patient advocacy groups pushing for advances in care. What sets Portable apart is its innovative platform that gives patients rapid,...

    The widespread expansion of electronic medical records, mobile technology and big data has led to a sea change in the practice of medicine. Once centralized at hospitals and health systems, diagnostic testing is increasingly done at the point of care, with diagnosis and treatment more rapid than ever thought...

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    Clarius Mobile Health hopes to launch its new wireless ultrasound scanner by late 2016, assuming it receives the FDA’s 510(k) clearance and complies with Health Canada, CE, and other regional regulations. MedicalExpo e-mag asked Dave Willis*, Clarius Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, to describe the innovative...

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    Disaster medicine has grown in importance as terrorism, humanitarian aid and climate disasters have proliferated around the world. Efforts are underway to strengthen disaster response to save more lives and encourage countries to improve infrastructure for emergency response. MedicalExpo e-mag spoke with Francesco...

    New dental navigation systems offer dentists what GPS provides for drivers. The benefits are substantial, particularly increased efficiency and volume. Same-day planning and surgery are now commonplace, dramatically cutting the time spent providing dental implants.   By 2022, the dental implant market in the United...

    An innovative Alzheimer’s risk test that uses a biochip to identify Apolipoprotein (APoE), a gene considered one of the most important genetic risk factors for dementia, offers similar accuracy to existing DNA-based molecular tests, but yields results in three hours, offering superior speed in risk assessment. Results...

    A new blood test could soon replace liver biopsy in rapid identification of acute liver transplant rejection. It would also speed anti-rejection treatment. If successful, the blood test would be the first of its kind. Researchers presented findings at the 68th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting. Ekkehard Schütz, MD, PhD,...

    Researchers at Vela Diagnostics in Singapore have developed a method for quickly detecting HIV drug resistance mutations, offering a new tool for bringing effective HIV treatments to patients. Many previous sequencing assays are no longer commercially available. Only one remains, and it has low sensitivity for drug...

    Also presented at FIME, the Licetec V-Comb is a chemical- and allergen-free comb designed to eliminate lice infestation. Developed in Australia by TwoLife Technologies, and patented internationally as a Class I medical device, the V-Comb provides immediate feedback to the user as they comb, eliminating any uncertainty...

    A new rapid diagnostic test for the detection of chikungunya is now available from the New Delhi-based J. Mitra and Co. Showcased at FIME, the Advantage Chikungunya IgM Card is a one-step immunochromatography assay that detects chikungunya virus antigen in serum or plasma.   Serology detects IgM and neutralizing...

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    Radiologists’ work may soon become a lot more efficient. With inroads in computer vision and deep learning, they will someday use computer algorithms to more efficiently analyze cancer tissue. The field is proceeding slowly but surely. What’s driving the field forward are new capabilities in data storage that, until a...

    As robotic surgery proliferates across the globe, a handful of research scientists are leading the charge for high-quality training. No consensus exists yet on the best teaching methods, but one thing is clear. Robotic surgery is a major departure from all other surgery before it, in its use of remote operation,...

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    Look ma, no hands! Imagine a robot suturing up soft tissue in the operating room without human guidance. That’s precisely what a U.S. research team reported in the May 4 issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine.   Called “Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot” or STAR for short, the robot is the first in the world to...

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    Accelerated visualization, depicting 3D cardiac anatomy, function, and flow analysis, with cloud-based image processing, are key advances of ViosWorks, a major innovation for cardiac MRI. Although ViosWorks is not yet commercially available, GE Healthcare and the San Francisco start-up Arterys showcased it at the...

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