• Michael Halpern, Author at MedicalExpo e-Magazine
    The Smart Magazine About Medical Technology Innovations

    Michael Halpern

    Michael Halpern is a US-born and bred writer with experience in radio. He has lived in southern France for 15 years.

    The GORE TIGRIS® vascular stent uses the company’s heparin surface bonding technology for ongoing resistance to thrombosis. The firm also underscores the device’s great flexibility and minimal elongation—less than 0.1% in a US clinical study. The stent offers a combination of straightening force and elongation that...

    The European Society of Cardiology has published updated clinical guidelines for the management of infarction in patients with elevated ST segments (STEMI). They cover everything from epidemiology, emergency care, reperfusion therapy, hospitalization, long-term therapies and potential complications to assessment...

    Medical Product Manufacturing News reports that a Harvard research team has developed a rigid/soft robotic arm for endoscopic surgery. Mounted on an endoscope, the device remains flat while navigating narrow body passages. The rigid operational elements then fold out once at the surgery site. Inspired by pop-up...

    A study recently published in the journal Resuscitation shows that the use of extracorporeal cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) in a pre-hospital setting significantly improves survival rates in out-of-hospital refractory heart attack victims. Such victims are those who show no signs of renewed circulation after 30...

    Portal Instruments, a Cambridge, Massachusetts company is developing a needle-free drug injection system designed to reduce the pain and anxiety associated with injections. Company CEO Patrick Anquetil explained in a MedGadget article that the digitally-controlled injector uses innovative technology developed at MIT...

    The Guardian reports that a data breach at Australia’s Medicare, the country’s public health care system, has compromised personal medical information. A “reputable” trader on the darknet, an unreferenced, parallel Internet where illegal purchases may be made, is offering Medicare card details for about US$22 per...

    Taiwan Main Orthopedics Company has introduced smart surgical glasses with multiple applications. Developed by university and industry groups, the augmented reality eyewear offers precise navigation during surgery and a 3D virtual reality view of the procedure. The CT scans visible through the glasses constitute a...

    Cardiac pacemakers and other implantable medical devices can improve, prolong and even save human life. But the batteries that power them remain relatively bulky and require periodic replacement. In addition, should the toxic materials or electrolytes they contain ever leak, the wearer’s health could be compromised....

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    Researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago used 3D printing to create a bioprosthetic mouse ovary. The printed “scaffold” consisted of filaments of hydrogel made from broken down collagen. Replacing the natural organ and housing transplanted immature eggs, they enabled mice to ovulate, give birth and nurse...

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    A recently-announced partnership between two US firms is designed to further artificial pancreas research. Maryland-based Senseonics is developing a subcutaneous continuous glucose monitor (CGM) the size of a pill, part of its Eversense System. It automatically transmits readings to a mobile app for up to 90 days. The...

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    Protective equipment manufacturer Noroit won honors in the ergonomics/design/comfort category at this year’s Forum Labo fair in Paris. Its Solis Class II microbiological safety cabinet offers unprecedented ease of cleaning thanks to smooth interior surfaces and its patented Twist & Clean design. The front window pivots...

    Interscience’s ScanStation offers automatic, real-time colony detection and counting, while ensuring simultaneous incubation of 100 Petri dishes. A camera photographs each dish at the beginning of the incubation period and every 30 minutes thereafter. The intuitive touch interface enables examination of the ultra-HD...

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    Medable’s Cerebrum is the first cloud-based machine learning system designed for healthcare applications. It analyzes data gleaned from smartphones and other devices to improve the prediction of health events. For example, it might warn an elderly person of an impending fall or prevent an asthma sufferer from...

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    Glasschair, a new application developed for Google Smart Glass at the Technical University of Munich, offers hands-free operation to wheelchair-bound individuals. This could be a real boon to amputees or those who have lost the use of their hands due to injury or disease. Linked to the wheelchair through an adapter...

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    Swiss doctors and engineers have developed a robot capable of performing cochlear implant operations. Surgeons and researchers from Bern University Hospital and the school’s biomedical engineering unit sought to create a tool that is more than just a surgical aid—one capable of doing things a surgeon cannot. Using a...

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    Nurtingen’s Medius Klinik is the first hospital in Germany to win a level six certification in the EMRAM seven-stage model. To achieve this, documentation from all the facility’s caregivers must be inscribed in an IT system. It also requires end-to-end medication handling, from prescription to bedside...

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    ZOLL Medical Corporation recently received FDA premarket approval for its Hospital Wearable Defibrillator (HWD). The device offers continuous protection to hospitalized patients at risk for ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation. The company cites evidence that delays in defibrillation increase mortality, as well as...

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    It soon may be possible to travel around polyps, over tumors and through lesions. GE designers Ludovic Avot and Yannick Le Berre combined detailed 3D data from CT and MRI scans with virtual reality design and game software to create a tool enabling physicians to  journey into the deepest recesses of the body. The...

    Neuromuscular feedback therapy is helping patients disabled by stroke, spinal cord injury and muscular disease. The procedure, displayed during conhIT, uses Cyberdyne’s Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL), a robotic exoskeleton controlled by conscious neural impulses. When the patient’s brain emits “let’s walk” instructions...

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