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    Artificial intelligence (AI) was a key topic at both MEDICA and the RSNA conference this year. But what are its applications in healthcare in general and radiology in particular? And what are the barriers? Dr. Michael Forsting, director of the Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology at...

    MedicalExpo’s i-NOVO Design award nominees included the degree° wearable thermometer for children by Munich-based cosinuss°. The firm calls its device “the world’s first wearable in-ear thermometer.” Designed for kids running a fever, it monitors temperature continuously and sends an alert to a parent’s smartphone...

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    Another interesting innovation presented at MEDICA was the GastroPanel quick test. This diagnostic blood test provides valuable information on stomach conditions almost immediately, and can predict risks for stomach cancer.   “The GastroPanel quick test is a unique combination of four biomarkers. You can get a lot of...

    This year’s MEDICA conference featured a range of innovative products. Among them, Prima’s Floome pocket breathalyzer was nominated for a MedicalExpo i-NOVO Design award. According to the manufacturer, the unit measures blood alcohol level via the same sensor used by law enforcement. Users plug the device into a...

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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...

    Want to quit smoking? Bedfont is showcasing its popular line of Smokerlyzers at MEDICA. These easy-to-use, non-invasive carbon monoxide (CO) breath testers can determine the level of CO in a smoker’s blood. They allow medical professionals to establish smoking status biochemically, offer smokers visual motivation to...

    It’s good to know your weight. But it’s even better to know your muscle, bone and fat mass, as well as your body’s water content. The French bioimpedance measurement specialist, Aminogram, is presenting its BIODY XPERT at MEDICA. The wireless device can deliver an extremely precise measurement of a person’s total body...

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    At first glance, the Thinklabs One stands out in the crowded digital stethoscope scene thanks to its sleek design. However, its real value lies in how it sounds. The One relies on a patented technology which amplifies audio signals up to a hundred times. Thinklabs has developed its own in-ear headphones to take...

    Researchers at Washington State University are working on new ways to help treat heroin and opiate addiction, currently a major health issue in the United States. In their study published in Brain Research, they sought to determine if hyperbaric oxygen treatment would lessen the side effects suffered by people going...

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    Rapid diagnostic tests are high quality, low-cost and easy-to-perform tests for use in resource-poor settings. Mainly used for HIV or malaria, they are frequently in the news with the development of rapid tests for Zika virus. We talked with Bill Rodriguez, chief medical officer at FIND, a non-profit organization that...

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    One of the winners of this year’s James Dyson Award is the ISOBAR, designed by a 22-year-old British student of Loughborough University. This mobile fridge is an innovative system for safe transport of vaccines, particularly into areas where the surrounding infrastructure can limit how well temperature-controlled...

    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...

    The AspireAssist System is a brand new approach and a minimally invasive alternative to weight loss surgery, which has been recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The system works by removing a portion of the food from the stomach through a tube before the calories are even absorbed. For that, a...

    U.K.-based digital health platform Babylon has developed an artificially intelligent triage feature, which can perform with higher speed and accuracy than healthcare professionals, when it comes to recommending next steps for health problems.   Since launching in February 2015, Babylon has been offering digital...

    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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    A team of Johns Hopkins University students, working with a physician and prosthetic experts, has developed Prominence, the first prosthetic foot that can wear shoes with heels up to 10 cm high. Most of the prosthetic feet available today are built to fit men’s shoes and none can adjust to a heel height of more than 5...

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    Prosthetics have been in use for thousands of years. Although early devices cannot be compared with contemporary ones, we know that ancient Egyptians, Chinese and Romans were able to replace missing body parts as long as 3,000 years ago.   The first milestone in the subsequent evolution of prosthetics was the...

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    Beware of crackling knees! Research engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are working on a special stethoscope to detect knee injuries. The device consists of microphones and a film-based vibration sensor that is stuck to the leg to listen to crunchy sounds coming from the joints. Acoustic electronics then...

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    After a stroke, many patients lose the use of one of their hands, making everyday tasks a struggle. Researchers at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center have developed a new video game that forces patients undergoing rehabilitation to use the side of their body affected by the stroke. The scientists use a common game...

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    Imagine diagnosing osteoporosis at the point-of-care—without radiation. That’s what Finnish company Bone Index is proposing with its Bindex ultrasound device. It evaluates the cortical bone thickness of the tibia and immediately calculates the density index, which has historically been obtained using large dual-energy...

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    Imagine a temporary “second skin” able to hide wrinkles in a matter of minutes. Scientists at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have created a special material that acts as an elastic, artificial skin to hide eye bags and other signs of aging. Further development could enable it to deliver drugs to treat eczema and...

    A sleep study published in the May Science Advances offers new insights into how people sleep in different countries. Subjects used a simple, free smartphone app called ENTRAIN to report their sleep habits in the real world rather than in a laboratory. Five thousand people took part in the study. ENTRAIN asked users...

    A team of engineering students at Rice University has developed a prototype pulse oximeter called WombOX. The device can be placed in the mother’s womb and gently attached to the arm or leg of the fetus to provide real-time data during fetal surgery. Delivery and retrieval via trocar are quick, safe and...

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    The extremely small surgical tools placed at the working end of the da Vinci robot—the best known robotic surgical system available today, which was approved by the FDA in 2000—are used for minimally invasive procedures. These tiny instruments were designed using origami folding techniques by a group of researchers at...

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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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    A team of researchers from Seoul National University in South Korea is developing a smart patch to replace finger-prick glucose tests and drug injections. Made from graphene, the device measures glucose in sweat and is connected by wires to a portable electrochemical analyzer. When blood sugar is too high, it releases...

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    The Swedish company ContextVision exhibited its range of 2D/3D/4D ultrasound imaging enhancement software at the CMEF Fair, April 17-20 in Shanghai. One of them, GOPiCE 2.0, is the second generation of ContextVision’s 3D/4D image enhancement software. According to the company, it offers ultrasound manufacturers the...

    The start-up Vivolight is currently one of China’s most promising biomedical device SMEs. It showcased two new products at the 75th China International Medical Equipment Fair (CMEF), held in April in Shanghai. MedicalExpo e-magazine talked with its founder and general manager, Zhu Rui. It was when Zhu Rui’s mother...

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    Since its mainstream introduction in the 1980s, minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has been used for an ever increasing number of procedures.  Regardless of the aim of the operation, surgeons are continually seeking to decrease incision size for better clinical and aesthetic outcomes. New miniature robotically assisted...

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    CNOGA Medical, developer and manufacturer of medical devices, launched its TensorTip MTX and VSM non-invasive multiple bio-parameter measurement devices at April’s CMEF Fair in Shanghai. The Chinese company had announced earlier the same month that the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) had approved both...

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    During the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) in Vienna in early March, AMRA announced its collaboration with GE Healthcare to make available the AMRA Profiler protocol on future GE Healthcare MRI scanners. The AMRA profiler is a cloud-based body composition measurement service which uses images from a rapid,...

    Tech4Life Enterprises launched eSteth at January’s ArabHealth in Dubai. This software-independent digital stethoscope costs only $100. Dr. Shariq Khoja is the CEO of the Canadian company. MedicalExpo e-magazine: How does eSteth work? Dr. Shariq Khoja: eSteth is a digital stethoscope which means that you can connect it...

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    Even if measuring blood pressure is one of the most common examinations, most physicians do not know how medicine achieved the capability to determine exactly what is happening inside our veins. Like most other modern medical technologies, devices for blood pressure measurement depend on the research of doctors from...

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    A small device with big potential,Glucowise could be the end of painful and time-consuming blood glucose level testing for patients suffering from diabetes, a disease closely linked to obesity. This new non-invasive glucose monitor is based on sensor technology combined with high-frequency radio wave transmission....

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    Even if the stethoscope is often presented as the spontaneous brainchild of René Théophile Hyacinthe Laennec (1781-1826), there is a longer story behind this 1816 invention. When Docteur Laennec rolled up a notebook in order to better listen to a patient’s chest, it seemed to have been done on impulse. But the idea...

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    Shoes off, hands on! The Tanita MC-980MA is a new extra-high capacity segmental body composition analyzer based on the latest BIA technologies (bioelectrical impedance analysis, particularly used in body fat determination). In 30 seconds it carries out a complete body measurement. Body mass index, fat-free mass,...

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    The American giant Medtronic received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a new device which offers a convenient way to manage diabetes. The MiniMed Connect allows users of Medtronic’s continuous glucose monitor and insulin pump to view data from those devices directly on their...

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    This is not an ordinary bikini. It is a smart and connected bikini able to warn bathers about too much ultraviolet (UV) exposure, which can have harmful effects on skin and health in general. This very special swimsuit, manufactured by the French company Spinali Design, has a sensor attached to its fabric. The sensor...

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    Board-certified in internal medicine and nephrology, Julien Pham is one of the co-founders of the start-up RubiconMD, an innovative web and mobile platform that connects primary care physicians to a network of top specialists for e-consults.     MedicalExpo: When was RubiconMD created and how does it work? Julien Pham:...

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    A wearable device able to relieve a person’s daily stress in 5 minutes? How does that work? The Thync head-mounted device is worn on the forehead and is activated by a smartphone app. It delivers neurosignals to the brain to change the user’s mood. It will offer immediate relaxation or revitalize the wearer for an...

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