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    Minimally invasive surgical techniques are spreading rapidly, offering reduced post-operative pain and quicker rehabilitation. Ever smaller instruments enable new diagnostic and treatment techniques, while their market is projected to increase from US$13.89 billion in 2016, to US$ 21.47 billion in...

    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...

      Nîmes University Hospital in southern France launched its own medical device assessment center (IDIL) in 2016. The center recently organized a congress to discuss medical devices and how open innovation can further their development. We interviewed Thierry Chevalier, the doctor in charge of IDIL. MedicalExpo...

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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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    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...

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     The migration of medical data onto the cloud presents challenges for both healthcare and cloud service providers. Today healthcare providers are increasingly integrating the cloud into their workflow. According to market research firm MarketsandMarkets, 2017 will see such providers spend upward of $5 billion on...

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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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    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...

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    Digital solutions have become the norm in the healthcare arena. Many hospitals are moving toward delivering efficient care to their patients in real time, meaning that Big Data is increasingly important to improving data sharing, particularly across a global network of interconnected healthcare providers. There has...

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    Conceptualized, designed and created by OR Technology, a German digital X-ray and imaging solutions company, the Amadeo M mini X-ray system was presented at ArabHealth 2017. This portable machine, which weighs only 68 kg, can easily to be transported by just one person. With six omnidirectional wheels, the machine is...

    The dirtiest place in healthcare facilities is the bottom of the shoes walking around them, according to DETECTO. At Medica, the New York-based manufacturer presented its brand new HealthySole. This device, which resembles a scale, has been shown to kill 99% of exposed shoe bottom microorganisms, such as bacterial and...

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    In-home health monitoring is reaching new heights. One of most impressive innovations at Medica 2016 is the Braster, which improves home breast cancer screening. This sleek device acts as a smart, connected thermal camera, able to detect the thermal markers of breast cancer. After a 15-minute self-examination, a woman...

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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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    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...

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    The healthcare industry’s digital systems and devices are under attack as never before.   This year, numerous hospitals across the United States have been the victims of so-called ransomware—malicious software that blocks access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. For example, the Hollywood Presbyterian...

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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 HOSPIVAC 400 has been designed for professional aspiration of bodily fluids, gases, tissues or bones of the patient during or after surgery. The family-run Italian company CA-MI explains that its new device is equipped with a state-of-the-art oil-less pump that guarantees high performances with excellent suction...

    The CABO safety scalpel cartridge allows the surgeon to use his/her favorite scalpel handle. It is loaded with polymer-coated blade for the sharpest and smoothest cutting edge available, reducing drag and trauma, according to the Canadian manufacturer Southmedic. The cartridge system provides a safe and easy way to...

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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...

    A team of researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has been working on a portable device for rapidly identifying pathogens responsible for healthcare-related infections, a major problem that can lead to patient death. This new technology reduces identification time from several days to a matter of...

    FINESSIS showcased its new range of surgical gloves during the Exposanita international healthcare exhibition, 18-20 May in Bologna. These gloves are made using a revolutionary material—Flexylon.   FINESSIS presented its line of Aegis surgical gloves manufactured using an innovative three-layer technology. The two...

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    Researchers from the University of Michigan and Seoul National University in South Korea have created a “kidney-on-a-chip” to mimic the flow of medication through human kidneys and measure its effect on kidney cells. In the initial study, scientists used a microfluidic chip device that sandwiches a thin, permeable...

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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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    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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    Some may think the wearable ECG market is overcrowded, but seeing big players joining the throng shows there is still room. At Shanghai’s CMEF, a significant player jumped in—Mindray, one of China’s biggest and most diversified health care equipment companies. Its Mr. Wear was officially released on the Chinese market...

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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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    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...

    Saving time always matters. In hospitals, it means saving lives. Nuance Communications, supplier of speech and imaging technologies, offers with Dragon Medical One dictation technology that may significantly reduce the time spent by physicians typing patient records.   Dragon Medical One is a secured cloud-based...

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    The MoMe Kardia by InfoBionic, which received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in March, is a remote patient monitoring system designed to help detect cardiac arrhythmia. It collects all ECG, respiration and movement data from the patient and continuously streams it via the Cloud to a physician...

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    Customed, German provider of IT solutions for medical technology and cardiology, revealed at the conhIT Conference in Berlin from 19-21 April its new Custo watch, an easy-to-use long-term ECG. As opposed to conventional electrocardiograms with adhesive electrode pads attached to patient’s body, the company’s...

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    The emergence of wearable biosensors might be fantastic for tracking the cardiovascular health of individual patients, but it raises questions of reliability of the data as well as ethical issues. Tracking the movements of patients’ hearts has become commonplace with the advent of small, wearable cardiovascular...

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    The Center for Innovative Medical Technology (CIMT) at Odense University Hospital (OUH) in Denmark is developing innovative technologies to improve patient care and clinical work flows. Claus Duedal Pedersen, Chief Consultant at the OUH innovation unit, talked about a video-based project to treat COPD patients at...

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    The Digital Imaging Adoption Model was presented during the European Congress of Radiology in Vienna in early March. Developed by HIMSS Analytics and the European Society of Radiology, it aims at assessing hospital imaging departments in terms of IT capabilities in order to identify best practices and push the market....

    Electronic health records are often available locally, more rarely nationally and never globally. This can make it difficult to identify existing conditions and to enter medical data in patient files accessible by other physicians. NCord, an Indian-based biotech company, is trying to meet this challenge with its...

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    Accenture and Carestream are currently implementing a joint project in Andalucia, Spain to deploy a picture archiving and communications system (PACS) to electronically capture, view, store and distribute medical imagery (X-ray, MRI, CT and ultrasound) digitally rather than using the old film system. This system will...

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    The French company AdEchoTech has designed MELODY, a robotized tele-echography system that can perform real-time remote ultrasound examinations. The project was initiated in response to medical desertification and the lack of services in isolated areas around the world. A radiology nurse in a local hospital can...

    The use of augmented reality could change the world of healthcare and plastic surgery. ILLUSIO is a California-based company which is using this cutting-edge technology to offer for the very first time patients an accurate, real-time 3D picture of how they will look after reconstructive or cosmetic breast...

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    A combination of radiology, computer-aided design (CAD), and additive manufacturing technologies have made it possible to create patient-specific models, implants, or tools to aid in surgeries worldwide. Spinal implants, cutting guides, and replicas of patients’ hearts are just a few of the ways in which digital...

    What is the Internet of Things (IoT)? This expression has been used many times in several different sectors, but what are the concrete implications in healthcare? Ken Kleinberg, a managing director at the Advisory Board Company, talked to MedicalExpo before his speech at the HIMSS Conference in Las Vegas in early...

    While 3D printing is a promising technology much in the news, it might not be so good for your health, according to a new study published in Environmental Science & Technology. The team of experts from the Illinois Institute of Technology looked into the quantity of ultrafine particles emitted by five brands of 3D...

    Also called the “Yelp of Medicine,” the San Francisco-based digital health startup Iodine aims to expand data access to enable healthcare consumers to make better decisions about the medications they take. Cofounded by former Google software engineer Matt Mohebbi and health journalist Thomas Goetz, this online...

    The Electronic Health Record (EHR) is a longitudinal electronic record of patient health information generated by one or more encounters in any care delivery setting, according to the HIMSS website. MedicalExpo talked about the state of EHRs with Carol Steltenkamp, board chair of the HIMSS, the Chief Medical...

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    A combination of radiology, computer-aided design (CAD), and additive manufacturing technologies have made it possible to create patient-specific models, implants, or tools to aid in surgeries worldwide. Spinal implants, cutting guides, and replicas of patients’ hearts are just a few of the ways in which digital...

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    Presented at ArabHealth in Dubai in late January, the newly opened  Dr. Sulaiman Al-Habib Digital Hospital in the United Arab Emirates biggest city is fully equipped with the latest technology, making it a real hospital of the future. Smart App It starts with the hospital’s app through which a patient can find the...

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    A two-year-old girl from Northern Ireland has become the first patient ever to undergo a kidney transplant using 3D printing to plan this highly complex operation. Lucy Boucher suffered heart failure as a baby, resulting in oxygen starvation throughout her body, including her kidneys. She was facing the prospect of...

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    The ability to produce highly detailed three-dimensional models from radiological scans is a huge advance, not only in prosthetics and implants but also in surgical preparation.   Hospitals generally use 3D printing to produce highly detailed models of patient-specific structures from CT and MRI scans. Images from...

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    A new software tool for orthopedic and biomedical engineers was introduced in 2015. Autodesk Within Medical is design software for creating medical implants using a 3D printer. More and more implants are created with 3D printing techniques and successful osseointegration (properly integrating the implant into existing...

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    Based in metropolitan New York, the NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the United States most highly rated and biggest hospitals. Providing care for more than two million patients with a staff of nearly 29,000 healthcare professionals is a challenge that can be more readily met by embracing new technologies. The...

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    “My computer network has come under attack”. It seems that almost every week a medical institution issues a statement to the effect that hackers tried to dig into its IT systems. Most of the time, they were successful. If you think your IT admin can solve the problem by setting up a proper firewall, you need to think...

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    In today’s world, imaging has become highly sophisticated. The use of imaging intelligence is changing the way radiologists look at scans by providing a wealth of information beyond what meets the eye, paving the way toward better diagnosis by processing a wealth of data faster and more efficiently than ever. “At the...

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    The IEC 80001-1 standard is gaining ground. Designed for the “application of risk management for IT-networks incorporating medical devices,” this ISO standard will require heavy documentation work to become applicable by hospitals. A need identified by German software editor Bayoo.Net. This company provides medical...

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    If telesurgery designed for space exploration, as discussed in MiroSurge article, is not your idea of telemedicine, what Patientus is building may come closer. Plus, Patientus has the added benefit of a particularly easy-to-use graphic interface, which could simplify telemedicine both for patients and doctors. HD...

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    The rapid growth in the use of EMRs and the increased use of digitally driven technology have resulted in the production of large amounts of highly valuable data, bringing the era of big data to healthcare. But what exactly is big data? Essentially, big data is used to help describe large datasets—sizes currently...

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    Watch our video report. 4K Cameras, encoders, monitors, workflow systems, and more. All the pieces are now in place for hospitals to implement this unprecedented level of imaging quality. Yet most of the industry players we met at Medica turned out to be surprisingly cautious about the rise of 4K. The slow evolution...

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    XotoCAM 1.0 versatile, handheld camera is ideal for use in the operating theatre or hospital clinic. It has simple, intuitive controls, a sturdy rubberised case and a touch-screen that can be operated even while wearing surgical gloves. XotoCAM can be used for taking photographs, shooting video or simply recording...

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    Dräger’s Polaris 600 ceiling-mounted operating theatre light now comes with sterile touch control, enabling the surgeon and other members of the surgical team to adjust the light settings themselves. The upper surface of the light’s handle reacts in a similar way to a smartphone or tablet – a swipe of the thumb...

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    A new, non-invasive technology that uses blood pressure cuffs to help screen people for signs of hardened arteries aims to find heart disease in young people, long before symptoms develop and early enough to do something about it. That is important because atherosclerosis kills nearly 14 million people globally each...

    Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In 2014, 1.9 billion adults aged 18 and over were overweight, and 600 million of them were obese. The figures are based on body mass index. (BMI = weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared.) An adult...

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    The MA-0935 Acetone Recycler manufactured by MEDIS Medical Technology is designed to recover acetone used in plastination, a technique used in anatomy labs to preserve bodies and body parts. According to the German company, it represents an “enormous cost saving factor” but also “an enormous environment protection...

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    Medical equipment sterilization is very important in hospitals, but it often consumes a lot of energy. Tuttnauer’s PlazMax P50 sterilizer offers a sterilization solution for heat and moisture sensitive equipment with the advantage of using low temperature during the process. According to the New Zealand company, it...

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    The use of LED technology in hospitals, where lighting is a major issue, is a big step in terms of sustainability. The LED 3 MC from Dr. Mach is considered more effective and saves energy and costs compared to halogen bulbs and other conventional light sources. Heat emanation is reduced to a minimum without using an...

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    Bio-FunerBag is a new sustainable system for holding corpses, replacing metal casket interiors. It consists of a bio-plastic bag that is completely biodegradable and suitable to be used as compost for the protection of “the environment and future generations,” explains the hospital and morgue refrigeration equipment...

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    As large consumers of energy and producers of waste, more and more hospitals around the world are beginning to see the benefits of reducing their impact on the environment. An educational campaign at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia in the United States has reduced biohazard waste by 14%, leading to a cost...

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    Historically, the most common way of getting rid of medical waste has been to incinerate it. Unfortunately, the result was, and still is far from being environmentally friendly. The process releases dangerous pollutant gases into the atmosphere, especially dioxin, highly carcinogenic and non-biodegradable, furans and...

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    Health restrictions such as stiff ligaments, broken bones or joint issues alter the normal routine of performing daily tasks, making a patient’s life extremely uncomfortable. The areas that become the most challenging are bathing and dressing. Several innovative solutions were displayed at ISH, a water and air product...

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    With the M1042 Mobile Clinical Assistant by Arbor nurses may no longer have to push a cart holding medical devices. At only 1.3 kg and 2.6 centimeters high, the e-health computer resembles a netbook, but is vastly more powerful. Equipped with a barcode scanner, RFID reader, electromagnetic digitizer and an internal,...

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    The Patient Infotainment Terminal (PIT) series by Taiwanese computer producer Advantech constitutes a win-win approach. It solves the problem of patient boredom while hospitalized or in home treatment, as well as offering caregivers access to electronic patient records at the bedside and the possibility of sharing...

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    Sony’s HVO-3000MT Medical Grade 3D Video Recorder is one of the first medically compliant all-in-one 2D/3D recorders. It is able to capture video images from surgical microscopes and endoscopes in full HD quality. The 3D images improve spatial orientation when viewing the videos during or after surgery. The streaming...

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    Cerner’s Acute Care Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is an intelligent database for the integration of patient information from one or more medical facilities into a single digital system. The developers of Cerner EMR spent a lot of time in different hospital services to understand and optimize workflow. The stated...

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    Anytime and anywhere are the keywords of Brainlab’s preoperative planning software, Node, that allows medical staff to work simultaneously on a single system from different locations. Via a network, patient treatment plans can not only be accessed from any place in the hospital, but also from remote locations....

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    EIZO introduced CuratOR, its new operating room concept of the future, at MEDICA 2014. The system allows to transmit the entire operation simultaneously into an observation and control room. Image streaming is simple. System controls in the operating room itself are easy to use to facilitate handling by the surgical...

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    “Moving beyond meeting” is IT specialist Cisco’s slogan for the TelePresence Clinical Presence System. These mobile telemedicine carts for healthcare allow doctor-patient meetings to take place virtually via a widescreen monitor and HD camera. This preserves face-to-face consultations while saving time and energy for...

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    Ochsner Health System, based in New Orleans is the first hospital in the United States to use the Apple Watch to manage patients suffering from chronic diseases. The hospital uses the vaunted connected object, now on the market, to enhance one of its pilot programs that tracks several hundred patients who have...

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    A garment that can monitor vital signs anywhere, in real-time and 24/7, that’s Master Caution, developed by the Israeli company HealthWatch. This new technology consists of electrodes seamlessly woven into everyday clothing. There is no need for special skin preparations like adhesives, gels, or shaving, and the...

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    Egyptologists believe that embalmers might have used knife and scalpel blades made of a very particular raw material— obsidian. As Salima Ikram, Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, told MedicalExpo, “Obsidian was, according to Herodotus, used to make the embalming cut. Although obsidian,...

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    MedicalExpo e-magazine: The future of medicine you were describing earlier implies a huge structural change in the traditional healthcare system. Bertalan Mesko: Absolutely. It means a huge change because right now physicians are the only stakeholders who can access medical data and use these new innovative medical...

    The Doctors 2.0 & You Conference on social media in the medical field was held in Paris for its fifth edition. Basil Strategies, specializing in e-marketing and social media for healthcare, founded the event which has become the first conference in the world to include patient participation. Patients selected to...

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