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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...

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    The RSNA‘s most recent challenge highlights the potential of machine learning in radiology. The goal? To develop an algorithm for accurately determining bone age from pediatric hand radiographs.   This year’s annual RSNA meeting focused on how artificial intelligence and machine learning (ML) can aid radiologists and...

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    Medical images can help identify cases of intimate partner violence or sexual assault, according to a study presented at the annual RSNA meeting. Reviewing electronic medical records of patients referred to domestic abuse and sexual assault programs from January to October 2016 found common patterns of injury. These...

    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...

    Featured at MEDICA, ECM’s EXAPad portable veterinary ultrasound unit also snagged a nomination for the MedicalExpo i-NOVO Design award. The company website highlights the unit’s three main innovations: a touchscreen interface that displays only required functions, voice control of principal scanner operations and a...

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    BMB MEDICAL’s CLAVIA KIDS stretcher chair is designed for younger outpatients and complies with French Medical Safety Agency norms covering children up to 1.46 meters tall (4’ 9.5”). Nominated for an i-NOVO Design award at this year’s MEDICA trade fair, it can be ordered with optional transparent polycarbonate side...

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    What if drones could save lives? While they were originally developed for military purposes, aerial drones are now being used for blood deliveries that can save rather than take lives. A fix-winged drone, known as a Zip, takes off like a shot from a droneport in Rwanda in East Africa with a life-saving cargo. The...

    In the US, the EMS Agenda 2050 is trying to shape what emergency medical services (EMS) will be like in the second half of the century. Guided by technical experts consisting of EMS directors, professors of emergency medicine and fire chiefs, it is supported by various federal institutions. MedicalExpo...

    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,...

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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...

    One of the highlights of conhIT is the AppCircus, a contest where various digital healthcare companies showcase mobile apps designed to make the lives of medical professionals a bit easier.  Contenders in the third edition of the contest included: Teleclinic, a mobile app for telemedicine D-EYE, an app for retinal...

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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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    A pilot study in San Francisco has shown that virtual reality (VR) can help children and teens escape from the pain of sickle cell disease, and future studies are planned to ease discomfort for youths being treated for cancer. The idea came from video game developer Simon Robertson, who also happened to be a volunteer...

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    Today, digital technology permeates nearly every demographic corner of society. High school students do their homework on iPads, octogenarians use Skype and contactless payment, and Fitbit trackers tell legions of wearers how healthy, or unhealthy, their lifestyles are. But there is one area where technical innovation...

    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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    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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    What if we could use the extensive knowledge of the most famous artificial intelligence computing system to fight cancer? That’s the goal of Quest Diagnostics and IBM Watson Health. The two have teamed up to improve the quality and precision of cancer treatment recommendations based on each patient’s genetics. Their...

    Eco-friendly, safer and connected, some of the ambulances displayed at EMS World Expo 2016 in early October have embraced innovation.   Sustainability was a keyword at the New Orleans trade show. Though not new, solar panels are appearing on more and more ambulance roofs. For example, the redesigned Crestline Icon 2.0,...

    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...

    At the New Orleans EMS World Expo 2016 in early October, first aid product specialist Water-Jel Technologies presented its new professional burn care products. Their first responder burn dressings are saturated with a new, odor-free, crystal-clear gel. According to the company website, the transparent gel allows more...

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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...

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    Miami has hosted FIME for many years. It may be far from the big-name hospitals and medical schools of New York, Boston and Washington, but the southern coastal city is still a hotbed for innovation, particularly when it comes to technologies and surgeries that improve patients’ quality of life.   One of Florida’s...

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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...

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    The French company Cleanis has launched its innovative antimicrobial CAREBAG range to help control infections. Since the patient environment is often contaminated in hospitals, infection control is critical to patients’ daily care, explains the firm in a press release for FIME. The risk could be high in systems with...

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    HD Medical has revealed at FIME its HD Steth: a digital smart auscultation device that looks and feels like a regular stethoscope. Almost 200 years after French physician René Laennec invented the first stethoscope, this smartphone-connected innovation is likely to be one of the most revolutionary advancements in...

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    FIME is a good occasion to talk about how American physicians communicate with one another. Over half a million U.S. healthcare professionals are members of the social network Doximity. Launched in March of 2011, it became the most popular network for physicians in the United States in just five years. Its co-founder,...

    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...

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    It’s impossible to talk about artificial intelligence without mentioning IBM’s Watson. A pioneer in cognitive computing, the American computer giant has found multiple health applications for Watson. Pascal Sempé, senior sales consultant for Watson Health Solutions in France, explained how Watson functions and what’s...

    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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    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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    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 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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    With the rise of 3D printing in the healthcare sector, there are ongoing discussions about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s regulation strategy concerning 3D printed devices. MedicalExpo talked with Matthew Di Prima, Head of the Additive Manufacturing Working Group at the FDA’s Center for Radiological Devices...

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    Hybrid imaging was much in the news during recent major annual radiology events, such as RSNA and ECR. MedicalExpo talked with Dr. Katrine Åhlström Riklund, president of the European Congress of Radiology 2016 and professor of radiology and nuclear medicine at University Hospital of Umeå in Sweden about new trends in...

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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,...

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    Using X-rays, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, interventional radiologists and other clinicians can today carry out a number of minimally-invasive procedures that in the past would have required time-consuming and expensive surgery. However, this has also meant that more clinicians are potentially...

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    Researchers from McGill University in Canada have managed to take a series of 3D images of a megaenzyme in action, as reported in a study recently published in Nature. Those important proteins play an active role in producing many common antibiotics, including penicillin and cyclosporin. Since these molecules are very...

    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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    About 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. For decades, mammography screening has been used to diagnose women given the large medical consensus that it reduces breast cancer mortality. Criticism of 2D mammography has grown over...

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    Smartphone medical add-ons are one of the biggest trends in the industry, and a new product from Philips called Lumify integrates a portable ultrasound to offer more flexibility to health professionals whether in the field or at a hospital. Lumify was launched November 19, and was formally unveiled soon after at the...

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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...

    The eKuore pro, developed by a health technology firm based in Spain, can do everything a traditional stethoscope can do—that is, enable a doctor or other health professional listen to a patient’s heartbeat and breathing—plus a whole lot more, according to its manufacturers. The stethoscope uses Bluetooth technology...

    CardioSecur Pro is a 22-lead electrocardiogram. It is ideal for physicians who do not have access to full cardiology diagnostics. Used in conjunction with an app, the ECG device can be plugged into a smartphone or tablet to allow fast and accurate diagnosis of heart problems. The 22 leads give clinical grade quality...

    Watch our video report. Cell phones and their mobile applications are everywhere in the medical world. These devices have become so widespread that the American Society of Anesthesiologists recently issued a warning about their use in operating rooms. The aisles of the medical industry’s biggest trade show were...

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    Gait Up is a Switzerland-based wearable technology company specializing in movement analysis, particularly gait, with a mission to prevent falls and injuries, improve treatments, and enhance physical performances. Patients and athletes who strap on a pair of Gait Up’s shoe-worn Physilog wearable devices can have 25...

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    Mobilmat freestanding baby change mat and bath has been designed for parents and carers with mobility problems or who cannot stand up for long periods. It is particularly suited to mothers recovering from caesarean sections. Its adjustable height means the mat can not only be used sitting down, as it has enough space...

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    As far as CEO Dr. Dennis Göbel is concerned, the sound of ambulance sirens should soon be heard far less often in the Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region. Since September 2014, he and his team at Agaplesion Deaconry Clinics have been working on replacing emergency vehicles with drones. A first in Europe when it comes to...

    Not that long ago, with its Google Glass, Google generated strong buzz for augmented reality (adding images to a real-world environment). Medical applications were often mentioned as some of the most promising areas of development for this technology. Even though Google suspended its Glass program, other contenders...

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    Siemens’s Acuson P500 FROSK edition portable ultrasound system provides reliable imaging in a lightweight notebook format. Weighing just 7kg and with a screen measuring 38cm across, the scanner can be carried and positioned anywhere, enabling the clinician to make a fast and accurate diagnosis, even in the most...

    A Korean company has developed a new cast for broken limbs, called Open Cast, which allows the skin to breathe and permits the wearer to take showers without hassle while the bone heals. The mesh material is known as thermal plastic, and it can mold to the shape of a person’s arm or leg, leaving holes about a...

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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...

    A new partnership between Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland (USA) and Microsoft, and centered on the software giant’s HoloLens mixed reality head-mounted display could significantly change how anatomy is taught. This holographic computer is worn like glasses. It allows professors and students to see in...

    According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, more than 100 drugs have been approved to treat cancer. But predicting which ones will help a particular patient is still a difficult task. That’s why MIT has developed an implantable device the size of a grain of rice that can carry small doses of up to 30...

    The annual conference on social media in the medical field Doctors 2.0 & You was held in Paris 4-5 June 2015. Founded by Basil Strategies, e-marketing and social media specialist for healthcare, the event welcomed experienced medical professionals, technology specialists, social media consultants and marketing managers...

    MedicalExpo e-mag: What is the My Fertility Diary app? Why did you decide to create your own IVF app? Aniruddha Malpani: My Fertility Diary is an app I created in order to help infertile patients take control of their infertility treatment. It is the first mobile application available that provides infertile couples...

    Paris welcomed the annual conference on social media in the medical field Doctors 2.0 & You for its fifth year running. The event, founded by e-marketing and social media specialist for healthcare Basil Strategies, holds the title as the first conference in the world to promote patient participation. Selected patients...

    In addition to an abundance of speeches and seminars, the fifth annual Doctors 2.0 & You conference on social media in the medical field held an outstanding startup contest to select the new company most in line with digital health trends. Winner CanSurround created an innovative, personalized web and mobile device...

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