Enhancing patient care with healthcare printing solutions
It has been announced that Zebra Technologies is introducing two new healthcare barcode printing solutions, the ZQ600-Healthcare series label printers and ZD510-HC direct thermal wristband printer. The products enable the production of durable labels and patient identification wristbands used to accurately and efficiently pair patients to the correct medical records, care staff, medication and specimens.
First ischemic stroke patients treated with revascularisation device
CERENOVUS, part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices, has announced the first patients have been treated with its new EMBOTRAP II Revascularisation Device since it became commercially available in the U.S. EMBOTRAP II is a next generation stent retriever used to capture and remove life-threatening blood clots from the brain following an ischemic stroke.
Bone conduction implant obtains FDA De Novo clearance
MED-EL has announced that the FDA has granted de novo clearance for the BONEBRIDGE bone conduction hearing implant system for individuals 12 years and older who have been diagnosed with conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss, or single-sided deafness. Since its introduction in Europe in 2012, BONEBRIDGE remains the world’s first and only active bone conduction hearing implant, and is widely considered a breakthrough in bone conduc...
Generating missing cell type in brain 'organoids'
A laboratory technique that turns human stem cells into brain-like tissue now recapitulates human brain development more accurately than ever, according to a study from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The study, published in Nature Methods, demonstrates how to grow brain 'organoids'—self-organising mini spheres that now contain all the major cell types found in the human cerebral cortex—in laboratory dishes.
Reducing infection risks while extending catheter life
Reports from the CDC indicate that about 30 million US adults suffer from chronic kidney disease—and every 24 hours, more than 300 people begin dialysis treatment for kidney failure. While dialysis can replace the kidney’s filtering function, it can also lead to complications, such as bacterial colonisation, biofilm formation and protein adhesion in the catheter.
Accu-Chek Solo micropump system receives CE Mark
Roche has announced that it has received CE Mark for its Accu Chek Solo micropump system. The company will initiate the pilot commercialisation phase for its insulin delivery system in Austria, Poland, Switzerland and the UK in the coming weeks and is conducting a clinical study in several European countries.
Artificial neural networks reveal a brain’s structure
The function of the brain is based on the connections between nerve cells. In order to map these connections and to create the connectome, the 'wiring diagram' of a brain, neurobiologists capture images of the brain with the help of three-dimensional electron microscopy. Up until now, however, the mapping of larger areas has been hampered by the fact that, even with considerable support from computers, the analysis of these images by humans would...
Electronic chip may improve lives of people with neurological disorders
Purdue University researchers have created an electronic chip that may provide improved support for the hundreds of millions of people worldwide the World Health Organisation says are affected by neurological disorders. The Purdue researchers developed an electronic chip that can read signals from several nerve endings and wirelessly transmit them without needing a battery or any other component. Energy is created by an on-chip antenna simil...
Magnetised wire could be used to detect cancer
A magnetic wire used to snag scarce and hard-to-capture tumour cells could prove to be a swift and effective tactic for early cancer detection, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The wire, which is threaded into a vein, attracts special magnetic nanoparticles engineered to glom onto tumour cells that may be roaming the bloodstream if you have a tumour somewhere in ...
Technique may improve lung delivery of bacteria-killing phage
A delivery system for bacteriophages—viruses that selectively attack harmful bacteria—could help give doctors a new way to battle lung infections that threaten older patients and people with cystic fibrosis. Phage therapy is a promising alternative to antibiotics because it attacks specific pathogens, does not harm the body’s normal contingent of bacteria and won’t contribute to multi-drug resistance.