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The ECG Business Card

Low-cost electrocardiogram developer MobileECG created this awesome business card which uses two thumb sensors and a tiny OLED display to display a …

Big Pharma is having a harder and harder time cashing in on R&D

In 2010 Deloitte began following the top 12 pharmaceutical companies by R&D (or research and development) spending recorded the previous year. This 12-company cohort has since launched 186 products with estimated total revenue of $1.258 trillion, and it has collectively advanced 306 drug candidates …

Profit

These are some of the crazy things scientists did using gene editing in 2015

One technique in particular, known as CRISPR/Cas9, has made it possible to quickly and precisely edit genes by cutting and pasting bits of DNA, opening the door to curing genetic defects and preventing the spread of disease. It's already been used in everything from mice to human embryos.<p>Meanwhile, …

Genetics

Google has filed a patent for a smartwatch that can take your blood without needles

Currently, diabetics need to perform a finger prick and use a blood glucose meter multiple times a day to make sure their insulin levels are under control.<p>But based on the limited information we have so far, Google's new smartwatch-like device looks poised to replace that system with something less …

Diabetes

How pharma can win in a digital world

The digital revolution is well under way for pharma companies. We spoke with 20 leading executives to find out how they cope—and what they do to stay …

Innovation

New ibuprofen skin patch to deliver 12 hours of pain relief

You pulled a muscle. Ice and ibuprofen. That headache came back. Relaxation and ibuprofen. Your mild arthritis is acting up again. Heat and ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is a popular over-the-counter pain killer, but it's generally taken as an oral pill, which may cause stomach upset in some …

Knee pain? Achy joints? Passive bionic devices are coming

No motors, no recharging. Unpowered wearables may soon improve your game and lower your pain.<p>Given enough time, all machines will break. Your body is …

Powered Exoskeletons Could Replace Wheelchairs One Day

When you hear the word exoskeleton, you probably think of an insect’s hard carapace or Iron Man’s suit—a sort of body-sheath that lends its wearer …

Glowing bandages can reduce the chances of antibiotic-resistant bugs

Bacteria that can shrug off antibiotics is a medical problem that still needs answering, but this prototype could help reduce how much antibiotics are used on patients, and decrease the chances for bugs to become resistant. The experimental bandage from researchers at the University of Bath glows …

Scientists 3D print 'live' blood vessels

It's no longer a rare feat to 3D print blood vessels. Printing vessels that act like the real deal, however, has been tricky... until now. Lawrence Livermore researchers have successfully 3D printed blood vessels that deliver nutrients and self-assemble like they would in a human body. The key is …

Human Anatomy

Fever Scout

Posted in Health<p>Fever Scout is a soft, wearable thermometer that continuously measures temperature and wirelessly sends the information to your …

A new kind of 'generic' medication could save us billions on medicine by 2020

While that sounds like a big rise, it's lower than the rate seen for 2010-15.<p>The report credits this curb in spending to drugs called "biosimilars," which the report estimates will have roughly a $41 billion impact on the industry.<p>Biosimilars are essentially generic versions of biologics, or drugs …

Cancer Treatment

Pfizer and Allergan poised to announce history's biggest healthcare merger

Move would allow Pfizer to transfer headquarters from US to Ireland, cutting corporate tax range despite US Treasury effort to block such deals

Flexible Skin Sensor to Measure Blood Flow

The Rogers Research Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have expanded on their flexible skin sensor technology to measure blood …

Nanotech

Google Aims a $50 Million Moonshot at Curing Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease kills more people on Earth than anything else—over 17 million a year, and the number keeps going up. Of those deaths, more …

Apple’s CEO just hinted at a brand new medical product

"We don't want to put the watch through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) process," Cook said. "I wouldn't mind putting something adjacent to the watch through it, but not the watch, because it would hold us back from innovating too much, the cycles are too long. But you can begin to envision …

Digital Health

Doctors breach the blood-brain barrier for the first time

Our blood-brain barrier is a highly selective membrane specially designed to only allow very specific molecules access to our grey matter while keeping everything else out -- regardless of whether they're invading foreign bodies or potentially life-saving medicines. That's no longer the case. …

This Smart Glove Speeds Rehabilitation Of Stroke Patients

A Korean health tech company, Neofect, has created a smart rehabilitation solution for stroke patients who need to learn how to reuse their hands. The glove is designed to induce neural plasticity in the patient through specific and customized exercises with gamification.<p>According to a 2014 study …

Researchers are developing metal implants that dissolve after healing

A team at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is working to create metal implants that disintegrates on its own after the injury heals. The major goal is to revolutionize metallic biomaterials to improve treatments for orthopedic, craniofacial, neural and cardiovascular …

Intelligent Dressing Glows When Wounds Are Infected

When we experience a wound, it's not just the torn tissue we have to worry about. Patients can go on to develop infections, potentially leaving them …

Airplane Poop Could Help Track Global Disease Outbreaks

In the summer of 2013, researchers at the Technical University of Denmark headed to the Copenhagen airport for a special delivery: poop. The crew who …

3 Things the Healthcare Industry Can Learn From Disneyworld

How do we make the medical experience as enjoyable and pleasant as a trip to Disneyland?<p>Ever surprise your kids with a trip to Disneyland? They're beyond ecstatic, and eager for the experience of living out their imaginations at the Magic Kingdom. I'm guessing their reactions to visiting the …

Disney World

VeinViewer Creates Detailed Realtime Image Of Patient's Veins

Needle phobia, also known as trypanophobia, is a common form of anxiety disorder, afflicting nearly 10-percent of the U.S. adult population. Extreme …

Transplant Surgeons Revive Hearts After Death - MIT Technology Review

Transplant surgeons have started using a device that allows them to “reanimate” hearts from people who have recently died, and use the organs to save …

General Hospital

Digital therapeutics: revolutionizing chronic health programs

Sean Duffy always thought he would become a doctor.<p>His mother’s medical background made an impression on his choice of career and come 2006, Duffy …

This Flexible Sensor Sticks To Your Skin And Measures Your Blood Flow

To better monitor diseases that may affect how blood flows<p>The blood coursing through your arteries and veins bring necessary nutrients to organs throughout the body as well as take waste away. But conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, and certain types of inflammation can limit blood flow to …

Nanotech

Technology Alone Is Not The Answer In Healthcare

“A technology only solution isn’t going to get us anywhere,” says Shelly Saxena.<p>He’s referring to the growing number of social enterprises and development initiatives that use mobile phones and telemedicine to deliver healthcare in India.<p>“Whether you’re poor, middle class, or wealthy, you want to …

Uttar Pradesh

Heat-seeking cancer drugs could target tumours and spare healthy tissue

Bubbles containing cancer drugs which burst on contact with tumours are being developed by scientists<p>Miniature heat seeking ‘grenades’ full of cancer drugs which target tumours without damaging healthy tissue, have been created by scientists.<p>Researchers at Manchester University have repurposed …

What is Univadis? Hint: It Builds Healthcare Professional Relationships

A conversation with <b>Shona L. Davies</b>, Global Communications & Programme Leader, Associate Director, Merck Customer Centricity, Merck & Co Inc. (see …

OK, Theranos: Here's the Data the World Needs to See

Last week, one of America's most prestigious newspapers published a pair of blistering critiques of the country's hottest biomedical startup. The <i>Wall</i> …