• New Color Format Could Boost Ultrasound

    University of Rochester researchers have incorporated new color identifications to ultrasound images, providing clarity to previously indistinguishable objects.Kristopher SturgisA new imaging format for ultrasound machines uses a set of mathematical functions to integrate color identifications so that doctors differentiate between muscle, veins, arteries, and other soft tissue, according to the University of Rochester researchers who created the new format.The new format could represent an...
  • Stents Could Be As Good As Coronary Bypass Surgery

    The findings come from an international study involving 1905 patients with left main coronary artery disease.Nancy CrottiA new international study has found that drug-eluting stents are as effective as surgery for many patients with a blockage in the left main coronary artery.In the study, 1905 patients with left main coronary artery disease (LMCAD) and low or intermediate coronary artery disease complexity were randomized to receive bypass surgery or Abbott’s Xience drug-eluting stent, which...
  • New Patch Shows Promise Against Peanut Allergies

    The patch, which seems particularly effective in young children, “trains” the immune system to tolerate higher doses of peanut protein with no reported major side effects.Maureen KingsleyAn ongoing clinical trial of a wearable skin patch to treat life-threatening peanut allergy is looking promising at the one-year mark, particularly for young children, according to results published online on October 26 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.The Phase II trial, sponsored by the...
  • The Promise of Exoskeletons

    ReWalk’s robotic exoskeleton transformed the life of architect Robert Woo, who was paralyzed from the chest down after a construction accident. Qmed StaffHow much could robotic exoskeletons better the lives of people with paralyzed legs? There's a great example to be had in one of the latest episodes of Freethink Media's Superhuman series. (Check out other episodes here.) Finding out about ReWalk's robotic exoskeleton was a "glimmer of hope" for Robert Woo, an architect in...
  • St. Jude Sold Old ICDs After Battery Fix

    The company says it would have recalled them earlier if it had known of the danger. Nancy Crotti After learning of battery problems with thousands of its implantable cardioverter defibrillators, St. Jude Medical continued to sell outdated versions of the devices for 17 months, according to a report in the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. The company recently recalled the devices, whose batteries can run out within 24 hours of the low-battery alert, according to a company statement. Two deaths...
  • FDA's Essure Black Box Warning Criticized

    Some patient advocates say it doesn’t go far enough when it comes to warning about Bayer’s controversial birth control device. Chris NewmarkerUpdated November 1, 2016FDA on Monday issued its final guidance for a black box warning for Bayer’s controversial Essure sterilization device.Some activists—already critical at what they said was foot-dragging by the agency—now complain that the warning doesn’t reflect the actual dangers associated with Essure.About 750,000 women have had Essure...
  • 4 Ways Virtual Reality Is Being Used in Healthcare

    Virtual reality already has a number of important uses, and is definitely a value-add that medical device designers should not ignore.Qmed Staff Virtual reality has become a legitimate technological platform for improving healthcare, Daniel Kraft, MD, chairman of the Exponential Medicine Conference, recently explained to Worrell Design. Here are the four major ways Kraft sees virtual reality being used in medicine:Pain management. Just over the summer, AppliedVR (marketing...
  • Who Is the Most Innovative Exhibitor at BIOMEDevice San Jose?

    Compete for the BIOMEDevice San Jose Innovation Prize, which acknowledges the most innovative new products, services, and technologies developed by BIOMEDevice San Jose exhibitors. The deadline is November 11. Read on to find out how to enter. Qmed StaffUBM is looking to identify the most innovative exhibitors at BIOMEDevice San Jose and give them the recognition they deserve. The BIOMEDevice San Jose Innovation Prize is a contest acknowledging the most innovative products,...
  • BIOMEDevice San Jose Innovation Prize Official Rules

    NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. CONTEST IS VALID ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES (EXCLUDING PUERTO RICO) AND CANADA (EXCLUDING QUEBEC) – ENTRIES FROM PERSONS LIVING IN OTHER COUNTRIES WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED. GENERAL CONDITIONS:The BIOMEDevice San Jose Innovation Prize (the “Contest”) is sponsored by UBM LLC, 2901 28th St., Ste. 100, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (“UBM”...
  • St. Jude Medical Halts Nanostim Implants

    The company confirms lost telemetry and pacing output among a small portion of the leadless pacemakers implanted. Chris NewmarkerSt. Jude Medical's technical woes appear to be continuing, and this time they involve the company's Nanostim leadless pacemaker. The Little Canada, MN–based medical device company confirmed on Friday that it has halted implanting the pacemaker. There have been seven cases, 0.5% of the total, in which there was lost telemetry and pacing output; the...
  • How Batteries Create Better Computers on Wheels

    Power supply has been a major challenge when it comes to the computers-on-wheels that are rolled around hospitals and other healthcare settings.Daw Tsai, DT ResearchIt may seem strange, but batteries are taking a front row seat in the effort to improve point-of-care in hospitals, doctors' offices and other care facilities. Let me explain why.Over the past few years, healthcare professionals have found that having data access at the point-of-care can dramatically improve the overall efficiency,...
  • FDA May Get Tough on Adverse Event Reporting

    An inspection of 17 hospitals revealed they had not been reporting safety problems.Nancy CrottiFDA is inching closer to enforcing medtech adverse event reporting requirements, following inspections of 17 hospitals that failed to report events linked to power morcellators and contaminated duodenoscopes.The December 2015 inspections revealed that those hospitals, and probably many more, failed to train staff or even have procedures in place for reporting such events, writes Jeffrey Shuren, M.D.,...
  • 23andMe Giving Up on Next-Gen Sequencing

    CEO Anne Wojcicki describes it as a “hot shiny object” for her industry. But the company wants to focus on core areas for now. Chris Newmarker23andMe—which has made a name for itself selling relatively affordable genetic tests to the masses—has halted its pursuit to create more advanced sequencing technology meant to reveal so much more about our medical predispositions.Anne Wojcicki, the company’s CEO and co-founder, described the technology as a “hot shiny object,” but also one that is very...
  • Edwards Q3 Earnings Disappoint

    Revenues fell short of analysts’ expectations, sending the company’s stock tumbling.Qmed StaffThe Sapien 3 is Edwards's third-generation TAVR device.Edwards Lifesciences's revenue fell short of expectations in the third quarter of 2016, and the disappointment sent the company's stock price down more than 17% the day after its earnings call.Don't miss BIOMEDevice San Jose, December 7–8, 2016.But, as one analyst mused on the call, Edwards appears to be a "victim of [its] own success"...
  • Boston Scientific Beats Wall Street Expectations in Q3

    Recent acquisitions and positive clinical trial results could bode well for the future, too.  Qmed StaffBoston Scientific beat Wall Street’s expectations in the third quarter of 2016, growing organic revenue 9% thanks to strong performance in its cardiovascular and medsurg segments, as well as growth in international markets.Don't miss BIOMEDevice San Jose, December 7–8, 2016.Sales of the company’s cardiovascular products grew 12%, and CEO and chairman Michael Mahoney called out successful...
  • J&J Caves to PETA Protest

     The company’s decision to stop using live animals in training videos comes after complaints by the animal-rights group.Nancy CrottiJohnson & Johnson has promised to stop using live animals in sales training videos for surgical device representatives.The company’s Ethicon unit had been depicting pigs that were killed in the videos, according to a reportby STAT. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) complained to J&J about the videos and publicized its concerns,...
  • How Sensors Are Disrupting Surgical Tools and Diagnostics

    Hariharan Subramanian, vice president of research and development at Briteseed, previews his BIOMEDevice San Jose talk on advances in medical sensor technologies and how they’re forging the next generation of surgical tools and diagnostic devices. Kristopher SturgisBriteseed's SafeSnips puts low-cost optical sensor technology into the jaws ofsurgical dissectors and energy tools to provide real-time information to surgeons.  When it comes to developing next-generation medical...
  • First 3-D Heart-on-a-Chip Has Integrated Sensing

    Quickly fabricated and customized, it may eliminate the need for animal testing.Nancy CrottiHarvard University researchers have made what they are touting as the first entirely 3D-printed organ-on-a-chip with integrated sensing. By using new printable inks for multi-material 3-D printing, they were able to automate the fabrication process while increasing the complexity of the devices.This new approach to manufacturing addresses a couple of the major problems with current organ-on-a-chip...
  • AliveCor and Mayo Clinic Partner to Dig into ECG Data

    By applying machine learning to heart data, the digital health company and the nonprofit medical practice and research group hope to uncover new health indicators.Qmed Staff                     AliveCor makes the Kardia mobile ECG device.                              Digital health company AliveCor and Rochester, MN-based Mayo Clinic are teaming up to...
  • Is Abbott’s Acquisition of Alere Doomed?

    Federal investigations of Alere, a class-action complaint brought by its investors, and an accusation that Abbott bullied the company to accept a deal-termination offer may have soured the planned acquisition beyond repair.Maureen KingsleyDespite having won the approval of its shareholders last Friday, October 21, Waltham, MA-based Alere Inc.’s pending acquisition by healthcare giant Abbott Laboratories does not appear to be a sure thing. The deal, announced this past February, would have the...