• How Genetically Engineered Maggots Could Heal Wounds

    Research out of North Carolina State University shows that genetically engineered green bottle fly larvae secrete a human growth factor that could be used to promote cell growth and heal wounds.Kristopher SturgisThe recent proof-of-concept study was aimed at creating a new strain of genetically engineered green bottle fly (Lucilia sericata) larvae with enhanced wound-healing effects through the secretion of a human platelet–derived growth factor (PDGF-BB) that is known to stimulate cell growth...
  • Researchers Find 1400 Software Vulnerabilities in Medical Supply System

    Independent researchers have uncovered 1418 third-party software vulnerabilities in outdated but still used automated supply cabinet used to dispense medical supplies, according to a federal cybersecurity advisory.Nancy CrottiSecurity researchers found vulnerabilities in end-of-life versions of CareFusion’s Pyxis SupplyStation system. Collaborating with CareFusion, researchers Billy Rios and Mike Ahmadi identified the vulnerabilities in end-of-life versions of...
  • Former Abbott Exec Hopes to Stay Insider-Trading Trial

    James Mazzo and his lawyers are arguing that a pending Supreme Court decision could set a precedent that would lessen the severity of the case against him.Nancy CrottiFormer Advanced Medical Optics CEO James Mazzo has asked for a stay in his insider trading trial, pending a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that could set a potential legal precedent in Mazzo’s case.Mazzo’s trial is scheduled to start July 19 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Santa Ana. The...
  • Origami Is Inspiring Minimally Invasive Surgical Advances

    The traditional Japanese paper-folding art form has helped drive breakthroughs in everything from battery technology to foldable solar panels used in space. Now, it could be driving advances in robotic surgery.Brian BuntzResearchers at Brigham Young University (BYU; Provo, UT) have been working with NASA to use origami principles in spacecraft design. “Those who design spacecraft want their products to be small and compact because space is at a premium on a spaceship, but once you get in space...
  • More Questions about Accuracy of Theranos Tests

    Theranos, already under fire from regulatory authorities at CMS and FDA, is facing renewed allegations that its blood-testing technology is inaccurate.Qmed StaffElizabeth Holmes is the CEO of Theranos. A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI) found that the company’s fingertip-blood-testing technology could not match the accuracy of more conventional tests from LabCorp or Quest. “Theranos flagged tests outside their normal range 1.6× more often than other...
  • How Frog Foam Can Deliver Antibiotics

    Scientists discover a foamy substance made by Trinidadian frogs that could provide a non-toxic antibiotic delivery system, which could help treat and prevent the spread of infections.Kristopher SturgisThe discovery was presented at the Microbiology Society’s annual conference in Liverpool last week, detailing a substance that Tungara frogs (Engystomops pustulosus) produce while mating that contains protein that they beat into a foamy substance with their back legs. The frogs then use this foam...
  • Wearable Defib Vest Shows Promise, Says AHA

     The wearable cardiac defibrillator vest may be a good option for patients who cannot tolerate an implant. Nancy Crotti The American Heart Association, based on more than 100 studies of patients using the LifeVest Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillator. The group published an advisory in its journal, Circulation, its first on the devices. Zoll Manufacturing of Pittsburgh, PA, makes the only defib vests on the market, for use by adults and children, but there are other devices...
  • Lawsuit Claims Medical Device Caused Brain Damage

    A Washington man is filing a suit against a California company for making an implant that he said malfunctioned.Qmed StaffThe software developer is suing Penumbra Inc. because he says that the company’s Penumbra Coil 400 device caused brain damage. After suffering an aneurysm in 2013, Dennis Montgomery was treated with the device. When the device was placed into the aneurysm, 10% remained stuck in the intracranial artery. According to Montgomery’s attorney, Peter Mullenix, the device...
  • Nanowire Discovery Could Lead to Enhanced Nanoelectronics

    A new microbial protein fiber discovered by researchers at Michigan State University contains unique properties that can transport charges at speeds of 1 billion electrons per second.Kristopher SturgisThe discovery came from a group study of a specific bacteria called Geobacter, a name of Latin origin that translates to “battery from earth.” These bacteria contain a remarkable ability to respire minerals, meaning they breathe rust. Gemma Reguera, associate professor of microbiology and...
  • Google's Healthcare Biz Sees Employee Exodus

    Roughly a dozen employees in Google’s secretive healthcare division have left the company in the past year, according to STAT.Qmed StaffWhile Google’s secretive new healthcare division Verily has made headlines because of its bold technological vision, a considerable number of employees are leaving the company. According to STAT, many are stating that is challenging to work for the company’s CEO, Andrew Conrad, who had previously been the chief scientific officer of Laboratory Corporation of...
  • Abbott Could Face $1B Whistleblower Fine

    Abbott Laboratories could face a $1 billion fine in a federal whistle-blower lawsuit over off-label use of stents, and allegations of Medicare fraud and kickbacks paid to hospitals and physicians for such use.Nancy CrottiThe jury trial began this week in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas, 10 years after former Abbott and Guidant sales representative Kevin Colquitt brought the allegations. Illinois-based Abbott obtained Guidant Corp.’s vascular business in a...
  • How Plasma-Based Printing Can Join Nanomaterials to Flexible Surfaces

    A new way to print nanomaterials onto 3-D objects and flexible textile materials could have an array of applications, including biosensors, batteries, and integrated circuitry.Kristopher Sturgis“Printing nanomaterials, especially sensors and electronic materials on 3-D objects can be a game changer in additive manufacturing,” Gandhiraman says.The technique could make it much simpler and cheaper to produce devices made from nanomaterials like wearable biosensors, batteries, integrated circuitry...
  • Terumo Gets FDA Warning Letter

    Terumo (Tokyo) was hit with a FDA warning letter relating to the manufacture of its renal, carotid and peripheral use are adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.Qmed StaffThe FDA has sent a warning letter to Terumo Corp., warning the company about manufacturing and quality control deficiencies related to its Destination line of guiding vascular sheaths.The problems, which were outlined in the publicly available letter, specifically related to noncompliance of the company’s...
  • Philips to Pay $35 Million to Settle Medicare Fraud Charges

    The Respironics division of Philips has agreed to pay $34.8 million to settle allegations that it offered kickbacks to companies that bought its sleep apnea masks.  Brian Buntz Philips’ Murrysville, PA–based Respironics division was accused by the Department of Justice of offering free call center services to suppliers of durable equipment to sway them to buy their sleep apnea masks. The company has agreed to pay $34.8 million to resolve those charges without admitting guilt. The...
  • How Plasma Can Print Nanomaterials on Flexible Surfaces

    A new way to print nanomaterials onto 3-D objects and flexible textile materials could have an array of applications, including biosensors, batteries, and integrated circuitry.Kristopher Sturgis“Printing nanomaterials, especially sensors and electronic materials on 3-D objects can be a game changer in additive manufacturing,”declares Ram Prasad Gandhiraman, a research scientist at Nasa Ames Research Center (Mountain View, CA).The technique could ultimately make it simpler and cheaper to produce...
  • Medical Devices May Have Been Stolen from Military Facility

    The federal government is investigating whether a federal employee took medical equipment from a naval facility in Bethesda, MD, and attempted to sell them online, according to a report by NBC News.Nancy CrottiAt least $18,000 worth of medical “dummies,” tubing devices and electronics were reported stolen in December from the Naval Support Activities Washington complex, the oldest naval installation in the United States. In an affidavit, the agent reported finding some of the missing items...
  • 3-D Printing Market Expected to Grow 40% Annually

    The technology will make good on its promise to enable the Third Industrial Revolution, says the investment firm Ark Invest (New York City).  Brian BuntzSure, 3-D printing has been hyped. But in many ways, the technology is undervalued, maintains ARK Invest, which anticipates that the annual growth rate for the technology will be approximately 40% for the next five years. “It is $5.5 billion dollars today. We see it going to $40 billion by 2020,” says ARK Invest analyst Tasha Keeney,...
  • Medtech Employee Accused of Accepting $75,000 in Bribes

    A resident of Monroe, NY is charged with taking a $75,000 bribe for a deal between a metallurgical technology company and his employer, an NJ-based medical device company that was unnamed in the complaint filed in United States District Court in New Jersey.  Qmed Staff On March 23, the United States Attorney's Office announced that it was charging Daniel Lawrynowicz (46) with accepting a $75,000 bribe for securing a contract with a metallurgical company, a violation of the...
  • 10 of Medtech's Greatest Women Medtech Innovators

    To commemorate Women's History Month this March, Qmed has created a [summary] of some of the most outstanding female inventors in the medical device field.  Qmed Staff A groundbreaking probe for removing cataracts was developed by a woman—as was the radioimmunoassay, the microelectrode, the modern syringe, and many other technologies. Read on to learn about some of the most important contributions to medicine from female innovators.  1. Marie CurieMadame Curie is one of the...
  • Apple Launches New Healthcare Platform

    The world’s most profitable company is launching another framework to help app developers enable patients to manage their medical conditions.Nancy CrottiApple chief operating officer Jeff Williams shows off Apple’s CareKit at the company's most recent keynote event.  Apple said it plans to release CareKit as an open source framework next month. It will consist of four modules that app developers can build upon:Care Card to track medication and prescribed activities such as physical therapy...