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Experiences from the First StimRouter Implanted in Patients in Canada

As a shadowing medical student in family medicine clinics in Toronto, I’d seen patients with chronic pain of a neurogenic origin and always felt heartbroken. I’d looked on in helplessness as we consoled the patients and offered them physiotherapy, bedrest, and pain killers. We and the patients knew none of these options were curative, and subsequently tiptoed around that subject. Fortunately, Health Canada approved a new solution earlier this year: a peripheral nerve stimulator called the Bioness StimRouter. It’s a minimally invasive neuromodulation device consisting of an implanted lead, an external pulse generator, and a hand-held wireless programmer. It uses programmed electrical pulses to stimulate an erratic peripheral nerve and retrains the brain to perceive sensations as non-painful...

Magnetically Activated Micromachines to Operate Remotely Inside Body

June 28th, 2018 Editors Materials There are a lot of diseases and conditions within the body that may be treated if only mechanical devices would be small enough and powered for long enough to do their job. Engineers at MIT have created a class of magnetically activated bug-like microdevices that may foreshadow remote-controlled surgical tools and externally powered heart-assist pumps. These interesting devices have an origami-like look and a variety of them have been built that crawl, jump, grasp, and do other things. They’re actually printed from soft materials that have ferromagnetic nanoparticles within their interior, allowing a magnet to manipulate them. A bit of detail from the study in journal Nature: Our approach is based on direct ink writing of an elastomer composite containing ...

VectraCor Inc Receives Innovative Technology Contract from Vizient, Inc. for VectraplexECG System with CEB®, Cardiac Electrical Biomarker

VectraCor, Inc. announced its VectraplexECG System with CEB® Cardiac Electrical Biomarker has received an Innovative Technology contract from Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country. The contract was based on a recommendation of VectraCor’s VectraplexECG System with CEB®technology by hospital experts who serve on one of Vizient’s member-led councils.  Innovative Technology contracts are reserved for technologies that demonstrate an ability to enhance clinical care or patient safety, and those that improve an organization’s care delivery and business model. VectraCor has developed the new and disruptive “Smart ECG” technology, VectraplexECG System with CEB®, for the number one killer in the world, cardiovascular disease/heart attac...

Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G Hybrid Closed Loop Automated Insulin System Receives CE Mark

Medtronic has secured the CE mark of approval to make their MiniMed 670G system available for sale in the European Union. Having previously obtain FDA approval for both adults and pediatric type I diabetes patients, Medtronic is now making the world’s first “Hybrid Closed Loop System” available worldwide. The system uses the latest advancements in diabetes tech to combine an automated insulin pump with a continuous glucose monitor. “We have seen that this innovation offers great promise for better glucose control and improved quality of life for those living with Type 1 diabetes,” said Pratik Choudhary, M.D., senior lecturer and consultant in diabetes at King’s College London. “The ability of the MiniMed 670G system to stabilize glucose levels automatically is an important advancement, and...

Intelligent Agents on the Battle Field

Summary: A new paper considers how the miliatry are utilizing neuroscience, engineering, big data and psychology to create intelligent agents that can assist personnel in warfare. Source: U.S. Army Research Laboratory. The battlefield of the future will be complex, with mountains of data moving rapidly between commanders, operations centers and the joint warfighter. In this multi-faceted environment, Army researchers and their partners are seeking solutions. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory formed an alliance in 2010 with universities and industry to enable “revolutionary advances” in Soldier systems technology by merging neuroscience, psychology, engineering and human factors to deliver those solutions. “Humans simply cannot process the amount of information that is potentially available...

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