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Smart Devices Require Smarts

Smart Devices Require Smarts

Healthtech Progress
Jan 17, 2022
Fitbit for the Face Turns Any Mask Into Smart Monitoring Device

Fitbit for the Face Turns Any Mask Into Smart Monitoring Device

Engineers have developed a new smart sensor platform for face masks that they are calling a "Fitbit for the face." Dubbed "FaceBit," the lightweight, quarter-sized sensor uses a tiny magnet to attach to any N95, cloth or surgical face mask.
Healthtech Progress
Jan 17, 2022
World's First Coronavirus-Killing 3D Printing Material

World's First Coronavirus-Killing 3D Printing Material

Researchers from have developed the world's first 3D printing material with a surface that can kill the coronavirus and can be used to produce low-cost, durable lift buttons and door handles to reduce infection risks.
Healthtech Progress
Jan 17, 2022
Machine Learning for Morphable Materials

Machine Learning for Morphable Materials

Flat materials that can morph into three-dimensional shapes have potential applications in architecture, medicine, robotics, space travel, and much more. But programming these shape changes requires complex and time-consuming computations.
Healthtech Progress
Jan 14, 2022
Regrowing Knee Cartilage with an Electric Kick

Regrowing Knee Cartilage with an Electric Kick

Bioengineers successfully regrew cartilage in a rabbit's knee and they've discovered that electrical signals are key to normal growth. They designed a tissue scaffold made out of nanofibers of poly-L lactic acid that has a neat property called piezo-electricity. When it is squeezed, it produces a little burst of electrical current. The regular movement of a joint, such as a person walking, can cause the PLLA scaffold to generate a weak but steady electrical field that encourages cells to colonize it and grow into cartilage.
Healthtech Progress
Jan 13, 2022
Wearable Air Sampler Assesses Personal Exposure to SARS-CoV-2

Wearable Air Sampler Assesses Personal Exposure to SARS-CoV-2

Masks, social distancing, proper hygiene and ventilation can help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in public places, but even with these measures, scientists have detected airborne SARS-CoV-2 in indoor settings. Now, researchers have developed a passive air sampler clip that can help assess personal exposure to SARS-CoV-2, which could be especially helpful for workers in high-risk settings, such as restaurants or health care facilities.
Healthtech Progress
Jan 12, 2022
First Successful Transplant of Pig Heart into Adult Human

First Successful Transplant of Pig Heart into Adult Human

In a first-of-its-kind surgery, a 57-year-old patient with terminal heart disease received a successful transplant of a genetically-modified pig heart and is still doing well five days later. It was the only currently available option for the patient.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Optical Transducers for Point-of-care Biosensors

Optical Transducers for Point-of-care Biosensors

In vitro diagnostics (IVDs) are tests that can detect disease, conditions and infections. In vitro means that these tests are performed in test tubes and equipment, rather than in vivo, which is performed within the body.
Healthtech Progress
Jan 10, 2022
Silk's Unique Properties Present Possibilities for Future Technologies

Silk's Unique Properties Present Possibilities for Future Technologies

Silk makes an important biomaterial, because it does not generate an immune response in humans and promotes the growth of cells. It has been used in drug delivery, and because the material is flexible and has favorable technological properties, it is ideal for wearable and implantable health monitoring sensors.
Healthtech Progress
Jan 7, 2022
Immuno-CRISPR Assay Could Help Diagnose Kidney Transplant Rejection

Immuno-CRISPR Assay Could Help Diagnose Kidney Transplant Rejection

When a patient receives a kidney transplant, doctors carefully monitor them for signs of rejection in several ways, including biopsy. However, this procedure is invasive and can only detect issues at a late stage. Now, researchers have developed a CRISPR-based assay that can sensitively and non-invasively detect a biomarker of acute kidney rejection in urine. This could someday help diagnose rejection earlier and without a biopsy.
Healthtech Progress
Jan 6, 2022
Stopping Dementia at the Nose

Stopping Dementia at the Nose

Via drug repositioning, researchers have created a combination of rifampicin and resveratrol and have shown in mouse models that the nasal administration improves cognitive function without the negative liver side effects of rifampicin alone.
Healthtech Progress
Jan 4, 2022
Injectable, Adhesive Surgical Gel to Prevent Scar Tissue

Injectable, Adhesive Surgical Gel to Prevent Scar Tissue

Up to 90% of patients who undergo open abdominal or pelvic surgery develop postoperative adhesions, or scar tissue. Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical approaches can reduce the severity of the adhesions, but the scar tissue still forms.
Healthtech Progress
Dec 29, 2021
More Intelligent Intracochlear Implants

More Intelligent Intracochlear Implants

The cochlear implant is the most successful neural prosthesis worldwide. Thanks to direct stimulation of the auditory nerve, it enables more than half a million people worldwide to hear, even though those affected were born deaf or deafened. Researchers have developed a method to convert the stimulation electrodes of common cochlear implants into electrochemical sensors.
Healthtech Progress
Dec 27, 2021
3D Bioprinted Tissues Can Now be Stored in the Freezer Until Needed

3D Bioprinted Tissues Can Now be Stored in the Freezer Until Needed

A major obstacle to widespread study and clinical use of 3D tissues is their short shelf-life, which may be anywhere from a just few hours to a few days. As in the case of an organ transplant, a bioprinted tissue must be transported rapidly to the location where it is needed, or it will not be viable.
Healthtech Progress
Dec 27, 2021
Mind Controlled Robots Now One Step Closer

Mind Controlled Robots Now One Step Closer

Researchers have developed a machine-learning program that can be connected to a human brain and used to command a robot. The program adjusts the robot's movements based on electrical signals from the brain. The hope is that with this invention, tetraplegic patients will be able to carry out more day-to-day activities on their own.
Healthtech Progress
Dec 24, 2021
Sensors Set to Revolutionise Brain Controlled Robotics

Sensors Set to Revolutionise Brain Controlled Robotics

A novel carbon-based biosensor is set to drive new innovations in brain-controlled robotics. The sensor is made of epitaxial graphene - essentially multiple layers of very thin, very strong carbon - grown directly onto a silicon-carbide-on-silicon substrate. The result is a highly scalable novel sensing technology that overcomes three major challenges of graphene-based biosensing: corrosion, durability and skin contact resistance
Healthtech Progress
Dec 23, 2021
Ultrasound Could be Used to treat Psychiatric Disorders

Ultrasound Could be Used to treat Psychiatric Disorders

A new study in macaque monkeys has shed light on which parts of the brain support credit assignment processes and, for the first time, how low-intensity transcranial ultrasound stimulation can modulate both brain activity and behaviours related to these credit assignment processes.
Healthtech Progress
Dec 22, 2021
Platform for Controlled Design of Printed Electronics with 2D Material

Platform for Controlled Design of Printed Electronics with 2D Material

Scientists have shown how electricity is transported in printed 2D materials, paving the way for design of flexible devices for healthcare and beyond.
External Company Press Release
Pilot to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease in the Black Community

Pilot to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease in the Black Community

The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, the science arm of Northwell Health, recently received a $150,000 grant from TD Bank to launch a new research program and the first clinical trial to reduce cardiovascular disease in the Black community and determine the best behavioral interventions to lower cardiovascular disease.
Healthtech Progress
Dec 20, 2021
Soft Semiconductors that Stretch Like Human Skin

Soft Semiconductors that Stretch Like Human Skin

Semiconductors are moving away from rigid substrates, which are cut or formed into thin discs or wafers, to more flexible plastic material and even paper thanks to new material and fabrication discoveries. The trend toward more flexible substrates has led to fabrication of numerous devices, from light-emitting diodes to solar cells and transistors.
Healthtech Progress
Jan 17, 2022
Fitbit for the Face Turns Any Mask Into Smart Monitoring Device

Fitbit for the Face Turns Any Mask Into Smart Monitoring Device

Engineers have developed a new smart sensor platform for face masks that they are calling a "Fitbit for the face." Dubbed "FaceBit," the lightweight, quarter-sized sensor uses a tiny magnet to attach to any N95, cloth or surgical face mask.
Healthtech Progress
Jan 17, 2022
Machine Learning for Morphable Materials

Machine Learning for Morphable Materials

Flat materials that can morph into three-dimensional shapes have potential applications in architecture, medicine, robotics, space travel, and much more. But programming these shape changes requires complex and time-consuming computations.
Healthtech Progress
Jan 13, 2022
Wearable Air Sampler Assesses Personal Exposure to SARS-CoV-2

Wearable Air Sampler Assesses Personal Exposure to SARS-CoV-2

Masks, social distancing, proper hygiene and ventilation can help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in public places, but even with these measures, scientists have detected airborne SARS-CoV-2 in indoor settings. Now, researchers have developed a passive air sampler clip that can help assess personal exposure to SARS-CoV-2, which could be especially helpful for workers in high-risk settings, such as restaurants or health care facilities.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Optical Transducers for Point-of-care Biosensors

Optical Transducers for Point-of-care Biosensors

In vitro diagnostics (IVDs) are tests that can detect disease, conditions and infections. In vitro means that these tests are performed in test tubes and equipment, rather than in vivo, which is performed within the body.
Healthtech Progress
Jan 7, 2022
Immuno-CRISPR Assay Could Help Diagnose Kidney Transplant Rejection

Immuno-CRISPR Assay Could Help Diagnose Kidney Transplant Rejection

When a patient receives a kidney transplant, doctors carefully monitor them for signs of rejection in several ways, including biopsy. However, this procedure is invasive and can only detect issues at a late stage. Now, researchers have developed a CRISPR-based assay that can sensitively and non-invasively detect a biomarker of acute kidney rejection in urine. This could someday help diagnose rejection earlier and without a biopsy.
Healthtech Progress
Jan 4, 2022
Injectable, Adhesive Surgical Gel to Prevent Scar Tissue

Injectable, Adhesive Surgical Gel to Prevent Scar Tissue

Up to 90% of patients who undergo open abdominal or pelvic surgery develop postoperative adhesions, or scar tissue. Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical approaches can reduce the severity of the adhesions, but the scar tissue still forms.
Healthtech Progress
Dec 27, 2021
3D Bioprinted Tissues Can Now be Stored in the Freezer Until Needed

3D Bioprinted Tissues Can Now be Stored in the Freezer Until Needed

A major obstacle to widespread study and clinical use of 3D tissues is their short shelf-life, which may be anywhere from a just few hours to a few days. As in the case of an organ transplant, a bioprinted tissue must be transported rapidly to the location where it is needed, or it will not be viable.
Healthtech Progress
Dec 24, 2021
Sensors Set to Revolutionise Brain Controlled Robotics

Sensors Set to Revolutionise Brain Controlled Robotics

A novel carbon-based biosensor is set to drive new innovations in brain-controlled robotics. The sensor is made of epitaxial graphene - essentially multiple layers of very thin, very strong carbon - grown directly onto a silicon-carbide-on-silicon substrate. The result is a highly scalable novel sensing technology that overcomes three major challenges of graphene-based biosensing: corrosion, durability and skin contact resistance
Healthtech Progress
Dec 22, 2021
Platform for Controlled Design of Printed Electronics with 2D Material

Platform for Controlled Design of Printed Electronics with 2D Material

Scientists have shown how electricity is transported in printed 2D materials, paving the way for design of flexible devices for healthcare and beyond.
Healthtech Progress
Dec 20, 2021
Soft Semiconductors that Stretch Like Human Skin

Soft Semiconductors that Stretch Like Human Skin

Semiconductors are moving away from rigid substrates, which are cut or formed into thin discs or wafers, to more flexible plastic material and even paper thanks to new material and fabrication discoveries. The trend toward more flexible substrates has led to fabrication of numerous devices, from light-emitting diodes to solar cells and transistors.
Healthtech Progress
Jan 17, 2022
World's First Coronavirus-Killing 3D Printing Material

World's First Coronavirus-Killing 3D Printing Material

Researchers from have developed the world's first 3D printing material with a surface that can kill the coronavirus and can be used to produce low-cost, durable lift buttons and door handles to reduce infection risks.
Healthtech Progress
Jan 14, 2022
Regrowing Knee Cartilage with an Electric Kick

Regrowing Knee Cartilage with an Electric Kick

Bioengineers successfully regrew cartilage in a rabbit's knee and they've discovered that electrical signals are key to normal growth. They designed a tissue scaffold made out of nanofibers of poly-L lactic acid that has a neat property called piezo-electricity. When it is squeezed, it produces a little burst of electrical current. The regular movement of a joint, such as a person walking, can cause the PLLA scaffold to generate a weak but steady electrical field that encourages cells to colonize it and grow into cartilage.
Healthtech Progress
Jan 12, 2022
First Successful Transplant of Pig Heart into Adult Human

First Successful Transplant of Pig Heart into Adult Human

In a first-of-its-kind surgery, a 57-year-old patient with terminal heart disease received a successful transplant of a genetically-modified pig heart and is still doing well five days later. It was the only currently available option for the patient.
Healthtech Progress
Jan 10, 2022
Silk's Unique Properties Present Possibilities for Future Technologies

Silk's Unique Properties Present Possibilities for Future Technologies

Silk makes an important biomaterial, because it does not generate an immune response in humans and promotes the growth of cells. It has been used in drug delivery, and because the material is flexible and has favorable technological properties, it is ideal for wearable and implantable health monitoring sensors.
Healthtech Progress
Jan 6, 2022
Stopping Dementia at the Nose

Stopping Dementia at the Nose

Via drug repositioning, researchers have created a combination of rifampicin and resveratrol and have shown in mouse models that the nasal administration improves cognitive function without the negative liver side effects of rifampicin alone.
Healthtech Progress
Dec 29, 2021
More Intelligent Intracochlear Implants

More Intelligent Intracochlear Implants

The cochlear implant is the most successful neural prosthesis worldwide. Thanks to direct stimulation of the auditory nerve, it enables more than half a million people worldwide to hear, even though those affected were born deaf or deafened. Researchers have developed a method to convert the stimulation electrodes of common cochlear implants into electrochemical sensors.
Healthtech Progress
Dec 27, 2021
Mind Controlled Robots Now One Step Closer

Mind Controlled Robots Now One Step Closer

Researchers have developed a machine-learning program that can be connected to a human brain and used to command a robot. The program adjusts the robot's movements based on electrical signals from the brain. The hope is that with this invention, tetraplegic patients will be able to carry out more day-to-day activities on their own.
Healthtech Progress
Dec 23, 2021
Ultrasound Could be Used to treat Psychiatric Disorders

Ultrasound Could be Used to treat Psychiatric Disorders

A new study in macaque monkeys has shed light on which parts of the brain support credit assignment processes and, for the first time, how low-intensity transcranial ultrasound stimulation can modulate both brain activity and behaviours related to these credit assignment processes.
External Company Press Release
Pilot to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease in the Black Community

Pilot to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease in the Black Community

The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, the science arm of Northwell Health, recently received a $150,000 grant from TD Bank to launch a new research program and the first clinical trial to reduce cardiovascular disease in the Black community and determine the best behavioral interventions to lower cardiovascular disease.
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