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Healthtech Progress
Jan 19, 2022
Smart Devices Require Smarts

Smart Devices Require Smarts

Medicine has relied on mechanical devices to help treat patients for decades. These devices have ranged in complexity from stents and shunts to dialysis machines and ventilators. As we settle into this age of data, the pressure to connect, control, instrument and analyze the operation of such devices and their impact on health has grown exponentially. After all, at a time when my watch can share heart rate and oxygen saturation, surely any…
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 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 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…
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 19, 2022
Smart Devices Require Smarts

Smart Devices Require Smarts

Medicine has relied on mechanical devices to help treat patients for decades. These devices have ranged in complexity from stents and shunts to dialysis machines and ventilators. As we settle into this age of data, the pressure to connect, control, instrument and analyze the operation of such devices and their impact on health has grown exponentially. After all, at a time when my watch can share heart rate and oxygen saturation, surely any…
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…
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 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
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 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.