Privacy concerns and cost are two of the leading barriers to adoption of wearable medical devices, PwC said in two reports released today on the future of wearable technology.
Researchers hope that a new implantable device that encapsulates and nurtures pancreatic beta cells will provide sufficient insulin to Type 1 diabetes patients. The first patient in an 8-patient clinical trial has already been implanted with the device, the βAir Bio-Artificial Pancreas from Israeli startup Beta-O2.
Punctum plugs improve patient compliance and deliver drugs to the eye effectively, said the American Academy of Ophthalmology, citing the results of a Phase II study of Ocular Therapeutix's dexamethasone delivering plug, whose length is a fraction of the diameter of a dime.
Strands of DNA interlocked like Lego bricks could become the key ingredient for tomorrow's nanoscale devices, Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering says.
A new wireless, disposable sensor can help long-term care and hospital administrators prevent bedsores. Also known as pressure ulcers, these are a pernicious problem for the U.S. healthcare system--an estimated 2.5 million patients in the U.S. get the painful sores that can result in further complications but are preventable with proper care.
Medtronic announced that the first patients have enrolled in the pivotal trial of its its next-generation integrated insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring system and the Predictive Low Glucose Management algorithm. Up to 84 patients will enroll in the trial at 8 centers across the U.S.
Medical retinal imaging player Optos, the U.K. National Health Service and academics will participate in a £10 million ($16 million) collaboration to enable earlier detection of eye diseases that threaten vision.
Philips is getting serious about consumer health, staking the entire business on merging its healthcare and consumer units into one company focused on health tech. It will spin off the lighting business into a separate company next year.
The earliest awards from the U.S. National Institutes of Health in support of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, totaling $46 million in fiscal 2014, have been disclosed. The funding goes to more than 100 investigators in 15 locations in the U.S. and three nations.
Researchers have developed a new wearable medical device designed to continuously monitor tiny increments in temperature change on the skin's surface. It's only 5 centimeters square in size, worn directly on the skin and made of liquid photonic crystals on a flexible substrate.