A new method to help combat and control opioid addiction, while reducing the chances of relapse, has been developed by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Epharmix, a digital health firm. It utilizes automated text messages and phone calls to patients under opioid addiction treatment.
Telemedicine is growing at a rapid pace. Consider these stats: almost 15 million Americans receive some kind of remote care every year. And an estimated $1 billion annually is being invested in “on-demand health services.” The question is: has our ability to generate technological innovation getting ahead of our capability of making the best use of these developments.
Researchers at the University of Illinois have come up with a control algorithm that enables those with prosthetic arms to feel a consistent level of sensation. The functionality of this concept involves the use of electrodes placed on the skin at a prosthetic limb’s interface.
An article published in the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery references a new device, worn like a visor, that can pick up emergent large-vessel occlusion in patients with suspected stroke: with up to 92 percent accuracy.
While physician house calls to patients were once routine, they are now considered a rarity. Yet a group called Doctors to You is attempting to change accessibility to home healthcare through house calls.
With an abundance of medical device products vying for attention and approval in the marketplace, the issue of product quality has become a chief concern for the medical community.
Uber is introducing a new service that provides transportation for patients to and from healthcare facilities. Called Uber Health, the service allows healthcare professionals to summon rides for patients going to and from healthcare destinations.
British scientists have discovered a next-generation wearable brain scanner that can be worn like a helmet and allows patients to move freely while being scanned. This is said to be a development that could have great impact on neural care for children and the elderly.
If new eye drops developed by a team of Israeli ophthalmologists work as well in human eyes as they do in pigs, eyeglasses may be a thing of the past.
Led by Dr. David Smadja, a research team at Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Bar-Ilan University’s Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials created the eye drops that have been found to repair the corneas and improve short and long sightedness. The nanoparticle solution called “nanodrops” was successfully used on pigs’ corneas.