Tag Archives: Device

Microfluidic Device to Test Pancreatic Cancer Drugs

Certain varieties of pancreatic cancer exhibit multiple tumor cell subtypes that work, somewhat mysteriously, to quickly become resistant to chemotherapy agents. Researchers at Purdue University have now built a unique microfluidic device that can be used to test a cancer drug on multiple tumor cells subtypes. Using this technology the researchers believe that new drug… Read More »

There’s A Pocket-Sized Device That Stops Menstrual Pain In Its Tracks

What if there was a way to instantly stop period pains by simply putting on a tiny device in the hip area? Australia has an answer for that. Female-led, Australian start-up Ovira launched a small wearable device designed to instantly stop period pain. Founded by Alice Williams, a 27-year-old endometriosis sufferer, Ovira is a pocket-sized… Read More »

Experimental diabetes device works by killing gut cells with hot water

By Clare Wilson Illustration of the device used in the Revita procedureFractyl A bizarre diabetes treatment seems to destroy cells lining the gut to change people’s hormonal response to food. The technique involves putting a tube down someone’s throat and into the first part of their small intestine, called the duodenum, while they are sedated. Known as… Read More »

Device brings silicon computing power to brain research and prosthetics

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a new device for connecting the brain directly to silicon-based technologies. While brain-machine interface devices already exist — and are used for prosthetics, disease treatment and brain research — this latest device can record more data while being less intrusive than existing options. “Nobody has taken these 2D silicon… Read More »

Robotic Trunk Support Device for Rehabilitation Post Spinal Cord Injury

Researchers at Columbia University have developed a robotic device that can help people with spinal cord injuries to improve their trunk control, allowing them to sit more stably and expand their range of motion when sitting. The device consists of a motorized belt that attaches to the torso, and which applies forces as users complete… Read More »

FDA looks to upgrade medical device reporting systems

The Food and Drug Administration has plans to make the database that houses medical device reports submitted to the agency more user friendly. As part of FDA’s efforts to modernize its information technology systems, the Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) database will be getting an overhaul, according to the agency. Each year, the… Read More »

Buried reports hide details of medical device failures

According to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission,1 the medical device industry has developed and sold an enormous number of products they feel play a crucial role improving the ability to diagnose and treat illness. However, there are a relatively small number of large diversified companies supplying these devices specific for therapeutic use. In a report… Read More »