Using stem cells to treat traumatic brain injury is thought to be promising, but delivering those cells via an injection into the central nervous system is fraught with risk including intracranial hemorrhage and the simple failure of the cells to reach the correct area of the brain.
Researchers have developed an epidermal electronic device that can monitor skin health and blood flow that is easier and less expensive to use than other noninvasive sensors relying on optical or ultrasound technology.
Under a blockbuster legal settlement, more than 450 hospitals in 43 states have agreed to pay the Department of Justice more than $250 million for installing implantable defibrillators within 40 days of a heart attack or 90 days of bypass surgery or angioplasty–a violation of Medicare reimbursement protocol.
As med tech companies explore innovative patient-monitoring technologies to meet growing demand, Swiss researchers are developing a miniaturized microfluidic device that would allow healthcare workers to monitor critical blood levels in real time in intensive care units.
Google is good at getting what it wants, as evidenced by its recent deals with device and biotech companies through its fast-growing Life Science group. And the tech titan’s allure has also attracted some of the industry’s top scientists, who left their positions in the research and academic fields to further Google’s med tech ambitions.