Diabetes Tech:  A Catalyst Rich Sector with a Dazzling Future

The Dazzling Future of Diabetes Tech: The diabetes tech market will not be losing its luster any time soon. News emerging from the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions makes it clear that the diabetes tech market won’t be losing its luster any time soon.

80-cent device prototype uses smartphone to monitor blood pressure

Blood pressure monitor prototype clips onto phones: A clip-on device prototype that takes readings of systolic and diastolic blood pressure using an algorithm and a smartphone camera has been developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego. “Using a standard blood pressure cuff can be awkward to put on correctly, and this solution has the potential to make it easier for older adults to self-monitor blood pressure,” said study co-author Alison Moore.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool helps identify ‘invisible’ head injuries on MRIs of college athletes

AI tool aids MRI diagnosis of brain injuries in athletes: A new AI tool that uses machine learning techniques was able to identify subtle changes in brain MRIs, allowing researchers to differentiate between athletes engaged in contact sports from those in noncontact sports, according to a study published in The Neuroradiology Journal. “Our results highlight the power of artificial intelligence to help us see things that we could not see before, particularly ‘invisible injuries’ that do not show up on conventional MRI scans,” researchers said.

Study reveals Brain in Hand app cuts anxiety in adults with autism:  The Brain in Hand digital self-management system was found to reduce anxiety levels in adults with autism

Self-management app shows promise in anxiety reduction in autism: The use of the Brain in Hand self-management system resulted in a decrease in anxiety among adults with autism who used the app for 12 weeks, according to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. The study also found that participants saw improvement in their ability to deal with challenges of daily life after use of the system.

Virtually ouch-free:  Promising early data on a measles vaccine delivered via sticker

Vaccine patch trial promising for improved access: A clinical trial for a patch-based vaccine delivery system showed measles and rubella immune responses that were comparable to conventional injections, and experts say the delivery method has potential to improve vaccine access in low-income countries because administration requires minimal training and the patch does not require refrigeration or clean water. Vaccine patches are also being tested for other diseases including rabies, tuberculosis and hepatitis B.

Four gastroenterology device innovations doctors need now

Gastroenterology is a field ripe for medical device innovation, and MedTech developers know that some of the best ideas come from practicing doctors. With that in mind, Medical Design & Outsourcing spoke with two (2) gastroenterologists about what device innovations would help them better diagnose and treat gastrointestinal diseases.

Diabetes App Linked With Reduction in All-Cause HCRU, Inpatient Hospitalization Rates

Diabetes app reduces health care use, hospitalizations: Patients with type 2 diabetes who used the Dario Diabetes Solution had lower all-cause health care resource utilization and inpatient hospitalization rates over the course of a year than patients who received usual care, according to a presentation at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. The platform pairs a blood glucose meter with a mobile app so patients can monitor their glucose levels in real time.