Tiny brain stim implant doesn’t need batteries or wires

A new device the size of a grain of rice could electrically stimulate the brain. It could potentially help treat depression, Parkinson's, and more.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: brains materials-science medical-devices magnetism health-and-medicine implants

Barrier box makes intubation safer for hospital workers

Health workers could get some more protection against droplets as they fight against the COVID-19 pandemic with a clear barrier box.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
May 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 physicians hospitals medical-devices nurses health-and-medicine

Sensor could warn of gout attacks

"We wanted to create a technology that is reliable and user-friendly so that patients can easily self-monitor their blood urate levels."

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sensors medical-devices health-and-medicine feet joints

Watch: DIY ventilator uses hardware store parts

A ventilator prototype that uses low-cost off the shelf parts could help alleviate concerns about shortages of medical equipment.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
April 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 lungs hospitals medical-devices featured health-and-medicine ventilator

4 ways engineers aim to save lives during COVID-19

Engineers are solving problems with testing and treatment for COVID-19, including designing new medical equipment and better nasal swabs.

Kat McAlpine-Boston • futurity
April 20, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: covid-19 medical-devices health-and-medicine medical-tests

The history of ventilators is a ‘remarkable journey’

From gigantic iron lungs to today's sophisticated systems, ventilators have been saving lives for decades in pandemics from polio to COVID-19.

Bob Marcotte-U. Rochester • futurity
April 13, 2020 ~13 min

Tags: covid-19 history lungs medical-devices health-and-medicine ventilator

Simple changes turn sleep apnea machines into ventilators

Freely available designs to turn sleep apnea machines into life-saving ventilators could help address nation-wide shortages in the fight against COVID-19.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
April 10, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 hospitals medical-devices health-and-medicine sleep-apnea ventilator

Anesthesia machines can become COVID-19 ventilators

To compensate for a lack of ventilators during the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals have started to convert anesthesia machines into breathing machines.

Maud Alobawone-Rutgers • futurity
April 7, 2020 ~1 min

Tags: covid-19 lungs hospitals medical-devices featured health-and-medicine

Faster recalls when medical companies have women directors

A study on product recalls finds "a difference in real and important safety outcomes for consumers, between firms that have women on their boards and those who do not."

George Vlahakis-Indiana • futurity
April 3, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: business ethics gender medical-devices society-and-culture health-and-medicine

Team builds ventilators from $300 worth of parts

A team has developed an automated bag valve mask ventilator to help patients in treatment for COVID-19. "This is as simple as it can get, with all readily available parts."

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
March 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 lungs medical-devices featured health-and-medicine emergency-medicine

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