Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Liver cancer rates on the rise

Rising obesity may be contributing
to a rise in liver cancer ratesFo
For Cancer Digest

Liver cancer death rates have increased by around 50% in the last decade and have tripled since records began, according to the latest calculations* by Cancer Research UK.

There were 3,200 liver cancer deaths in the UK in 2007, and the mortality rate has steadily climbed since then with 5,700 deaths due to the disease in 2017, researchers at Cancer Research UK say. 

Is The SI Joint A Pain Generator That Can Be Addressed By Fusion?

For Omnia Medical

Often overlooked in a diagnostic workup for lower back pain, the sacroiliac joints are estimated to be the pain generator in 15% to 25% of patients1.
Causes
Causes of sacroiliac (SI) joint pain range from trauma to ankylosing spondylitis. Other causes include mechanical stress, prior spinal fusion, pregnancy, gout, obesity, and aging. Once a SI joint is identified as a pain generator, the question turns to treatment options. (published site)

Monday, July 22, 2019

Physician Tips: What is the Future of Wearables in Healthcare?

Fourth in a series on wearable healthcare devices for Fibronostics


The future of medical wearables is bright by all counts, the market is expected to reach $100 billion by 2027, according to market research and business intelligence firm IDTechEX. What is less certain is what impact these devices will have on healthcare. (published site)

Monday, July 15, 2019

Physician Tips: What Wearables Are Being Used Now For Healthcare

For Fibronostics

Third in a series about the development of wearable medical devices

One of the challenges of making wearable medical devices clinically useful is making sense of the deluge of data these devices can generate and more importantly extracting relevant and actionable information for clinical decision-making. (published site)

Decompression of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Using iO-Flex® MBS Device

Patients with severe lower back pain due to narrowed passages for spinal nerves obtained sustained significant relief with a new, minimally invasive procedure, a new study shows.[1]

The new procedure uses a flexible rasp-like device to remove bone and tissue to enlarge the opening, called the foramen, where nerves exit the spinal canal and extend to the limbs. The new device, called iO-Flex® allows the surgeon to remove just enough bone to open up the passageway and take the pressure off the nerve without removing so much bone that the spine becomes unstable.
(published site)

Monday, July 8, 2019

Physician Tips: How Are Wearables Are Disrupting Healthcare




For Fibronistics

Second in a series on wearable healthcare devices

Imagine a future where the clothing and accessories continuously send health-related data for your patients to their own patient-specific databases. The data is monitored by artificial intelligence that can distinguish between an anomaly that is little more than a blip, and one that may be cause for alarm. An alert is sent to a data analyst, who determines whether diagnostic testing is warranted, if so a consultation with you is arranged. (published site)

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

How Clinical Evidence Requirements Affect Medical Device Approvals

For Kapstone Medical

Part 5 in a 7-part series on the EU’s Medical Device Regulation

Among the significant changes facing device makers transitioning their products in the European Union from the Medical Device Directives (MDD) to the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) are the new requirements around clinical evidence. (published site)
Under the MDR, device manufacturers marketing products in the EU will face some additional hurdles, but if you also market in the US, Canada, Japan, or other countries, the new regulations will likely be familiar to you.

The big shift in the EU’s MDR is toward a much greater emphasis on ensuring a high level of health and safety protections for EU citizens.