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The Best Medical Technologies of 2015 | medGadget

The Best Medical Technologies of 2015 | medGadget | The HealthTech | Scoop.it

As we look back on the medtech developments of 2015 there’s definitely a sense that we’re living through revolutionary times. Nearly every day exciting and fascinating technologies are being unveiled by small and large companies, universities, and even tiny independent groups. Empowered by high-powered computers, 3D printers, and other technologies, researchers, scientists, and engineers are coming up with novel solutions to age-old medical problems. Everything from treating gunshot wounds to how fetuses inside the womb are monitored is going through change thanks to technologies developed by thousands of independent minds around the world.

 

And so we’d like to take you on a quick tour of amazing, inspiring, and long hoped for medical capabilities that have graced these pages over the last year.

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Científicos diseñan un robot que ayuda a estudiar enfermedades raras y algunos cánceres - Diario Medico

Científicos diseñan un robot que ayuda a estudiar enfermedades raras y algunos cánceres - Diario Medico | The HealthTech | Scoop.it

Un equipo multidisciplinar de científicos, liderados por la Universidad de Oviedo, ha diseñado robots biomédicos que pueden resultar de gran ayuda para el estudio de enfermedades raras, neurodegenerativas e incluso cáncer.

La herramienta (Finisterrae) será útil para la búsqueda de medicamentos huérfanos, de nuevas dianas terapéuticas y para la selección de fármacos personalizados en función de las necesidades de cada paciente. La investigación, que acaba de ser publicada por la revista Journal of Comutational Biology, recoge las principales conclusiones de la tesis doctoral de Enrique J. Andrés Galiana, presentada el pasado 22 de julio, informa la Universidad en nota de prensa.

El estudio es además fruto del trabajo conjunto de investigadores del grupo de Problemas Inversos del Departamento de Matemáticas de la Universidad de Oviedo y de la empresa Biomodels, dirigida por Steve Sonis de la Universidad de Harvard y del Brigham and Women Hospital de Boston.

Juan Luis Fernández Martínez, profesor del grupo de Problemas Inversos de la institución académica asturiana, ha explicado que estos robots permiten predecir fenotipos -la expresión de la información contenida en los genes en función de un ambiente determinado- tanto en investigación clínica como traslacional.

Un robot biomédico es el conjunto de herramientas de matemática aplicada, estadística y ciencias de la computación capaz de aprender dinámicamente de datos complejos, conocidos con el término de big data, y de ayudar a los médicos a tomar decisiones y a plantear tratamientos personalizados en función de las necesidades de cada paciente, la denominada medicina de precisión.


Presentación de Finisterrae en http://bit.ly/2az2nEp


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Rice News Release: NEST360º's low-cost jaundice detector passes first test in Africa | NewsRoomAmerica.com

Rice News Release: NEST360º's low-cost jaundice detector passes first test in Africa | NewsRoomAmerica.com | The HealthTech | Scoop.it

The clinical study, which is based on tests in February and March on 68 patients at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, will appear this week in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 


BiliSpec (http://www.rice360.rice.edu/bilispec) is a low-cost, battery-powered reader designed to diagnose jaundice by immediately quantifying serum bilirubin levels from a small drop of whole blood. Jaundice, which is caused by the buildup of bilirubin in the bloodstream, affects about 60 percent of newborns and can cause severe, untreatable brain damage or death if it is untreated. Standard jaundice tests require multiple expensive disposables and laboratory equipment like centrifuges or spectrophotometers that African hospitals typically cannot afford.

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3D printing brings robotics closer to real life with synthetic muscle

3D printing brings robotics closer to real life with synthetic muscle | The HealthTech | Scoop.it
Scientists have invented a 3D printed synthetic muscle that can lift up to 1000 times its own weight. In a paper published earlier this week, Aslan Miriyev, Kenneth Stack and Hod Lipson from Columbia University describe an new actuator which mimics the expansion and contraction of human muscle.

The actuator can be attached to a skeletal structure to create a moving bionic body part that can complete simple manual tasks.
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Ford disfraza a un hombre como un asiento de coche para investigar la auto-conducción | TechCrunch



Sí! has leído correctamente: Ford puso a un hombre en un disfraz de asiento de coche para que un Ford Transit pudiera disfrazarse de un verdadero automóvil. ¿Por qué? Para evaluar cómo los transeúntes, otros conductores en la carretera y los ciclistas reaccionaron a compartir la carretera con un vehículo autónomo.

El ensayo, realizado con el Instituto de Transporte de Virginia Tech, también hizo uso de una barra de luz montada en la parte superior del parabrisas para proporcionar comunicación sobre lo que el coche estaba haciendo, incluyendo rendirse, conducir de forma autónoma o acelerar desde una parada completa.

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Inside the AI healthcare revolution: meeting the robots that can detect Alzheimer's and depression

Inside the AI healthcare revolution: meeting the robots that can detect Alzheimer's and depression | The HealthTech | Scoop.it

Just 45 seconds in the company of scientist Frank Rudzicz and his machines is all it takes to determine whether or not you are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

In that time, the complex Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms that the 37-year-old and his team have developed are able to pick apart your voice and predict the severity of the disease to an accuracy of around 82 per cent (and rising). 


First, there is your actual use of language. Alzheimer’s sufferers tend to leave longer pauses between words, prefer pronouns to nouns (for example, saying “she” rather than a person’s name) and give more simplistic descriptions, such as a “car” rather than the model or make.

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5 Important Healthcare Predictions For 2018

5 Important Healthcare Predictions For 2018 | The HealthTech | Scoop.it
As an industry, healthcare is exploding and is an increasingly interesting space for investors. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge and investing in the space, there are some broader macro trends to be aware of. Here are 5 forces shaping the healthcare industry.
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A Full-Sized Beating Human Heart Grew From Stem Cells For The First Time – Disclose.tv

A Full-Sized Beating Human Heart Grew From Stem Cells For The First Time – Disclose.tv | The HealthTech | Scoop.it
The use of stem cells has been controversial since its inception. Typically this is related to embryonic stem cells for religious reasons: pro-life groups protested in California according to CNS, because its protesters opposed the "abortion holocaust" that has been going on in the U.S. (http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/pro-life-groups-protest-embryonic-stem-cell-research). Other religious groups simply feel that this is an act of scientists playing God. And they might be onto something; scientists might be able to soon create life with stem cells, if a recent breakthrough is any indication of the future. For the first time ever, scientists have been able to create a beating human heart from stem cells.
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Científicos asturianos descubren más de cien genes que ayudan a frenar el cáncer

Científicos asturianos descubren más de cien genes que ayudan a frenar el cáncer | The HealthTech | Scoop.it
Se analizaron 278 tumores de próstata, mama y piel y se identificaron fragmentos de ADN que colaboran con un supresor de tumores
El trabajo, liderado por el IMOMA, contó con la participaron del Instituto Oncológico del Principado, del investigador Carlos López Otín y de las universidades de Cambridge y Munich
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Enflux smart clothes make you your own personal trainer

Enflux smart clothes make you your own personal trainer | The HealthTech | Scoop.it

Enflux clothes are fitted with a series of sensors which track the 3D movement and various vitals of your body during workouts and translate the information to a companion app. The iOS and Android app is then able to give real-time feedback regarding your performance to help you improve and get the most out of each workout.

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El uso de técnicas de "big data" facilita un diagnóstico temprano de enfermedades

El uso de técnicas de "big data" facilita un diagnóstico temprano de enfermedades | The HealthTech | Scoop.it
Una mina de datos para avanzar en el tratamiento de enfermedades neurodegenerativas y determinados tipos de cáncer. Este es el último logro de un equipo multidisciplinar de científicos, liderado por la Universidad de Oviedo, que han explorado a través de técnicas de "big data" -una mezcla de matemáticas, estadística y computación- los principales cuellos de botella que han impedido el éxito de las técnicas de expresión genética en medicina personalizada. En el trabajo, publicado en "Journal of Computational Biology" y "Journal of Biomedical Informatics", participa el grupo de Problemas Inversos del departamento de Matemáticas de la Universidad de Oviedo y los equipos del doctor Steve Sonis, de Harvard y del Brigham and Women Hospital de Boston, y del doctor Leorey Saligan, del National Institute of Nursing Research de Washington.

El grupo acaba de analizar la robustez y fiabilidad de las diferentes técnicas de selección de los genes implicados en la caracterización de fenotipos, mostrando que la mayor fuente de error proviene de una mala catalogación de las muestras por parte de los expertos médicos. En este trabajo se muestra la aplicación de dichas metodologías al estudio de enfermedades raras, neurodegenerativas y diferentes tipos de cáncer.
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Did You Have A Genetic Test? Analyze Your Raw Data At Home! - The Medical Futurist

Did You Have A Genetic Test? Analyze Your Raw Data At Home! - The Medical Futurist | The HealthTech | Scoop.it
Personalized medicine allows you not only to take genetic tests at home, but also to analyse your DNA in your living room. Let me show you how.
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Soft Tunable Robots for Medical Applications | Medgadget

Soft Tunable Robots for Medical Applications | Medgadget | The HealthTech | Scoop.it

At the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, researchers have been working on novel soft robots that can have unique properties for various clinical applications. Specifically, the researchers want to use these on the human body, which is itself soft and doesn’t always play well with rigid devices. The muscle mimicking devices can stretch, as well as bend in multiple directions, and their characteristics can be tuned to work optimally on different people and their needs.

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'Blueprint' study of epigenetics of blood cells will serve biology and medicine - Biotech Spain

'Blueprint' study of epigenetics of blood cells will serve biology and medicine - Biotech Spain | The HealthTech | Scoop.it
@CRGenomica 'Blueprint' study of epigenetics of blood cells will serve biology and medicine, on our Biotech site... https://t.co/LOczd4isNZ
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The Top 3 Digital Health Trends to Watch In 2018 | Fortune

The Top 3 Digital Health Trends to Watch In 2018 | Fortune | The HealthTech | Scoop.it
Digital health broke out in 2017. We saw more investment than ever before: Over $4.7 billion flowed into a record number of companies. While these record-breaking investments underscore the enthusiasm for new digital health solutions, another revolution was quietly happening just outside the spotlight.

Earlier generations of innovation began to make a real impact in both the patient and physician experience. There was also widespread recognition in the provider community that health care simply can’t continue to lag years behind the rest of the world in the speed of IT adoption. This is the basis for some of the biggest trends we see taking shape and making a significant impact in 2018:
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La inteligencia artificial y la salud: un mercado en auge | ABC

La inteligencia artificial y la salud: un mercado en auge | ABC | The HealthTech | Scoop.it
La inteligencia artificial se está movimiento rápidamente hacia el mundo de la medicina. Según las previsiones de la consultora Frost and Sullivan, el negocio de sistemas médicos inteligentes moverán en 2021 más de 6.600 millones de dólares (5.900 millones de euros) frente a los 634 millones de dólares (567 millones de euros) que se registraron en 2014. Los expertos apuntan a una razón: el desarrollo y popularización de los dispositivos móviles.

Entre los principales desafíos que debe afrontar la tecnología en el campo médico se encuentran mejorar los prediagnósticos médicos, el seguimiento en tiempo real de patologías, la automatización de algunos procesos o la atención más eficiente. De forma que todo lo que ha venido a englobarse en el término eHealth debe formar parte de una estrategia transversal en la que todo sume y no reste.
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AIES aborda la ciberseguridad en II Foro Big Data y Health 2.0 Asturias

AIES aborda la ciberseguridad en II Foro Big Data y Health 2.0 Asturias | The HealthTech | Scoop.it

El robo de datos personales y las consecuencias legales de su pérdida son grandes amenazas que afectan al sector de la salud, como alertan desde el Instituto Nacional de Ciberseguridad (INCIBE). El uso de datos de los pacientes es un aspecto extremadamente sensible. En este terreno, los errores se pagan, y caro. Cualquier fallo en el manejo de estos datos puede ser utilizado por los ciberdelincuentes. Cualquier vulnerabilidad que les permita el acceso libre a nuestras historias clínicas, conocer los tratamientos que seguimos o los resultados de nuestras pruebas médicas, puede acarrear graves consecuencias. Tanto para la salud de los pacientes, como para la imagen de las empresas sanitarias responsables de proteger esta información. Sin olvidar sus consecuencias legales.


En Health 2.0 Asturias se reunirán emprendedores, desarrolladores y profesionales de la salud y TIC para la presentación de nuevos proyectos e ideas en relación a las nuevas tecnologías y la salud. La cita, cuyo tema principal es ‘Ciberseguridad: Tecnología para la salud, ¿estamos seguros?’, se llevará a cabo el próximo 27 de septiembre en Vivarium, el Vivero de empresas de Ciencias de la Salud situado en el entorno del Hospital Universitario Central de Asturias (HUCA), en Oviedo.


La inscripción es gratuita en http://bit.ly/5Health20AST ;


A destacar que: Contaremos con dos hackers invitados que nos hablarán de lo esencial de la seguridad en los nuevos desarrollos de tecnología para la salud: Ángel A. Nuñez, Microsoft Azure Architect. Autor de www.seguridadjabali.com David Hernández “Dabo” Co-fundador de APACHEctl. También tendremos 4 ‪startups‬ que nos presentarán sus proyectos: Diagnostrum, Spodha, I-Sen y Quemedaspara

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8 emerging technologies that will change the dental laboratory

8 emerging technologies that will change the dental laboratory | The HealthTech | Scoop.it
One of the remarkable things about dental technology is how much it borrows from other industries—CAD/CAM came from the manufacturing sector, and it just took some software tweaks to improve the accuracy. Material revolutions have been helped by breakthroughs in the health care sector, using regenerative materials originally developed for other uses in the body. Technologies that were invented without a thought to dentistry have been pulled over and changed dentistry and the dental laboratory forever.

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Artificial intelligence to help detect skin cancer

Artificial intelligence to help detect skin cancer | The HealthTech | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning software are being used by researchers to help detect the earlier stages of skin cancer.

Teams at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada, and the Sunnybrook Research Institute are using AI to detect melanoma skin cancer through the analysis of thousands of images.
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The wonder drug: A digital revolution in health care is speeding up | The Economist

The wonder drug: A digital revolution in health care is speeding up | The Economist | The HealthTech | Scoop.it
WHEN someone goes into cardiac arrest, survival depends on how quickly the heart can be restarted. Enter Amazon’s Echo, a voice-driven computer that answers to the name of Alexa, which can recite life-saving instructions about cardiopulmonary resuscitation, a skill taught to it by the American Heart Association.
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Smart bandages will use 5G data to track your health

Smart bandages will use 5G data to track your health | The HealthTech | Scoop.it
Bandages are usually very mysterious -- it's hard to know how well you're healing until you unwrap them, and that usually means a trip to the doctor. If Welsh researchers succeed, however, you'll never have to wonder what's going on underneath all that cloth. Swansea University is planning trials (due within 12 months) of smart, 3D-printed bandages that will use 5G wireless data and nano-sized sensors to constantly relay details about your health. It would help physicians customize treatment based on the progress of your wound, your location and your activity. If you're healing well and are staying active, for example, you may get a different solution than someone who's recovering slowly and needs to stay home.
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From chatbots to intelligent things: Here are 5 exciting industries startups can focus on this year

2017 promises to be a year of continued innovation, and in the tech arena especially, new startups hold a lot of promise for business, governments, and overall human well-being. This goes particularly well in the fields of machine learning and data science, wherein automation will play a big part in innovation. Here are 5 top startup trends to watch out for in 2017, particularly in these fields:
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Unicef is funding blockchain and health tech to solve the world’s biggest problems

Unicef, the UN's children's charity, will be giving seed funding to companies working to create affordable mobile connectivity, blockchain in childhood development, data collection in maternal care, and technology to help improve literacy skills.

The funding comes as part of Unicef's Innovation Fund – launched in February – and will see the organisation put up to $100,000 into each of the five firms. The companies picked to receive backing from Unicef are SayCel (from Nicaragua), mPower Social Enterprises Ltd (Bangladesh), 9Needs Pvt Ltd (South Africa), Innovations for Poverty Alleviation Lab (Pakistan), and Chatterbox Dating Mobile (Cambodia).
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10 Emerging Technologies That Will Drive The Next Economy | Game-Changer

10 Emerging Technologies That Will Drive The Next Economy | Game-Changer | The HealthTech | Scoop.it
Leaders should always be asking themselves What’s new?, What’s next? and What’s better?; that’s where the future is. And we can take deliberate steps to answers those questions…

What technologies will drive the biggest changes in industries over the next 10 to 20 years and create the next economy?

There are many that in combination will drive massive change across enterprises and all size of business. Specifically, I think 10 are essential, and shaping the industries of the future: drones, blockchain, big data, augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, robots, internet of things, genetics.
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Philips: Los sanitarios del futuro son techies

Philips: Los sanitarios del futuro son techies | The HealthTech | Scoop.it

Los equipos médicos van a empezar a estar formados por ingenieros informáticos, cirujanos y expertos en realidad aumentada. La salud del futuro ya está aquí 


Los hay que le ponen fecha. En los próximos tres años, será tan importante ocuparse de entrenar a las personas como de entrenar a las máquinas, según Accenture. Es una prueba del proceso transformador que debe asumir el sector sanitario en el corto plazo. 


Especialización de equipos y personal es el mantra a seguir. España, por ejemplo, necesita urgentemente de afrontar este enfoque. No llega ni al 5% el porcentaje de centros sanitarios especializados en el territorio nacional.


Para afrontar este déficit tecnológico y de especialización, la hibridación, el enfoque multidisciplinar de los sistemas sanitarios es clave. “Turno tras turno, visita tras visita, los médicos y otros clínicos aprenden a trabajar de nuevas formas, incorporando el conocimiento del análisis de datos en sus terapias”, indica el informe de PWC Las tendencias sanitarias top de 2016. Bernard Marr, articulista de Forbes, destaca así los beneficios del biga data en salud: “Más allá de mejorar los beneficios y recortar los gastos, el big data en salud está siendo usado para mejorar la calidad de vida y evitar muertes”. 


La integración de nuevas tecnologías va más allá de lo que puede tocarse en el quirófano. Por ejemplo, el Servicio Galego de Saúde (SERGAS), emplea un nuevo modelo de gestión digital que aumenta la eficiencia de cómo usan los profesionales sanitarios la información hasta en un 80%.


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Human Inc's Headphones: Experimentally Fashionable

Human Inc's Headphones: Experimentally Fashionable | The HealthTech | Scoop.it
Human Inc's Headphones: Experimentally Fashionable. With the dust barely settled on the recent announcement of Apple's AirPods there is already a new player
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