Tiny wireless device sheds light on combating obesity

Gastric bypass surgery is sometimes the last resort for those who struggle with obesity or have serious health-related issues due to their weight. Since this procedure involves making a small stomach pouch and rerouting the digestive tract, it is very invasive and prolongs the recovery period for patients. In a new study, researchers at Texas…Continue Reading

FDA Clears Device to Remove Dead Pancreatic Tissue

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the EndoRotor System (Interscope, Inc) for removal of necrotic tissue in patients with walled-off pancreatic necrosis (WOPN). “This device has shown its potential to provide a minimally invasive way to remove harmful necrotic pancreatic tissue in patients with walled-off pancreatic necrosis,” Charles Viviano, MD, PhD, acting…Continue Reading

Hand-held device measures aerosols for coronavirus risk assessment

Because of the role they play in coronavirus transmission, understanding aerosol concentrations and persistence in public spaces can help determine infection risks. However, measuring these concentrations is difficult, requiring specialized personnel and equipment. That is, until now. Researchers from the Cardiology Centers of the Netherlands and the University of Amsterdam demonstrate that a commercial hand-held…Continue Reading

Wearable Device Clears a First ‘Milestone’ in Seizure Detection

A wrist-worn device that uses machine learning accurately detects different seizure types in findings that have the potential to revolutionize the management of patients with epilepsy. Jianbin Tang “We have set a first benchmark for automatic detection of a variety of epileptic seizures using wearable sensors and deep-learning algorithms. In other words, we have shown…Continue Reading

Presbyopia Device Fails to Win Over FDA Panel

WASHINGTON — An intraocular device for presbyopia met near-unanimous rejection from an FDA advisory panel. By a 15-1 vote, the Ophthalmic Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee said the totality of evidence did not support a conclusion that the benefits of the VisAbility Micro Insert outweigh the risks. No more than two panelists…Continue Reading

Google’s ‘Device Lock Controller’ app lets creditors manage financed phones

Earlier this year, Google quietly published a “Device Lock Controller” app to the Play Store. It’s a way for credit providers to curtail the functionality of a phone that’s being financed if payments are missed. Update 11/7: We now have more details about Device Lock Controller, with Google explaining to XDA that Kenyan carrier Safaricom…Continue Reading

Vibration device makes homes ‘smart’ by tracking appliances

To boost efficiency in typical households — where people forget to take wet clothes out of washing machines, retrieve hot food from microwaves and turn off dripping faucets — Cornell University researchers have developed a single device that can track 17 types of appliances using vibrations. The device, called VibroSense, uses lasers to capture subtle…Continue Reading