FDA Update: Ophthalmic Device Panel Meeting To Review LASIK Safety

LASIK Safety Review On April 25, 2008, the committee will discuss general issues concerning the experience and quality of life of patients who have had LASIK. How Serious is the Problem?  Are the Patients Going Blind? Dr. Daniel Schultz, director of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said a number of concerns have been […]

FDA Update: Ophthalmic Device Panel Meeting To Review Implantable Eye Telescope

The FDA Ophthalmic Devices Panel will meet Apr 24, 08 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM & Apr 25, 08 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM in the Gaithersburg Holiday Inn, Ballroom – 2 Montgomery Village Ave. Gaithersburg , MD On April 24, 2008, the committee will discuss, make recommendations, and vote on a premarket approval application, […]

New Monitoring System Approved by FDA- Potential for Future Robotic Diagnostics

The FDA has just approved the FreeStyle Navigator Glucose Monitoring System – a glucose sensor that reports glucose values continuously for up to 120 hours.  Here is a copy of the FDA PMA letter.  This device is interesting to me since it works with a sensor inserted in either the abdomen or the back of the upper […]

How Smartdust, Souveillance, Web 3.0, and Personalized Genetics Will Transform the Future of Medical Diagnostics

There has been a flurry of debate in the military, industrial, and privacy sectors on “smartdust” and the concept of “souveillance” – but no one has yet realized this technology is poised to springboard into medicine and transform medical diagnostics.  Here I wanted to give you an overview of what this idea is and why […]

New Generation of Performance Enhancing Drugs

NatureNews has just reported on a new drug that plugs calcium leaks in muscles and boosts stamina (in mice).  I have previously written of the next wave of what I call “designer drug abuse” coming- performance enhancing drugs.  The first batch are called eugeroics and offers improved memory, mood enhancement, improved alertness and cognitive powers without […]

New Flexible Biodegradable Battery Invented

ars technica reports on the invention of a paper thin flexible biodegradable battery. Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MIT have developed a new material that eliminates the need for a multilayer battery. They grew carbon nanotubes on a silicon substrate and impregnated the gaps between the tubes with cellulose—that’s right, plain old paper. The […]

Army’s Robotic Prosthetic Arm Demo’d

   I have previously written about the Army’s robotic prosthetic arm projects – run of course through DARPA.  You can see my posts and a video fest at Video Fest of Brain-Computer Links & Control.  An equally amazing story is how the project has come to be- DARPA contacted Deam Kamen (and team at DEKA […]

Human-Animal Mutant Animal Developed: It’s Not the First!

Many reports on-line are coming out about chimeric man-sheep creatures developed. Scientists have created the world’s first human-sheep chimera – which has the body of a sheep and half-human organs.  The sheep have 15 per cent human cells and 85 per cent animal cells – and their evolution brings the prospect of animal organs being […]

Grand Rounds Is Up!

Grand Rounds is upat medviews - this weeks he has a very wide range of great pieces – unencumbered by themes.  I appreciate him including my post on cadaveric surgical implants – and why synthetic is a much better route to take.  Doc in the Machine takes exception to the use of cadaveric disks for spinal […]

Biotech Missteps: Would You Prefer a Synthetic Implant or One From A Human Cadaver?

Yahoo is reporting on a Lancet study of a new spinal surgery “breakthough” today – the use of a spinal disk transplant from a cadaver by Chinese doctors.  One step forward, two giant leaps backwards.  The move towards cadaveric implants in a era of evolving synthetic disks is a move in the wrong direction.  Reasons […]