Taiwanese researchers have developed an optical sensor designed to detect diabetic autonomic neuropathy by evaluating eye activity for 30 minutes. The tool works by emitting light from four color LEDs into the eye and examining the pupil and related parameters.
Bohdan Pomahac is among the transplant surgeons helping to develop national standards for face and hand transplant procedures, including criteria for selecting patients and monitoring results. A set of national standards will help recruit donors and encourage health insurers to cover the procedures, advocates say.
The FDA has cleared CareFusion to market its AVAflex Vertebral Balloon System. The device is slated for a limited commercial launch in the U.S. and is designed to allow doctors to use one vertebral cannula, instead of the usual two, to carry out kyphoplasty procedures on patients with vertebral compression fractures.
A team of cardiologists from the University of Oklahoma has designed and launched a free mobile application called iImplant. The tool, based on the 2013 implantable cardioverter-defibrillator and cardiac resynchronization therapy-defibrillator criteria, could be used by health care professionals to easily decide whether an ICD or CRT-D would be medically appropriate for certain patient populations.
U.S. cardiologists have developed iCath, an application designed to help clinicians decide whether revascularization or diagnostic angiography is appropriate in specific cases based on standards published this year in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The app addresses 180 cases that warrant revascularization and 166 indications for angiography.