Off-Color: The Science Behind Color Vision Deficiency

Emily BurkeGenetics, Medical Device, Pharmacogenomics, The WEEKLY

You’re at the supermarket, puzzling over whether those peaches for the pie are ripe. Maybe you’re watching your child’s soccer team, and struggling to separate the Green Hornets from the Scarlet Knights. As if determining offsides isn’t hard enough! Or more seriously, you’re approaching a stoplight on a busy street and can’t tell if the signal is red or green. … Read More

Unpacking Digital Medicine

Emily BurkeCardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, FDA, Medical Device

CAN APPS PROGRAM BETTER HEALTH? Digital medicine is defined by the field’s pioneer Dr. Eric Tool of the Scripps Translational Science Institute (La Jolla, CA) as “the ability to digitize human beings, by a variety of means (sequencing, sensors, imaging, etc.), fully exploiting our digital infrastructure of ever-increasing bandwidth, connectivity, social networking, the Internet of all things, and health information systems.” This new field is changing the way … Read More

Detecting A Silent Killer

Emily BurkeCardiovascular Disease, Diagnostics, Easily Confused, Medical Device, The WEEKLY

Getting To The Heart Of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) doesn’t discriminate against anyone. From healthy to unhealthy, young to old, the unexpected cessation happens in an instant. Affecting more than 325,000 people per year with a 90% fatality rate, it is one of the leading causes of death among people over 40. Individuals determined to be at … Read More

The Powered Exoskeleton

Emily BurkeBusiness of Biotech, Medical Device, Orphan Disease, Term of the Week, The WEEKLY

THINKING OUTSIDE OF THE BODY Last WEEKLY’s focus on Duchenne muscular dystrophy got us to thinking, what products are available for those with limited mobility? A new type of medical device called a powered exoskeleton certainly caught our eye. Originally conceived as a tool to aid soldiers in lifting heavy objects, medical device companies are turning to exoskeletons as a way to dramatically improve quality of … Read More

Capturing The Running Backs Of Cancer

Emily BurkeBiologics, Cancer, Drug Development, Drug Targets, Easily Confused, Medical Device, The WEEKLY

After using diagnostic technology to establish the existence of cancer, determining the severity is the next step toward developing a game plan. If metastasis is in the picture, strengthening your defensive line-up is a must. The dissemination of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from the primary tumor to unaffected tissue is a key step of early stage metastasis. CTCs break away … Read More

Tailoring Stem Cells To Fashion Replacement Organs

Emily BurkeBiologics, Biotech Basics, Clinical Trials, Cocktail Fodder, FDA, Medical Device, The WEEKLY

If stem cells have their way, replacement organs may find their place as a plentiful standard of treatment. This pairing prompted us to wonder: what is it about stem cells that make them attractive to organ replacement therapies? The therapeutic potential of stem cells lies in their ability to differentiate into any cell type in the adult human body, depending … Read More