About 25% of U.S. healthcare spending — between $760 billion and $935 billion annually — is wasted, according to a new report published today. Researchers from Humana (NYSE:HUM) and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine searched medical literature from January 2012 to May 2019, looking for waste and savings opportunities in six domains of […]
Nerve-repair startup Renerva said today it has received $2.4 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Defense. The Pittsburgh company is developing a periheral nerve matrix (PNM), an injectable gel derived from porcine tissue to help repair and regenerate injured peripheral nerves. The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) Award award will enable Renerva to complete its preclinical […]
Researchers using brain imaging to identify people with suicidal thoughts just landed a $3.8 million grant from the National Institute for Mental Health. Marcel Just of Carnegie Mellon University and David Brent of the University of Pittsburgh will use the money to advance their research analyzing the alterations in how brains represent certain concepts, such […]
University of Pittsburgh research has recently shown that smartphone sensors coupled with a specifically-developed algorithm could detect worsening symptoms in chemotherapy patients. The sensors offer a way for cancer patients to be remotely monitored. The sensors and algorithm can detect objective changes in patient behavior to determine if symptoms are getting worse. Indications of worsening […]
People who have lost feeling in their limbs or have lost the ability to move them may soon have those sensations restored thanks to a slew of recent brain-controlled device innovations. While we are moving toward less invasive methods like electrode-filled caps on the head, there are still more invasive implants that are benefiting those […]
An array of microelectrodes implanted into a paralyzed man’s brain has restored sensation to his hands, according to a study published today in Science Translational Medicine by a team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh. Get the full story at our sister site, Medical Design & Outsourcing.
Patients with diabetes may be familiar with the "fruity breath" phenomenon, an odor resulting from a build-up of acetone that indicates a deficiency in blood glucose. Researchers are hoping to target acetone breath as a means of non-invasively detecting and monitoring diabetes.
University of Pittsburgh scientists say that their "diabetes breathalyzer" technology could be a cheaper, less invasive way of keeping track of diabetes through breath alone.