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The Second Mover Advantage: Europe ‘s Lead in First Gene Therapy Drug

Think that the US is falling behind? Or is it just an intelligent waiting move? Sometimes being patient pays off. Being first mover with an uncertain technology has often disadvantages. Recently, the European Medicines Agency recommended the approval of a gene therapy drug, called Glybera, for the treatment of lipoprotein lipase (LPL) deficiency. Lipoprotein lipase (LPL) deficiency is a genetic disorder affecting 1 to 2 persons per million, caused by mutations in the gene that codes the LPL enzyme. This enzyme […]

Fork Over Knives: A Film that Can Save Your Life

A while back, we informed you about the dangers of sugar and according to scientific studies, its correlation to the major killers in the US; mainly diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Now with this post, we invite you to watch for yourself this documentary that examines the various studies showing the correlation between an animal product diet and disease vs. a vegan diet and the possible reversal of disease. The documentary traces the careers and research of […]

Healthcare is Product Design at its Best

Designing a winning product is difficult. From the definition of Product Design, a successful product entails more than the product and its customers, but also its market analysis, concept definition, and effective implementation. With social media on the rise, personality and storytelling is becoming more integrated in the life of a product. However, there is one thing about product design when it is being applied in the healthcare industry that defines its success: the users. […]

6 Ways Health Care Reform Will Help Startups

In the middle of the economic crisis, small businesses are struggling to survive by keeping profits as well as diminishing costs. One of their greatest costs is healthcare, and in order to cope with this most choose not to offer insurance to their employees and still some had to make the hard decision of laying them off. The U.S. health care system imposes a heavy “tax” on small businesses and their employees, that are 18 percent […]

Heart Stop Beating: The Heartless Man Documentary

Can you live without a heart? Literally. The answer is Yes. Take a look at this documentray that will shake your beliefs of human physiology forever. When Drs. Billy Cohn and Bud Frazier from the Texas Heart Institute diagnosed Craig Lewis’ amyloidosis condition, they knew he will die within hours. The only option for them was to cut out his entire heart and replace it with a centrifugal pump. Lewis then left the hospital and returned to his wife. Conventionally and theoretically, Craig […]

An Artificial Kidney Using Nanotechnology

In our previous post, we showed you an external device to help diabetics automatically control their insulin levels, however this next technology could replace a failing organ forever. In the U.S. alone, each year 570,000 people suffer from chronic kidney failure. However, in 2011 there were only 16,812 kidneys available, leaving 92,000 patients on the waiting list, which is life-threatening. Scientists at UCSF with 9 other labs are working on an artificial kidney that can […]

Back to the Future: Predicting the Future of Healthcare (Part II)

From our previous post, now let’s go back to the future. This time to 2011. At the 2011 TEDxMaastricht, Daniel Kraft gave a great speech in which he shows us an overview of the emerging trends and technologies which are going to play a great role in how medicine develops in the coming decades. In fact, many of these technologies are already here. Mobile platforms, 24 hour at home monitoring, artificial intelligence, social networking, massive data […]

Back to the Future: Predicting the Future of Healthcare (Part I)

We have written about the emerging medical technology trends, in which we tried to predict where the next Steve Jobs will come from. But instead of telling you about it, we will show you this time. Let’s use a time machine and go back to 2009, where Eric Topol, a leading cardiologist and director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in California, tells us about the upcoming wireless technologies that will impact healthcare. Topol states that we […]

The Next Steve Jobs Would Come from Consumer Healthcare Products

Today I got my Fibit from drchrono. I requested it not only with the goal of learning about emerging medical technologies, but also to fulfill a personal interest: hacking it to see how it works. Healthcare is a 4.5 trillion dollar market with huge room for improvement. There is one specific market that still remains relatively untapped: healthcare consumer electronics. If someone can predict where the next Steve Jobs will emerge, it will probably come from this arena. Convergent Technologies […]

Diabetes Epidemic Linked to Sugar Overconsumption

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Together with heart disease, cancer, and stroke (1st, 2nd, and 4th), they account for nearly 1.4 million deaths annually. According to the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States; that is 8.3% of the population,  have diabetes. Moreover, 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010 and it […]