FDA clears first AI-powered mobile app to catch heart murmurs
May 7, 2019
By Neozene

Following years in development, the FDA has cleared a web-based solution that uses artificial intelligence to detect and classify the sounds of potentially dangerous heart murmurs using a digital stethoscope. While physicians have been manually listening to chest and heart sounds to screen for disease for centuries, the platform developed by eMurmur allows doctors, nurses and other practitioners to employ their smartphones—allowing for greater accuracy anywhere without the need of a trained specialist. Using a third-party digital stethoscope, the recording is uploaded via the company’s mobile app to a HIPAA-compliant

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Troponin blood test can predict heart disease risks years ahead
April 30, 2019
By Neozene

While the presence of high levels of troponin in the bloodstream has been used to help detect acute heart attacks in the emergency room, Abbott says that new study data employing its high-sensitivity test could predict a person’s chances of having a cardiac event years into the future, even in patients showing no symptoms. The medtech giant said the research suggests adding the test to routine physicals of healthy middle-aged and older adults to help ward off the onset of heart disease. Data from the decades-long Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities

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FDA Clears First Device Treatment for Childhood ADHD
April 23, 2019
By Neozene

This article originally appeared in FiercePharma on 4/22/19 and is written by Conor Hale The FDA has cleared the first medical device for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): an at-home nerve stimulation system designed for children ages 7 to 12. The prescription-only treatment—NeuroSigma’s Monarch external trigeminal nerve stimulation system—is designed for children who are currently not taking any medications. About the size of a cellphone, the device delivers a mild electrical pulse to a wired patch placed on the patient’s forehead while sleeping. By stimulating the branches of the

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