Prophylaxis

Displaying 1 - 10 of 51

Septal occluder for PFO closure receives FDA approval

Septal occluder for PFO closure receives FDA approval
Following the unprecedented Gore REDUCE Clinical Study conclusion that closure of patent foramen ovale (PFO) can prevent recurrent ischemic strokes, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) has received approval from the FDA for an expanded indication for its GORE CARDIOFORM Septal Occluder. The device, already approved for closure of atrial septal defects (ASDs) up to 17 mm, is now also approved for the closure of PFO to reduce the risk of recurrent ischemic stroke in certain patients.
9th April 2018

A ‘weather map’ that forecasts antibiotic resistance

A ‘weather map’ that forecasts antibiotic resistance
The resistance that infectious microbes have to antibiotics makes it difficult for physicians to confidently select the right drug to treat an infection. And that resistance is dynamic: It changes from year to year and varies across a region. To help choose the best antibiotic first, researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are drawing inspiration from another dynamic process — the weather.
26th February 2018

Gut microbes can protect against high blood pressure

Gut microbes can protect against high blood pressure
Microbes living in your gut may help protect against the effects of a high-salt diet, according to a new study from MIT. The MIT team, working with researchers in Germany, found that in both mice and humans, a high-salt diet shrinks the population of a certain type of beneficial bacteria. As a result, pro-inflammatory immune cells called Th-17 cells grow in number. These immune cells have been linked with high blood pressure, although the exact mechanism of how they contribute to hypertension is not yet known.
16th November 2017


Device monitors blister pack drug usage

Device monitors blister pack drug usage
Smart pill bottle caps have existed for a while now. But, most of the world relies on blister packs and a new product will soon be able to track those as well. The Popit Sense device is a small plastic dongle that bites into and tightly attaches to just about any blister pack, and then senses every time a pill has been popped out. Timo Heikkilä and Teemu Piirainen are the co-founders of Popit Ltd., a Finnish company which intends to produce technology to help patients, providers, and researchers.
14th November 2017

Antenatal screening to incorporate DNA analysis

Antenatal screening to incorporate DNA analysis
  Medical scientists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to incorporate DNA analysis into antenatal screening for three serious chromosome disorders, including Down's syndrome, in a way that is far more accurate than existing methods, and safer and less stressful for mothers.
13th November 2017

Product can help prevent older adults from falling

Product can help prevent older adults from falling
A research project conducted in partnership by the University of São Paulo’s Mathematics & Computer Science Institute (ICMC-USP) and the Gerontology Department of the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) will lead to the development of a product to help older people avoid falls. The project won a one-year Latin America Research Award from Google in late August 2017.
1st November 2017

Flu forecasting tool uses evolution for prophylaxis purposes

Flu forecasting tool uses evolution for prophylaxis purposes
Each year, public health officials monitor the spread of influenza to identify which flu strains need to go into that year's vaccines and where outbreaks will occur. But it can be difficult to predict how bad a particular flu season will be until people actually start getting sick. A new flu forecasting tool built by scientists at the University of Chicago aims to make better predictions by combining data about how the virus spreads with an estimate of how much the current virus evolved compared to recent years.
26th October 2017

Method helps rule out heart valve infection

A risk assessment system developed by researchers at Lund University in Sweden shows which patients, with a certain type of streptococcal bacteria in the blood, need to be examined for a heart valve infection – a serious condition requiring prolonged medical treatment. “Our assessment system can help reduce unnecessary examinations of low-risk patients”, says Torgny Sunnerhagen, one of the researchers behind the study.
25th October 2017

Predicting how healthy your heart will be in the years ahead

Predicting how healthy your heart will be in the years ahead
Picture this: you're battling heart failure and meeting with your doctor to discuss treatment. Before prescribing anything, the doctor pulls up a virtual model of your heart on her computer and "treats" it with several drugs. A few moments later, she can see how your heart is doing five years down the road. Your doctor chooses the treatment with the best long-term outcome, and you live a longer and healthier life.
19th October 2017

How benzopyrene can cause cancer

How benzopyrene can cause cancer
Benzo[a]pyrene is a potent carcinogen and mutagen present in cigarette smoke, automotive exhaust, burnt wood fumes, barbecued and smoked meat etc. Understanding the mechanisms whereby benzo[a]pyrene, which belongs to the class of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), may induce malignant transformation of human cells is the aim of a research project supported by FAPESP and coordinated by Ana Paula de Melo Loureiro, a professor in the University of São Paulo’s FCF-USP in Brazil.
18th October 2017


Prophylaxis documents


Sign up to view our publications

Sign up

Sign up to view our downloads

Sign up

Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2018
25th April 2018
United Kingdom Ricoh Arena, Coventry