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Test to Treatment: Using Diagnostics to Fight Antibiotic Resistance

November 13, 2018

Each year in the U.S., more than 2 million people are infected with an antibiotic resistant germ. For at least 23,000 of them, the result is fatal. This phenomenon – when germs defeat the drugs designed to kill them – is called antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

One major contributor to the growing prevalence of AMR is the misuse of antibiotics; often, doctors prescribe antibiotics unnecessarily, or, they prescribe the wrong type of antibiotic. In fact, evidence has shown that perhaps as many as 50% of antibiotics prescribed are not necessary – and that’s just in the U.S.

Innovative Medtech Offers Effective Alternative to Open-heart Surgery

October 29, 2018

Open-heart surgery poses a difficult road to recovery. There are risks of chest wound infection, pneumonia, and blood clotting, all of which are compounded by age and more common in patients who have had open-heart surgery before. So when Herb Thau, at age 84, learned he might need a second open-heart surgery, he felt scared and uncertain.

The Making of Medical Alley: Remembering Earl Bakken

October 24, 2018

It started with a childhood curiosity in electricity. It morphed into a garage-based hospital equipment repair shop. It grew into the largest medical technology company in the world. Earl Bakken’s commitment to excellence – coupled with his passion to help others – has inspired amazing health progress and saved and improved millions of lives around the world. 

Tuning Out the Tremors: How Deep Brain Stimulation Saved a Violinist’s Song

October 9, 2018

When it comes to the violin, even the smallest movement can change the entire course of a song. A violinist’s arms are a system of precise levers used to create each note of music. So when professional violinist Roger Frisch noticed a tiny but uncontrollable shake in his bow hand one day during rehearsal, he was devastated.

Pain Awareness Month

September 17, 2018

What Pain Has to Gain: MedTech Solutions to Acute and Chronic Pain

For millions of Americans, pain is more than a symptom; it’s an invisible illness that can devastate personal productivity and well-being. Today, pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined

MedTech innovators are committed to cultivating innovative and safe pain management treatments, from minimally invasive implants to sophisticated genetic testing to use-at-home mobile apps. The FDA has approved more than 200 medical devices and technologies intended exclusively to treat chronic and acute pain; hundreds of other devices on the market are capable of reducing pain in relation to specific illnesses.

Learn more about MedTech solutions to combat pain.