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Using Medtech to Mend a Musician’s Heart

December 5, 2018

As a professional classical musician, Kristen Linfante’s career has always posed challenges. But she never imagined one of those challenges would stem from a debilitating nervous system disorder. Kristen suffers from dysautonomia, estimated to affect 70 million people around the world.

She Was Having 200 Seizures Per Day Until this Medical Device Gave Her Life Back

December 5, 2018

Emily was suffering up to 200 seizures a day until an experimental medical device – compared to a pacemaker for the brain – gave her much needed relief. Now, the device is FDA approved to dramatically reduce epileptic seizures, in some patients up to 90 percent. Hear Emily’s story and learn how innovative medical technology is improving her quality of life.

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.