Fujifilm Develops Tester For Early Flu Detection
Fujifilm's influenza tester.
Tokyo, July 15, 2011
Fujifilm announced it has developed flu tester that is 100 times more sensitive than existing ones on the market. The new medical device can detect influenza virus in infected people less than 6 hours after the onset of flu-like symptoms. The test procedure takes about 15 minutes.
Fujifilm expects to put the new tester on the market by the winter, along with a proprietary reagent kit. In the heart of the technology is a special fluid that reacts with the sample taken from the patient’s nose or throat. The sample is coated on a special chip and placed in the tester, where the influenza virus reacts with the fluid and shows up as a line visible to the naked eye.
Teijin Readies Home Rehabilitation
Devices for Stroke Patients
Picture: Courtesy of Motorika Medical Ltd.
TOKYO, Japan, July 14, 2010
Teijin Ltd. of Japan will start selling compact rehabilitation devices for home use by stroke patients as early as 2012. Currently healthcare institutions employ medical devices only for inpatient treatment of brain stroke survivors. As Japan tries to reduce medical costs, more and more stroke patients will need to rehabilitate at home.
Medical institutions will lease the devices to patients for a monthly fee of 10,000 to 20,000 Japanese yen (about $113-$227) within National Health Insurance.
One of the devices under development by Teijin is for hand and arm therapy. Its function is based on an existing system for hospital use currently manufactured by Israeli company Motorika Medical Ltd. The device is a robotic arm that records the movements of the therapist and after that the patient has to repeat them repeatedly and independently.
Second device will be imported directly from the US manufacturer Innovative Neurotronics Inc. (Ⓒ NPJ News)