Littlest med-device patients are playing catch-up

  • Article by: JAMES WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 19, 2013 - 7:49 AM

Left behind by adult technology, kids are just starting to get right-sized devices.

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magneto12Oct. 19, 1311:34 AM

The article seems to assume that the market is the only driving force. The reality is that the technology isn't there yet. Devices are constantly improving and decreasing size. If you want a defib to deliver enough voltage and current to shock the heart, the caps and batteries have to be so big to deliver that charge. The limitations on the spacing of components so they don't break down under these high voltage conditions or adding insulators to protect them all add to space or size limitations. To say that they haven't been working on it is a misnomer. They just haven't solved it yet and also pass the myriad of tests and regulations to get them in the market. Battery and capacitor technology has vastly improved in the last few years and we are inching ever closer. We are just not where we need or want to be yet. It takes time and a lot of work to develop this stuff.

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magneto12Oct. 19, 1311:53 AM

There is a huge market for curing cancer but just because there is a huge need/market doesn't mean we are even close to solving it yet. Billions is thrown at it but to discount all of the work and research and strides we have made so far is getting quite a bit ahead of ourselves. Articles like this seem to leave a lot of peoples efforts and the current technical realities out of the picture. Everyone wants a fountain of youth but it doesn't exist yet. A better article would gauge where we were 10 years, 5 years ago and today and where we project to be and what the current technological limitations are to raise awareness and teams to work on those solutions to get there faster.

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