Looking Good: Are Lifestyle Devices the Future of Medical Technology?
Whether treating excess weight gain or the visual effects of aging, medical device companies are beginning to tap into a market for quality of life condition that have been largely the province of pharmaceutical companies. A combination of changing demographics and advances in less-invasive technology has created new opportunities for devices that treat less-than-life threatening conditions.
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