Welcome to the NeoLight blog!

Welcome! We are NeoLight, a startup medical device firm comprised of a team of engineers and business experts working out of Arizona State University’s SkySong Center. Currently, we are developing a phototherapy device for the treatment of infant jaundice. You can read details about our company on our or our website or our LinkedIn page, but this blog will focus on sharing interesting news and research in the medical device industry.

Join Us in Honoring Mothers this Mother’s Day

Here at NeoLight we appreciate everything mothers do and to show our appreciation, the executive team is making videos honoring our mothers to share on various social media platforms.

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So what do we want from you? We want you to honor your mothers too! It’s simple, we just want you to make a video telling us what your mother means to you and share it with us. Tag her too if she’s online so she gets to see just how much you appreciate and love her.

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Help us spread the love this Mother’s Day and join us in making mothers all over the world feel special! Use the hashtag #whatmymothermeanstome so we can see your videos and share them on our social media platforms.

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Top Blogs for Parents

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Pregnant and can’t decide on a name for your new baby? This fun name generator on the Posh Little Baby Names Blog will pull from the top 100 baby names to find a match with your last name. Even if you aren’t expecting, it’s still fun to play with.

If you’re looking for something with a little more meaning, this blog pulls names inspired by music, celebrities and revampings of the top 100 names. Check it out!

Let’s get away from baby names. You’ve already figured that out. What about all the other pregnancy stuff? This blog was started by the mother when she was expecting her first child and details her whole process into raising a small newborn. If it’s your first time, it’s worth checking out. Pregnant Chicken is a more humorous blog that helps you navigate the overwhelming process of being pregnant for the first time. See how she started blogging here.

If you’re looking for giveaways and product reviews, this is the perfect blog for you.

If you’re thinking about adoption, this blog chronicles one family’s journey through adoption not once but twice! My advice? Start on the about page and then start reading their stories.

And if you are looking for something a little more specialized, you can find lists of other blogs on Top Mommy Blogs. I have attached the following lists for your ease of access: single parent blogs, special needs kids blogs, blogs for dads, post-partum depression blogs, and marriage blogs.

And a blog that has it all, lifestyle, motherhood, giveaways etc.

Still looking for more? Red Tricycle made this comprehensive list of blogs every new parent needs to bookmark.

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Why Are We Letting Babies Die?

Here at NeoLight, we wanted to take the time to discuss this article. Here is a ten-month old boy who is blind, deaf and quadriplegic. He was rendered nearly helpless by neonatal Jaundice in a country where there is a cure but he was diagnosed too late. Because of the resources in the United Kingdom, his story is rare; but in Africa and Southeast Asia, this is all too common. In Africa, 219 babies with jaundice are untreated every day. And in Southeast Asia, this number is even more alarming, with 1,249 babies missing out on treatment daily. When these babies are not treated, they risk developing the same sort of handicaps as the boy in the article, or they die.

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Why is this lack of treatment so large? Why are so many babies suffering? Current devices are expensive, costing hospitals in maintenance and upkeep as well as the upfront price which is approximately $3000 just to manufacture, and that’s on the low-end. The devices use 70watts of electricity, which is problematic for countries with inconsistent electricity access. And the current devices have four major side effects: erythema, weight loss, dehydration and skin irritation. Current devices produce a lot of heat, resulting in these side effects, and as a result, babies have to be monitored closely while be treated in the incubators over the course of 2-5 days. Some countries just don’t have the staffing, money, or electricity to handle this treatment and so babies are not treated at all or are treated insufficiently. In some places, a group of babies are placed under a single light-bulb and that passes as treatment.

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Holding Your Baby May Save its Life

Babies born prematurely are at risk for organ failure, weight loss,   and death due to their fragile state. Kangaroo Care involves skin-to-skin contact between the newborn baby and a parent, usually the mother. The baby wears nothing except a diaper and is placed directly on the parent’s chest with a blanket of rag placed across its back. This allows for the baby to regulate its heart rate with the parent and usually induces sleep.

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This article shows mothers in Tanzania who successfully used the Kangaroo Care method to save their babies. Here at NeoLight, we fully believe in Kangaroo Care. Our new product, designed to cure neonatal Jaundice, is small enough to fit on a bedside table, allowing for the baby to be treated in the same hospital room as the mother. This allows for her to hold her baby every once in a while and practice Kangaroo Care along with the other methods of treatment being used on her baby.

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Have you heard of Jaundice?

Jaundice left untreated in a newborn can cause cerebral palsy, brain damage and even death. Most babies, 6 out of 10 globally, have jaundice but if treated right away or if the baby is afflicted a few days after birth, generally, they are alright. But since jaundice has such a high neonatal rate and since death is a possibility, testing newborns for jaundice is important. Yellowing skin is a clear indication of Jaundice, but sometimes it is hard to tell whether or not the baby really has jaundice.

baby-74163_1280According to the University of Washington, a new cell phone app has been designed by physicians and engineers to detect jaundice in newborns in only a few minutes.

Jaundice is caused by rising bilirubin levels as the red blood cells break down. According to this article, the app BiliCam can detect the bilirubin levels by taking a photo on the newborn’s stomach and communicating with algorithms on the cloud. Results are then sent to the parent’s phone. Some hospitals have noninvasive tools for testing jaundice, but the beauty of this app is it can be used at home. Sometimes babies are sent home with their parents while their bilirubin levels are still rising. Using this app will allow parents to track the levels and bring their child back to the hospital if necessary.