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This Toothbrush Talks So Your Dentist Doesn't Have To

January 12, 2015 4:38 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Comments

Sometimes a trip to the dentist really bites – most of us who make our semi-annual visits are met with the hygienist’s disappointed “you need to brush and floss more” after your gums are poked at until they bleed. Even if you do brush at least...

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Developing Medical Technology: 5 Ways Women Can Succeed in the Boy's Club

January 12, 2015 8:42 am | by Kathryn Stecco, M.D., Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Panthera MedTech | Comments

The gender gap in technology companies has been well documented. While women are counted in higher numbers in areas such as human resources, public relations and administration, in most technology companies they account for fewer than 25%...

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Halting the Epidemic of Ebola Fear

January 9, 2015 4:03 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Comments

Since its first reported case in Guinea in March 2014, the Ebola outbreak has spread on an unprecedented level. As of January 6, 2015, over 20,000 cases of the virus have been confirmed. Last year, the disease has left African soil, making landfall...

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Bureaucracy and Regulation Could Have a Negative Impact on Innovation

January 9, 2015 8:20 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

I have great concern that as the federal government becomes more involved in healthcare, the stimulus to innovate will be extinguished. For decades, America has led the world in the development of new medical technologies and the profit motive cannot...

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Sleep Your Way into Improved Restfulness

January 8, 2015 3:52 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Comments

It’s no secret that having trouble sleeping causes a multitude of health problems. Apart from the obvious issues such as fatigue and altered mood, pulling undesired all-nighters can adversely affect weight, bring about cardiovascular problems, and make...

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Time May Heal a Broken Heart, but Stem Cells Do It Better

January 7, 2015 4:21 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

NuVascular Technologies has obtained exclusive licensing rights for the purpose of commercializing an implantable device that uses stem cells to repair damage to the heart. The innovation, called the Biogenerator, is implanted into the wall of the heart...

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A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Ears

January 7, 2015 3:15 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Comments

Trying to have a conversation in a noisy, crowded room amid a cacophony of voices is difficult enough for someone with healthy hearing. This situation becomes torturous for someone who wears a hearing aid. Every sound is amplified, and instead...

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Design Challenges for Wearables

January 7, 2015 1:36 pm | by Karen Lightman, Executive Director, MEMS Industry Group | Comments

This holiday season, most of my friends/family received some form of wearable device as a gift. Even my 84-year-old dad is joining the wearable bandwagon and is finally giving himself what should probably be termed the original “wearable” -- 

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Industrial Internet Will Radically Redefine the Medical Devices Industry

January 7, 2015 12:16 pm | by Rajeev Kapoor, Partner, Bharat Kapoor, Consultant, Joshua Swartz, Consultant; A.T. Kierney | Comments

You may feel that you’re having the rug yanked out from under you by the numerous forces threatening the industry, not to mention all these other [IT] companies moving into your space. For decades you’ve made your bed with physicians and...

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The ACA Has Clogged the Pipeline of MedTech Innovation

December 31, 2014 9:30 am | by Emily L. Cross, Ph.D., Director of Media and Communication, TecMed Inc. | Comments

The 2010 media was saturated in the triumphant, albeit hotly debated, arrival of change in many sectors of life, but spun tightly on the U.S. healthcare system. The year can be defined with tedious chatter, increased expectations, and a new sensation...

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Top 4 Up And Coming Medical Device Trends for 2015

December 31, 2014 8:34 am | by David Nelson, President, Nel Pretech | Comments

Top trends for the medical design industry in 2015 include some familiar — and emerging — issues and considerations. Expanding international markets, aging populations, technological innovations, an ever-expanding roster of disease biomarkers...

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Examining Why It’s Not All Blue Skies for Medical Device Recalls

December 30, 2014 9:55 am | by Mike Rozembajgier, Vice President, Stericycle | Comments

According to the most recent Stericycle Recall Index, FDA Enforcement Reports documented 297 medical device recalls in Q3. This is a slight increase from the prior quarter, but overall the industry has not witnessed the dramatic fluctuation in recalls...

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The Early Design Journey Should Travel Through a 3D Printer

December 30, 2014 8:37 am | by Clive Nicholls, Product Design & Development Manager, Owen Mumford | Comments

At Owen Mumford, we use 3D printing in the initial design stages to produce a prototype, allowing the designer to better visualize the product that, up until then, only exists on a computer screen. Doing so provides a number of benefits for the product...

Expanding Wellness Monitoring and Care with e-Health

December 29, 2014 9:11 am | by Bill Ash, Strategic Technology Program Director, and Kathryn Bennett, Senior Program Manager, IEEE Standards Association | Comments

In the next-generation e-health environment that is taking shape in markets worldwide, more varieties of more accurate patient data will be more efficiently exchanged and analyzed across a wider array of interoperable devices and systems for enhanced...

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Creating Customized Wearable Health Devices

December 29, 2014 8:31 am | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, Newark element14 | Comments

The wearable health and fitness market is rife with devices that can track and relay basic vitals. The majority of devices proposed by element14’s competitors, however, will be designed with specific sports in mind, thus both the form and function...

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