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Getting Inside: Implantables and Technologies that Deliver Them

January 27, 2015 | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Ximedica, Interface Catheter Solutions, Bal Seal Engineering, Inc., Avalon Laboratories, LLC | Articles | Comments

There are several significant drivers of innovation in the medical device space. Miniaturization is certainly a major one, while moving technology out of the hospital and enabling it to be used at home and on the go is another. In addition, there...

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Photos of the Day: Will Digital Pathology Retire the Microscope?

January 27, 2015 10:15 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Three years ago, Ian Cree, professor of pathology at Warwick Medical School in Coventry, UK and his team started testing a machine that allows them to digitally scan images of tissue slides and patient histories, attach matching barcodes and upload...

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Digital Pathology is Revolutionizing Diagnostics

January 27, 2015 10:13 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Digital technology is changing medicine, but many pathologists still use old-fashioned microscopes to ply their trade. They load them with tissue samples, analyze them through the eyepiece and dictate findings to a voice recognition system...

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Smartphone Matches Lab Instrument for Quality of Diagnostic Tests

January 27, 2015 9:19 am | by University of Illinois - Department of Bioengineering | News | Comments

The internal camera of a smartphone can function as a high-resolution laboratory spectrometer to provide measurements that match the sensitivity performance of large and expensive laboratory instruments for popular analytic tests used in medical...

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Infrared Imaging Technique Operates at High Temperatures

January 27, 2015 9:12 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

From aerial surveillance to cancer detection, mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) radiation has a wide range of applications. And as the uses for high-sensitivity, high-resolution imaging continue to expand, MWIR sources are becoming more attractive...

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Brain-to-Brain Communication has Arrived: How We Did It

January 27, 2015 9:00 am | by TEDGlobal | Videos | Comments

You may remember neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis — he built the brain-controlled exoskeleton that allowed a paralyzed man to kick the first ball of the 2014 World Cup. What’s he working on now? Building ways for two minds (rats and monkeys...

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Next-Gen Home-Use Products Require Small, High-Performing Sensors

January 27, 2015 8:47 am | by Rob Kim, Strategic Marketing Director, Honeywell Sensing and Control | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Blogs | Comments

Medical equipment, driven by patient convenience and cost reduction, is moving from the hospital to the home. In addition, typical home-use products, like CPAP machines are becoming smaller and more sophisticated. In a hospital or clinical...

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Finding Some "Sense" in 2015

January 27, 2015 8:30 am | by Walt Maclay, President, Voler Systems | Blogs | Comments

During 2015, sensors will continue to be a driving force for innovative medical devices. We will see advances in chemical sensors, especially "lab on a chip," and paper-based sensors. Driven by faster analysis time and extremely small fluid...

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Wireless Minute: Smart Shoes Send Real-Time Data to Runners Via Smartphone

January 27, 2015 8:30 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Athletic shoemaker, Altra, and wearable technology company, iFit, are teaming up to create a smart shoe for runners. The new Altra Halo shoe is integrated with sensors that measure a runner’s gait (cadence, foot strike zone and...

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Medtronic Completes Acquisition of Covidien

January 26, 2015 5:31 pm | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc, a global leader in medical technology, services and solutions, announced today that it has successfully completed the previously announced acquisition of Covidien plc. Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, Medtronic...

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This Neurostimulator Makes People Cry

January 26, 2015 11:11 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A Stanford University fellow developed implantable neurostimulators to create tears for people who suffer from dry eye. The devices, a little larger than a fingernail, work in pairs. One is inserted into the mucous membrane in the...

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How Needs Characterization Helps OEMs Win the Wearables Race

January 26, 2015 10:46 am | by Steve McPhilliamy, Partner and Director of Design, Insight Product Development | Insight Product Development | Articles | Comments

The medtech wearables space is an incredibly exciting example of healthcare innovation that’s moving directly into the hands of patients. However, due to a lack of a comprehensive design period for many devices, high abandon rates among... 

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Cochlear Implant Users Can Still Feel the Beat in Music

January 26, 2015 10:29 am | by Georgetown University Medical Center | News | Comments

People who use cochlear implants for profound hearing loss do respond to certain aspects of music, contrary to common beliefs and limited scientific research, says a research team headed by an investigator at Georgetown University Medical...

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Using Your Thoughts to Control Wireless Devices

January 26, 2015 10:15 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

British company Flexctrl Ltd. is crowdfunding a headset designed to enable users to control wireless devices with brain activity. The indiegogo campaign, which began on Dec. 23, has raised £741 ($1,112) out of its £125,000 ($187,000) goal as of...

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MicroCam System Offers Precise Device Inspection, and Much More

January 26, 2015 9:50 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

In wake of recent headlines about cross contamination of patients by inadequately reprocessed medical devices (see story in USA Today), Sanovas Inc., a Life Science company accelerating the development and commercialization of next...

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Compressed Sensing Allows Faster Hospital Examinations

January 26, 2015 9:27 am | by University of Oslo | News | Comments

One of this century’s most significant mathematical discoveries may reduce the number of measuring points to one-sixth of the present level. This means reduced exposure to radiation and faster medical imaging diagnostics. Eight years ago...

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