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Getting Inside: Implantables and Technologies that Deliver Them

January 27, 2015 | 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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Smartphone Matches Lab Instrument for Quality of Diagnostic Tests

January 27, 2015 9:19 am | 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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Practicing Nursing Care in a Virtual World

January 26, 2015 9:20 am | by The Norwegian University of Science and Technology | News | Comments

Oculus Rift, a gaming headset, can help teach nurses how to communicate better, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have found. While Facebook wants to make the world’s best online games using the Oculus Rift...

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Twitter Can Predict Rates of Coronary Heart Disease

January 26, 2015 9:12 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Twitter has broken news stories, launched and ended careers, started social movements and toppled governments, all by being an easy, direct and immediate way for people to share what's on their minds. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania...

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