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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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Micromotors Powered by Stomach Acid

January 27, 2015 3:22 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have shown that a micromotor fueled by stomach acid can take a bubble-powered ride inside a mouse. These tiny motors, each about one-fifth the width of a human hair, may someday offer a safer...

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Detecting Ebola with Infrared Light

January 27, 2015 2:30 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The Caregiver thermometer was developed by Sanomedics with “TouchFree” – infrared – technology. Since it received FDA certification and became available for purchase in 2012, it has gone around the world to airports that see traffic from...

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3D Printed Tissue for Treacheal Reconstruction

January 27, 2015 11:51 am | by Society of Thoracic Surgeons | News | Comments

Three-dimensional (3D) printing can effectively create a biodegradable tracheal segment containing a patient’s own cells for use in complex tracheal reconstruction, according to a proof of concept study abstract released today at the 51st Annual...

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Using Stem Cells to Grow New Hair

January 27, 2015 11:43 am | by Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute | News | Comments

In a new study from Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham), researchers have used human pluripotent stem cells to generate new hair. The study represents the first step toward the development of a cell-based treatment for...

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Engineering Self-Assembling Amyloid Fibers

January 27, 2015 11:04 am | by University of California - Davis | News | Comments

Nature has many examples of self-assembly, and bioengineers are interested in copying or manipulating these systems to create useful new materials or devices. Amyloid proteins, for example, can self-assemble into the tangled plaques associated...

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Though Tiny, Nanomachines Offer Huge Potential for Medical Applications

January 27, 2015 10:58 am | by Holly Evarts, Columbia University | News | Comments

As nanomachine design rapidly advances, researchers are moving from wondering if the nanomachine works to how long it will work. This is an especially important question as there are so many potential applications, for instance, for medical uses...

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Device for Surgery of Angular Deviations in Long Bones

January 27, 2015 10:44 am | by Asociación RUVID | News | Comments

CEU-UCH Cardenal Herrera University patented a device that can be applied in surgeries to correct deviations in long bones. The research team found how to use the 3D reconstruction of an affected bone to determine the mathematical formula that...

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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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Canadian Space Tech to Help Sick Children

January 27, 2015 8:39 am | by Canadian Space Agency | News | Comments

Not much rivals the dexterity of a good surgeon's hands. But humans being humans, fatigue or even tremors after a long day at the hospital can make things challenging, especially when operating on small children. That is why Toronto's...   

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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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