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Blood Test Identifies Post-Heart Surgery Stroke Risk

March 24, 2015 9:42 am | by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center | News | Comments

The results of a blood test done immediately after heart surgery can be a meaningful indicator of postoperative stroke risk, a study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has found. An acutely elevated level of blood urea nitrogen...

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Deep Brain Stimulation Eases Parkinson's Pain

March 24, 2015 9:35 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

Patients with Parkinson disease who experienced pain before undergoing subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN DBS) had that pain improved or eliminated at eight years after surgery, although the majority of patients developed new...

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Blood Test for Cancer Cells Provides Early Treatment Failure Warning

March 24, 2015 9:23 am | by Institute of Cancer Research | News | Comments

A blood test that measures the number of cells shed from prostate tumors into the bloodstream can act as an early warning sign that treatment is not working, a major new study shows. Researchers showed that measuring the numbers of circulating...

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Growing 3D 'Lungs-in-a-Dish'

March 24, 2015 9:07 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

Scientists have coaxed stem cells to grow the first three-dimensional mini lungs. Previous research has focused on deriving lung tissue from flat cell systems or growing cells onto scaffolds made from donated organs. In a study published...

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A Robot Hand with Smart Metal 'Muscles'

March 24, 2015 9:01 am | by University Saarland | News | Comments

Engineers at Saarland University have taken a leaf out of nature’s book by equipping an artificial hand with muscles made from shape-memory wire. The new technology enables the fabrication of flexible and lightweight robot hands for industrial...

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Improving Cellular Response to Intervertebral Fusion Surgery Materials

March 24, 2015 8:40 am | by Peter Ullrich, CEO, Titan Spine | Blogs | Comments

Intervertebral fusion surgery poses a uniquely challenging situation in the spinal medical device market. Ultimately, it is the only place in the body where physicians aim to hold apart two bones (the vertebral bodies) and then induce them to fuse...

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Glass Optical Fibers

March 23, 2015 4:50 pm | by SCHOTT North America | Product Releases | Comments

The technology group SCHOTT will showcase its portfolio of glass optical fibers for medical applications at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting in Las Vegas on March 25-27, 2015 (booth #6749). Among those components on display...

Human Brain Inspires Wearable Micro-Sensors

March 23, 2015 4:07 pm | by New Mexico State University | News | Comments

Wei Tang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at New Mexico State University, is taking a cue from nature to devise the next generation of integrated low-power, wearable micro-devices. The human brain inspired his...

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Language Video Technology Improves Communication with Hearing-Impaired

March 23, 2015 4:03 pm | by Harris Health System | News | Comments

Harris Health System is now using sign language video technology to better communicate with its hearing-impaired and hard-of-hearing patients. Connecting patients with physicians and nurses in a timely and convenient manner is one of the driving...

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Shining a New Light on Erectile Dysfunction

March 23, 2015 3:52 pm | by ETH Zurich | News | Comments

Erectile dysfunction is a taboo subject among men. No one likes to talk about it. But the fact is that as men age, an increasing number will suffer from erectile dysfunction. From the age of 30, the number of men who have unsatisfactory erections...

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New Surgery Simulators Made by 3D Printing Pioneers

March 23, 2015 3:46 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Virtual reality training simulators may be able to provide surgeons with the next-best experience save actually operating on a patient. 3D Systems has released two new modules for its Simbionix Anthro Mentor arthroscopic training simulator: a hip...

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Multi-Cavity Mold for Intricate Medical Devices

March 23, 2015 3:22 pm | by Eastman Chemical Company | Product Releases | Comments

Eastman Chemical Company and Prestige Mold Incorporated have collaborated to create a first-of-its-kind multi-cavity, hot runner mold for producing intricate medical parts. The specialty chemical company and precision mold manufacturer proactively created the 32-cavity mold specifically for...

How to 3D Print Metal Teeth

March 23, 2015 12:03 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

3D printing is changing the way dental prosthetics are being made. This month, additive manufacturing company EOS presented its Direct Metal Laser Sintering process for dental use, which uses a proprietary cobalt-chrome-molybdenum-based alloy...

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7 Criteria to Improve Reprocessed Medical Device Instructions

March 23, 2015 10:59 am | by Emily Mitzel, Consulting Manager; Alpa Patel, Senior Scientist; and Nick Workman, Study Director; Nelson Laboratories | Nelson Laboratories, Inc. | Articles | Comments

When it comes to the reprocessing of medical devices in the healthcare facility, simple is better. For decades, reusable medical devices have been used to enhance the health and well-being of patients undergoing medical procedures. Reprocessed...

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6 Considerations When Implementing Agile in Medical Device Development

March 23, 2015 10:18 am | by Heidi Giesbrecht, MEng, Project Manager, StarFish Medical | Blogs | Comments

The benefits of Agile include improved quality, more opportunities for midcourse corrections, improved customer or business satisfaction, better alignment between business and IT and improved time to market,” according to a Forrester Research...

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