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Making an Impact…and Being Awarded for It

January 14, 2015 10:55 am | Comments

Joining a number of other new categories for the 2014/2015 competition, the “Medical Device Design Innovation” award will strive to recognize “the exceptional new technologies and cutting-edge designs changing the face of medtech.” While that’s...

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How this Biomedical Engineer Landed Her Dream Job

January 13, 2015 4:32 pm | Comments

Becoming a doctor was always an interest of mine. When I learned about biomedical engineering and the behind-the-scenes work of medicine, I knew I wanted to continue in that path. I wanted to be able to design and implement medical devices and...

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The Pet Peeve of Assisted Animal Mobility, Solved with Legos

January 13, 2015 4:08 pm | Comments

There are plenty of options for someone with mobility issues – wheelchairs, canes, walkers, and prostheses exist to help people keep in step. The ability to move forward independently is often taken for granted – but ask anyone who has gone...

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This Toothbrush Talks So Your Dentist Doesn't Have To

January 12, 2015 4:38 pm | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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” -- 

Industrial Internet Will Radically Redefine the Medical Devices Industry

January 7, 2015 12:16 pm | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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