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Infographic: Outsourcing in the Development of Medical Devices

December 17, 2014 | by Eileen Whitmore, Art Director, and Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

MDT sent out a survey to readers focused on their experience with outsourcing in the development of medical devices. The following infographic reflects their responses to a number of questions related to the topic. For additional insight...

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MedTech Engineer Specializes in Sophisticated Medicine

December 16, 2014 11:35 am | by Leda Zimmerman, MIT Spectrum | Comments

Bhatia’s research defies traditional academic categories, drawing simultaneously on biological and medical sciences, and multiple engineering disciplines. She has generated dozens of patents, several business spinouts, and earned a host of major scientific...

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Researcher 3D Prints LED onto Contact Lens

December 16, 2014 11:15 am | by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications, Princeton | Comments

As part of a project demonstrating new 3D printing techniques, Princeton researchers have embedded tiny light-emitting diodes into a standard contact lens, allowing the device to project beams of colored light. Michael McAlpine, the lead researcher...

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Using Radio Waves or Magnetics to Control Cells and Genes

December 16, 2014 10:58 am | by Rockefeller University | Comments

It's the most basic of ways to find out what something does, whether it's an unmarked circuit breaker or an unidentified gene -- flip its switch and see what happens. New remote-control technology may offer biologists a powerful way to do this with cells...

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FDA Clears Blood Test that Predicts Heart Disease Risk

December 16, 2014 10:38 am | by FDA | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today cleared a new screening test that predicts a patient’s risk of future coronary heart disease (CHD) events, such as heart attacks. FDA cleared the test for use in all adults with no history of heart disease...

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Artificial Cells Developed Using 3D Printing

December 16, 2014 10:32 am | by Louisiana Tech University | Comments

National Science Foundation (NSF) funding to develop and commercialize artificially-manufactured cells and cell platforms for educational, research and industry application has been awarded to a team of scientists led by Dr. Mark DeCoster, the James...

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Optical Technology Diagnoses Brain Damage from Concussions, Strokes and Dementia

December 15, 2014 2:05 pm | by Tufts University | Comments

New optical diagnostic technology developed at Tufts University School of Engineering promises new ways to identify and monitor brain damage resulting from traumatic injury, stroke or vascular dementia--in real time and without invasive procedures...

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Using Implantable Neuromodulation Devices to Fight Disease

December 15, 2014 1:43 pm | by DARPA | Comments

Many chronic inflammatory diseases and mental health conditions affecting military Service members and veterans involve abnormal activity in the peripheral nervous system, which plays a key role in organ function. Monitoring and targeted regulation...

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Non-Invasive Imaging Tech Detects Cervical Cancer

December 15, 2014 11:53 am | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | Comments

Cervical cancer is, in many ways, a shining example of how successful the war on cancer can be. Thanks largely to the advent of Pap smear screening, U.S. cervical cancer deaths decreased dramatically, by more than 60 percent, between 1955 and 1992...

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Implantable Technology Helps to Regrow Tissue Like Wolverine

December 15, 2014 11:41 am | by FeyeCon | Comments

While Hollywood is spending millions of dollars promoting superhuman characters like the fantastic self-healing mutant Wolverine from X-men, mere mortals like us are actually quite spectacular beings themselves. While we definitely need help to recover...

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Smart Materials Help to Reduce Brain Damage Risk

December 15, 2014 11:32 am | by Nottingham Trent University | Comments

Inventors at Nottingham Trent University are using smart materials to develop a low-cost steerable medical device to help doctors insert a life-saving breathing tube into a patient’s windpipe to provide oxygen in emergency situations. The steerable...

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New Way to Turn Genes On

December 12, 2014 11:05 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Using a gene-editing system originally developed to delete specific genes, MIT researchers have now shown that they can reliably turn on any gene of their choosing in living cells. This new application for the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing system should allow scientists...

Help with Balance for People with Multiple Sclerosis

December 12, 2014 10:25 am | by UMass Amherst | Comments

UMass Amherst researchers will test foot sensations, vibrating insoles to aid balance  Many people with multiple sclerosis have trouble with balance and a fear of falling, which can have severe negative effects on their quality of life by keeping...

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Robotic Surgery Successfully Removes Head & Neck Tumors

December 12, 2014 10:08 am | by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences | Comments

In a groundbreaking new study, UCLA researchers have for the first time advanced a surgical technique performed with the help of a robot to successfully access a previously-unreachable area of the head and neck. This pioneering method can ...

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The Future of Breast Cancer Screening

December 12, 2014 10:06 am | by GE Reports | Comments

In 1965, French radiologist Charles Gros built the first X-ray machine dedicated to screening breasts and effectively launched mammography as a viable breast cancer test. The machine, which was built by Thomson CGR, used a special ...  

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Light-Based Tech Tracks Oxygen Levels Underwater

December 11, 2014 12:49 pm | by SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics | Comments

Swimmers looking to monitor and improve technique and patients striving to heal injured muscles now have a new light-based tool to help reach their goals. A research article by scientists at the University of Essex in Colchester and ... 

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