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4 Medical Devices that Changed from 'Oops!' to 'Eureka!'

March 2, 2015 4:37 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

You know the old axiom: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” One would think this philosophy can’t possibly apply to medical device development, because design engineers are working tirelessly to make sure that nothing on their device breaks...

Screening for Diabetes at Dental Visits Using Oral Blood

February 27, 2015 9:21 am | by New York University | News | Comments

It is estimated that 8.1 million of the 29.1 million Americans living with diabetes are...

Oral Sensors Are No Longer Science Fiction

February 25, 2015 8:30 am | by Charles Settles, Product Analyst, TechnologyAdvice | Blogs | Comments

Oral implantation of “microchips” has long been a focus of conspiracy theorists, but advances in...

Wisdom Teeth Stem Cells Could Treat Corneal Scarring

February 23, 2015 9:25 am | by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

Stem cells from the dental pulp of wisdom teeth can be coaxed to turn into cells of the eye's...

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$15,000 Prize Offered for Treatment Incentive

February 9, 2015 9:33 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Whole You Inc., a Mitsui Chemicals company, will pay $15,000 for ideas about how oral and visual caregivers can help patients help themselves. The winner from each challenge (www.innocentive.com/pavilion/wholeyou), one of which calls for...

Stratasys Introduces Its Most Versatile 3D Printer for Digital Dentistry

January 16, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stratasys Ltd. a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, introduced the Objet Eden260VS Dental Advantage 3D Printer. The new system delivers expanded solutions for digital dentistry. Engineered to meet...

This Toothbrush Talks So Your Dentist Doesn't Have To

January 12, 2015 4:38 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | 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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6 Things to Tell Your Piezoceramics Supplier

November 14, 2014 7:30 am | by Russell Petrucci, Director of Business Development, and Roger Nessen, Development Manager; Exelis Electronic Systems | Articles | Comments

Any technology that supports the delivery of medical care must be designed to the highest possible standards of quality and efficacy. To device makers, this is obvious. What is often less obvious is just how challenging it can be for a company...

Dental Procedure Can Treat Osteoporosis and Bone Cancer

October 22, 2014 9:58 am | by Asociación RUVID | News | Comments

The Journal of Dental Research recently published a paper directed by Salvatore Sauro, Professor at University CEU Cardenal Herrera in Spain, in collaboration with international researchers from Finland, Brazil, United States and United Kingdom. The research report has demonstrated how the use of zoledronic acid...

Orthopedic Implants Could Cause Skin Cancer

October 10, 2014 11:22 am | by Washington University School of Medicine | News | Comments

In rare cases, patients with allergies to metals develop persistent skin rashes after metal devices are implanted near the skin. New research suggests these patients may be at increased risk of an unusual and aggressive form of skin cancer...

Precise Welding for Dental Applicators

October 8, 2014 8:30 am | by Herrmann Ultrasonics, Inc. | Herrmann Ultrasonics, Inc. | Articles | Comments

In medical part production often different materials have to be joined, like amorphous polystyrol (PS) and semi-crystalline polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in this new dental applicator for treating caries at an early stage. Ultrasonic welding...

New Materials for Better, Stronger, Cheaper Dental Implants

October 3, 2014 10:31 am | by Investigación y Desarrollo | News | Comments

Experts from the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC), in the east coast of Mexico, develop new generation dental implants from mixtures of polymers with ceramic and a light consistency. So far the experts at this university have...

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A Comprehensive Cleaning Solution for ‘Critical’ Dental and Medical Products

September 30, 2014 8:30 am | by Doris Schulz, Journalist, SCHULZ. PRESSE. TEXT. | Articles | Comments

Products for use in dentistry and human medicine must meet the most exacting cleanliness standards – e.g., instruments classified as "critical" have to be sterile whenever they are used. In order to supply such items in an already sterilized...

Intra-Lock Files Suit to Protect Consumers from Unapproved Dental Device

August 26, 2014 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

On July 14, 2014, Intra-Lock International, Inc. filed a lawsuit against Joseph Choukroun, his company Process for PRF, SARL (France), and a series of U.S.-based distributors that sell Choukroun’s medical device kit for the production of...

Mouth bacteria can change its diet, supercomputers reveal

August 13, 2014 11:29 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Bacteria inside your mouth drastically change how they act when you're diseased, according to research using supercomputers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). Scientists say these surprising findings might lead to better ways to prevent or even reverse the gum disease periodontitis, diabetes, and Crohn's disease.

SomnoMed Receives 510(K) Clearance for SomnoDent Fusion

July 9, 2014 3:41 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

SomnoMed Limited has announced that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance from the US Department of Health & Human Services for its new SomnoDent Fusion Classic and SomnoDent Fusion Flex oral devices. The new designs were introduced...

New Chocolate-Flavored Soft Chews Good for Your Teeth

July 8, 2014 3:05 pm | by Stony Brook University | News | Comments

A dream come “chew” for your teeth? Researchers at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine and Ortek Therapeutics, Inc., have developed a chocolate-flavored soft chew that is actually beneficial for your teeth. BasicBites is a sugar...

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Dental Pulp Stem Cells Promote the Survival and Regeneration of Retinal Cells After Injury

July 7, 2014 1:41 pm | by Neural Regeneration Research | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Birmingham, UK, led by Dr. Ben Scheven, Dr. Wendy Leadbeater and Ben Mead have discovered that stem cells isolated from the teeth, termed dental pulp stem cells (DPSC), can protect retinal ganglion cells (RGCs)...

Scientists Discover Teeth Protein Promises Bone Regeneration

July 2, 2014 2:57 pm | by Queen Mary, University of London | News | Comments

Patients suffering from osteoporosis or bone fractures might benefit from a new discovery of a protein that plays an important role in bone regeneration made by bioengineers at Queen Mary University of London. Normally found in the formation...

Study to Test Possible Oral Cancer Detection Tool

June 17, 2014 10:22 am | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and the Department of Otolaryngology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center will collaborate on a pilot study to examine whether an abundance of naturally occurring antibacterial...

Research Set to Improve Quality of Life for Denture Patients

June 17, 2014 9:09 am | by Manchester University | News | Comments

Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) is managing a trial into the quality of life of people wearing dental implants. The trial is funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit Programme...

Convergent Dental’s Solea Wins Gold Medical Design Excellence Award

June 13, 2014 4:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Convergent Dental Inc., a privately held dental device and technology company, announced that Solea was chosen as the Gold winner in the 17 th Annual Medical Design Excellence Awards competition’s “Dental Instruments, Equipment and Supplies...

Researchers Use Light to Coax Stem Cells to Repair Teeth

May 28, 2014 2:38 pm | by Harvard's Wyss Institute | News | Comments

A Harvard-led team is the first to demonstrate the ability to use low-power light to trigger stem cells inside the body to regenerate tissue, an advance they reported in Science Translational Medicine. The research, led by Wyss Institute Core...

3D Printing a Healthcare Revolution

May 20, 2014 2:22 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

3D printing is one of those truly disruptive technologies that comes along very rarely. It is remarkable how many different industry sectors it can touch and impact significantly. Healthcare is just one area where it is making a difference...

Plates Give Surgeon Customized Design

April 21, 2014 10:53 am | by DePuy Synthes CMF | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes CMF (Craniomaxillofacial), a leader in skeletal and soft tissue repair and reconstruction and part of the DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced the launch of Patient Specific Plates for Mandible (PSPM)...

Top Ten (+1) Disposables Outsourcing Vendor Tips that Save Money

April 17, 2014 3:40 pm | by Donald J. Dobert, President, ATL Medical-Pharmaceutical | ATL (Ad Tape & Label) | Blogs | Comments

Follow these eleven tips. They will save you heartache, frustration, and money. 1. Clearly define your needs and the function of the product. Your vendor may be able to suggest cost efficient ways to improve product quality and lower unit...

Bringing Original Ideas to Life: The Development of the Credit Card Sized Battery

March 27, 2014 8:09 am | by Neil Oliver, Technical Marketing Manager, Accutronics | Articles | Comments

An object as being as small as a sugar cube is fairly easy to visualize. Similarly, if the reference was to a quarter or dime, the object’s dimensions are apparent. However, if the item described was compared to an 1ICP-063450-2 lithium-ion...

Researchers Develop a Novel Antibacterial Orthodontic Bracket Cement

March 21, 2014 10:13 am | by International & American Associations for Dental Research | News | Comments

At the 43rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR), held in conjunction with the 38th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research, Mary Anne Sampaio de Melo, from the University...

New Shrinking Gel Steers Tooth Tissue Formation

March 5, 2014 11:30 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

A bit of pressure from a new shrinking, sponge-like gel is all it takes to turn transplanted unspecialized cells into cells that lay down minerals and begin to form teeth. The bioinspired gel material could one day help repair or replace...

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