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New MRI Technique Could Expand Treatment Options for Stroke Victims

May 29, 2015 12:43 pm | by Trinity College Dublin | News | Comments

A recent study by scientists from Trinity College Dublin has shown how a new MRI scanning technique, which looks at sodium levels rather than water levels in the brain, offers the potential to extend the time-window during which drug therapy...

Electronic Stent Provides Feedback and Therapy, Then Dissolves

May 27, 2015 10:24 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Every year, an estimated half-million Americans undergo surgery to have a stent prop open a...

3D Printed Anatomy Kit for Medical Students

May 27, 2015 9:12 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

A unique kit containing anatomical body parts produced by 3D printing is now available for...

Infographic: 8 Pieces of Medical Technology that Improved Patient Care Outcomes

May 26, 2015 9:47 am | by Modular Devices Inc. | News | Comments

As part of Heart Disease Awareness Month this past February, we made a list of amazing...

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Building the World’s Smallest Machines

May 22, 2015 9:30 am | by Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel | News | Comments

German research Foundation provides millions of euros of funding for the development of new medicines and materials at Kiel University. Great excitement at Kiel University: As the DFG (German Research Foundation) announced today (Thursday, May 21)...

Music Strategy Shows 70 Percent Increase in Exercise Adherence

May 21, 2015 10:15 am | by University Health Network | News | Comments

The use of personalized music playlists with tempo-pace synchronization increases adherence to cardiac rehab by almost 70 per cent--according to a study published in Sports Medicine -Open. "Cardiac rehab has been proven to improve long-term...

Making Robots More Human

May 21, 2015 9:37 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Most people are naturally adept at reading facial expressions — from smiling and frowning to brow-furrowing and eye-rolling — to tell what others are feeling. Now scientists have developed ultra-sensitive, wearable sensors that can do the same...

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The 'Cyberheart' and Medical Microrobots

May 21, 2015 9:32 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Two teams from the School of Engineering and Applied Science are participating in a pair of National Science Foundation (NSF) projects designed to advance cyber-physical systems with medical applications. One project will combine teams of microrobots...

A Commentary on Medical Tubing Innovation

May 20, 2015 3:08 pm | by Joe Rowan, CEO (USA and Europe), Junkosha | Junkosha USA, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Long seen as a source of yield loss, poor throughput, and ergonomic challenges, the removal of FEP after catheter lamination, tipping, or bonding created a receptive market for PHST. Though commanding a slight price premium over conventional FEP...

Activity After ICD Implantation May Predict Survival

May 19, 2015 10:56 am | by American Heart Association | News | Comments

Patients who had higher activity levels following ICD implantation had better survival, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The research will be simultaneously presented at the Heart Rhythm Society 2015...

4 Consequences of Building the Bionic Human

May 18, 2015 4:02 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

If we’ve got the technology, and we’re willing to modify our bodies, should be making serious advances to ensure our longevity? This certainly makes sense for people who need it, but there’s quite a bit to consider before we all run off making ourselves into robots.

"CyberHeart" Accelerates Medical Device Development

May 18, 2015 9:45 am | by Stony Brook University | News | Comments

A virtual-heart platform proposed by Stony Brook researchers and colleagues to improve and accelerate medical-device development and testing has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the amount of $4.2 million over five...

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Antibacterial Envelope Reduces Cardiac Device Infection Rates

May 18, 2015 8:51 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc announced that its TYRX Antibacterial Envelope reduces major cardiac device site infections by 80 percent, up to 12 months after implantation. These data were presented at Heart Rhythm 2015, the Heart Rhythm Society's 36th Annual...

Real-Time Patient/Doctor Feedback for Implanted Medical Devices

May 15, 2015 10:05 am | by Mark Russell, Senior Global Market Manager, Medical Electronics, Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The greatest challenge facing the development of connected medical devices is the desire to gather information beyond simply how the device is functioning. For active implantable devices in both the cardiac and neuromodulation sectors, the...

World's Smallest Pacemaker Initially Proven Safe and Effective

May 15, 2015 9:34 am | by Heart Rhythm Society | News | Comments

The first-in-human trial of a new miniaturized leadless pacemaker implanted directly inside the heart found that the transcatheter pacing system (TPS) can be safely and effectively applied in patients with a slow heart rhythm. Early performance...

Computer Intelligence System Detects Acute Strokes

May 14, 2015 9:29 am | by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University | News | Comments

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has developed a novel computer-aided detection system for acute stroke using computer intelligence technology. Reading 80-100 computer images, the system is able to detect if the patient was struck...

The Pulse: 3D Printing Saves Babies and 'Powerwalking' with a Leg Brace

May 14, 2015 8:30 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sean Fenske, and Sam Brusco | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're saving babies with 3D printed splints, taking a "powerwalk" with an energy-generating leg brace, simulating the heart on a supercomputer, and rehabilitating with a two-armed robot.

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Molecular 'Switch' Promotes Heart Cell Maturation

May 13, 2015 9:14 am | by University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine | News | Comments

A molecular switch that seems to be essential for embryonic heart cells to grow into more mature, adult-like heart cells has been discovered. The discovery should help scientist better understand how human hearts mature. Of particular interest...

Virtual Heart Models and Robot-Cell Hybrids

May 12, 2015 3:41 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Today the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced two, five-year, center-scale awards totaling $8.75 million to advance the state-of-the-art in medical and cyber-physical systems (CPS). One project will develop "Cyberheart"--a platform...

MedTech Innovation Everywhere, Even in Space

May 12, 2015 11:55 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

The coming demise of innovation in the medtech space has been extensively covered by an array of speakers, bloggers, and industry experts. Most often, the 2.3% excise tax on medical device sales is targeted as a primary reason. The FDA is also...

E-Skin and Pocket-Sized Diagnostic Machines Give Patients the Power Back

May 12, 2015 10:40 am | by Elsevier | News | Comments

Wearable E-skin that can measure heart rate and blood pressure, and paper diagnostic machines the size of a credit card that can give instant readings on blood and saliva samples are two new bio-sensing technologies presented at Elsevier’s 4th...

How Do Neurons and Blood Vessels “Talk” to Each Other?

May 12, 2015 8:58 am | by Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main | News | Comments

Neurons and blood vessels often traverse the body side by side, a fact observed as early as the 16th century by the Flemish anatomist Andreas Vesalius. Only over the last ten years, however, researchers have discovered that the growth of neuronal...

Altering Genes with Light

May 11, 2015 9:22 am | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

Scientists have been manipulating genes for a while. The University of Pittsburgh's Alexander Deiters just found a way to control the process with higher precision. By using light. Deiters and his group are the first to achieve this. The...

Need Medical Attention? Doctor Drones to the Rescue!

May 8, 2015 4:32 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

When you’re experiencing a medical emergency, you unfortunately can’t look to the skies to see Superman swooping in to save the day. What you may soon see, however, is an emergency medical drone that’s able to carry needed equipment to a victim and...

An LED Foot Pain Reliever

May 7, 2015 3:42 pm | by Hammacher Schlemmer | News | Comments

Continuing its 167-year history of offering the Best, the Only and the Unexpected, Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The LED Foot Pain Reliever, the only device for the feet that produces safe infrared heat to stimulate blood circulation...

Thermometer-Like Device Could Help Diagnose Heart Attacks

May 6, 2015 9:28 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Diagnosing a heart attack can require multiple tests using expensive equipment. But not everyone has access to such techniques, especially in remote or low-income areas. Now scientists have developed a simple, thermometer-like device that...

A Wi-Fi Enabled, Robotic Condom

May 5, 2015 4:03 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

CirQ’s smart-material based, printable electronic tag can be attached to the base of pretty much any standard condom. It helps the wearer combat erectile dysfunction (ED) by sensing blood flow, and either constricts (pleasurably, they claim...

'Smart' Particles Swim Upstream to Target Specific Organs

May 5, 2015 12:03 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Scientists have created microbe-sized beads that can utilize energy in the environment to self-propel upstream by purely physical means. Life is hard to define, but metabolism, mobility and replication are three commonly agreed elements...

Chest Strap Heart Rate Monitor

May 5, 2015 11:54 am | by Empa | News | Comments

The demand for ECG monitoring systems is increasing, and not just because hospitals and rehabilitation clinics are interested in such instruments for the long-term monitoring of patients’ hearts and circulatory systems. In addition, the trend towards...

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