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Recharging Medical Devices Faster…MUCH Faster

October 17, 2014 3:00 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to portable electronics, the power source can often be the biggest challenge for a designer attempting to reduce the size of a device. Batteries are typically the largest component in the device design. When it comes to medical devices...

CE Mark for Boston Scientific’s Full-Body MRI Safe Pacemaker

October 17, 2014 9:14 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark approval for the ACCOLADE pacemaker family....

Energy Harvesting ICs Power the Electric Body

October 17, 2014 8:30 am | by Niranjan Pathare, Sr. Market Development Manager, Battery Management Solutions, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Homo sapiens are once again at a crucial juncture in their evolution timeline that started...

Remotely Monitoring Heart Failure Patients with an Implantable Sensor

October 15, 2014 12:23 pm | by UCSF | News | Comments

Hypertension. Peripheral neuropathy. Sciatica. You name the disorder, and Norman Marigney of...

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FDA Approved Leads Safe for Full-Body MRI Scans

October 15, 2014 9:46 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of its CapSureFix Novus MRI SureScan 5076 Lead for use with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The lead is approved for MRI scans positioned on any region of the body when...

FDA Seeks to Address Cybersecurity Challenges in Medical Devices

October 14, 2014 2:39 pm | by Suzanne B. Schwartz, M.D., M.B.A., Director of Emergency Preparedness/Operations & Medical Countermeasures, CDRH | Blogs | Comments

Cyber vulnerabilities – bugs or loopholes in software codes or other unintentional access points – are a real and constant threat to our networked laptops, mobile phones, or tablets. The Heartbleed virus and security breaches at major retailers...

Stents Not Found to Help Prevent Future Strokes

October 14, 2014 10:24 am | by Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care | News | Comments

The risk of having another stroke is higher if patients, after dilation of their blood vessels in the brain, not only receive clot-inhibiting drugs, but also have small tubes called stents inserted. However, studies have provided no hint of a benefit from stenting, which is also referred to...

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Gaming Through Clinical Trials

October 13, 2014 2:41 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Recently, I saw a news piece out of Carnegie Mellon University where researchers supported the use of “video game” style trials of life science hypotheses to prevent the instance of error and fraud. Massive online laboratories would be established...

Specialized Cells Developed to Create New Blood Vessels

October 13, 2014 2:25 pm | by Indiana University | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a technique to jump-start the body's systems for creating blood vessels, opening the door for potential new treatments for diseases whose impacts include amputation and blindness. The international team, led by...

New Technique Enables Accurate PET Scans

October 13, 2014 2:16 pm | by University of Eastern Finland | News | Comments

A novel technique which reduces image degradation caused by respiratory motion during a PET scan was developed in a recent study at the University of Eastern Finland. PET scanning is routinely used to detect cancer and heart conditions. The new technique is based on bioimpedance measurement...

3D-Printed Cardiovascular Model Listed as a Class 1 Medical Device

October 13, 2014 12:14 pm | by Materialise NV | News | Comments

Materialise NV has listed its 3D-printed cardiovascular HeartPrint models as a medical device in the USA and EU markets. After years of 3D printing anatomical models for educational and research purposes, the Company addressed the need for models that can assist with...

Biocoating Prevents Blood from Clotting on Implantables

October 13, 2014 11:42 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering | News | Comments

From joint replacements to cardiac implants and dialysis machines, medical devices enhance or save lives on a daily basis. However, any device implanted in the body or in contact with flowing blood faces two critical challenges that can threaten...

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First Drug-Coated Angioplasty Balloon Catheter Approved by FDA

October 13, 2014 9:06 am | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the Lutonix 035 Drug Coated Balloon Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty Catheter. This is the first drug-coated balloon used to re-open arteries in the thigh and knee when narrowed or blocked as a result of peripheral artery disease...

Implantable Medical Devices that Dissolve When No Longer Needed

October 10, 2014 9:53 am | by AVS: Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing | News | Comments

Electronic devices that dissolve completely in water, leaving behind only harmless end products, are part of a rapidly emerging class of technology pioneered by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Early results demonstrate...

3D Printing for the Medical Sector

October 10, 2014 8:30 am | by Klaus Jopp, Technical Writer | Articles | Comments

One of the largest technology companies in the U.S. is now also planning to get into 3D printing. The management of the IT giant Hewlett Packard anticipates that the world market for 3D printers and related software and services will grow from...

IEEE Technology Time Machine Takes on the Future of Health

October 9, 2014 4:06 pm | by Bruce Wheeler, IEEE | Blogs | Comments

Innovation is driving a seemingly exponential growth of health-monitoring devices, many aimed at consumers with accuracy and reliability that falls far short of what is needed in the highly regulated healthcare market. Innovators need to be...

3-D Printed Smart Vascularized Tissue

October 9, 2014 9:17 am | by George Washington University | News | Comments

A George Washington University researcher doing pioneering work toward the goal of 3-D printing complex tissues aims to help revolutionize the way the medical field conducts transplants. As the recipient of the 2014 Director's New Innovator...

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Repositionable TAVR Device Implanted for Clinical Study

October 8, 2014 2:36 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center is one of the first hospitals in the country to implant Medtronic's new investigational device during transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). The CoreValve Evolut R System is being...

Developing Devices that Facilitate Regenerative Medicine

October 7, 2014 10:35 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Deep within the bone marrow resides a type of cells known as mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). These immature cells can differentiate into cells that produce bone, cartilage, fat, or muscle — a trait that scientists have tried to exploit for tissue...

Unique App Uses Health Records to Assess Heart Disease Risk

October 7, 2014 10:30 am | by Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science | News | Comments

Although cardiovascular disease is largely avoidable through lifestyle modifications, it remains the nation’s number one cause of death. While annual wellness exams offer physicians the chance to advise patients on modifying cardiac risk...

Predicting Risk of Heart Failure in Kidney Disease Patients

October 7, 2014 10:04 am | by American Society of Nephrology (ASN) | News | Comments

Two blood markers are strongly linked with the development of heart failure in individuals with mild to severe kidney disease, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN)...

New Device Can Slow, Reverse Heart Failure

October 7, 2014 9:58 am | by Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | News | Comments

A new, implantable device to control heart failure is showing promising results in the first trial to determine safety and effectiveness in patients, according to lead researcher Dr. William Abraham of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical...

Identifying the Brain’s Role in High Blood Pressure

October 6, 2014 2:32 pm | by University of Maryland Medical Center | News | Comments

New research by scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) and the Ottawa Heart Institute has uncovered a new pathway by which the brain uses an unusual steroid to control blood pressure. The study, which also suggests...

$514 Billion in Global MedTech Sales by 2020

October 6, 2014 10:49 am | by Evaluate Ltd. | News | Comments

The medical technology sector is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5 percent per year between 2013 and 2020, according to the latest forecasts from market intelligence firm Evaluate Ltd. Its new report, “EvaluateMedTech World...

Infographic: MedTech World Preview 2014

October 6, 2014 10:47 am | by Evaluate Ltd. | News | Comments

2014 marks a year of rapid change for the global medical device market, particularly within the cardiology and orthopedic spaces, which have been dominated by megamergers. If the deal between Covidien and Medtronic goes through, we could see...

Impending 3D Printing Revolution in Medicine

October 3, 2014 2:59 pm | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

A new eBook, 3D BioPrinting: Printing Parts for Bodies, released this week, tells the story of this impending revolution in medicine that will involve the ability to re-grow and repair human tissue including bone, cartilage, muscle and nerves...

The World's Most Intelligent Stethoscope

October 3, 2014 2:47 pm | by Eko Devices | Videos | Comments

Eko is a device that converts an analog stethoscope into a powerful digital tool. It offers an array of features including audio visualization, record and playback, collaboration with associates, and real time analysis.    

Research Aims for Better Understanding of Microvascular Diseases

October 3, 2014 11:25 am | by University of Houston | News | Comments

New technologies being developed by a University of Houston researcher to produce three-dimensional models of tissue and whole organ microstructures offer the promise of better diagnosis and treatment for a variety of diseases. David Mayerich...

Genetic Test Reveals Risk of Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke

October 3, 2014 10:38 am | by Lund University | News | Comments

Many of those who are genetically predisposed to develop atrial fibrillation, which dramatically raises the risk of stroke, can be identified with a blood test. This is shown by new research from Lund University in Sweden. The number of people...

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