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Pacemakers with Internet Connection May Arrive Soon

January 28, 2015 11:18 am | News | Comments

The healthcare sector is not escaping from the revolution in information and communications technologies. Thanks to the latest advances in microelectronics and communications technologies, it is not difficult to imagine a future with medical...

Improving Reliability of Automated External Defibrillators

January 28, 2015 11:05 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it will strengthen its review of...

Photos of the Day: Smart Fabric Measures All Aspects of Physicality

January 28, 2015 8:30 am | News | Comments

According to one innovator, smart fabric is posed to become the future of clothing...

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Smart Fabric Sensors Make Wearables Look Good

January 28, 2015 8:30 am | Articles | Comments

Over the course of the past decade, wearable technology has become increasingly pervasive in the electronics industry. Fitness trackers, smart watches, and action camcorders are among some of the most prevalent wearable technologies on the market...

How to Trick a Fitness Tracker

January 27, 2015 9:01 am | News | Comments

Basketball drills, passing fads, and how to trick a fitness tracker – fitness trackers are good at tracking steps on a walk, but not so much at tracking how many calories someone burns, said a study begun by the American Council on Exercise...

Getting Inside: Implantables and Technologies that Deliver Them

January 27, 2015 8:30 am | Ximedica, Interface Catheter Solutions, Bal Seal Engineering, Inc., Avalon Laboratories, LLC | Articles | Comments

There are several significant drivers of innovation in the medical device space. Miniaturization is certainly a major one, while moving technology out of the hospital and enabling it to be used at home and on the go is another. In addition, there...

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Twitter Can Predict Rates of Coronary Heart Disease

January 26, 2015 9:12 am | News | Comments

Twitter has broken news stories, launched and ended careers, started social movements and toppled governments, all by being an easy, direct and immediate way for people to share what's on their minds. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania...

Testing for Ion Release from Surgical Implants

January 23, 2015 3:22 pm | News | Comments

Although regulatory bodies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, frequently request information from manufacturers on the potential for ion release from surgical implants containing metal, there has not been a standard method for...

Creating a Smarter Connection between Man and Machine

January 23, 2015 1:12 pm | SurModics, Inc. | News | Comments

As smart technology becomes more and more common in the medical field, new materials are developed to facilitate connection between the body and the devices that help it thrive. A new conductive coating could enable electrode miniaturization...

Cyber Security Challenges for Personal Medical Devices

January 22, 2015 4:22 pm | Blogs | Comments

Personal medical devices (PMDs) governed by software, identified by an Internet Protocol (IP) address and connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) present a myriad of challenges. Certainly cyber security of the device and its personally...

Treating Chronic Conditions with Neuromodulation

January 22, 2015 9:00 am | News | Comments

The International Neuromodulation Society 12th World Congress will feature traditional and cutting-edge ways to address chronic disease through interfacing with the body’s nervous system. The congress is expected to draw 1,500 scientists...

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Long-Term Use of Ventricular Assist Devices Induces Heart Muscle Regeneration

January 22, 2015 8:45 am | News | Comments

Prolonged use of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) by patients with heart failure may induce regeneration of heart muscle by preventing oxidative damage to a cell-regulator mechanism, UT Southwestern Medical Center investigators have...

Man Leaves Hospital with Bioprosthetic Heart

January 21, 2015 11:45 am | News | Comments

A man equipped with the lightest and most advanced total artificial heart in the world was released from Nantes University Hospital earlier this year and has returned home, said Carmat, the designer and developer of the electric heart. The...

Injectable Hydrogel Forms Nanofiber Scaffold to Improve Healing

January 20, 2015 1:35 pm | News | Comments

Rice University scientists have found the balance necessary to aid healing with high-tech hydrogel. Rice chemist Jeffrey Hartgerink, lead author Vivek Kumar and their colleagues have created a new version of the hydrogel that can be injected...

The Benefits of the ASM Medical Materials Database

January 20, 2015 10:39 am | Articles | Comments

ASM International, the world's largest professional society for materials engineering, and Granta Design, leaders in materials information technology, today announced a new Surgical module in the ASM Medical Materials Database. This new resource...

Photos of the Day: The 15 Biggest Innovations in Health Tech

January 20, 2015 9:40 am | News | Comments

VMware Horizon TM 6 (with view) allows healthcare organizations the ability to deliver virtualized and remote Windows desktops and applications through a single platform in their workforce. Release Date June 2014 (Formally VMware View and...

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High Speed Microscope Performs Real-Time 3D Imaging

January 20, 2015 9:02 am | News | Comments

Opening new doors for biomedical and neuroscience research, Elizabeth Hillman, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering and of radiology at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), has developed a new microscope...

Connectivity and Internet of Things Will Transform Availability of Healthcare

January 16, 2015 9:55 am | Blogs | Comments

Connectivity, which is often referred to as the “Internet of Things” and associated wireless capabilities, are providing a new framework for improving virtually every aspect of healthcare. This includes shifting from reactive to preventative healthcare...

Detecting Heart Attacks Early with Gold

January 15, 2015 2:09 pm | News | Comments

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering professors have been collaborating with researchers from Peking University on a new test strip that is demonstrating great potential for the early detection of certain heart attacks. Kurt H. Becker, a professor...

The Pulse: 3-D Printing a Smartphone Microscope and an Invisible Hearing Aid

January 15, 2015 9:02 am | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're measuring biometric information with an adhesive patch, 3-D printing a microscope for your smartphone, relieving pain without drugs, and using an invisible hearing aid...             

Making an Impact…and Being Awarded for It

January 14, 2015 10:55 am | Blogs | 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...

Photos of the Day: Seeing Bones and Organs in Striking Detail

January 12, 2015 11:15 am | News | Comments

Computed Tomography (CT) scanners are often the first imaging technology many patients encounter when doctors suspect serious disease or injury. The machines use a narrow beam of X-rays processed by a computer to create slices of the...

Patient Able to Leave Hospital Wearing Artificial Heart

January 12, 2015 9:50 am | News | Comments

The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center has sent home a patient with a total artificial heart, a first in heart care in Michigan. The Freedom Driver, a portable 13-pound device designed to help patients at risk...

Drug-Coated Angioplasty Balloon Approved for Peripheral Arterial Disease Patients

January 9, 2015 9:27 am | News | Comments

Covidien plc today announced it has received CE Mark approval for its Stellarex drug-coated angioplasty balloon (DCB). The Stellarex DCB is used to restore and maintain blood flow to the arteries of the leg in patients with peripheral arterial...

Photos of the Day: 5 Innovative Healthcare Devices Featured at CES 2015

January 8, 2015 4:06 pm | News | Comments

While the Internet of Things seems to be all the rage (and dominating almost all of the news) at CES 2015, there are still plenty of other areas that warrant attention. Of course, my interest is on the medtech and health-related devices that are being...

Photos of the Day: 100 Years of Welch Allyn

January 8, 2015 10:32 am | News | Comments

Dr. Francis Welch and William Noah Allyn developed the world's first handheld, direct-illuminating ophthmaloscope in 1915. Allyn first marketed the ophthmaloscope at an American Medical Association convention in New York City in 1920. At the...

Time May Heal a Broken Heart, but Stem Cells Do It Better

January 7, 2015 4:21 pm | Blogs | 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...

Industrial Internet Will Radically Redefine the Medical Devices Industry

January 7, 2015 12:16 pm | Blogs | 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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