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Artificial Blood Vessel Better Assesses Clot Removal Devices

April 17, 2015 3:53 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have created an in vitro, live-cell artificial vessel that can be used to study both the application and effects of devices used to extract life-threatening blood clots in...

Clot Removal Device Dramatically Improves Outcomes for Stroke Patients

April 17, 2015 2:33 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

A new device to remove obstructing blood clots can significantly improve outcomes for people who...

3D Printed Heart Model Helps Toddler to Breathe Easier

April 16, 2015 10:39 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

3D Systems has announced that a 20-month-old toddler is breathing and swallowing easier thanks...

First U.S. Implant of Bioprosthetic Mitral Valve

April 15, 2015 10:45 am | by The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) | News | Comments

Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) physicians are conducting a research study using...

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MedTech Memoirs: The Pacemaker

April 15, 2015 8:30 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

The pacemaker’s journey begins in 1932 with American physiologist Albert Hyman. Hyman dubbed his invention the “artificial pacemaker,” a moniker that has stuck with the device to this very day. The behemoth was operated by a hand crank...

World's Smallest Pacemaker Receives CE Mark

April 14, 2015 10:54 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc today announced it has received CE (Conformité Européenne) Mark of the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS), the world's smallest pacemaker. At less than one-tenth the size of traditional pacemakers, the Micra device provides...

Listen to Your Heart, Without the Extra Noise

April 13, 2015 2:51 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

With its PURE EP System, BioSig endeavors to remove the extraneous non-biologic “noise” that often plagues traditional methods of ECG and intracardiac recording, in order to receive a clear signal - devoid of any noise that the heart itself is not making...

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Quick, At-Home Potential Heart Attack Diagnosis

April 10, 2015 3:42 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Are you on the verge of having a heart attack? That’s what a University of Illinois student startup is trying to help potential victims answer. The startup, Resdin Technologies, is developing a quick at-home diagnostic test that provides...

Growing Cardiac Tissue on 'Spider Silk' Substrate

April 10, 2015 1:40 pm | by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology | News | Comments

Genetically engineered fibers of the protein spidroin, which is the construction material for spider webs, has proven to be a perfect substrate for cultivating heart tissue cells, MIPT researchers found. They discuss their findings in...

Circulatory Support Without Surgery

April 10, 2015 11:11 am | by Omar Benavides, Ph.D., Senior Product Development Engineer, Procyrion, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Heart failure accounts for 3.6 million hospitalizations, 300,000 deaths, and $35 billion in annual healthcare costs in the US alone. More than 3 million heart failure patients currently suffer from chronic fatigue and painful swelling while...

Amniotic Stem Cells Demonstrate Healing Potential

April 9, 2015 8:57 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

Rice University and Texas Children’s Hospital scientists are using stem cells from amniotic fluid to promote the growth of robust, functional blood vessels in healing hydrogels. In new experiments, the lab of bioengineer Jeffrey Jacot...

More on the Maker Movement – How Can You Get Involved?

April 8, 2015 2:19 pm | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

You may have caught our Great Challenges hangout last week on how the Maker Movement is transforming health and medicine. During this discussion, we explored how this trend is impacting the everyday work of creating a healthier world...

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Recharging Medical Devices in a Minute

April 7, 2015 3:05 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to developing a portable medical device, one of the constant challenges for design engineers is determining a suitable power source. The list of concerns that can be associated with the battery in a medical device can include...

Infographic: Bionic World: Better Living Through Technology

April 7, 2015 11:47 am | by Solidworks | News | Comments

These days there is no shortage of amazing stories demonstrating how engineers are making huge strides in the medical device field. From “Iron Man” Robert Downey Jr. donating a 3D-printed prosthetic arm to destroying cancer cells with...

Hormone and Bone Tests May Indicate Dialysis Patients’ Heart Health

April 6, 2015 10:37 am | by American Society of Nephrology (ASN) | News | Comments

Bone loss may be a sign of poor heart health in patients on dialysis, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology(JASN). Monitoring bone loss in dialysis patients may therefore...

Latest Advances in Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT

April 6, 2015 10:33 am | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

The latest advances in nuclear cardiology and cardiac CT imaging are set to be announced at the International Conference on Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT (ICNC) 12. ICNC 12 will be held 3 to 5 May 2015 in Madrid, Spain, at the Hotel Auditorium...

How a Medtronic Acquisition Could Change Healthcare

April 2, 2015 3:07 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Medtronic has made yet another strategic acquisition, further expanding its impressive portfolio of healthcare solutions. However, unlike previous purchases, this one didn’t bring a technological innovation into the company’s fold. Instead...

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Engineers Will Pioneer the Future of Medicine

April 2, 2015 9:28 am | by Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego | News | Comments

Many of tomorrow’s solutions to today’s challenges in medicine will require feats of engineering in addition to biology, chemistry and health sciences. In fact, inventions such as valve prostheses, vascular stents and heart rhythm control...

Wearable Vital Sign Monitors: Gadgetry or Healthcare 3.0?

April 2, 2015 8:30 am | by Thomas Heldt, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Institute for Medical Engineering & Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Blogs | Comments

The microelectronic revolution of the past 40 years has brought to the mass market the likes of pocket calculators, personal computers, cell phones, and recently a great variety of miniaturized consumer electronic devices. At the core of this...

Next-Generation Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacements Will Drive Rapid Market Growth

March 28, 2015 10:00 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

The global market value for transcatheter heart valves will expand at an impressive Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 19.7%, from almost $881 million in 2013 to around $3.02 billion by 2020, according to research and consulting firm...

FDA Approves Blood Pump System for High-Risk Cardiac Procedures

March 28, 2015 8:30 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the Impella 2.5 System, a miniature blood pump system intended to help certain patients maintain stable heart function and circulation during certain high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention...

First Fully-Implantable Micropacemaker Designed for Fetal Use

March 27, 2015 10:15 am | by Children's Hospital Los Angeles Saban Research Institute | News | Comments

A team of investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California have developed the first fully implantable micropacemaker designed for use in a fetus with complete heart block. The team has done preclinical...

Complex Life-Support System Takes Over for Heart and Lungs

March 26, 2015 3:41 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

An advanced form of life support that takes over for the failing hearts and lungs of critically ill patients saves lives. But for adults, the odds of surviving depend on which hospital provides the life-supporting treatment - with the best odds...

Enhancing Your Perception Through a Vest

March 26, 2015 3:19 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Employing motors similar to those used in cell phones, this vest offers sensations to a person’s back based on the inputs provided. As illustrated through the video, that input can be generated by sound, news feeds, stock market data, or...

How Can the Maker Movement Drive Medical Innovation?

March 26, 2015 3:08 pm | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

The Maker Movement has been defined as one driven by inventors, designers and tinkerers. It is fueled by a convergence of hackers and artisans who leverage open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology to solve...

New Stent Devices Fight Strokes

March 26, 2015 10:26 am | by Loyola University Health System | News | Comments

Elizabeth Celli was experiencing a moderate-to-severe stroke when she arrived at Loyola University Medical Center’s Emergency Department. Mrs. Celli was weak on her left side, had difficulty speaking and was unable to walk. But after being...

Increasing Device Connectivity Improves Value for Everyone

March 26, 2015 8:30 am | by Joel Rydbeck, Healthcare Strategy Director, Infor | Blogs | Comments

Robert Metcalf is recognized as the father of ethernet, the technology that enables your computer to talk with mine and everyone else’s. Less well known is his postulate, known as Metcalf’s Law. It states that the value of a telecommunications...

Infographic: How Technology Is Saving Lives: The Healthcare Revolution

March 25, 2015 11:00 am | by Devin Jollimore, Training Coordinator, Mission Safety Services | News | Comments

Technology has many uses. The use of technology is increasing and with it so is the ability to use it to improve our quality of life. The medical and healthcare sectors have experienced rapid change and the positive impact this is having...

Imaging Tests Detect Coronary Artery Disease Long Before It Strikes

March 25, 2015 9:27 am | by Mount Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

Adding two non-invasive imaging tests to traditional cardiovascular disease risk factor assessment more precisely predicts a healthy patient’s future risk of heart attack, stroke, or premature death, according to a study led by Icahn School...

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