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Treating Chronic Conditions with Neuromodulation

January 22, 2015 9:00 am | by International Neuromodulation Society | 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...

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

January 22, 2015 8:45 am | by UT Southwestern Medical Center | 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 | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | 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...

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Injectable Hydrogel Forms Nanofiber Scaffold to Improve Healing

January 20, 2015 1:35 pm | by Rice University | 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 | by Linda Vermillion, Product Manager, ASM International | 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 | by 10zig Technology | 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...

High Speed Microscope Performs Real-Time 3D Imaging

January 20, 2015 9:02 am | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | 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 | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | 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...

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Detecting Heart Attacks Early with Gold

January 15, 2015 2:09 pm | by New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering | 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 | by John Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | 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 | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | 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 | by GE Reports | 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 | by University of Michigan Health System | 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...

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Drug-Coated Angioplasty Balloon Approved for Peripheral Arterial Disease Patients

January 9, 2015 9:27 am | by Covidien | 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 | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | 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 | by Welch Allyn | 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 | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | 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 | by Rajeev Kapoor, Partner, Bharat Kapoor, Consultant, Joshua Swartz, Consultant; A.T. Kierney | 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...

Gift-Wrapped Gas Molecules

January 5, 2015 10:16 am | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

A group of scientists led by researchers at the Université de Versailles' Institut Lavoisier in France has worked out how to stably gift-wrap a chemical gas known as nitric oxide within metal-organic frameworks. Such an encapsulated chemical may allow...

Wirelessly Charged Microchip Expands Opportunities for Implantables

December 17, 2014 9:51 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In their quest to integrate microchip technology with internal medical devices, a team of Stanford engineers, led by Professor Ada Poon, and John Ho, electrical engineering student, have invented a groundbreaking solution for wirelessly charging devices implanted in the body...

Imaging Catheter for Treatment of Heart Disease Could Reduce Cardiac Intervention Complications

December 17, 2014 10:28 am | by RTI International | News | Comments

An emerging 3D imaging catheter aims to provide cardiologists with a live view from inside the heart during cardiac catheterizations. Developed by RTI International, the catheter contains an ultrasound microarray made using semiconductor circuit...

Infographic: Outsourcing in the Development of Medical Devices

December 17, 2014 10:11 am | by Eileen Whitmore, Art Director, and Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

MDT sent out a survey to readers focused on their experience with outsourcing in the development of medical devices. The following infographic reflects their responses to a number of questions related to the topic. For additional insight...

What Do You Mean You Aren’t Outsourcing?

December 17, 2014 10:07 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

When I started covering this industry more than 15 years ago, using outsourcing service providers was something that was done sparingly and much less of a common practice when compared to today. Medical device manufacturers were not ready...

MedTech Engineer Specializes in Sophisticated Medicine

December 16, 2014 11:35 am | by Leda Zimmerman, MIT Spectrum | News | Comments

Bhatia’s research defies traditional academic categories, drawing simultaneously on biological and medical sciences, and multiple engineering disciplines. She has generated dozens of patents, several business spinouts, and earned a host of major scientific...

FDA Clears Blood Test that Predicts Heart Disease Risk

December 16, 2014 10:38 am | by FDA | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today cleared a new screening test that predicts a patient’s risk of future coronary heart disease (CHD) events, such as heart attacks. FDA cleared the test for use in all adults with no history of heart disease...

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