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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...

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...

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...

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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...

The Pulse: Pain-Free Lancing for Blood Testing and Tracking Surgeons’ Eyes

December 10, 2014 11:36 am | by John Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we’re performing a blood draw pain-free, comparing heart vital signs, tracking the eyes of surgeons, and giving the disabled access to smartphones.           

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Medical Device Makers: You’re Responsible for Device Cybersecurity

December 8, 2014 11:06 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

Who is responsible for the cybersecurity of medical devices? The makers of those devices. That anyway is the position of the American Hospital Association (AHA), which made its point in comments submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

3-D Printed Heart Could Reduce Heart Surgeries in Children

December 5, 2014 9:45 am | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

New 3D printed heart technology could reduce the number of heart surgeries in children with congenital heart disease, according to Dr Peter Verschueren who spoke on the topic today at EuroEcho-Imaging 2014.1 Dr Verschueren brought 3D printed models...

Characterizing Tomorrow’s Medical Devices

December 3, 2014 12:07 pm | by Robert Green, Senior Market Development Manager, Keithley Instruments | Articles | Comments

Accurately measuring the load current of an implantable medical device can be quite a challenge. Although an implantable defibrillator might draw just 0.5 microamps of current in sleep or standby mode, the current draw could jump to 5A or higher...

The Unusual Relationship Between Shoplifting and Medical Implants

December 2, 2014 11:52 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

With a growing number of patients receiving implantable electronic medical devices, there is increased concern about their exposure to electronic article surveillance (EAS) gates, which are designed to deter shoplifting. AAMI’s Cardiac Rhythm...

Test Detects Blood Cancer Before It Even Develops

December 1, 2014 10:19 am | by Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard | News | Comments

Researchers from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard-affiliated hospitals have uncovered an easily detectable, "pre-malignant" state in the blood that significantly increases the likelihood that an individual will...

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‘Skin’ Shedding Medical Devices Could Eliminate Need to Replace

December 1, 2014 9:55 am | by Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg | News | Comments

What to do when functional surfaces fail? When catheters become contaminated with microorganisms or sensors no longer react? Until now, the answer was: remove and replace. The chemist Dr. Karen Lienkamp has received a 1.49 million euros Starting...

Non-Invasive Device Helps in Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease

December 1, 2014 9:07 am | by FDA | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of the HeartFlow FFR-CT software, which permits health care professionals to non-invasively evaluate blood flow in the coronary arteries of patients showing signs and symptoms of coronary...

A MedTech Thanksgiving Tale

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Not so long ago, the collective nations of the medtech Native Americans co-existed in relative peace in a land far from all others. Sure, there was the occasional squabble between tribes, while other times, one tribe would absorb a smaller tribe into...

SIDS Cases Found to Have Common Brain Abnormality

November 25, 2014 11:14 am | by NIH | News | Comments

NIH-supported researchers find abnormality in brain area influencing breathing, heart functions More than 40 percent of infants in a group who died of sudden infant death syndrome were found to have an abnormality in a key part of the brain...

Treating Vascular Disease with Light

November 21, 2014 2:15 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine has discovered a receptor on blood vessels that causes the vessel to relax in response to light, making it potentially useful in treating vascular diseases. In addition, researchers discovered a...

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Biodegradable Membrane Helps Prevent Blood Vessel Scarring

November 21, 2014 11:32 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

When blood vessels are damaged through surgery, it can trigger an endless cycle of scarring and repair. "Scar tissue will always form inside the blood vessel and, in many cases, eventually block blood flow," said Guillermo Ameer, professor...

Design Software Key to Development of Implantable Artificial Heart

November 21, 2014 9:19 am | by PTC Creo | News | Comments

PTC has announced that researchers at the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Medicine, pioneers in the development of artificial hearts, are using PTC Creo design software for the development of a Total Artificial Heart. The renowned institution...

Converging Medical Device, Drug, and Biotech Companies

November 21, 2014 7:30 am | by Michael Drues, Founder & President, Vascular Sciences | Blogs | Comments

Most device development is evolutionary, (i.e., come out with one device, tweak it a bit to make a new device, etc.) I understand the advantages of evolutionary device development from a technology perspective, from a business perspective...

3D Printed Models Assist in Congenital Heart Disease Surgery

November 19, 2014 3:50 pm | by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | News | Comments

Physician-researchers from the Cardiac Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia presented new findings on pediatric cardiovascular disease at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014 in Chicago. Among many other topics...

New App Aims for Rapid Interventions for Infants with Heart Defects

November 19, 2014 1:16 pm | by Children's Mercy Hospital | News | Comments

A powerful new app is directly connecting single ventricle heart defect patients to their doctors, dramatically improving their monitoring while they recover from heart surgery at home. Girish Shirali, MBBS, FACC, FASE, Co-Director of the Ward...

Engineering Newswire 116: World's Smallest Form B Reed Switch

November 19, 2014 10:14 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re showing off the world’s smallest reed switch, flying atom planes that are stronger than graphene, and doing karate with the Atlas robot ...            

Revolution in Reed Switch Technology

November 19, 2014 9:52 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

Many medical applications, such as pacemakers and hearing aids, require reliable, battery saving reed switches. That is why HSI Sensing developed the world’s smallest Form B reed switch. According to the company, the HSR-376 is the ... 

Preventing and Reducing Hospital Admissions

November 19, 2014 7:30 am | by Marc Dubreuil, Vice President of Business Development, Farm Design | Blogs | Comments

We are beginning to see more integration of capabilities in order to provide imaging, diagnostics, and tissue manipulation within a single device and procedure. This allows the clinician, after confirming suspicious tissue, to biopsy, ablate...

Coating Drug-Eluting Stents with Cancer Drug to Prevent Heart Attacks

November 18, 2014 3:09 pm | by Mark Tuschman, Stanford | News | Comments

A new study has identified an FDA approved cancer drug, crizotinib, as a possible new coating for drug-eluting stents. Researchers found that crizotinib in mice helped prevent the narrowing of blood vessels after stenting without affecting the...

Technology ‘Lights Up’ Cancer in the Blood

November 18, 2014 2:57 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Metastasis is bad news for cancer patients. Northwestern University scientists now have demonstrated a simple but powerful tool that can detect live cancer cells in the bloodstream, potentially long before the cells could settle somewhere in...

Microfluidic Device Could Significantly Improve Blood Storage

November 18, 2014 2:45 pm | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University have identified a method to rapidly prepare frozen red blood cells for transfusions, which may offer an important new way to manage the world's blood supply. It's already possible to cryopreserve human red...

Analyst: Debate Over Device Tax Only Masks Needed Reforms

November 18, 2014 12:04 pm | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Rob Littlefield, MSc, GlobalData’s Analyst covering Medical Devices, says, “Republicans in the US Congress are expected to move quickly to revoke the medical device tax, which was imposed two years ago as part of a suite of fees on the healthcare...

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