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High-Frequency Surpasses Traditional Spinal Cord Stimulation

March 29, 2015 10:00 am | by American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) | News | Comments

The first-ever randomized, controlled trial to compare spinal cord stimulation (SCS) technologies found that high-frequency SCS using 10 kHz (HF10) exceeded lower-frequency, traditional SCS in response rate and pain relief. Further, this was...

Pilot Study of a Neuromodulation System for Overactive Bladder

March 27, 2015 11:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bioness, Inc. announced today that four (4) patients have successfully been implanted with the...

Deep Brain Stimulation Eases Parkinson's Pain

March 24, 2015 9:35 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

Patients with Parkinson disease who experienced pain before undergoing subthalamic nucleus deep...

3 Ways Athletic MedTech Is Changing the Game

March 20, 2015 3:25 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

It pretty much goes without saying – if you’re an athlete, at some point you’re going to get...

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PET/MR Can Effectively Diagnose Cause of Unclear Foot Pain

March 11, 2015 9:03 am | by Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging | News | Comments

A single scan could diagnose the cause of foot pain better and with less radiation exposure to the patient than other methods, according to a study in the March 2015 issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Imaging with 18F-fluoride positron...

Coating Takes the Pain Out of Catheter Insertion

March 5, 2015 10:37 am | by Queen's University Belfast | News | Comments

A new pharmaceutical product that could significantly improve quality of life for catheter users all over the world is to be developed by Queen's University Belfast after it won a national award. 'Uroglide' is a new coating for catheters...

Implantable Preserves Motion in Total Disc Replacement Patients

March 5, 2015 9:01 am | by Zyga Technology, Inc. | News | Comments

Zyga Technology, Inc., a medical device company focused on the design, development and commercialization of minimally invasive products that treat underserved conditions of the lumbar spine, today announced the first implantation of the...

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Using Optical Stimulation to Control Pain

February 26, 2015 10:47 am | by University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

A new study by a University of Texas at Arlington physics team in collaboration with bioengineering and psychology researchers shows for the first time how a small area of the brain can be optically stimulated to control pain. Samarendra Mohanty...

New App Helps Patients with Chronic Pain Safely Monitor Opioid Use

February 25, 2015 9:49 am | by University Health Network (UHN) | News | Comments

A new, first-of-its-kind app has launched to help patients suffering from chronic pain track their opioid use and measure pain levels to assist with the safe use of opioids. The My Opioid Manager (MyOM) app, developed at Toronto Rehab...

Ex-NFL Pro Among Many Achieving Pain Relief with Foot-Worn Device

February 24, 2015 3:48 pm | by AposTherapy | News | Comments

It’s estimated that a staggering 100 million Americans live with chronic pain—a condition largely approached with powerful drugs, painful injections and invasive surgeries in attempts to ease the ache. But, one ingenious invention is changing...

Looking Ahead In the Wake of CES Device Reclassification

February 24, 2015 8:30 am | by Mike Fegley, Electromedical Products International | Blogs | Comments

In June, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its intention to reclassify cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) devices from a class III to a class II designation, ending a battle that the CES industry has fought with the...

Neck Pain Can be Changed through Virtual Reality

February 19, 2015 1:41 pm | by Association for Psychological Science | News | Comments

Using virtual reality to misrepresent how far the neck is turned can actually change pain experiences in individuals who suffer from chronic neck pain, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association...

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High-Powered X-ray Watches Non-Addictive Painkillers Bind to Neuroreceptors

February 18, 2015 11:54 am | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

Using a newly developed X-ray source, scientists have revealed how a new type of pain-relievers works - bonding to the same neuroreceptors that morphine does, but without the accompanying physical dependence. "If you know how the binding physically works...

First Spinal Fusion Patient Treated with New Interbody Fusion System

February 9, 2015 12:02 pm | by Benvenue Medical, Inc. | News | Comments

Benvenue Medical, Inc., a developer of minimally invasive solutions for spine repair, announced that the first spinal fusion patient in the U.S. has been treated with the new minimally invasive Luna 360 Interbody Fusion System. The surgery was...

Handheld Wand Reduces Headaches and Stress

February 6, 2015 10:22 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

This crowdfunded, handheld wand purports to reduce headaches and stress. The Headdoc, developed by Kencap Medical Solutions, has raised $3,223 out of its $10,000 goal on Indiegogo as of Feb. 5. The device, designed over two years by Kencap...

Making Science Fiction a Reality: 3 Medical Devices Straight from Star Trek

January 29, 2015 3:56 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

While we haven’t quite been able to achieve light-speed travel or teleportation just yet, science fiction has forecasted a number of technologies that are anything but fiction. Star Trek in particular offered surprising insight into technological...

First Patients Enrolled in Pivotal Study for Nerve Block Technology

January 28, 2015 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Neuros Medical, Inc., a medical device company, announced it has enrolled the first patients in its pivotal clinical trial to evaluate the Company’s patented Altius System High Frequency Nerve Block technology for the management...

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Using Sound Waves to Heat-Treat Cancer Pain

January 23, 2015 8:51 am | by Focused Ultrasound Foundation | News | Comments

A pioneering clinical trial is testing whether focusing high-frequency sound waves onto the surface of bone where cancer has spread can burn away the source of pain. The cutting-edge technique focuses ultrasound beams to produce heat – just...

'Serious Games' Use Virtual Reality for a Wide Array of Treatments

January 22, 2015 9:32 am | by The University of Huddersfield | News | Comments

Researchers and practitioners in the burgeoning area of ‘serious games’ are using video game-based technologies such as virtual reality – more widely associated with entertainment – in order to make breakthroughs in many aspects of healthcare...

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...

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...

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...             

Health and Biotech Highlights at CES 2015

January 13, 2015 11:36 am | by International CES | Videos | Comments

Health and biotech innovation that changes the way we live our lives and monitor our bodies highlighted at CES 2015...                                     

The MDT Top 10 from 2014

December 23, 2014 2:03 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Another exiting year of medtech innovations has passed. In 2014, we really started to see the impact of mHealth on the industry, with more “outsiders” seeking to bundle health monitoring into smart phones and connected devices. Data security (and...

Run Deep: Pulsing Magnetic Fields Focus Nano-Particles to Deep Targets

December 18, 2014 8:08 pm | by University of Maryland | News | Comments

Recent efforts between the University of Maryland and Bethesda-based Weinberg Medical Physics LLC have led to a new technique to magnetically deliver drug-carrying particles to hard-to-reach targets. The method has the potential to transform the way deep-tissue tumors and other diseases are treated...

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...

How Video Game Design Can Effect Change in Health Behavior

December 17, 2014 10:47 am | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

At TEDMED 2014, Brian Primack, Clinician, Professor, and Researcher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, sheds light on how principles learned from video game design can be used to create effective changes in health behavior...

First Injectable Wireless System Offers Pain Relief for Back, Leg

December 8, 2014 12:16 pm | by Stimwave Technologies Inc. | News | Comments

Stimwave Technologies Incorporated, a medical device manufacturer and independent research institute headquartered in Miami Beach, Fla., has received FDA clearance to market the world’s first wireless, micro-technology neuromodulation device...

A Harmonic Convergence of MedTech

December 5, 2014 2:08 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Honestly, if you attend Medica and don’t find yourself exhilarated by all the creativity and innovation that’s happening in the medtech space, you’re in the wrong job. The event is not just an educational or networking opportunity, but rather an event that truly celebrates medical technology...

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