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Engineering Long-Lasting Joint Lubrication by Mimicking Nature

August 18, 2014 4:12 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

By finding a way to bind a slippery molecule naturally found in the fluid that surrounds healthy joints, Johns Hopkins researchers have engineered surfaces that have the potential to deliver long-lasting lubrication at specific spots throughout...

Expert Panel Concludes Neurostimulation Can Be Life-Changing Therapy for Chronic Pain

August 12, 2014 11:07 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Chronic pain, which persists despite the fact that an injury has healed, can last for many...

Telecare Intervention Improves Chronic Pain

July 16, 2014 10:53 am | by JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association | News | Comments

A telephone-delivered intervention, which included automated symptom monitoring, produced...

A Tool to Fix One of the Most Dangerous Moments in Surgery

July 15, 2014 1:47 pm | by TEDx | Videos | Comments

Surgeons are required every day to puncture human skin before procedures — with the risk of...

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St. Jude Medical Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire NeuroTherm

July 14, 2014 9:24 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, a global medical device company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held NeuroTherm, Inc., a manufacturer of interventional pain management therapies, for approximately $200 million...

Breg Introduces Knee Brace to Help Runners with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

July 11, 2014 9:07 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Breg, Inc., a premier provider of sports medicine products and services, has launched the FreeRunner knee brace with new innovations to help people, particularly runners, who suffer from patella mal-tracking return to active lifestyles...

Making a Wire-Free Future

July 10, 2014 9:56 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

More than a century ago, engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla proposed a global system of wireless transmission of electricity — or wireless power. But one key obstacle to realizing this ambitious vision has always been the inefficiency of...

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ON-Q and the Evolution of Post-Surgical Pain Management

July 8, 2014 12:10 pm | by Gary Aurin, Research & Engineering Manager, I-Flow | Articles | Comments

Historically, post-surgical pain has been primarily treated with narcotics which can cause patients unpleasant side effects such as nausea, vomiting, constipation and grogginess. The data also suggests that taking them may pose the risk of...

FDA Clears NeuroMetrix Wearable Technology for Over-the-Counter Use in Treatment of Chronic Pain

July 8, 2014 9:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NeuroMetrix, Inc. has announced that its wearable technology for treatment of chronic pain received 510(k) clearance (K140333) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over-the-counter use. The Company is in late stage development...

Electronics-to-Wear Light Up Healthcare

July 1, 2014 11:33 am | by CORDIS | News | Comments

For most electronic circuit boards, if you try to bend them, they snap and are rendered useless. But this is set to change. A European research project called PLACE-IT has come up with a new type of flexible electronics that won’t break...

Muscle-Powered Bio-Bots Walk on Command

June 30, 2014 4:09 pm | by Liz Ahlberg, University of Illinois | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign demonstrated a class of walking “bio-bots” powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical pulses, giving researchers unprecedented command over their function. The group...

Photos of the Day: Bio-Bots Could Stroll Through the Body

June 30, 2014 4:09 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Tiny walking “bio-bots” are powered by muscle cells and controlled by an electric field. The new bio-bots are powered by a strip of skeletal muscle cells that can be triggered by an electric pulse. This gives the researchers a simple way to control the...

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Ankle Implant Is More Common to Relieve Severe Arthritis Pain

June 30, 2014 9:38 am | by Hospital for Special Surgery | News | Comments

Arthritis can cause terrible pain, making activities of daily living difficult, if not impossible. While most people are familiar with knee and hip replacement surgery for debilitating arthritis in these joints, ankle replacement is another...

How to Market Your Device

June 16, 2014 9:34 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Medical devices marketed in the United States are subject to the regulatory controls in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the regulations in Title 21- Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR) Parts 1-58, 800-1299... 

New Migraine Treatment Uses Bi-Directional Breath Powered Technology

June 10, 2014 12:51 pm | by OptiNose | News | Comments

OptiNose has announced that the COMPASS trial, a head-to-head comparison of the investigational treatment AVP-825 to sumatriptan tablets, currently the most widely used prescription medication for migraine, met the primary endpoint of ...  

Our Ability to Identify the Source of Pain Varies Across the Body

June 6, 2014 11:00 am | by University College London | News | Comments

"Where does it hurt?" is the first question asked to any person in pain. A new UCL study defines for the first time how our ability to identify where it hurts, called "spatial acuity", varies across the body, being most sensitive at the...

Rural Clinics Increasingly Turn to Telemedicine

June 6, 2014 10:40 am | by Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fifty years in farming had given Tom Soukup a few brushes with his own mortality, but after a cow pinned him against a wall, death felt closer than ever. He lay on the muddy ground and began to pray, every gasp feeling like a stab to the...

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Regulations Driving Adoption of Non-Phthalate Materials for Medical Tubing

May 27, 2014 3:25 pm | by Mark Brucks, Market Development Representative, Eastman Chemical Company | Eastman Chemical Company | Articles | Comments

With increasing pressure on device manufacturers to move away from DEHP in PVC, OEMs are seeking a plasticizer option that performs similarly without the related, potential health concerns. This article examines the trend, the regulations...

When Developing Medical Devices, Don’t Forget the Economic Advantages Compared to Expensive Drug Alternatives

May 27, 2014 3:03 pm | by Charlie Whelan, Senior Analyst, Healthcare & Life Sciences, North America, Frost & Sullivan | Blogs | Comments

Recent news stories about the high cost of two new drugs targeting Hepatitis C, Gilead’s Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) and Janssen’s Olysio (simeprevir), have raised the question of whether the U.S. healthcare system is on an irreversible track toward...

Photos of the Day: How Wearable Technology Could Save Our Health (Infographic)

May 22, 2014 9:12 am | News | Comments

Smartwatches, wristbands, necklaces, clip-ons, smart clothing, and other wearable technology already exist. These gadgets can record vitals and send them to your doctor, revolutionizing healthcare...        

Last day for entries! R&D 100 deadline is 11:59 pm, May 9.

May 9, 2014 1:49 pm | News | Comments

It has arrived...the last day to file your 2014 R&D 100 Awards entry is today, Friday, May 9. If you have started an entry, please take the time to make sure it it is registered and contact us if you need assistance in making the...

Cyborg Sensor Could Unlock Anesthesia’s Secrets

May 6, 2014 3:21 pm | by Evan Lerner, University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Almost every biological process involves sensing the presence of a certain chemical. Finely tuned over millions of years of evolution, the body’s different receptors are shaped to accept certain target chemicals. When they bind, the receptors...

Photos of the Day: Prototypes Solve Real-World Problems

May 6, 2014 10:14 am | by Drexel University | News | Comments

Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from asthma. When Osman Cueto was five years old, he found out he was one of them. So, this past fall, when Cueto was asked to design a product that would help solve a real-world problem, it didn’t ...

Seniors from University's Inaugural Product Design Class Unveil Prototypes

May 6, 2014 10:11 am | by Drexel University | News | Comments

Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from asthma. When Osman Cueto was five years old, he found out he was one of them. Upon being diagnosed with the chronic disease, Cueto, now a senior product design major at Drexel University, was...

Smartphone Apps Help Doctors Manage Pain Patients

May 2, 2014 1:54 pm | by American Pain Society | News | Comments

Mobile medicine is helping chronic pain patients cope with and manage their condition thanks to new smartphone apps, which can track patients from a distance and monitor pain, mood, physical activity, drug side effects, and treatment compliance...

World's First and Only Upgradeable Spinal Cord Stimulation System Receives FDA Approval

April 4, 2014 8:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced the approval of its Protégé IPG from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Protégé is the first and only neurostimulation system that allows spinal cord stimulation...

Ex-NBA Pro's Ortho Med Device Invention a Marketplace Slam Dunk

April 2, 2014 10:49 am | by Kern Communications | News | Comments

Rapid sales, market share and corporate growth reported for ‘JBIT MedPro’—a medical device company led by former pro-athlete turned successful CEO, Jonathan Bender; Ex-NBA player’s clinically-proven invention provides relief of chronic shoulder...

The Internet of Things and Medical Device Product Development: Practical Strategy Suggestions

March 31, 2014 2:21 pm | by Joe Kreidler, Director of Electrical and Software Engineering, and Joe Wascow, Principal and CMO, Optimal Design | Articles | Comments

With an astonishing 25 billion devices predicted to be connected to the Internet by 2015, the Internet of Things (IoT) stands to become a multi-trillion dollar market by the end of the decade. Wireless sensors are being used on everything...

Bringing Original Ideas to Life: The Development of the Credit Card Sized Battery

March 27, 2014 8:09 am | by Neil Oliver, Technical Marketing Manager, Accutronics | Articles | Comments

An object as being as small as a sugar cube is fairly easy to visualize. Similarly, if the reference was to a quarter or dime, the object’s dimensions are apparent. However, if the item described was compared to an 1ICP-063450-2 lithium-ion...

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