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Now Available On-Demand! MDT Live: The Impact of 3D Printing on Healthcare

March 25, 2015 1:23 pm | by Jon Dipierro and Sean Fenske | Stratasys, Inc. | Videos | Comments

3D printing is emerging as a truly disruptive technology, affecting an array of industries including healthcare. It can be readily used for prototyping and parts manufacture, but stands to make a much bigger impact. As a medical technology...

3D Printing Medical Devices in Just Minutes

March 20, 2015 10:57 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Today, I was honestly flabbergasted over what crossed my path. In a TED video, I watched as...

Photos of the Day: High-Tech Probe Battles Bed Sores

March 20, 2015 10:01 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

In 1870s, the famous French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, who influenced his young student...

'Smart Bandage' Detects Invisible Wounds

March 17, 2015 11:11 am | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, are developing a new type of bandage that...

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Polymers that Reversibly Change Shape with Temperature

March 16, 2015 3:29 pm | by Wiley | News | Comments

New research highlights the capability of reversible shape-memory polymers to change their shape when heated to body temperature and then switch back to their original shape when cooled to room temperature. The technology could have applications...

Photos of the Day: Top 5 Devices from ExCel Wearable Technology 2015

March 13, 2015 4:06 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

I'm personally beginning to yawn and glaze over at every new announcement of the next "innovative fitness tracker/health monitor/attempt to keep up with the Apple Watch." But these wearables are far from ordinary - here are five that certainly...

Chameleon Material Shows Your Body's True Colors

March 12, 2015 4:30 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Engineers from UC Berkeley have developed an artificial skin that changes color whenever the material flexes or receives any sort of pressure. A flexible material that changes color provides a whole spectrum of medical opportunities...  

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Photos of the Day: Spinning Synthetic Spider Silk for Medicine

March 11, 2015 3:02 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

If you live in a house, one of the most amazing materials known to humans is likely languishing in a dark corner of your basement. Spider webs, and especially spider draglines, are made from silk threads extruded by arachnids that can be several...

The Pulse: Robot Bear Nurse and Smart Bandages

March 4, 2015 10:11 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sean Fenske, and Sam Brusco | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're being nursed back to health by a robotic bear, covering our boo-boos with electronically integrated smart bandages, jumping rope with an LED display that flashes the number of each jump right before our eyes...

Medical Tools and Technologies from Solutions Found in Nature

February 20, 2015 8:46 am | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

Jeff Karp, bioengineer and Associate Professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, illuminates the art and science of developing medical tools, treatments, and technologies from solutions found in nature...    

Simulation Technology Shows Navy How to Take a 'HIT'

February 13, 2015 9:51 am | by Office of Naval Research | News | Comments

The Navy soon will begin using an Office of Naval Research (ONR) technology to predict injuries and improve medical responses in any kind of attack on ships, officials announced today. The Human Injury and Treatment (HIT) model provides a...

Making a Better Wound Dressing with Fish Skin

February 11, 2015 1:34 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

With a low price tag and mild flavor, tilapia has become a staple dinnertime fish for many Americans. Now it could have another use: helping to heal our wounds. In the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, scientists have...

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Injectable Nanoparticles Can Restore Normal Oxygen Levels

February 10, 2015 11:03 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Injectable nanoparticles that could protect an injured person from further damage due to oxidative stress have proven to be astoundingly effective in tests to study their mechanism. Scientists at Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine...

May the Force Be with You in Developing 6 Medical Devices from Star Wars

February 9, 2015 4:06 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Continuing on with my beloved theme of innovative medtech making its debut in classic sci-fi, this past weekend I sat down with a few friends and embarked on the seven-hour journey of watching the original Star Wars trilogy. (This is a tri-yearly...

Inventor of 'Artificial Skin' Inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame

February 4, 2015 8:49 am | by Alissa Mallinson, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT | News | Comments

Ioannis V. Yannas, professor of polymer science and engineering in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering, was recognized as one of the highest achievers in his field last week when the National Inventors Hall of Fame announced it would...

How to Leverage Materials as a Competitive Advantage

January 22, 2015 10:14 am | by Crystal Humphreys, Global Market Segment Manager, Vancive Medical Technologies | Vancive Medical Technologies™ | Articles | Comments

Materials are the building blocks for every type of medical device. Maintaining a supply base that has a firm handle on new innovations in this space will provide any medical device manufacturer with a solid competitive advantage. This article...

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...

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Critical-Care Transport Helicopter Simulator Trains Flight Nurses

January 9, 2015 9:17 am | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

Acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) students, specializing in flight nursing at Case Western Reserve University, will soon be training in the nation’s first state-of-the-art simulator built in an actual helicopter. The simulator creates the...

Implantable Technology Helps to Regrow Tissue Like Wolverine

December 15, 2014 11:41 am | by FeyeCon | News | Comments

While Hollywood is spending millions of dollars promoting superhuman characters like the fantastic self-healing mutant Wolverine from X-men, mere mortals like us are actually quite spectacular beings themselves. While we definitely need help to recover...

This Gel Can Make You Stop Bleeding Instantly

December 4, 2014 12:43 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

Forget stitches — there's a better way to close wounds. In this talk, TED Fellow Joe Landolina talks about his invention — a medical gel that can instantly stop traumatic bleeding without the need to apply pressure ...   

3D Printing to Eliminate Assembly

December 1, 2014 7:30 am | by Norm Riley, Technical Marketing Director, Applied Silicone Corporation | Applied Silicone Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Advances in adhesives technology for wound care directly affect the quality of treatment.  Hydrophilic wound care adhesives provide longer wear between dressing changes, which prolongs the optimal healing environment. Bio-inert and vapor...

Look Beyond Traditional Adhesives

November 25, 2014 7:30 am | by Ravi Ramjit, Ph. D, VP of R&D, EuroMed | Blogs | Comments

Advances in adhesive development technology have allowed medical device manufactures to engineer new product solutions in the wound care space. Traditional, overaggressive adhesives have been plagued by patients reporting pain and trauma...

Magic Gel Can Stop Traumatic Bleeding

November 20, 2014 1:15 pm | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

Forget stitches — there's a better way to close wounds. In this talk, TED Fellow Joe Landolina talks about his invention — a medical gel that can instantly stop traumatic bleeding without the need to apply pressure ...      

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...

MEDICA and COMPAMED Post-Show Wrap-Up

November 18, 2014 11:26 am | by Messe Düsseldorf | News | Comments

“The high number of international visitors gave medical device technology providers as well as their suppliers at MEDICA and COMPAMED tailwinds to strengthen their export business. Those putting their business on a particularly broad footing...

Artificially Synthesizing the Blood Clotting Process

November 17, 2014 10:50 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | News | Comments

Stanching the free flow of blood from an injury remains a holy grail of clinical medicine. Controlling blood flow is a primary concern and first line of defense for patients and medical staff in many situations, from traumatic injury to illness...

Creating Flexible Medical Electronics with a T-Shirt Printer

November 17, 2014 9:09 am | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) has successfully printed complex electronic circuits using a common t-shirt printer. The electronic circuits are printed using unique materials in layers on top of everyday flexible materials such...

6 Things to Tell Your Piezoceramics Supplier

November 14, 2014 7:30 am | by Russell Petrucci, Director of Business Development, and Roger Nessen, Development Manager; Exelis Electronic Systems | Articles | Comments

Any technology that supports the delivery of medical care must be designed to the highest possible standards of quality and efficacy. To device makers, this is obvious. What is often less obvious is just how challenging it can be for a company...

Growing New Blood Vessels from Scar Cells

November 10, 2014 9:32 am | by Houston Methodist | News | Comments

By transforming human scar cells into blood vessel cells, scientists at Houston Methodist may have discovered a new way to repair damaged tissue. The method, described in an upcoming issue of Circulation (early online), appeared to improve blood flow...

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