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Adhesive Gel Facilitates Organ Repair

April 17, 2014 2:59 pm | by CNRS (Délégation Paris Michel-Ange) | News | Comments

A significant breakthrough could revolutionize surgical practice and regenerative medicine. A team led by Ludwik Leibler from the Laboratoire Matière Molle et Chimie (CNRS/ESPCI Paris Tech) and Didier Letourneur from the Laboratoire Recherche...

Photos of the Day: Commercializing 3D Printed Organs

April 16, 2014 10:56 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

A University of Oxford spin-out, OxSyBio, will develop 3D printing techniques to produce tissue-...

University Spin-Out Aims to 3D Print Synthetic Tissues, Organs

April 16, 2014 10:53 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

A University of Oxford spin-out, OxSyBio, will develop 3D printing techniques to produce tissue-...

Applied Silicone Launches Adhesive Gels for Scar Management

April 16, 2014 10:36 am | by Applied Silicone | News | Comments

Applied Silicone Corporation, a global supplier of long-term implantable silicones for the...

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Breakthrough Technology Can Repair Severe Tissue Damage

April 11, 2014 11:38 am | by PR Newswire-US Newswire | News | Comments

A breakthrough could speed recovery and limit disfigurement for patients who have suffered large soft tissue trauma – as occurs with serious injury or cancer surgery. By biomedically engineering a muscle flap that includes a patient's own...

Studies Show Lab-Grown Body Parts Working Well

April 11, 2014 11:28 am | by Malcolm Ritter and Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Windpipes, bladders, blood vessels and other structures have previously been created in part from a patient's own cells and then implanted. Eventually, scientists hope to tackle more complicated things like lungs and kidneys with this strategy...

Photos of the Day: Body Parts from the Lab

April 11, 2014 11:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Windpipes, bladders, blood vessels and other structures have previously been created in part from a patient's own cells and then implanted. Eventually, scientists hope to tackle more complicated things like lungs and kidneys with this strategy...

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Synthetic Collagen Promotes Natural Clotting

April 10, 2014 2:32 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Synthetic collagen invented at Rice University may help wounds heal by directing the natural clotting of blood. The material, KOD, mimics natural collagen, a fibrous protein that binds cells together into organs and tissues. It could improve...

Dallen Medical’s Compressyn Band Honored as Finalist for the MD+DI 2014 Medical Design Excellence Awards

April 10, 2014 8:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dallen Medical, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Compressyn™ Band has been selected as a finalist in the Implant and Tissue-Replacement Products Category of the 17th Annual Medical Design Excellence Awards competition. Finalists were...

Photos of the Day: Growing Body Parts

April 8, 2014 11:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears, and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells. It is among several labs around the world, including in the U.S., that are working...

UK Scientists Make Body Parts in Lab

April 8, 2014 11:45 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells. It is among several labs around the world, including in the U.S., that are working...

Military Vets Can Heal Wounds Faster with New Dressing Technology

April 7, 2014 1:29 pm | by Enluxtra | News | Comments

Military veterans may well get more wounds, than the average population due to that fact that, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, around 25 percent of military veteran patients have diabetes. This is compared to around 8...

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The Pulse: Replacing a Skull with a 3D Printed Version

April 3, 2014 9:01 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we’re 3D printing a human skull for implantation, checking blood pressure with a patch, helping disabled children learn to walk, and monitoring pressure sores. This episode features:       

Vibration May Help Heal Chronic Wounds

April 1, 2014 12:15 pm | by Jeanne Galatzer-Levy, University of Illinois at Chicago | News | Comments

Wounds may heal more quickly if exposed to low-intensity vibration, report researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The finding, in mice, may hold promise for the 18 million Americans who have type 2 diabetes, and especially the...

Major Breakthrough in Stem Cell Manufacturing Technology

March 31, 2014 12:10 pm | by University of Nottingham | News | Comments

Scientists at The University of Nottingham have developed a new substance which could simplify the manufacture of cell therapy in the pioneering world of regenerative medicine. Cell therapy is an exciting and rapidly developing area of medicine...

Stryker Sustainability Solutions Brings Record-Setting $255 Million In Reprocessing Savings To U.S. Hospitals

March 31, 2014 8:24 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Growth of Stryker Sustainability Solutions' single-use medical device reprocessing and remanufacturing services produced a record-setting $255 million in supply cost savings for its more than 2,500 hospital and health system customers in...

Scientists Create Stem Cells From a Drop of Blood

March 20, 2014 12:04 pm | by A*STAR | News | Comments

Scientists at A*STAR’s Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) have developed a method to generate human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) from a single drop of finger-pricked blood. The method also enables donors to collect...

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Stopping Bleeding Faster: Market for Hemostatic Agents Drives Quest for Innovation

March 17, 2014 2:58 pm | by Arch Therapeutics Inc. | News | Comments

The world of medicine is a bloody place, with surgical and trauma patients at significant risk for morbidity and mortality from bleeding and/or leaking body fluids. Approximately 114 million surgical and procedure-based wounds are now made...

Technology Depicts Patients’ Optimal Body Position to Aid Caregivers in the Prevention of Pressure Ulcers

March 13, 2014 2:08 pm | by Wellsense | News | Comments

According to a new study published in The American Journal of Critical Care, “Continuous Bedside Pressure Mapping and Rates of Hospital-Associated Pressure Ulcers in a Medical Intensive Care Unit,” continuous bedside pressure mapping (CBPM)...

Study: AQUACEL Cover Dressing Could Save U.S. Health System $375 Million Annually

March 13, 2014 11:35 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

A large study of infections following knee and hip replacement surgery found that the use of AQUACEL Ag SURGICAL cover dressing reduced post-operative joint infections by 76 percent, which study investigators estimate could save the U.S...

Scientists ‘Herd’ Cells in New Approach to Tissue Engineering

March 13, 2014 11:05 am | by Sarah Yang, UC Berkeley | News | Comments

Researchers at UC Berkeley found that an electrical current can be used to orchestrate the flow of a group of cells, an achievement that could establish the basis for more controlled forms of tissue engineering and for potential applications...

$1.9 Million Grant to Lead Artificial Platelet Study

March 7, 2014 11:57 am | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

A research team led by Case Western Reserve University and collaborating with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation has received a $1.9 million National Institutes of Health grant to develop injectable artificial platelets that halt bleeding by...

Obama Proposes New Fight Against Superbugs

March 7, 2014 11:52 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Sounding an alarm about the growing threat of superbugs, the Obama administration is proposing a jump in spending to fight antibiotic-resistant germs in hospitals. Infections that can withstand some of the best antibiotics already are killing...

MedShape Introduces New Porous PEEK Suture Anchor

March 5, 2014 8:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MedShape, Inc., today announced the company received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its Morphix@SP Suture Anchor. The device features the company's new ScoriaT technology, a polyetheretherketone (PEEK) material...

Electrical Frequencies that Help Heal Chronic Wounds

March 4, 2014 11:32 am | by M.B. Reilly, University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

Hard-to-heal wounds, like diabetic ulcers, fester because of insufficient blood supply at the wound site. However, the application of an electrical stimulus can promote the growth of blood vessels, and new UC research examines the best... 

Photos of the Day: Electrical Healing Fields

March 4, 2014 11:30 am | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

University of Cincinnati physics and biomedical engineering researchers recently tested for the most-effective magnitude and frequency when applying an external low-amplitude electric field to vascular cells, which are key to healing chronic...

More Dangerous Chemicals in Everyday Life: Now Experts Warn Against Nanosilver

February 28, 2014 10:55 am | by University of Southern Denmark | News | Comments

Endocrine disrupters are not the only worrying chemicals that ordinary consumers are exposed to in everyday life. Also nanoparticles of silver, found in e.g. dietary supplements, cosmetics and food packaging, now worry scientists. A new...

New Biological Scaffold Home, Sweet Home, for Stem Cells

February 24, 2014 10:38 am | by Marcia Goodrich, Michigan Technological University | News | Comments

Our cells don’t live in a vacuum. They are surrounded by a complex, nurturing matrix that is essential for many biological functions, including growth and healing. In all multicellular organisms, including people, cells make their own...  

Star Trek Healing Devices Are Coming to Your Local Hospital

February 21, 2014 2:24 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Maybe we can transport patients with hover-stretchers and flying ambulances, too. Announcements like this are bound to raise a few eyebrows, but we live in a world where 3D-printed hearts and other highly advanced surgical procedures are...

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