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A CDRH Priority: Clinical Trials in the U.S.

January 28, 2015 3:47 pm | by Owen Faris, Ph.D., and Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D. | Blogs | Comments

At the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), clinical trials are the foundation for our decisions to approve the most important medical devices—products that have the potential to save or sustain life, but that also present the greatest...

Tricking Cells with Soap Bubbles to Deliver Drugs

January 28, 2015 3:02 pm | by University of Maryland | News | Comments

When University of Maryland Professors Philip DeShong and Daniel Stein began tagging soap bubbles with biomolecules, they had no idea this technology would one day be poised to change the way drugs and vaccines fight against bacteria...    

Vibrating Capsule for Treatment of Chronic Constipation

January 28, 2015 2:18 pm | by Temple University Health System | News | Comments

Chronic constipation is a common problem that affects approximately 15 percent of the U.S. population, according to the American Gastroenterological Association. It can be painful and lead to a reduction in a patient's quality of life. Temple...

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Custom Tailoring Robotic Exoskeletons that Fit to Perfection

January 28, 2015 2:01 pm | by NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering | News | Comments

It wasn't too long ago that the idea of a wearable robot that would lend its user increased mobility and strength seemed like the stuff of science fiction; indeed, films like Aliens and Iron Man, which featured characters wearing powered...

Preservation Method Doubles Life of Donor Tissue

January 28, 2015 1:56 pm | by University of Missouri Health System | News | Comments

Currently, doctors have to throw away more than 80 percent of donated tissue used for joint replacements because the tissue does not survive long enough to be transplanted. Now, following a recent study, University of Missouri School of... 

Pacemakers with Internet Connection May Arrive Soon

January 28, 2015 11:18 am | by University of the Basque Country | News | Comments

The healthcare sector is not escaping from the revolution in information and communications technologies. Thanks to the latest advances in microelectronics and communications technologies, it is not difficult to imagine a future with medical...

Improving Reliability of Automated External Defibrillators

January 28, 2015 11:05 am | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it will strengthen its review of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to help improve the quality and reliability of these devices. The FDA issued a final order that will require...

Model for Cardiothoracic Surgeons Simulates Surgical Bleeding

January 28, 2015 10:55 am | by Society of Thoracic Surgeons | News | Comments

A new surgical training model that simulates patient bleeding is providing cardiothoracic surgery residents with “real-life” experience without compromising patient safety, according to an abstract released today at the 51st Annual Meeting of The...

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Targeted Fusion-Guided Biopsy Enhances Prostate Cancer Detection

January 28, 2015 10:47 am | by University of Maryland Medical Center | News | Comments

Targeted biopsy using new fusion technology that combines magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with ultrasound is more effective than standard biopsy in detecting high-risk prostate cancer, according to a large-scale study published today in...

Agilent Technologies Microarray Scanner Approved in China

January 28, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced that the China Food and Drug Administration has approved the company’s SureScan Dx microarray scanner as a medical device for in vitro diagnostic use.“Bringing microarray scanning...

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...

Defining Impact: Creating Designs That Are Up to Standard

January 28, 2015 10:04 am | by Christian Defeo, eSupplier Manager, Newark element14 | Blogs | Comments

element14’s Sudden Impact challenge continues on, and the competitors are targeting different sports and designing a myriad of devices. Part of the challenge is to create solutions that align with the scientific and health communities...

Monitoring Wellness, Wirelessly

January 28, 2015 9:34 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Imagine someone telling you they had just received a text from their pacemaker. Researchers have outlined a system of “intelligent medical implants” that could enable remote monitoring of the inner workings of the body. Operated remotely...

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Developing Transplantable Corneal Stem Cells

January 28, 2015 9:28 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

Researchers in the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute have devised a novel way to generate transplantable corneal stem cells that may eventually benefit patients suffering from life-altering forms of blindness...

Investigational Emphysema Device Shuts Off Diseased Section of Lung

January 28, 2015 9:23 am | by University of Louisville | News | Comments

The University of Louisville has launched a research trial to study an investigational medical device designed to aid patients with emphysema by shutting off the diseased part of the lung. UofL is the only site in Kentucky among 14 nationwide...

Low-Frequency Deep Brain Stimulation Improves Parkinson’s Symptoms

January 28, 2015 9:17 am | by University of Chicago Medical Center | News | Comments

Parkinson’s disease patients treated with low-frequency deep brain stimulation show significant improvements in swallowing dysfunction and freezing of gait over typical high-frequency treatment. The study, published in Neurology on Jan 27...

2015 Will Require Implementation of Thorough Security Programs

January 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Michael McNeil, Product Security & Services Officer, Philips Healthcare | Blogs | Comments

In April of 2014, Wired Magazine made the rattling proclamation that “it’s insanely easy to hack hospital equipment,” citing cybersecurity researcher Scott Erven’s two years of medical device vulnerability investigations and the many ways in...

Photos of the Day: Smart Fabric Measures All Aspects of Physicality

January 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

According to one innovator, smart fabric is posed to become the future of clothing everywhere. Keith McMillen has been a leader in the music technology industry for almost 30 years; however, his new goal is to integrate smart technology into everyday...

Smart Fabric Sensors Make Wearables Look Good

January 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

Over the course of the past decade, wearable technology has become increasingly pervasive in the electronics industry. Fitness trackers, smart watches, and action camcorders are among some of the most prevalent wearable technologies on the market...

Micromotors Powered by Stomach Acid

January 27, 2015 3:22 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have shown that a micromotor fueled by stomach acid can take a bubble-powered ride inside a mouse. These tiny motors, each about one-fifth the width of a human hair, may someday offer a safer...

Detecting Ebola with Infrared Light

January 27, 2015 2:30 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The Caregiver thermometer was developed by Sanomedics with “TouchFree” – infrared – technology. Since it received FDA certification and became available for purchase in 2012, it has gone around the world to airports that see traffic from...

3D Printing Gives the Children a Helping Hand

January 27, 2015 2:18 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

On a freezing, snow-blanketed day like this (the Northeast US was recently slammed by a nor’easter) I decided to ease the chill on both the local readers and myself with some heartwarming medtech innovation. You may have heard mention of...

3D Printed Tissue for Treacheal Reconstruction

January 27, 2015 11:51 am | by Society of Thoracic Surgeons | News | Comments

Three-dimensional (3D) printing can effectively create a biodegradable tracheal segment containing a patient’s own cells for use in complex tracheal reconstruction, according to a proof of concept study abstract released today at the 51st Annual...

Using Stem Cells to Grow New Hair

January 27, 2015 11:43 am | by Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute | News | Comments

In a new study from Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham), researchers have used human pluripotent stem cells to generate new hair. The study represents the first step toward the development of a cell-based treatment for...

Engineering Self-Assembling Amyloid Fibers

January 27, 2015 11:04 am | by University of California - Davis | News | Comments

Nature has many examples of self-assembly, and bioengineers are interested in copying or manipulating these systems to create useful new materials or devices. Amyloid proteins, for example, can self-assemble into the tangled plaques associated...

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