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January/February 2015 Digital Edition

February 3, 2015 12:21 pm | by MDT Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

 

Movement Tracking Device Assesses Severity of Parkinson’s Disease

February 3, 2015 11:28 am | by UT Southwestern Medical Center | News | Comments

A device that measures movement and balance can effectively help assess and track the progression of Parkinson’s disease, even when medications are used to reduce Parkinson’s symptoms, UT Southwestern Medical Center research found. Researchers...

Using Next-Generation Design Tools and Telling the FDA About It

February 3, 2015 11:17 am | by Arvind Ananthan, Medical Devices Industry Manager, MathWorks | Articles | Comments

Regulators and companies are in a constant tug of war, causing innovation in the medical device industry to be stifled. On one end, companies are feeling the effects of strong market pressure and customer demands to innovate only to run up...

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Boston Scientific Launches World's Longest Lasting ICD

February 3, 2015 10:49 am | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation announces the launch and first U.S. implant of its line of Extended Longevity (EL) implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD), including DYNAGEN EL and INOGEN EL device models. The first EL ICD was implanted at...

3D Bioprinting Cardiac Tissue and Improving Transplanted Stem Cells

February 3, 2015 10:31 am | by University of California, San Diego Health Sciences | News | Comments

The governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has awarded two University of California, San Diego researchers almost $3 million in combined funding to pursue new technologies intended to accelerate advances...

Popular Anti-Aging Laser Treatment Effective for Difficult Scars

February 3, 2015 10:16 am | by American Academy of Dermatology | News | Comments

Every scar has a story. From childhood adventures to bouts of teenage acne to cancer surgery, scars can remind people of life events both good and bad. Unfortunately, time doesn’t heal all wounds. While some people may be proud of their scars...

Opening of the FEI Titan Krios Cryo-Electron Microscope

February 3, 2015 10:01 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

A unique $5 million microscope unveiled today at Monash University will strengthen Australia’s arsenal of cutting–edge research instruments. The opening of the FEI Titan Krios cryo-electron microscope at the University’s Clayton campus, is the...

How the Brain Controls Robotic Grasping Tools

February 3, 2015 9:46 am | by University of Missouri-Columbia | News | Comments

Grasping an object involves a complex network of brain functions. First, visual cues are processed in specialized areas of the brain. Then, other areas of the brain use these signals to control the hands to reach for and manipulate the desired...

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Fitness Game for the Physically Impaired

February 3, 2015 9:32 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Modern IT has the potential to make fitness training more varied for people with physical limitations. But what exactly is required? Fraunhofer put this question to thalidomide victims, and developed new IT-based fitness training technology in...

'Tube Access Point' to Keep IV Devices Tangle-Free

February 3, 2015 9:05 am | by University of Illinois Department of Bioengineering | News | Comments

A potentially life-saving idea for keeping intravenous (IV) devices tangle free has earned a team of six UI Bioengineering students three recent awards. The team includes Amelia Johnson, Asha Kirchhoff, Mallika Modak, Stephanie Slania, Divya...

Further UDI and MedWatch Regulation in 2015

February 3, 2015 8:49 am | by Deb Kacera, Regulatory & Industry Strategist, Pilgrim Quality Solutions | Pilgrim Quality Solutions | Blogs | Comments

In 2015, the medical device industry will be focused on meeting the regulations that support the speed and quality of capturing electronic information and the efficiency of sharing information. While 2014 saw the initiation of the Unique Device...

3 IVD Trends to Keep an Eye On In 2015

February 2, 2015 4:35 pm | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

Kalorama Information says LDT regulation, new markets, and better sequencing tools are among the trends to watch in 2015. The healthcare market research firm specializes in in vitro diagnostic market forecasts and trends and said that 2015 may...

'Reset Button' for Circadian Rhythms Offers Neurological Disorder Treatments

February 2, 2015 4:07 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

The discovery of a new reset button for the brain's master biological clock could eventually lead to new treatments for conditions like seasonal affective disorder, reduce the adverse health effects of working the night shift and possibly even...

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The CARDIS Project: Detecting Early-Stage Cardiovascular Disease

February 2, 2015 3:55 pm | by Imec | News | Comments

Imec, Medtronic, Ghent University and their project partners today announced the launch of the CARDIS project. Together they will develop and validate an early-stage cardio vascular disease detection platform using integrated silicon photonics...

Achieving Super Bowl Dreams with Prosthetics

February 2, 2015 3:34 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Now that I’ve thrown away the last of my garbage bags filled with chicken bones, empty bags of chips, and pizza boxes from last night, I can finally speak about something equally as exciting as the Super Bowl. (I won’t say too much about my personal...

Drive to Repeal Medical Device Tax No Slam Dunk in Congress

February 2, 2015 12:51 pm | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

It flew through the Republican-run House in 2012, and a year later 79 of the Democratic-led Senate's 100 members embraced it. With Republicans now controlling both chambers of Congress, the chances for repealing the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices...

Photos of the Day: Protecting Football Players from Brain Injury

February 2, 2015 12:40 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE, the NFL, the sports performance brand Under Armour, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have launched a new open innovation challenge seeking to protect athletes, soldiers and workers in dangerous jobs from traumatic...

Smart Device Tracks Hand Hygiene Habits

February 2, 2015 12:16 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The World Health Organization (WHO) cites good hand hygiene as a major factor in stopping the spread of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) caused by exposure to various bacteria. In fact, in 2009 the WHO released its “Five Moments of Hand...

Watching How Memories Are Made to Understand Neurological Disorders

February 2, 2015 11:59 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers at The Johns Hopkins University have succeeded in peering into the brains of live mice with such precision that they were able to see how the position of specific proteins changed as memories were forged. The technique has broad applications...

Laser Treatment May Limit Blindness-Causing Disease's Progression

February 2, 2015 11:37 am | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | News | Comments

A new technique reported in the February 2015 issue of The FASEB Journal suggests that during early stages, it might be possible to reverse age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness that is currently irreversible. The...

Real-Time Imaging Technique Allows 3D Biopsy Measurement

February 2, 2015 11:26 am | by Carlos III University of Madrid | News | Comments

This technique uses Optical Projection Tomography, which is "similar to X-rays, but uses light," explains UC3M researcher Jorge Ripoll, from the UC3M Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering. With this technique, it is possible to...

App Lets Anyone See for the Blind

February 2, 2015 11:16 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

This nonprofit crowdsources sight for the blind. With Be My Eyes, blind or visually impaired people can place a call to sighted “helpers” through an iOS device. The helper receives a video of the user’s surroundings and describes the area or...

CoreValve System Benefits Patients with Prior Coronary Bypass Surgery

February 1, 2015 10:00 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc revealed new one-year clinical data showing that transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) with the self-expanding CoreValve System offers advantages in survival and safety compared to surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR)...

Roche and Qualcomm Collaborate to Innovate Remote Patient Monitoring

February 1, 2015 8:30 am | by Roche | News | Comments

Roche and Qualcomm Incorporated today announced that Qualcomm’s subsidiary, Qualcomm Life, Inc., and Roche, a world leader in point-of-care diagnostics, have entered into a strategic collaboration to improve remote monitoring and management...

2015 Will Produce Innovative, Cost Effective Cardiovascular Technology

February 1, 2015 8:30 am | by Dr. Mark Carlson, Chief Medical Officer, St. Jude Medical | Blogs | Comments

This year has been a dynamic year as the medical device sector continues to adapt to the changing healthcare environment. As an industry, we are called to develop innovative solutions that address prevalent, devastating, and costly conditions...

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