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Stryker Will Pay About $80M to End Investigation

December 9, 2014 11:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The medical device maker Stryker will pay about $80 million to end a federal investigation into its acquisition of a company that the U.S. said was marketing a product that hadn't been approved by regulators. The company said that the U.S...

Programmable Biomaterial Assembles In Vivo to Fight Cancer

December 9, 2014 11:06 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

One of the reasons cancer is so deadly is that it can evade attack from the body's immune system, which allows tumors to flourish and spread. Scientists can try to induce the immune system, known as immunotherapy, to go into attack mode to fight...

Crowdsourcing for Solutions to Epileptic Seizure Detection and Prediction

December 9, 2014 10:20 am | by American Epilepsy Society (AES) | News | Comments

An international competition using the wisdom of crowds has developed computer algorithms to detect, predict, and ultimately prevent epileptic seizures. A total of five-hundred and four teams competed in two challenges, one for Seizure Detection...

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Disabled Could Benefit from NIH-Backed Robotics

December 9, 2014 10:09 am | by National Institutes of Health | News | Comments

New research in robotics might help with stroke rehabilitation, guide wheelchairs, and assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Projects investigating co-robotics are the focus of new funding from the National Institutes of Health. This is the...

Addressing the Top Five Software Validation Questions

December 9, 2014 9:48 am | by Penny Goss, Consultant, Penny Goss Technical Solutions | Articles | Comments

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) requirements for validation of manufacturing and quality system software can conjure up a lot of questions. Understanding the actual guidelines and best...

Home (Healthcare) Is Where the Need Is

December 9, 2014 7:30 am | by Carlos Castillo, Biomedical Engineer & Research Biomedical Engineering Advisor, Loma Linda University Zhang Neuroscience Laboratory | Blogs | Comments

Short answer, where the need is! Perhaps numbers will make this more clear. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) gives us the first part of this equation “Each day, 10,000 baby boomers retire and begin receiving Medicare and Social Security benefits”... 

Turning Cells to Stone Offers Medical Benefit

December 8, 2014 2:19 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Changing flesh to stone sounds like the work of a witch in a fairy tale. But a new technique to transmute living cells into more permanent materials that defy decay and can endure high-powered probes is widening research opportunities for biologists...

Rapid Ebola Test Runs Off Car Battery for Remote Locations

December 8, 2014 12:28 pm | by Rutgers University | News | Comments

Rutgers researcher David Alland, working with the California biotechnology company Cepheid, has received a grant of nearly $640,000 from the National Institutes of Health to develop a rapid test to diagnose Ebola as well as other viruses that can...

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First Injectable Wireless System Offers Pain Relief for Back, Leg

December 8, 2014 12:16 pm | by Stimwave Technologies Inc. | News | Comments

Stimwave Technologies Incorporated, a medical device manufacturer and independent research institute headquartered in Miami Beach, Fla., has received FDA clearance to market the world’s first wireless, micro-technology neuromodulation device...

Hospital Hack-A-Thon Attacks Ebola with Robots, Software, Remote Controls

December 8, 2014 12:03 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Treating an infectious disease like the Ebola virus is fraught with dangers for both victims and their caretakers. Ebola’s fatality rate can reach 70 percent and an errant drop of blood, vomit or other bodily fluid can turn a nurse or a doctor...

Medical Device Makers: You’re Responsible for Device Cybersecurity

December 8, 2014 11:06 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

Who is responsible for the cybersecurity of medical devices? The makers of those devices. That anyway is the position of the American Hospital Association (AHA), which made its point in comments submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

New Technique Offers Low-Cost 3D Nanostructure Printing

December 8, 2014 10:54 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new lithography technique that uses nanoscale spheres to create three-dimensional (3D) structures with biomedical, electronic and photonic applications. The new technique is...

IVD Companies Join Ebola Fight

December 8, 2014 9:58 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

While the initial hysteria and fear of an Ebola pandemic has quieted down, the fight against this disease is far from over. National Public Radio reported that there were 537 new Ebola infections in Sierra Leone in one week, which is the largest weekly...

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Bionic Bra Proves Necessity Is Apparently Not the Mother of Invention

December 8, 2014 9:34 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The recent story about a “Bionic Bra” from the University of Wollongong had me wondering...why?! Of all the medical devices we have a dire need for, a sensor-equipped, “smart yarn”-infused, automatic-tightening bra certainly isn’t one of them. The...

Exploit Opportunities Offered by UDI Initiative

December 8, 2014 7:30 am | by Dave Taylor, Vice President, Global Products, PRISYM ID | Blogs | Comments

Sep. 24 saw the first UDI compliance deadline which means that organizations should now be focusing on the implementation phase, following a thorough preparation phase reviewing all current processes and systems in place. The implementation...

A Harmonic Convergence of MedTech

December 5, 2014 2:08 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Honestly, if you attend Medica and don’t find yourself exhilarated by all the creativity and innovation that’s happening in the medtech space, you’re in the wrong job. The event is not just an educational or networking opportunity, but rather an event that truly celebrates medical technology...

Pediatric Brain on a Chip Could Enhance the Study of Diseases

December 5, 2014 1:20 pm | by Temple University | News | Comments

In collaboration with CFD Research Corp. in Huntsville, Ala., Temple engineers and neuroscientists are developing a pediatric blood-brain barrier system on a chip, which offers great potential for studying the role of the blood-brain barrier...

The BioDigital Human Comes to Life Across Universal Platforms

December 5, 2014 1:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BioDigital, developer of the virtual human body platform, the BioDigital Human, announced today that it is expanding its product offerings to serve the hundreds of millions of Android mobile devices available in the marketplace. Home to more than 1.5 million users...

Out with the Old, In with the New

December 5, 2014 10:48 am | by Ohio University | News | Comments

Advances in computer and electrical engineering have been revolutionary over the past few decades, changing the way we live, work and play. From new advances in medicine to automotive technology and biotechnology, electrical and computer engineering...

3D Organ Printing to Transform Transplants

December 5, 2014 10:32 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

Researchers at Yale School of Medicine's Department of Surgery and Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science have joined forces with a leading three-dimensional biology company to develop 3D printed tissues for transplant research ...

3D Scanning Improves Prosthetic Design

December 5, 2014 10:20 am | by Andrei Vakulenko, VP of New Markets at Artec Group | Articles | Comments

The medical field has truly started to embrace 3D printing. Scanning the headlines, one finds stories about 3D printing providing a cancer victim a new angle, a 3D printed heart that helped save a baby’s life and more. However, every story that ended with 3D printing...

3-D Printed Heart Could Reduce Heart Surgeries in Children

December 5, 2014 9:45 am | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

New 3D printed heart technology could reduce the number of heart surgeries in children with congenital heart disease, according to Dr Peter Verschueren who spoke on the topic today at EuroEcho-Imaging 2014.1 Dr Verschueren brought 3D printed models...

Friday 5: Connecting Healthcare with TE Connectivity's Thomas Medina

December 5, 2014 9:42 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I foresee a continuous transition from body-worn to body-integrated devices designed to deliver very specific, customized care. Device function will be monitored and controlled remotely, determined via gene-based diagnosis and therapies; and will be...

Trust, But Verify In Order to Comply with UDI

December 5, 2014 7:30 am | by Steve Cochran, Chief Technology Officer, GHX | Blogs | Comments

“Trust, but verify” is my advice to manufacturers seeking to comply with the UDI rule. As a third party submitter that has successfully loaded data into the Global UDI Database (GUDID), I can confidently tell manufacturers, "trust that it...

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 ...   

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