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Streamlined Process for Wire-Reinforced Catheters and Delivery Devices

October 28, 2014 8:30 am | by Ronelle Decker, Market Development Manager, Avalon Laboratories | Avalon Laboratories, LLC | Articles | Comments

Balloon catheters, stent and stent delivery systems, atherectomy, and occlusion and neurovascular catheters, as well as other catheter-based devices, advance over a guide wire until it reaches the stenosis, obstruction, or stent delivery site...

Millions Lost in Unused Medical Supplies in Operating Rooms Each Year

October 27, 2014 4:11 pm | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

A Johns Hopkins research team reports that major hospitals across the U.S. collectively throw away at least $15 million a year in unused operating room surgical supplies that could be salvaged and used to ease critical shortages, improve surgical care and boost public health in developing countries...

Students Lend a Hand with 3D-Printed Prosthetic

October 27, 2014 4:04 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

For most amputees, the road to a more functional prosthetic device is slow and costly. However, thanks to a research group at the University of Illinois, that might be changing, which is especially good news for those who are most in need, residents of the developing world...

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When Hearing Aid Users Listen to Music, Less Is More

October 27, 2014 3:31 pm | by University of Colorado at Boulder | News | Comments

The type of sound processing that modern hearings aids provide to make speech more understandable for wearers may also make music enjoyment more difficult, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder. The findings, published in the journal Ear and Hearing, suggest...

Wearable Smart Fabric Measures All Aspects of Physicality

October 27, 2014 11:55 am | by BeBop Sensors | News | Comments

BeBop Sensors, a wearable sensor technology company, recently announced their first product, the BeBop Wearable Smart Fabric Sensor, the first and only ultra thin wearable smart fabric sensor that measures all aspects of physicality...

Nanodevice to Improve Cancer Treatment Monitoring

October 27, 2014 11:44 am | by University of Montreal | News | Comments

In less than a minute, a miniature device developed at the University of Montreal can measure a patient's blood for methotrexate, a commonly used but potentially toxic cancer drug. Just as accurate and ten times less expensive ...   

Remote-Controlled Drug Delivery in Space

October 27, 2014 9:54 am | by Houston Methodist Research Institute | News | Comments

Houston Methodist Research Institute scientists will receive about $1.25 million from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space to develop an implantable device that delivers therapeutic drugs at a rate guided by remote control...

Navigation Aids Enhance Foot Control Usability

October 27, 2014 8:30 am | by Peter M. Engstrom, Managing Director, Steute Meditech, Inc. | Steute Meditech, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The ever-increasing functional capabilities of emerging medical devices have precipitated new requirements for the multi-function foot controls used to operate the equipment. These foot controls typically consist of multiple actuators, one for...

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Examining the Physician Office Lab Market: Germany and Switzerland

October 24, 2014 3:44 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A few more observations of the U.S. physician office lab (POL) market. According to the report, non-physician practice test users represent ancillary markets for POL test products. Community clinics are not expected to grow appreciably as an IVD...

$100 Biosensors Toolkit Emerges on Kickstarter

October 24, 2014 3:06 pm | by pluxbiosignals | Videos | Comments

BITalino is a low-cost, purpose-built, all-in-one hardware and software toolkit designed for quick and easy creation of cool projects with body signals, development of quantified self wearable devices or apps, and/or learning how to build medical...

Engineering Nano-Sized Microfibers for Tissue Engineering and Biosensors

October 24, 2014 2:27 pm | by New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering | News | Comments

Researchers at the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering have broken new ground in the development of proteins that form specialized fibers used in medicine and nanotechnology. For as long as scientists have been able to create...

Battling Brain Tumors with Toxin-Secreting Stem Cells

October 24, 2014 2:00 pm | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital have devised a new way to use stem cells in the fight against brain cancer. A team led by neuroscientist Khalid Shah, MS, PhD, who recently demonstrated the value of stem...

President Obama Seeks Ebola Help from MedTech

October 24, 2014 12:16 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is looking for a few smart ideas from the science and technology fields that could help address the challenge posed by Ebola. Obama met with members of his Council of Advisers on Science and Technology on Thursday...

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Blood Test Diagnoses Sepsis Within an Hour

October 24, 2014 11:26 am | by University of British Columbia | News | Comments

A new test, developed by University of British Columbia researchers, could help physicians predict within an hour if a patient will develop severe sepsis so they can begin treatment immediately. Sepsis, a syndrome caused by infection, leads to...

Reversing Blindness and Eliminating Deafness

October 24, 2014 10:59 am | by Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

The Bertarelli Program in Translational Neuroscience and Neuroengineering, a collaborative program between Harvard Medical School and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, has announced a new set of grants worth...

Diamonds Offer Potential for Enhanced Imaging, Drug Delivery

October 24, 2014 10:34 am | by Cardiff University | News | Comments

Nanodiamonds are very small particles (a thousand times smaller than human hair) and because of their low toxicity they can be used as a carrier to transport drugs inside cells. They also show huge promise as an alternative to the organic...

New Blood Vessel Grown in Just 7 Days

October 24, 2014 10:23 am | by University of Gothenburg | News | Comments

The technology for creating new tissues from stem cells has taken a giant leap forward. Three tablespoons of blood are all that is needed to grow a brand new blood vessel in just seven days. This is shown in a new study from Sahlgrenska Acadedmy...

Programmable Biological Circuits Could Detect and Kill Cancer Cells, or Grow Healthy Ones

October 23, 2014 4:48 pm | by Fabio Bergamin, Research, ETH Zurich | News | Comments

Bio-engineers are working on the development of biological computers with the aim of designing small circuits made from biological material that can be integrated into cells to change their functions. In the future, such developments could...

Examining Medical Device Regulation and Innovation

October 23, 2014 4:25 pm | by California Healthcare Institute | News | Comments

California Healthcare Institute (CHI) today unveiled a report that provides a comprehensive overview of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) medical device review times. Working with the FDA, CHI examined a number of issues that directly...

MusicGlove: Hand Rehabilitation Through Music and Gaming

October 23, 2014 4:19 pm | by Flint Rehabilitation Devices | News | Comments

Flint Rehabilitation Devices today introduced MusicGlove, the world’s first FDA approved, clinically validated hand rehabilitation device that uses music and gaming to make therapy fun and effective for the over six million people with stroke or other...

NFC Power in a Pin-Sized Package

October 23, 2014 3:11 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

In a recent blog, I highlighted a rapidly charging battery technology that was being developed for electric vehicles, but would certainly have applications in the medical device space as well. Unfortunately, that technology is not here yet, and...

Diagnosing Fungal Pneumonia with a Breath Test

October 23, 2014 10:45 am | by Infectious Diseases Society of America | News | Comments

Many different microbes can cause pneumonia, and treatment may be delayed or off target if doctors cannot tell which bug is the culprit. A novel approach—analyzing a patient's breath for key chemical compounds made by the infecting microbe...

How Do We Make the Breast Pump ‘Not Suck’?

October 23, 2014 10:28 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

When I read the recent news item about MIT’s “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon,” I thought it couldn’t have come at a more relevant time in my life. Having just had a baby under seven months ago, and trying to continue a regular...

A Virtually Effortless Doctor's Visit

October 23, 2014 10:19 am | by Sam Brusco, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

The doctor is in! Virtually, that is, in the confines of your phone or computer screen. Companies like HealthTap are now providing virtual house calls to patients who may not be able to schedule a same day appointment. These companies...

Relieving Headaches with Vagus Nerve Stimulation

October 23, 2014 9:45 am | by Vane Percy & Roberts | News | Comments

Preliminary results of an open-label trial carried in the journal of Headache and Pain reported that a single treatment with electroCore’s hand held non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation (nVNS) device gammaCore, completely resolved 44.8% of...

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