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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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Though Tiny, Nanomachines Offer Huge Potential for Medical Applications

January 27, 2015 10:58 am | by Holly Evarts, Columbia University | News | Comments

As nanomachine design rapidly advances, researchers are moving from wondering if the nanomachine works to how long it will work. This is an especially important question as there are so many potential applications, for instance, for medical uses...

Device for Surgery of Angular Deviations in Long Bones

January 27, 2015 10:44 am | by Asociación RUVID | News | Comments

CEU-UCH Cardenal Herrera University patented a device that can be applied in surgeries to correct deviations in long bones. The research team found how to use the 3D reconstruction of an affected bone to determine the mathematical formula that...

Photos of the Day: Will Digital Pathology Retire the Microscope?

January 27, 2015 10:15 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Three years ago, Ian Cree, professor of pathology at Warwick Medical School in Coventry, UK and his team started testing a machine that allows them to digitally scan images of tissue slides and patient histories, attach matching barcodes and upload...

Digital Pathology is Revolutionizing Diagnostics

January 27, 2015 10:13 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Digital technology is changing medicine, but many pathologists still use old-fashioned microscopes to ply their trade. They load them with tissue samples, analyze them through the eyepiece and dictate findings to a voice recognition system...

Smartphone Matches Lab Instrument for Quality of Diagnostic Tests

January 27, 2015 9:19 am | by University of Illinois - Department of Bioengineering | News | Comments

The internal camera of a smartphone can function as a high-resolution laboratory spectrometer to provide measurements that match the sensitivity performance of large and expensive laboratory instruments for popular analytic tests used in medical...

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Infrared Imaging Technique Operates at High Temperatures

January 27, 2015 9:12 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

From aerial surveillance to cancer detection, mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) radiation has a wide range of applications. And as the uses for high-sensitivity, high-resolution imaging continue to expand, MWIR sources are becoming more attractive...

How to Trick a Fitness Tracker

January 27, 2015 9:01 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Basketball drills, passing fads, and how to trick a fitness tracker – fitness trackers are good at tracking steps on a walk, but not so much at tracking how many calories someone burns, said a study begun by the American Council on Exercise...

Brain-to-Brain Communication has Arrived: How We Did It

January 27, 2015 9:00 am | by TEDGlobal | Videos | Comments

You may remember neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis — he built the brain-controlled exoskeleton that allowed a paralyzed man to kick the first ball of the 2014 World Cup. What’s he working on now? Building ways for two minds (rats and monkeys...

Next-Gen Home-Use Products Require Small, High-Performing Sensors

January 27, 2015 8:47 am | by Rob Kim, Strategic Marketing Director, Honeywell Sensing and Control | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Blogs | Comments

Medical equipment, driven by patient convenience and cost reduction, is moving from the hospital to the home. In addition, typical home-use products, like CPAP machines are becoming smaller and more sophisticated. In a hospital or clinical...

Canadian Space Tech to Help Sick Children

January 27, 2015 8:39 am | by Canadian Space Agency | News | Comments

Not much rivals the dexterity of a good surgeon's hands. But humans being humans, fatigue or even tremors after a long day at the hospital can make things challenging, especially when operating on small children. That is why Toronto's...   

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Getting Inside: Implantables and Technologies that Deliver Them

January 27, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Ximedica, Interface Catheter Solutions, Bal Seal Engineering, Inc., Avalon Laboratories, LLC | Articles | Comments

There are several significant drivers of innovation in the medical device space. Miniaturization is certainly a major one, while moving technology out of the hospital and enabling it to be used at home and on the go is another. In addition, there...

Finding Some "Sense" in 2015

January 27, 2015 8:30 am | by Walt Maclay, President, Voler Systems | Blogs | Comments

During 2015, sensors will continue to be a driving force for innovative medical devices. We will see advances in chemical sensors, especially "lab on a chip," and paper-based sensors. Driven by faster analysis time and extremely small fluid...

Wireless Minute: Smart Shoes Send Real-Time Data to Runners Via Smartphone

January 27, 2015 8:30 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Athletic shoemaker, Altra, and wearable technology company, iFit, are teaming up to create a smart shoe for runners. The new Altra Halo shoe is integrated with sensors that measure a runner’s gait (cadence, foot strike zone and...

This Neurostimulator Makes People Cry

January 26, 2015 11:11 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A Stanford University fellow developed implantable neurostimulators to create tears for people who suffer from dry eye. The devices, a little larger than a fingernail, work in pairs. One is inserted into the mucous membrane in the...

How Needs Characterization Helps OEMs Win the Wearables Race

January 26, 2015 10:46 am | by Steve McPhilliamy, Partner and Director of Design, Insight Product Development | Insight Product Development | Articles | Comments

The medtech wearables space is an incredibly exciting example of healthcare innovation that’s moving directly into the hands of patients. However, due to a lack of a comprehensive design period for many devices, high abandon rates among... 

Cochlear Implant Users Can Still Feel the Beat in Music

January 26, 2015 10:29 am | by Georgetown University Medical Center | News | Comments

People who use cochlear implants for profound hearing loss do respond to certain aspects of music, contrary to common beliefs and limited scientific research, says a research team headed by an investigator at Georgetown University Medical...

Using Your Thoughts to Control Wireless Devices

January 26, 2015 10:15 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

British company Flexctrl Ltd. is crowdfunding a headset designed to enable users to control wireless devices with brain activity. The indiegogo campaign, which began on Dec. 23, has raised £741 ($1,112) out of its £125,000 ($187,000) goal as of...

MicroCam System Offers Precise Device Inspection, and Much More

January 26, 2015 9:50 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

In wake of recent headlines about cross contamination of patients by inadequately reprocessed medical devices (see story in USA Today), Sanovas Inc., a Life Science company accelerating the development and commercialization of next...

First FDA-Approved Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring App

January 26, 2015 9:39 am | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of the first set of mobile medical apps that allow people with diabetes to automatically and securely share data from a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) with other people in real...

Compressed Sensing Allows Faster Hospital Examinations

January 26, 2015 9:27 am | by University of Oslo | News | Comments

One of this century’s most significant mathematical discoveries may reduce the number of measuring points to one-sixth of the present level. This means reduced exposure to radiation and faster medical imaging diagnostics. Eight years ago...

Practicing Nursing Care in a Virtual World

January 26, 2015 9:20 am | by The Norwegian University of Science and Technology | News | Comments

Oculus Rift, a gaming headset, can help teach nurses how to communicate better, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have found. While Facebook wants to make the world’s best online games using the Oculus Rift...

Twitter Can Predict Rates of Coronary Heart Disease

January 26, 2015 9:12 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Twitter has broken news stories, launched and ended careers, started social movements and toppled governments, all by being an easy, direct and immediate way for people to share what's on their minds. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania...

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