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Thought-Controlled Prosthesis

October 9, 2014 9:37 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | News | Comments

For the first time, robotic prostheses controlled via implanted neuromuscular interfaces have become a clinical reality. A novel osseointegrated (bone-anchored) implant system gives patients new opportunities in their daily life and professional...

Prosthetic Hand Restores the Sense of Touch

October 9, 2014 9:28 am | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

Even before he lost his right hand to an industrial accident 4 years ago, Igor Spetic had family open his medicine bottles. Cotton balls give him goose bumps. Now, blindfolded during an experiment, he feels his arm hairs rise when a researcher...

3-D Printed Smart Vascularized Tissue

October 9, 2014 9:17 am | by George Washington University | News | Comments

A George Washington University researcher doing pioneering work toward the goal of 3-D printing complex tissues aims to help revolutionize the way the medical field conducts transplants. As the recipient of the 2014 Director's New Innovator...

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FDA Clearance: Are Your Mobile Applications Being Used for Diagnosis Without It?

October 9, 2014 8:30 am | by Pierre Lemire, President and CTO, Calgary Scientific | Blogs | Comments

On August 1st, the FDA released new rules that exempts many medical applications created for mobile devices from its regulatory scope. In general, the new rules are targeted at consumer applications and devices that the guidelines say are...

Metrology Tool Plays Key Role in Retrieved Hip Implant Analysis

October 9, 2014 8:30 am | by AMETEK Taylor Hobson | Articles | Comments

To understand how hip implants perform in vivo, Exponent, an engineering and consulting firm, and the Implant Research Center at Drexel University in Philadelphia are utilizing the unique capabilities of the Talyrond 585 metrology instrument...

Automated Fluid Dispensing Systems

October 9, 2014 8:30 am | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Nordson EFD, a Nordson company, introduces its new series of automated fluid dispensing systems for streamlined integration into any manufacturing operation. The PRO Series integrates vision and laser height sensing with closed-loop encoding to provide a complete automated solution that is...

Innovative Delivery Design Could Lead to Do-It-Yourself Flu Vaccinations

October 8, 2014 3:25 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Do-it-yourself flu vaccine? It could happen. Military folks who squirted vaccine up their noses were as well-protected as others who got it from health workers, a study found. There's no reason civilians couldn't do the same, especially for...

Studying Chronic Pain via a Miniature Wireless Device

October 8, 2014 3:15 pm | by Amy Adams, Stanford | News | Comments

A team of Stanford Bio-X scientists and engineers is creating a small wireless device that will improve studies of chronic pain. The scientists hope to use what they learn to develop better therapies for the condition, which costs the economy $600...

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Portable Technology Brings Concussion Detection to the Sidelines

October 8, 2014 2:58 pm | by Emory University | Videos | Comments

Concussions from traumatic brain injury are a growing concern for organized sports and the military. Current diagnostic methods rely on subjective assessments at the time of injury that are inaccurate and laborious neuropsychological tests days...

Repositionable TAVR Device Implanted for Clinical Study

October 8, 2014 2:36 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center is one of the first hospitals in the country to implant Medtronic's new investigational device during transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). The CoreValve Evolut R System is being...

Pandemic Flu Test Identifies Specific Strain

October 8, 2014 2:13 pm | by The Translational Genomics Research Institute | News | Comments

The federal government has awarded a patent to the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and Northern Arizona University (NAU) for a test that can detect — and assist in the treatment of — the H1N1 pandemic flu strain. TGen and NAU...

Complications & Costs – Bad News for Robotic Surgery Device Manufacturers

October 8, 2014 2:03 pm | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

For benign gynecologic conditions, robot-assisted surgery involves more complications during surgery and may be significantly more expensive than conventional laparoscopic surgery, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University...

Biological ‘Skin’ Enables Bio-Nanotechnology Medical Devices

October 8, 2014 1:54 pm | by University of Leeds | News | Comments

Scientists from the University of Leeds have taken a crucial step forward in bio-nanotechnology, a field that uses biology to develop new tools for science, technology and medicine. The new study, published in print in the journal Nano Letters...

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Quantum Probe Enhances Sensitivity of Biomedical Devices

October 8, 2014 11:09 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Michigan have demonstrated a technique based on the quantum properties of atoms that directly links measurements of electric field strength to the...

Rubber Lab-on-a-Chip Could Revolutionize Cancer Diagnosis

October 8, 2014 10:17 am | by University of Kansas | News | Comments

Scientists have been laboring to detect cancer and a host of other diseases in people using promising new biomarkers called "exosomes." Indeed, Popular Science magazine named exosome-based cancer diagnostics one of the 20 breakthroughs that...

Moving Toward a Whole-Eye Transplantation

October 8, 2014 10:08 am | by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers have been awarded $1.25 million from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to fund two projects that aim to establish the groundwork for the nation's first whole-eye transplantation program...

Detecting Colon Cancer Earlier

October 8, 2014 9:50 am | by Université du Luxembourg | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Luxembourg have identified potential new ways to test for the first signs of one of the most deadly types of cancer: colorectal cancer. They have found new “biomarkers”: molecules whose increased presence or...

From Wearables to Implantables to…What’s Next?

October 8, 2014 9:39 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Some time has passed since the Apple announcement of the company’s “iWatch” (at least as of the time I’m writing this) and all the pomp and circumstance that goes along with it. Unfortunately, from the mobile healthcare aspect, it was underwhelming...

Precise Welding for Dental Applicators

October 8, 2014 8:30 am | by Herrmann Ultrasonics, Inc. | Herrmann Ultrasonics, Inc. | Articles | Comments

In medical part production often different materials have to be joined, like amorphous polystyrol (PS) and semi-crystalline polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in this new dental applicator for treating caries at an early stage. Ultrasonic welding...

Glucose Control - Both a Challenge and an Opportunity in MedTech

October 8, 2014 8:30 am | by Emily L. Cross, Ph.D, Director of Media and Communication, TecMed, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

In a 2009 educational presentation Dr. Alia Rizvi, a medical scholar-practitioner from the University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine reported that glucose control in the hospital, in-patient outcomes, and overall cost of patient care...

Unique Device Identifier Compliance Solution

October 8, 2014 8:30 am | by MDT Staff | QAD | Product Releases | Comments

QAD Inc. announced today it has developed a solution for medical device manufacturers to help meet the Unique Device Identifier (UDI) rules as required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA issued a rule to establish a system...

Easy Recipe to Make Bone and Cartilage

October 7, 2014 10:39 am | by The Company of Biologists | News | Comments

Scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Monash University and RIKEN Centre for Developmental Biology have used a combination of small molecules to generate mouse cells that can form bone and cartilage...

Developing Devices that Facilitate Regenerative Medicine

October 7, 2014 10:35 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Deep within the bone marrow resides a type of cells known as mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). These immature cells can differentiate into cells that produce bone, cartilage, fat, or muscle — a trait that scientists have tried to exploit for tissue...

Unique App Uses Health Records to Assess Heart Disease Risk

October 7, 2014 10:30 am | by Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science | News | Comments

Although cardiovascular disease is largely avoidable through lifestyle modifications, it remains the nation’s number one cause of death. While annual wellness exams offer physicians the chance to advise patients on modifying cardiac risk...

Predicting Risk of Heart Failure in Kidney Disease Patients

October 7, 2014 10:04 am | by American Society of Nephrology (ASN) | News | Comments

Two blood markers are strongly linked with the development of heart failure in individuals with mild to severe kidney disease, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN)...

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