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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...

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...

How to Leverage Materials as a Competitive Advantage

January 22, 2015 10:14 am | by Crystal Humphreys, Global Market Segment Manager, Vancive Medical Technologies | Vancive Medical Technologies™ | Articles | Comments

Materials are the building blocks for every type of medical device. Maintaining a supply base that has a firm handle on new innovations in this space will provide any medical device manufacturer with a solid competitive advantage. This article...

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Treating Chronic Conditions with Neuromodulation

January 22, 2015 9:00 am | by International Neuromodulation Society | News | Comments

The International Neuromodulation Society 12th World Congress will feature traditional and cutting-edge ways to address chronic disease through interfacing with the body’s nervous system. The congress is expected to draw 1,500 scientists...

Multimodal Fibers Deliver Drugs and Optical Signals Directly to the Brain

January 20, 2015 11:58 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The human brain’s complexity makes it extremely challenging to study — not only because of its sheer size, but also because of the variety of signaling methods it uses simultaneously. Conventional neural probes are designed to record a single...

'Triggered-Release' Mechanism Could Improve Drug Delivery

January 16, 2015 9:45 am | by University of Warwick | News | Comments

More efficient medical treatments could be developed thanks to a new method for triggering the rearrangement of chemical particles. The new method, developed at the University of Warwick, uses two 'parent' nanoparticles that are designed to...

Detecting Heart Attacks Early with Gold

January 15, 2015 2:09 pm | by New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering | News | Comments

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering professors have been collaborating with researchers from Peking University on a new test strip that is demonstrating great potential for the early detection of certain heart attacks. Kurt H. Becker, a professor...

Device Manipulates Differentiating Stem Cells

January 14, 2015 8:51 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Electroporation is a powerful technique in molecular biology. By using an electrical pulse to create a temporary nanopore in a cell membrane, researchers can deliver chemicals, drugs, and DNA directly into a single cell. But existing electroporation...

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Capsugel Acquires Ionic Liquid Drug Delivery Technology

January 12, 2015 9:33 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

A novel drug delivery technology, developed by researchers at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS), has been acquired by Capsugel, a global leader in innovative dose-form development. Monash University and Capsugel announced...

Drug-Coated Angioplasty Balloon Approved for Peripheral Arterial Disease Patients

January 9, 2015 9:27 am | by Covidien | News | Comments

Covidien plc today announced it has received CE Mark approval for its Stellarex drug-coated angioplasty balloon (DCB). The Stellarex DCB is used to restore and maintain blood flow to the arteries of the leg in patients with peripheral arterial...

Inhalable Insulin Devices Offer Diabetics Alternative to Injections

January 9, 2015 8:59 am | by Luis Tissone, Life Sciences Director, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions | Trelleborg Sealing Solutions | Articles | Comments

Diabetes is a condition that is on the rise. Currently there are 29 million sufferers in the US alone, up from 26 million last year according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Statistics show that one in four people...

Backpacking Cells to Target Inflammation

January 8, 2015 11:00 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | News | Comments

Inflammation is a normal and often beneficial response to injury or infection. The swelling, heat and even pain are the body's attempts to protect its soft tissue, remove offending objects, substances or microbes and initiate healing. However...

Time May Heal a Broken Heart, but Stem Cells Do It Better

January 7, 2015 4:21 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

NuVascular Technologies has obtained exclusive licensing rights for the purpose of commercializing an implantable device that uses stem cells to repair damage to the heart. The innovation, called the Biogenerator, is implanted into the wall of the heart...

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Material Incorporates DNA for a New Class of Biosensors

January 7, 2015 11:20 am | News | Comments

A new responsive material ‘glued’ together with short strands of DNA, and capable of translating thermal and chemical signals into visible physical changes, could underpin a new class of biosensors or drug delivery systems. “Having this kind of...

'DNA Origami' Could Produce Complex Nano-robots

January 7, 2015 10:22 am | by Ohio State University | News | Comments

If the new nano-machines built at The Ohio State University look familiar, it's because they were designed with full-size mechanical parts such as hinges and pistons in mind. The project is the first to prove that the same basic design principles...

‘Flying Carpet’ Technique Delivers One-Two Punch Of Anticancer Drugs

January 6, 2015 10:23 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

An international team of researchers has developed a drug delivery technique that utilizes graphene strips as “flying carpets” to deliver two anticancer drugs sequentially to cancer cells, with each drug targeting the distinct part of the cell...

The Benefits of AMR Sensor Technology

January 6, 2015 9:22 am | by Josh Edberg, Global Product Marketing Manager, Honeywell Sensing & Control | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Articles | Comments

Design engineers in the medical field understand that position sensors can have a big impact on the durability and longevity of medical devices and other healthcare systems. These sensors measure position in a variety of applications ranging...

Gift-Wrapped Gas Molecules

January 5, 2015 10:16 am | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

A group of scientists led by researchers at the Université de Versailles' Institut Lavoisier in France has worked out how to stably gift-wrap a chemical gas known as nitric oxide within metal-organic frameworks. Such an encapsulated chemical may allow...

5 Trends in Medical Technology for 2015

December 24, 2014 11:39 am | by Michele Windsor, Direct Sales and Marketing Manager, Accutronics Ltd. | Blogs | Comments

Medical technology is one of the world’s fastest growing industries and the latest and most exciting innovations were recently explored at COMPAMED, the international medical trade show. Accutronics launched its latest smart-battery range at the trade show...

Run Deep: Pulsing Magnetic Fields Focus Nano-Particles to Deep Targets

December 18, 2014 8:08 pm | by University of Maryland | News | Comments

Recent efforts between the University of Maryland and Bethesda-based Weinberg Medical Physics LLC have led to a new technique to magnetically deliver drug-carrying particles to hard-to-reach targets. The method has the potential to transform the way deep-tissue tumors and other diseases are treated...

Wirelessly Charged Microchip Expands Opportunities for Implantables

December 17, 2014 9:51 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In their quest to integrate microchip technology with internal medical devices, a team of Stanford engineers, led by Professor Ada Poon, and John Ho, electrical engineering student, have invented a groundbreaking solution for wirelessly charging devices implanted in the body...

Using Radio Waves or Magnetics to Control Cells and Genes

December 16, 2014 10:58 am | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

It's the most basic of ways to find out what something does, whether it's an unmarked circuit breaker or an unidentified gene -- flip its switch and see what happens. New remote-control technology may offer biologists a powerful way to do this with cells...

Artificial Cells Developed Using 3D Printing

December 16, 2014 10:32 am | by Louisiana Tech University | News | Comments

National Science Foundation (NSF) funding to develop and commercialize artificially-manufactured cells and cell platforms for educational, research and industry application has been awarded to a team of scientists led by Dr. Mark DeCoster, the James...

Stop Smoking with World’s First Programmable, Wearable Nicotine Delivery Device

December 10, 2014 1:52 pm | by Sagentia | News | Comments

Sagentia, a global science, product and technology development company, has announced that it is working with Chrono Therapeutics on the development of SmartStop, the world’s first programmable and wearable nicotine delivery device to help...

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...

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