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World's First Combined Glucose Sensor and Insulin Infusion Set for Diabetics Launches

June 3, 2014 10:37 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the European launch of MiniMed Duo, the world's first two-in-one breakthrough that combines a glucose sensor and insulin infusion set into one on-body device, simplifying integrated insulin pump therapy and...

Hydrogel Can Move Through Body Similar to a Worm

June 2, 2014 10:57 am | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

Next time you spot an earthworm sliding through fresh dirt, take a closer look. What you're seeing is an organic movement called peristaltic locomotion that has been meticulously refined by nature. Jarod Gregory, an undergraduate student in...

'Quadrapeutics' Works in Preclinical Study of Hard-to-Treat Tumors

June 2, 2014 10:46 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

The first preclinical study of a new Rice University-developed anti-cancer technology found that a novel combination of existing clinical treatments can instantaneously detect and kill only cancer cells – often by blowing them apart – without...

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Using Gold Nanoprobes to Unlock Your Genetic Profile

May 30, 2014 2:58 pm | by A*STAR | News | Comments

A fast and cost-effective genetic test to determine the correct dosage of blood thinning drugs for the treatment of stroke, heart problems and deep vein thrombosis has been developed by researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and...

‘Nanodaisies’ Deliver Drug Cocktail to Cancer Cells

May 28, 2014 1:52 pm | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Biomedical engineering researchers have developed daisy-shaped, nanoscale structures that are made predominantly of anti-cancer drugs and are capable of introducing a “cocktail” of multiple drugs into cancer cells. The researchers are all...

Tangent Medical Receives CE Mark for the NovaCath Integrated IV Catheter System

May 28, 2014 9:48 am | by Tangent Medical | News | Comments

Tangent Medical an innovator of IV therapy products, announced it has received CE Mark approval for the NovaCath Integrated IV Catheter System. The approval demonstrates that NovaCath meets the safety, health and environmental requirements...

Advanced Assembly of Wearable Patch Pumps for Insulin Therapy

May 28, 2014 8:57 am | by Fabrico Medical | Articles | Comments

Wearable patch pumps and other “mechanized” drug delivery devices are often confused with less-sophisticated transdermal patches that are used to deliver drugs through the skin and into the bloodstream over a short period of time. Patch pumps...

Regulations Driving Adoption of Non-Phthalate Materials for Medical Tubing

May 27, 2014 3:25 pm | by Mark Brucks, Market Development Representative, Eastman Chemical Company | Eastman Chemical Company | Articles | Comments

With increasing pressure on device manufacturers to move away from DEHP in PVC, OEMs are seeking a plasticizer option that performs similarly without the related, potential health concerns. This article examines the trend, the regulations...

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When Developing Medical Devices, Don’t Forget the Economic Advantages Compared to Expensive Drug Alternatives

May 27, 2014 3:03 pm | by Charlie Whelan, Senior Analyst, Healthcare & Life Sciences, North America, Frost & Sullivan | Blogs | Comments

Recent news stories about the high cost of two new drugs targeting Hepatitis C, Gilead’s Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) and Janssen’s Olysio (simeprevir), have raised the question of whether the U.S. healthcare system is on an irreversible track toward...

Artificial Lung the Size of a Sugar Cube

May 27, 2014 12:24 pm | by Fraunhofer Institute | News | Comments

What medications can be used to treat lung cancer, and how effective are they? Until now, drug companies have had to rely on animal testing to find out. But in the future, a new 3D model lung is set to achieve more precise results and...  

A Medical Alert for Women That's Not Only Wearable, but Downright Fashionable

May 23, 2014 11:42 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Stylish women's alert bracelet is now available for purchase from e-pill Medication Reminders. "The device has the ability to speak for the patient when they cannot speak for themselves in case of an emergency," explains Stefan Solvell... 

Major Grant Supports New Oxford Center for Drug Delivery Devices

May 23, 2014 9:54 am | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) | News | Comments

Cancer therapy drugs tend to achieve limited accumulation and poor penetration in tumors, reducing their effectiveness. For many years, the only methods used to improve drug uptake by tumors have been pharmacological, and these have had...

Covidien Releases Two-Year Study Results Demonstrating Sustained Effectiveness of Drug-Coated Angioplasty Balloon Technology

May 22, 2014 2:19 pm | by Covidien | News | Comments

Covidien’s Stellarex drug-coated angioplasty balloon (Stellarex DCB) continues to be shown as safe and effective for treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), according to new 24-month data released today from the company’s ILLUMENATE...

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Nasal Spray May Soon Replace the Pill

May 22, 2014 9:26 am | by University of Southern Denmark | News | Comments

Every time we have an infection or a headache and take a pill, we get a lot more drugs than our body actually needs. The reason is that only a fraction of the drugs in a pill reaches the right places in the body; the rest never reaches its...

Photos of the Day: How Wearable Technology Could Save Our Health (Infographic)

May 22, 2014 9:12 am | News | Comments

Smartwatches, wristbands, necklaces, clip-ons, smart clothing, and other wearable technology already exist. These gadgets can record vitals and send them to your doctor, revolutionizing healthcare...        

World’s Smallest, Fastest Nanomotor for Drug Delivery

May 21, 2014 11:04 am | by University of Texas at Austin | News | Comments

Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have built the smallest, fastest and longest-running tiny synthetic motor to date. The team's nanomotor is an important step toward developing miniature...

Students Win $75K for Bacteria-Killing Catheter

May 21, 2014 10:50 am | by Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, University of Utah | News | Comments

After hearing his aunt, a primary care nurse, tell stories of catheters causing clotting and infections, University of Utah bioengineering student Nate Rhodes decided to come up with a solution. Along with a few classmates, he developed a...

New Technology Supports Diabetic Patients and Their Doctors

May 21, 2014 10:05 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

Diabetes affects around 10% of the population; according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The disease places a huge financial burden on healthcare systems, and also leads to early death and poor quality of life. However, patients...

A Way to Detect Low Blood Sugar and Stop Insulin Delivery During Sleep

May 15, 2014 4:37 pm | by Erin Digitale, Stanford University School of Medicine | News | Comments

New research could soon make it easier for people with type-1 diabetes to get a safe night’s sleep, says a Stanford University School of Medicine scientist who led the study. In a large trial conducted in patients’ homes in the United States...

Drug-Eluting Stent Keeps Pathway Open for People with Severe Lower Extremity Disease

May 15, 2014 2:40 pm | by Houston Methodist | News | Comments

Lack of blood flow to the lower extremities can cause severe leg cramps and foot pain in those who suffer from peripheral artery disease (PAD). A new drug-eluting stent is bringing relief to those patients by opening up severely clogged...

SFC Fluidics Developing Smaller, Disposable Insulin Patch Pumps

May 14, 2014 12:08 pm | by SFC Fluidics Inc. | News | Comments

Arkansas company and strategic partner secure over $2 million to help commercialize automatic insulin pump and suite of groundbreaking microfluidics devices. A new disposable insulin patch pump, smaller than any pump currently on the market...

Using Nature as a Model for Low-Friction Bearings

May 14, 2014 11:31 am | by Forschungszentrum Juelich | News | Comments

Lubricants are required wherever moving parts come together. They prevent direct contact between solid elements and ensure that gears, bearings, and valves work as smoothly as possible. Depending on the application, the ideal lubricant must...

MEMS-Based Micro-Needle Nominated for Medical Design Excellence Award

May 14, 2014 11:13 am | by DebioJect | News | Comments

A team comprised of CEA-Leti, Debiotech SA, the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and Mecaplast SA is a finalist in the 2014 Medical Design Excellence Awards. They are nominated for a MEMS-based micro-needle that allows pain-free...

May 2014 Digital Edition

May 13, 2014 4:39 pm | by MDT Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

In May, there are three presentations that contribute to the cover focus of in vitro diagnostics. “RFID Enables a Clear Line of Sight to Time Savings” highlights the use of RFID to track compounds, chemicals, and reagents; while “The Role of Polymer...

Flexible Electronics that Change Shape Inside Body

May 13, 2014 2:12 pm | by University of Texas at Dallas | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Tokyo have created electronic devices that become soft when implanted inside the body and can deploy to grip 3-D objects, such as large tissues, nerves and blood vessels...

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