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Magnetic Neural Control with Nanoparticles

September 18, 2014 2:35 pm | by Denis Paiste, Materials Processing Center, MIT | News | Comments

Magnetic nanoparticles don’t have to be "one size fits all." Instead, individual magnetic nanoparticles can be tailored in an array of differing sizes and compositions to allow for heating them separately by varying the frequency and amplitude...

Recruiting Bacteria to Be Technology Innovation Partners

September 17, 2014 10:19 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

For most people biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in a streambed and dirty drains....

Medtronic Drug-Coated Balloon for Improved Treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease

September 16, 2014 9:55 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Presented for the first time at the 2014 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT)...

Type 2 Diabetes Patients Achieve Greater Satisfaction with Insulin Pumps vs. Multiple Daily Injections

September 16, 2014 9:44 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today announced that new results from the OpT2mise trial are being...

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Flowonix Submits PMA Supplements for Prometra Implantable Pump System

September 16, 2014 8:58 am | by Flowonix | News | Comments

Flowonix Medical Inc., a medical device company focused on providing advanced, implantable drug delivery solutions, today announced that it has submitted Premarket Approval (PMA) supplements to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

Researchers Create World's Largest DNA Origami

September 12, 2014 3:35 pm | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of Copenhagen have created the world's largest DNA origami, which are nanoscale constructions with applications ranging from biomedical research to nanoelectronics...

Canada Funds 22 Inventive Ideas for Better Health in Developing Nations

September 8, 2014 11:17 am | by Grand Challenges Canada | News | Comments

Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, today announced $2.4 million in seed funds shared between 22 projects from Canada and nine developing nations, to pursue inventive new ideas for improving health in low-resource...

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Artificial Cells Take Their First Steps

September 5, 2014 11:24 am | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

Cells are complex objects with a sophisticated metabolic system. Their evolutionary ancestors, the primordial cells, were merely composed of a membrane and a few molecules. These were minimalistic yet perfectly functioning systems. Thus, "back...

Novel Microneedle Patch Offers Faster and Effective Delivery of Painkiller and Collagen

September 5, 2014 9:52 am | by National University of Singapore | News | Comments

Individuals who are squeamish about injections or are looking for a way to let collagen penetrate deeper into the skin may soon have a solution that is faster, more effective and painless. The key lies in a small adhesive patch topped with...

Lab Unveils New Nano-Sized Synthetic Scaffolding Technique

September 3, 2014 9:59 am | by University of Oregon | News | Comments

Scientists, including University of Oregon chemist Geraldine Richmond, have tapped oil and water to create scaffolds of self-assembling, synthetic proteins called peptoid nanosheets that mimic complex biological mechanisms and processes. The...

Nanoscale Assembly Line

August 28, 2014 2:03 pm | by ETH Zurich | News | Comments

Cars, planes and many electronic products are now built with the help of sophisticated assembly lines. Mobile assembly carriers, on to which the objects are fixed, are an important part of these assembly lines. In the case of a car body, the...

Breakthrough Antibacterial Approach Could Resolve Serious Skin Infections

August 27, 2014 11:06 am | by DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory | News | Comments

Like a protective tent over a colony of harmful bacteria, biofilms make the treatment of skin infections especially difficult. Microorganisms protected in a biofilm pose a significant health risk due to their antibiotic resistance and recalcitrance...

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New Non-Invasive Technique Controls the Size of Molecules Penetrating the Blood-Brain Barrier

August 26, 2014 2:27 pm | by Holly Evarts, Columbia University | News | Comments

A new technique developed by Elisa Konofagou, professor of biomedical engineering and radiology at Columbia Engineering, has demonstrated for the first time that the size of molecules penetrating the blood-brain barrier (BBB) can be controlled...

Risky Device MMAs Should Be Regulated

August 25, 2014 2:31 pm | by Steven G. Richter, Ph.D., President and Chief Scientific Officer, Microtest Laboratories Inc. | Microtest Laboratories, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

I agree that the FDA should regulate mobile medical apps (MMA) because there is a potential that certain apps used to treat and diagnosis disease states can be harmful to patients when not working properly. When the FDA published the current...

Advances in Diabetes Drug Delivery

August 25, 2014 2:13 pm | by Zach Marks M.S. R.Ph., Director, Strategic Marketing, Delivery Systems, West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. | West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Innovative drug delivery systems are a technology sector receiving increased interest for a number of reasons. One area seeing enhanced design solutions is the diabetes management space. Delivering the required insulin while being mindful...

Do Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery Systems Improve Blood Glucose Control in Type 1 Diabetes?

August 25, 2014 11:37 am | by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers | News | Comments

In a closed-loop control approach to managing type 1 diabetes, glucose sensors placed under the skin continuously monitor blood sugar levels, triggering the release of insulin from an implantable insulin pump as needed. The aim of this closed...

Novel Pumping Technology Allows Precise Miniaturized Drug Delivery

August 22, 2014 2:53 pm | by Forrest Payne, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, SFC Fluidics Inc. | Articles | Comments

Developing an insulin-delivery technology that comes in a discreet package and suits the needs of diabetics can offer an array of design challenges. In this article, a company shares its experiences and obstacles to success while in the midst...

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Design Innovation vs. The ‘What If?’

August 22, 2014 2:03 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-In-Chief | Blogs | Comments

There are many obstacles to a successful product design getting into the marketplace (in the medical device space, some would argue that the FDA needlessly creates even more, however, that’s for another day’s discussion). Therefore, designers...

Vault Nanoparticles Show Promise for Cancer Treatment and Possible HIV Cure

August 22, 2014 1:48 pm | by Shaun Mason, UCLA | News | Comments

A multidisciplinary team of scientists from UCLA and Stanford University has used a naturally occurring nanoparticle called a vault to create a novel drug delivery system that could lead to advances in the treatment of cancer and HIV. The...

A Breakthrough in Imaging Gold Nanoparticles to Atomic Resolution by Electron Microscopy

August 22, 2014 11:19 am | by Academy of Finland | News | Comments

Nanometre-scale gold particles are intensively investigated for application as catalysts, sensors, drug delivery devices, biological contrast agents and components in photonics and molecular electronics. Gaining knowledge of their atomic-scale...

Photos of the Day: 3D-Printed Drug Delivering Implants

August 21, 2014 3:28 pm | by Louisiana Tech University | News | Comments

A team of researchers at Louisiana Tech University has developed an innovative method for using affordable, consumer-grade 3D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants that can contain antibacterial and chemotherapeutic...

Researchers Use 3D Printers to Create Custom Medical Implants

August 21, 2014 2:18 pm | by Louisiana Tech University | News | Comments

A team of researchers at Louisiana Tech University has developed an innovative method for using affordable, consumer-grade 3D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants that can contain antibacterial and chemotherapeutic...

July/August 2014 Digital Edition

August 21, 2014 10:40 am | by MDT Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

As humans integrate more electronics into their bodies to monitor their health, new ICs are expected to extract ambient energy from their surroundings to power these revolutionary devices, explains Niranjan Pathare of Texas Instruments in our Cover Story...

Toward the Creation of Medical Nanorobots

August 19, 2014 12:37 pm | by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology | News | Comments

Researchers from the Institute of General Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences and MIPT have made an important step towards creating medical nanorobots. They...

Wireless Energy Transfer System Charges Devices Without Cables

August 19, 2014 11:05 am | by Asociación RUVID | News | Comments

Researchers at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) have designed a new device for wireless energy transfer that will, for example, charge mobile phones or laptops without needing cables. The system, patented by the UPV, is based...

Benefits of the Connected Hospital

August 19, 2014 10:46 am | by Laird | Videos | Comments

The Connected Hospital is a vision of a fully integrated hospital where wireless technology allows care givers and patients to roam throughout the hospital while providing accurate and timely monitoring. The Connected Hospital collects the...

Artificial Cells Act Like the Real Thing

August 18, 2014 4:21 pm | by Weizmann Institute of Science | News | Comments

Imitation, they say, is the sincerest form of flattery, but mimicking the intricate networks and dynamic interactions that are inherent to living cells is difficult to achieve outside the cell. Now, as published in Science, Weizmann Institute...

Carbon Nanotubes and Near-infrared Lasers Promise a Cost Effective Solution for Cell Membrane Manipulation

August 18, 2014 10:16 am | by ACN Newswire | News | Comments

Japanese researchers have developed a new, targeted method for perforating cell membranes in order to deliver drugs to, or manipulate the genes of, individual cells. The paper is published in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced...

New nanotech invention improves effectiveness of the 'penicillin of cancer'

August 15, 2014 3:12 pm | by Jared Sagoff, Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have added a new weapon to oncologists' arsenal of anti-cancer therapies. By combining magnetic nanoparticles with one of the most common and effective chemotherapy drugs, Argonne researchers have created a way to deliver anti-cancer drugs directly into the nucleus of cancer cells.

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