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3D Printing Personalized Antibiotic and Chemotherapeutic Drug Delivery Implants

March 2, 2015 9:41 am | by Society of Interventional Radiology | News | Comments

3D printing could become a powerful tool in customizing interventional radiology treatments to individual patient needs, with clinicians having the ability to construct devices to a specific size and shape. That's according to a study being...

Automatic Drug Dispensers Empower the Elderly

March 1, 2015 10:00 am | by SINTEF | News | Comments

Sixteen elderly people in a Norwegian municipality have been testing an automatic drug dispenser...

Simple Method to Create Complex Emulsions for Sensors and Drug Delivery

February 26, 2015 8:39 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT researchers have devised a new way to make complex liquid mixtures, known as emulsions, that...

Nanotechnology Enhances Medications for Breast Cancer Treatment

February 25, 2015 9:12 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

In greater than 90 percent of cases in which treatment for metastatic cancer fails, the reason...

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Nanoparticles and Genetic Interference May Tackle 'Untreatable' Brain Tumors

February 25, 2015 8:42 am | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

There are no effective available treatments for sufferers of Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most aggressive and devastating form of brain tumor. The disease, always fatal, has a survival rate of only 6-18 months. Now a new...

Polio Vaccination with Microneedle Patches

February 24, 2015 10:24 am | by Georgia Tech Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The Georgia Institute of Technology and Micron Biomedical have been awarded $2.5 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance the development of dissolvable microneedle patches for polio immunization. The...

Tailored DNA Nanotubes Could Lead to Smart Drug-Delivery Systems

February 24, 2015 8:48 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

Researchers at McGill University have developed a new, low-cost method to build DNA nanotubes block by block - a breakthrough that could help pave the way for scaffolds made from DNA strands to be used in applications such as optical...

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An Alarming Problem with Medical Technology

February 23, 2015 2:33 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

During my recent visit to ECRI to hear more about their watch list for safety innovations in healthcare, the topic of alarm fatigue was brought up. In fact, it’s an item that comes up quite often at ECRI in terms of their hazards lists [#1 concern on the list for the past four years (check out the...

Magnetic Nanoparticles Could Stop Blood Clot-Caused Strokes

February 23, 2015 10:52 am | by Houston Methodist | News | Comments

By loading magnetic nanoparticles with drugs and dressing them in biochemical camouflage, Houston Methodist researchers say they can destroy blood clots 100 to 1,000 times faster than a commonly used clot-busting technique. The...

Transitional Pass-Through Payment Approved for Outpatient Use of Medtronic Drug-Coated Balloon

February 22, 2015 12:00 pm | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc announced today that the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved a transitional pass-through payment for the company's IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon (DCB) under the Medicare hospital outpatient...

Needle-Free Vaccination Using Skin Cells

February 22, 2015 10:30 am | by Wiley | News | Comments

Vaccination is an effective method of stimulating the human body's immune system to fight against various pathogens (e.g. bacteria, viruses). Worldwide vaccination needs safe, easy-to-use and inexpensive tools for vaccine administration...

CE Mark and European Launch of the Semicompliant Coronary Balloon Catheter

February 22, 2015 8:30 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc announced the launch of the Euphora Semicompliant Balloon Dilatation Catheter in countries that recognize the CE (Conformité Européene) mark. The first patient case with the Euphora Semicompliant Balloon Catheter was recently...

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Making Things Smaller Is Wonderful for the Patient

February 21, 2015 8:30 am | by Kate Pereira, Senior Project Manager, Ximedica | Ximedica | Blogs | Comments

Much of the focus of implants to date has been in vascular and circulatory. I think more time will start to be placed in the other systems – neural, musculature, and lymphatic. It all comes back to the driver of making the patient feel as...

Improved Implantable Technologies to Combat Chronic Degenerative Diseases

February 20, 2015 8:30 am | by Mark Russell, Senior Global Market Manager, Medical Electronics, Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Implantable devices—especially those for cardiac and neuro applications—are among the most significant medical innovations in the last 20 years. As the population has continued to age, elderly patients find themselves faced with chronic...

The Phrase 'Long-Term Implant' is a Moving Target

February 20, 2015 8:30 am | by Mark Geiger, VP, Sales and Marketing, Interface Catheter Solutions | Interface Catheter Solutions | Blogs | Comments

Our kids will live until they’re 100 years old. That’s a fact. Forever is becoming a long time so the phrase “long-term implant” is a moving target. Some implants with moving parts require millions of cycles to simulate physiologic norms...

Self-Healing Hydrogel for Long-Term Drug Delivery

February 19, 2015 9:56 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Scientists are interested in using gels to deliver drugs because they can be molded into specific shapes and designed to release their payload over a specified time period. However, current versions aren’t always practical because must be...

Need to Maintain Balance Between Wall Thickness Specifications

February 19, 2015 8:30 am | by Rick Shorey, Sr. Sales Engineer and Project Manager, Avalon Laboratories | Blogs | Comments

Microchips for delivering drugs with time released capabilities or neuroscience, neuromodulation and/or monitoring devices material selection is key for both the implantable and delivery device. Depending upon duration and type of application...

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'Nanodrones' Could Deliver Drugs to Prevent Heart Attacks

February 18, 2015 4:14 pm | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | News | Comments

Nanometer-sized "drones" that deliver a special type of healing molecule to fat deposits in arteries could become a new way to prevent heart attacks caused by atherosclerosis, according to a study in pre-clinical models by scientists at...

The Pulse: Building a Brain Powered Prosthetic Arm and Having a Checkup at Home

February 18, 2015 3:18 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're building a brain powered prosthetic arm, paying much less for a multi-function patch pump, making biocompatible microgels, and having a checkup at home...

Development in Infusion Pump Connectivity Needed to Support Home Care

February 17, 2015 4:19 pm | by Jessica Edge, Analyst, Clinical Care Devices, IHS Medical Technology | Blogs | Comments

The continued pressure on healthcare spending in mature markets is driving demand for cost-effective treatment solutions. In response, home and alternate-site care markets are growing in number and expanding their reach. Patients requiring...

Taking Technology from the Lab to the Patient

February 17, 2015 10:28 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

After finishing his PhD in molecular genetics in the late 1990s, Daniel Anderson found himself conflicted about what to do next: He enjoyed science, but wanted to find a way to have a direct impact on human health. He considered...

Novel Polymer and Carrier-Free Drug-Coated Stent Trial Completes Enrollment

February 14, 2015 9:00 am | by Biosensors International | News | Comments

Biosensors International has announced completion of patient enrollment in LEADERS Free Japan, a ground-breaking trial involving BioFreedom, the company’s novel polymer and carrier-free drug-coated stent (DCS). LEADERS Free is the...

Innovation and Adaptation Offer a Thriving MedTech Industry

February 13, 2015 10:39 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Nelson Laboratories, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

One of my favorite aspects of this industry is the transcendent nature of the work that we do. It is amazing to be involved with companies that are making products that improve the quality of life. This year, I’ve been especially impressed...

Gold Nanotubes Launch a Three-Pronged Attack on Cancer Cells

February 13, 2015 9:45 am | by University of Leeds | News | Comments

Scientists have shown that gold nanotubes have many applications in fighting cancer: internal nanoprobes for high-resolution imaging; drug delivery vehicles; and agents for destroying cancer cells. The study, published...

3 Obstacles to IoT Success in Healthcare

February 12, 2015 12:07 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) offers a vision of the future where every device in a house, office, or car is connected to each other and “communicates” efficiently to enable a much greater user experience. It can be observed in next generation video...

Silicone Nanomaterials Improve Targeted Chemotherapy Drug Delivery

February 12, 2015 9:54 am | by Kevin Hattori, American Technion Society | News | Comments

A team of Israeli and American researchers have found that silicon nanomaterials used for the localized delivery of chemotherapy drugs behave differently in cancerous tumors than they do in healthy tissues. The findings could help...

Attacking Alzheimer’s with Ultrasound

February 11, 2015 3:37 pm | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | News | Comments

For the first time, researchers have reversed some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in mice using magnetic resonance (MR) imaging-guided focused ultrasound. MR imaging-guided focused ultrasound has been shown to temporarily open the...

3 Steps and 4 Strategies for Device Development from Concept to Patient

February 11, 2015 12:15 pm | by Graham Reynolds, Vice President, Marketing and Innovation, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The healthcare market is seeing the growth in creative collaborations between pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical companies and packaging and delivery systems manufacturers, such as West, that can provide solutions for integrated delivery systems...

Microfluidics Enables Production of Shape-Controllable Microgels

February 10, 2015 2:54 pm | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | News | Comments

A new, relatively simple process makes it possible to create biocompatible particles called shape-controllable microgels that could be custom designed for specific roles such as drug delivery vehicles, tissue engineering building blocks and...

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