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Wireless Microchip Implant Could Replace Pills and Injections

June 29, 2015 10:34 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

An implantable, microchip-based device may soon replace the injections and pills now needed to treat chronic diseases: Earlier this month, MIT spinout Microchips Biotech partnered with a pharmaceutical giant to commercialize its wirelessly...

Reinforced Cylinder Leads to Fewer Repeat Surgeries

June 24, 2015 2:06 pm | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) | News | Comments

In this important study use of a ring-reinforced shunt improved surgical outcomes in children...

Bionic Eye Improves Vision for Blind Patients

June 24, 2015 10:25 am | by American Academy of Ophthalmology | News | Comments

The three-year clinical trial results of the retinal implant popularly known as the "bionic eye...

Nanowire Implants Offer Remote-Controlled Drug Delivery

June 24, 2015 10:23 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

A team of researchers has created a new implantable drug-delivery system using nanowires that...

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Australian-First for Reconstructive Surgery Uses a 3D Printed Jaw Implant

June 24, 2015 8:51 am | by University of Melbourne | News | Comments

In an Australian-first surgical procedure, engineers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne along with Epworth Freemasons’ Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon George Dimitroulis, have corrected a young man’s...

Fewer Than 1 in 10 Older Heart Patients Get Life-Saving Defibrillators

June 23, 2015 12:24 pm | by Duke Medicine News and Communications | News | Comments

Heart attack patients age 65 and older who have reduced heart function might still benefit from implanted defibrillators, according to a Duke Medicine study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. But fewer than 1 in 10 eligible...

Test Driving a Pacemaker Before Choosing a Permanent Implant

June 22, 2015 12:16 pm | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

Patients are test driving a pacemaker outside the skin before deciding whether to have a permanent implant, reveals novel research presented today at EHRA EUROPACE - CARDIOSTIM 2015 by Professor Michael Giudici, director of arrhythmia...

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Cardiac Device Wearers Should Keep Distance from Smartphones

June 22, 2015 8:56 am | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

Cardiac device wearers should keep a safe distance from smartphones to avoid unwanted painful shocks or pauses in function, reveals research presented today at EHRA EUROPACE -- CARDIOSTIM 2015 by Dr. Carsten Lennerz, first author and cardiology...

Tissue 'Scaffold' Technology Could Help Rebuild Large Organs

June 17, 2015 9:06 am | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a new tissue 'scaffold' technology that could one day enable the engineering of large organs. Research led by the Universities of Bristol and Liverpool has shown that it is possible to combine cells with a special scaffold...

FDA Approves Brain Implant to Reduce Parkinson’s, Essential Tremor Symptoms

June 16, 2015 9:01 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the Brio Neurostimulation System, an implantable deep brain stimulation device to help reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, a movement disorder that is one...

Podcast: The Impact of 3D Printing on Healthcare

June 12, 2015 3:34 pm | by Jon Dipierro and Sean Fenske | Blogs | Comments

On this episode of MDT Live, our expert panel discusses how 3D printing is being utilized for medical applications today; the future for this technology and where it will make the biggest impact in healthcare; and the challenges that lie ahead...

Infographic: Top 10 'What's Hot in 3D Printing Out of Metal'

June 12, 2015 9:32 am | by Daniel Tkacik, Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

In conjunction with the inaugural National Maker Faire and the White House Week of Making kicking off this week in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Mellon University experts have projected the top 10 things in 3D metal printing...

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Antibiotic-Laden Sponges Significantly Reduce Infection

June 12, 2015 9:16 am | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery | News | Comments

Cardiac surgeons often "crack open" the flat bone that forms the middle front section of the chest, known as the sternum, in order to reach important structures. When a sternal wound infection (SWI) occurs, serious complications and even death...

Maximizing Resorbable Implant Material Performance for Orthopedic Applications

June 11, 2015 4:07 pm | by Stephen Duffy, Business Development Manager, Proxy Biomedical | Proxy Biomedical | Articles | Comments

The use of resorbable orthopedic implants can present many clinical benefits compared to the use of their non-resorbable counterparts, for applications including small bone fracture fixation and soft tissue repair. However, the relatively low inherent...

Miniature Heart Sensor Keeps Heart Failure Patients Out of the Hospital

June 11, 2015 1:54 pm | by Mount Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

Cardiologists at The Mount Sinai Hospital have begun implanting tiny, state-of-the-art microchip sensors in patients with advanced heart failure to better monitor symptoms and reduce their chances of returning to the hospital. The implantable sensor...

New 3D Printers, MedTech in Space & VR Colonoscopies in NYC Today

June 9, 2015 2:54 pm | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | News | Comments

MDT Editor-in-Chief Sean Fenske (@SeanFenske) and Associate Editor Sam Brusco (@SamISureAm) are reporting from the medical design and manufacturing tradeshow in New York City this week. If you’re unable to head to...

Injectable Electronics to Monitor Brain Activity

June 8, 2015 12:39 pm | by Harvard University | News | Comments

It's a notion that might be pulled from the pages of science-fiction novel - electronic devices that can be injected directly into the brain, or other body parts, and treat everything from neurodegenerative disorders to paralysis. It sounds unlikely...

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A Toolbox for Customized Vascularized Bone Implants

June 8, 2015 11:30 am | by Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB | News | Comments

The EU project VascuBone was coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB and has reached the end of a 5-year funding period. In March 2015, the partners of this international research consortium met...

CE Mark for Smallest Spinal Cord Stimulator

June 5, 2015 2:22 pm | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

Boston Scientific announces the European launch of the Precision Novi Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) System at the International Neuromodulation Society in Montreal, Canada. The 16-contact primary cell device has CE Mark for the treatment of...

MedTech Memoirs: Contraceptive Devices

June 3, 2015 3:54 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Ah, humans, once we realized that sexual intercourse leads to pregnancy, we’ve been discovering innovative ways to keep pregnancy from happening. Prior to more modern contraceptive methods (and in this case, “modern” refers to about 3,000 B.C...

Re-Inflating Balloon after Carotid Stenting May Double Stroke and Death Risk

June 3, 2015 9:52 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

After reviewing outcomes from thousands of cases, researchers at Johns Hopkins report that patients with blocked neck arteries who undergo carotid stenting to prop open the narrowed blood vessels fare decidedly worse if their surgeons re-inflate...

Tissue-Engineered Heart Valve that Won’t Degrade Over Time

June 3, 2015 9:13 am | by Society of Thoracic Surgeons | News | Comments

Researchers have created a new heart valve that combines a patient’s own cells with metal alloy for a more durable replacement with potentially fewer complications, according to an article in the June 2015 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery...

Kit for Training to Insert and Remove Contraceptive Implants

June 2, 2015 4:11 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

In developing regions where the economy is weak and medical services are limited, global health experts say as many as 200 million women want access to long-term, reversible contraceptives to avoid unintended pregnancies and to help space...

Additive Manufacturing for Medical: It’s Already Here

June 1, 2015 10:42 am | by Mitch Free, CEO, CloudDDM | Articles | Comments

3D printing, perhaps as much as gene therapy and bioengineering, has tremendous potential for transforming the medical industry and how we think about medicine. In just the past two years articles and interviews about how additive technology...

Can ‘Do It Yourself’ MedTech Inspire Innovation?

May 28, 2015 11:56 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

The problem is that while many of these makers developing technologies in their garages and basements were technically savvy, they were not overly familiar with critical areas such as biocompatibility, powering implants, or similar factors...

3D Printed Implant Helps Treat Type 1 Diabetes

May 28, 2015 9:39 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Researchers from the Netherlands have explored how 3D printing can be used to help treat type 1 diabetes in results presented today, Thursday 28 May, in IOP Publishing's journal Biofabrication. The 3D printing technique, known as bioplotting...

Electronic Stent Provides Feedback and Therapy, Then Dissolves

May 27, 2015 10:24 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Every year, an estimated half-million Americans undergo surgery to have a stent prop open a coronary artery narrowed by plaque. But sometimes the mesh tubes get clogged. Scientists report in the journal ACS Nano a new kind of multi-tasking stent...

Implantable Biosensing Chip for Contactless Monitoring

May 27, 2015 9:19 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

The future of medicine lies in ever greater precision, not only when it comes to diagnosis but also drug dosage. The blood work that medical staff rely on is generally a snapshot indicative of the moment the blood is drawn before it undergoes...

Infographic: 8 Pieces of Medical Technology that Improved Patient Care Outcomes

May 26, 2015 9:47 am | by Modular Devices Inc. | News | Comments

As part of Heart Disease Awareness Month this past February, we made a list of amazing advancements in medical technology since the 1950's. It's hard to believe the impact these advancements have made and where some of them began, for instance...

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