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Photo Etching: Stimulating Innovation in Medical Product Design

March 13, 2015 11:26 am | by Albert Tsang, Technical Manager, Precision Micro | Precision Micro, Ltd. | Articles | Comments

Across industry, there is a concerted and accelerating trend towards miniaturization, and nowhere more so than in the medical device sector, where demand for minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment devices is growing exponentially...

Implantable Defibrillators Help Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Patients Live Longer

March 12, 2015 10:57 am | by The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) | News | Comments

Newly published research led by the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) and Tufts Medical Center in Boston shows that implantable defibrillators (ICDs), along with other modern treatments, have reduced mortality rates and are helping...

How Smart Devices and the Internet of Things Influence Patient Behavior

March 11, 2015 3:12 pm | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

At TEDMED 2014, serial entrepreneur Josh Stein shares what he's learned about “smart” devices and the "Internet of Things", and how they relate to positively influencing patient behavior...                                                 

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Patients with Pain Relief Implant Can Have Full Body MRI

March 11, 2015 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stimwave Technologies Incorporated, a privately-held, commercial stage medical device company, today announced that the first U.S. patients have been successfully implanted with its Wireless Pain Relief technology, the Freedom Stimulator...

Regulating Hip Replacement Devices to Prevent Unnecessary Surgery

March 11, 2015 9:08 am | by University of Warwick | News | Comments

A new study from the University of Warwick is calling for more UK compulsory regulation of devices used in hip replacements to reduce the need for further traumatic and expensive surgery. In a paper published today in the British Medical...

Continued Pressure to Make Products Smaller, Lighter, More Reliable

March 11, 2015 8:30 am | by Peter Ladwig, Ph.D., Director of Technology Development, Hutchinson Technology Inc. | Hutchinson Technology, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The need for miniaturization is driving the development of new process technologies to manufacture complex components. In some cases, it is impossible to manufacture separate pieces for separate functions and attach them together to manufacture...

‘Silver Bullet’ Implantable Device Prevents Infection

March 10, 2015 3:53 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

It costs more than $1.6 billion annually to treat post-surgical infections in patients who have undergone joint replacement surgery, but a researcher from North Carolina State University is working on a device that could reduce this number...

4 Devices to Catch a Few Extra Winks

March 10, 2015 3:17 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Unfortunately, it seems that Americans aren’t getting enough sleep. In honor of the 2nd annual Insomnia Awareness Day, (March 9, of course, the groggy day of the “spring ahead”) here are four medical devices that ensure you receive your well-deserved beauty rest...

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Interfacing with Wearables Through Your Own Skin

March 9, 2015 3:43 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

iSkin is a biocompatible skin sticker that enables users to interface with electronic devices directly by touching the technology that's on their own body. The sticker could enable an interface for healthcare wearables that could be conveniently...

Miniaturization is a Prerequisite when Operating Within the Body

March 8, 2015 9:30 am | by Zahl Cama, Quality Manager, American Swiss Products, Co. | American Swiss Products Co., Inc. | Blogs | Comments

It's almost a prerequisite when (no pun intended) operating within the body – or even in more abstract research environments – that the devices and instruments have to be small. The fact is that miniaturization – even sub-miniaturization...

Get to Know the Design Rules at This Scale

March 7, 2015 8:30 am | by Shawn Martin, Sales Manager, Metrigraphics, LLC | Metrigraphics, LLC | Blogs | Comments

From our perspective, we look at it more as, “how is medical design impacting miniaturization?” As a micron-scale process developer and manufacturer, we’re receiving more and more requests from biosensor and device designers looking to...

Cochlear Implants Give Boy with Down Syndrome New Lease on Life

March 6, 2015 3:42 pm | by Stacy Finz, Stanford Children's Health | News | Comments

Born profoundly deaf, Joshua Copen, 5, has learned to talk and hear with the help of cochlear implants, which many doctors would consider an unconventional approach for a child with Down syndrome. There was something wrong with Joshua Copen’s...

Implantable Preserves Motion in Total Disc Replacement Patients

March 5, 2015 9:01 am | by Zyga Technology, Inc. | News | Comments

Zyga Technology, Inc., a medical device company focused on the design, development and commercialization of minimally invasive products that treat underserved conditions of the lumbar spine, today announced the first implantation of the...

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4 Medical Devices that Changed from 'Oops!' to 'Eureka!'

March 2, 2015 4:37 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

You know the old axiom: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” One would think this philosophy can’t possibly apply to medical device development, because design engineers are working tirelessly to make sure that nothing on their device breaks...

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...

Medtronic Acquires Advanced Uro-Solutions

February 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc today announced that it has acquired Advanced Uro-Solutions, a privately-held developer of neurostimulation products for the treatment of bladder control issues based in Elizabethton, Tennessee. Terms of the acquisition...

From the Top: The Past, Present, and Future of Wearable Technology

February 27, 2015 2:32 pm | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Videos | Comments

By 2025, the wearable technology market is forecasted to become a $70 billion industry. Last year, with major releases in the medical, fitness, and wellness markets, the industry only reached $14 billion. That’s a $56 billion dollar gap to...

Johnson and Johnson Hip Suit Limps On

February 26, 2015 3:47 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

After paying $2.5 billion in 2013 to settle lawsuits resulting from faulty hip implants, medical giant Johnson & Johnson will pay up to $420 million more to resolve lawsuits that were excluded from the 2013 settlement, according to...

3D Bioabsorbable Implant Tracks Breast Cancer Tumor Site

February 26, 2015 10:27 am | by Noble Hospital | News | Comments

A Noble Hospital breast surgeon’s work with a new device that improves treatment of breast cancers will be featured later this month at a prestigious international medical conference. Steven Schonholz, MD, FACS, will present a scientific...

Do You Have the Right to Be Disconnected?

February 26, 2015 9:24 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Articles | Comments

We are all connected people, according to panelists brought together for Engineering Live: The Connected Person on Feb. 25, but the way we balance connectivity and privacy is still being determined by our technology and our society. Engineering...

Driving Toward Better Health…Literally

February 25, 2015 4:11 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | TE Connectivity, Ltd. | Blogs | Comments

Does combining sensors in textiles (i.e., the seats of the car) with the connected car of the future create an ideal environment in which to conduct regularly scheduled heath "check-ups"? What other healthcare applications could be realized? Check out my thoughts.

Oral Sensors Are No Longer Science Fiction

February 25, 2015 8:30 am | by Charles Settles, Product Analyst, TechnologyAdvice | Blogs | Comments

Oral implantation of “microchips” has long been a focus of conspiracy theorists, but advances in both miniaturization and medical software mean this oft-ridiculed concept is quickly becoming reality. Almost every dentist that’s been practicing...

'Bionic' Eye Implant Offers Hope of Restoring Vision

February 24, 2015 11:45 am | by Mayo Clinic | Videos | Comments

It’s a medical story, a science and technology advancement and a romance wrapped into one moment: when a man who is blind sees his wife again for the first time in a decade. Allen Zderad began to have serious vision problems about 20 years...

European Market Could Facilitate Prosthetic Heart Valve Advancements

February 21, 2015 12:00 pm | by GlobalData | News | Comments

In light of a recent American Heart Association report stating that US mitral valve regurgitation prevalence was 1.7% in 2014, a significant opportunity exists for prosthetic heart valve manufacturers to develop an effective transcatheter...

Medtronic Receives Expanded Indications of the VERTEX Reconstruction System

February 21, 2015 9:30 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for expanded indications of the VERTEX Reconstruction System. The new clearance for the VERTEX family of products allows for lateral mass...

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