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3 Innovations in Next-Generation Prosthetics

February 10, 2015 11:17 am | by NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | News | Comments

Three groups of researchers who have received support from the National Institutes of Health will obtain funding from the President's BRAIN Initiative to improve artificial limb technology. The new awards will be funded and administered by the...

HotSpot: New Sensor Magnetizes Users’ Senses

February 10, 2015 10:53 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Scientists from Germany and Japan have developed a new magnetic sensor, which is thin, robust and pliable enough to be smoothly adapted to human skin. This electronic skin features a magneto-sensory system that equips the recipient with... 

Neural Implant Enables Amputees to Move and Feel Prosthetic Hand

February 10, 2015 9:45 am | by University of Utah | News | Comments

University of Utah researchers have received $1.4 million to further develop an implantable neural interface that will allow an amputee to move an advanced prosthetic hand with just his or her thoughts. The neural interface will also convey...

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May the Force Be with You in Developing 6 Medical Devices from Star Wars

February 9, 2015 4:06 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Continuing on with my beloved theme of innovative medtech making its debut in classic sci-fi, this past weekend I sat down with a few friends and embarked on the seven-hour journey of watching the original Star Wars trilogy. (This is a tri-yearly...

First Bioresorbable and X-Ray Visible Cardiovascular Stent

February 9, 2015 10:27 am | by Rutgers' Office of Research and Economic Development | News | Comments

A new stent for treating cardiovascular disease that incorporates a polymer invented at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has been implanted in patients for the first time. The device, called Fantom, is a drug-eluting scaffold being...

Hip and Knee Markets in the U.S. Soar to New Heights

February 7, 2015 9:30 am | by iData Research | News | Comments

According to a report published by iData Research (www.idataresearch.com), the U.S. large joint restoration market, which includes hip and knee restorations as well as bone cement sales, is projected to pass the USD $9 billion mark this year...

Contraceptive Implants and IUDs Effective One Year Beyond FDA-Approved Use

February 6, 2015 9:01 am | by Washington University School of Medicine | News | Comments

New research indicates that hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants remain highly effective one year beyond their approved duration of use, according to a study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis...

Maintaining a Laser Focus on the Medical Device Industry

February 6, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

New processes for conceptualization, design, production, and even collaboration, will yield all new medical devices. It will continue to be that each progressing year, and certainly each half century, reveals new innovations. As our exposure in medical R&D...

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Listening to Patients’ Views on New Treatments for Obesity

February 4, 2015 4:32 pm | by Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D., Director, Kathryn O’Callaghan, Associate Director for Science and Strategic Partnerships; FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health | Blogs | Comments

The world was a very different place in 1976, when the Food and Drug Administration launched its medical device program. Since Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were just that year launching a computer company called Apple, doctors weren’t yet able to...

Boston Scientific Launches World's Longest Lasting ICD

February 3, 2015 10:49 am | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation announces the launch and first U.S. implant of its line of Extended Longevity (EL) implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD), including DYNAGEN EL and INOGEN EL device models. The first EL ICD was implanted at...

'Reset Button' for Circadian Rhythms Offers Neurological Disorder Treatments

February 2, 2015 4:07 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

The discovery of a new reset button for the brain's master biological clock could eventually lead to new treatments for conditions like seasonal affective disorder, reduce the adverse health effects of working the night shift and possibly even...

Implantable Device Allows Surgeons to Perform Complex Shoulder Replacements

January 30, 2015 2:51 pm | by SUNY Upstate Medical University | News | Comments

A novel, implantable device that is less invasive and allows surgeons to perform the most challenging and complex shoulder replacements is now available at Upstate Medical University through the Upstate Bone and Joint Center. Upstate is one...

Bacteria-Repelling Coating May Allow More Successful Medical Implants

January 30, 2015 10:29 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A novel, bacteria-repelling coating material that could increase the success of medical implants has been created by researchers. The material helps healthy cells 'win the race' to the medical implant, beating off competition from bacterial...

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3D Printing Stands to Change the Face of Healthcare

January 30, 2015 8:26 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

The most exciting aspects of the medical device industry for me is focused in two parts. First, the future potential of 3D printing in the medtech sector continues to excite. The apparent ease of using 3D printing to produce unique-patient implants...

Making Science Fiction a Reality: 3 Medical Devices Straight from Star Trek

January 29, 2015 3:56 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

While we haven’t quite been able to achieve light-speed travel or teleportation just yet, science fiction has forecasted a number of technologies that are anything but fiction. Star Trek in particular offered surprising insight into technological...

If A Single Neuron Fires in the Brain, Will Anyone See It?

January 29, 2015 11:12 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Let me introduce Andy Gotshalk, CEO of Blackrock NeuroMed. With almost 20 years of experience in the medical device industry, Gotshalk began as a field service engineer, rising through the ranks to become the Sales/Operation manager for the...

Pacemakers with Internet Connection May Arrive Soon

January 28, 2015 11:18 am | by University of the Basque Country | News | Comments

The healthcare sector is not escaping from the revolution in information and communications technologies. Thanks to the latest advances in microelectronics and communications technologies, it is not difficult to imagine a future with medical...

Getting Inside: Implantables and Technologies that Deliver Them

January 27, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Ximedica, Interface Catheter Solutions, Bal Seal Engineering, Inc., Avalon Laboratories, LLC | Articles | Comments

There are several significant drivers of innovation in the medical device space. Miniaturization is certainly a major one, while moving technology out of the hospital and enabling it to be used at home and on the go is another. In addition, there...

Cochlear Implant Users Can Still Feel the Beat in Music

January 26, 2015 10:29 am | by Georgetown University Medical Center | News | Comments

People who use cochlear implants for profound hearing loss do respond to certain aspects of music, contrary to common beliefs and limited scientific research, says a research team headed by an investigator at Georgetown University Medical...

Testing for Ion Release from Surgical Implants

January 23, 2015 3:22 pm | by ASTM International | News | Comments

Although regulatory bodies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, frequently request information from manufacturers on the potential for ion release from surgical implants containing metal, there has not been a standard method for...

The Future Is Here…Finally

January 23, 2015 1:50 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

As far as actually looking ahead when it comes to 3D printing, I foresee the need for a fundamental shift in the way medical device makers offer some types of medical technologies. Rather than buying a finished product from a manufacturer or distributor...

Creating a Smarter Connection between Man and Machine

January 23, 2015 1:12 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | SurModics, Inc. | News | Comments

As smart technology becomes more and more common in the medical field, new materials are developed to facilitate connection between the body and the devices that help it thrive. A new conductive coating could enable electrode miniaturization...

The Brave New World of Medical Device Technology

January 23, 2015 10:40 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Insight Product Development | Blogs | Comments

As a devout sci-fi fan, I will also say that remote digital health may become truly transparent. Permanently implanted sensors, potentially even in utero, or nanotechnology that is transferred from generation to generation as part of our cells and DNA...

FDA Approves Implantable Neurostimulator to Treat Serious Stomach Disorder

January 23, 2015 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today announced it has received United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, under a humanitarian device exemption* (HDE), for the Medtronic Enterra II System. The system is used to treat chronic, intractable...

Treating Chronic Conditions with Neuromodulation

January 22, 2015 9:00 am | by International Neuromodulation Society | News | Comments

The International Neuromodulation Society 12th World Congress will feature traditional and cutting-edge ways to address chronic disease through interfacing with the body’s nervous system. The congress is expected to draw 1,500 scientists...

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