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Photos of the Day: Bio-Bots Could Stroll Through the Body

June 30, 2014 4:09 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Tiny walking “bio-bots” are powered by muscle cells and controlled by an electric field. The new bio-bots are powered by a strip of skeletal muscle cells that can be triggered by an electric pulse. This gives the researchers a simple way to control the...

Stem Cells May Be More Widespread and with Greater Potential than Previously Believed

June 30, 2014 11:37 am | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | News | Comments

With the plethora of research and published studies on stem cells over the last decade, many would say that the definition of stem cells is well established and commonly agreed upon. However, a new review article appearing in the July 2014...

Noninvasive Brain Control

June 30, 2014 11:06 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Optogenetics, a technology that allows scientists to control brain activity by shining light on neurons, relies on light-sensitive proteins that can suppress or stimulate electrical signals within cells. This technique requires a light source...

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A Step Closer to Bio-Printing Transplantable Tissues and Organs

June 30, 2014 10:40 am | by University of Sydney | News | Comments

Researchers have made a giant leap towards the goal of 'bio-printing' transplantable tissues and organs for people affected by major diseases and trauma injuries, a new study reports. Scientists from the Universities of Sydney, Harvard... 

Researchers Develop Tech to Extend Liver Preservation for Transplantation

June 30, 2014 10:24 am | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new supercooling technique to increase the amount of time human organs could remain viable outside the body. This study was conducted in rats, and if it succeeds in humans, it would enable a world-wide allocation...

Ankle Implant Is More Common to Relieve Severe Arthritis Pain

June 30, 2014 9:38 am | by Hospital for Special Surgery | News | Comments

Arthritis can cause terrible pain, making activities of daily living difficult, if not impossible. While most people are familiar with knee and hip replacement surgery for debilitating arthritis in these joints, ankle replacement is another...

This Rainbow Leads to New Medical Innovations

June 27, 2014 2:45 pm | by Bloomberg | Videos | Comments

Efi Cohen-Arazi, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Rainbow Medical, talks with Elliott Gotkine about innovations to help those who have lost their vision and their partnership with Medtronic on a nerve stimulation product. He speaks...

Filling Information Gaps for Women in Medical Device Clinical Trials

June 27, 2014 1:58 pm | by David Strauss, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Officer, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA | Blogs | Comments

At FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), results from clinical trials often serve as the foundation for our decisions to approve the most important medical devices — devices, such as implantable heart devices, that carry...

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Notorious Pathogen Forms Slimy 'Streamers' to Clog Up Medical Devices

June 27, 2014 1:46 pm | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A group of researchers from the U.S. has moved a step closer to preventing infections of the common hospital pathogen, Staphylococcus aureus, by revealing the mechanisms that allow the bacteria to rapidly clog up medical devices. In a study...

2014/2015 Buyers' Guide Digital Edition

June 26, 2014 4:57 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

The MDT Buyers' Guide is a comprehensive directory that includes an array of technology and service categories critical to designers and manufacturers of medical devices. From products to services, the Guide covers a full range of resources needed...

Research Aims to Develop Biomaterial to Regenerate Damaged Muscle

June 26, 2014 2:50 pm | by University of Arkansas, Fayetteville | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a three-year, $437,248 grant to a University of Arkansas biomedical engineering researcher to design and test a biomaterial that can regenerate damaged skeletal muscle. Living cells secrete fibrous...

Insertable Cardiac Monitors Detect Afib in Stroke Patients Better Than Standard Care

June 26, 2014 9:34 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic Inc. has announced results from the CRYSTAL AF (CRYptogenic STroke And underLying Atrial Fibrillation) Clinical Trial have been published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The Trial found that continuous cardiac monitoring...

Clock-Inspired, Electronics-Free Device Allows Transport of Stem Cells on Planes

June 25, 2014 11:20 am | by UC San Diego | News | Comments

A group of mechanical engineering students are developing a device to transport stem cells on airplanes — an important problem for the research and biomedical community. The challenge with transporting live cells for stem cell therapies on...

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GlobalData Analysts: Strategic Benefits, Not Tax Avoidance, the Main Motivation for Medtronic Megadeal

June 24, 2014 2:08 pm | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Medtronic’s $42.9 billion merger with Covidien, which created last week the world’s largest medical devices company, was primarily motivated by future market gains rather than tax inversion, according to analysts with research and consulting...

Device Allows Brain to Bypass Spinal Cord, Move Paralyzed Limbs

June 24, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | News | Comments

For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to an innovative partnership between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle. Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic...

Photos of the Day: Paralyzed Man Moves Hand with Thoughts

June 24, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | News | Comments

Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the first patient to use Neurobridge, an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles, allowing voluntary and functional control...

FDA Study: Heart Pacer-Zapper Benefits Women More

June 24, 2014 9:43 am | by Lindsey Tanner - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Women with heart failure are less likely to get a special kind of pacemaker than men, but more likely to benefit from the device, a government analysis suggests. The findings come from the first study of its kind conducted by researchers...

Self-Powered Cardiac Pacemaker Demonstrated

June 23, 2014 2:27 pm | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | News | Comments

As the number of pacemakers implanted each year reaches into the millions worldwide, improving the lifespan of pacemaker batteries has been of great concern for developers and manufacturers. Currently, pacemaker batteries last seven years...

UAB Implants Responsive Neurostimulator for Epilepsy Seizure Control, First in Southeast

June 23, 2014 9:40 am | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

On June 18, neurosurgeons at the University of Alabama at Birmingham implanted a new type of electrical stimulator to control seizures in patients with difficult-to-control epilepsy. It marked the first time in the Southeast the RNS system...

First Alabamian Receives New Retrievable, Nonsurgical Pacemaker

June 23, 2014 8:53 am | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

Hoover resident Jack Brymer was driving home with his wife, Shirley, one night recently when it became clear to him his health problem was getting worse at a rapid pace. “I had been having dizzy spells, and it would feel like I was going...

Healing Bone Defects Using Regenerative Medicine

June 19, 2014 3:36 pm | by youris.com | News | Comments

Bone is one of the most frequently transplanted tissues. And the demand is rising. Transplants treat large defects like those caused by trauma, complicated fractures, tumor resection or osteoporosis. Conventionally, a piece of bone is...  

Human Bones from the Lab

June 19, 2014 3:26 pm | by youris.com | Videos | Comments

Bone defects, like a damaged femoral head, are usually replaced by metal implants. This has many disadvantages, but now scientists in Germany have created bone material from human stem cells that could bring significant improvement to the...

Developing a Diverse Toolbox for Regenerating Bones – A Q&A with Heike Walles

June 19, 2014 3:16 pm | by youris.com | News | Comments

Bone grafts are among the most sought after tissue transplants in clinical practice. And this demand is expected to rise due to an ageing population. Now, the EU-funded project Vascubone, due to be completed in December 2014, aims at providing...

Medtronic Announces Preliminary Outcomes for World’s Smallest Cardiac Pacemaker

June 19, 2014 2:48 pm | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced preliminary results from the first human implants of the world’s smallest pacemaker, the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS). Results from the first four patients to receive the Micra TPS were reported at...

Medtech Innovator 2014 Winner Announced

June 19, 2014 10:38 am | by RCT Ventures | News | Comments

267 companies submitted their plans. A panel of investor judges reviewed the entries to select the MedTech Innovator Top 10 Semi-Finalists. The investor judges included Christopher P. Martin, President, RCT Ventures; Ned Scheetz, Founder...

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