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Flexible Electronics that Change Shape Inside Body

May 13, 2014 2:12 pm | by University of Texas at Dallas | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Tokyo have created electronic devices that become soft when implanted inside the body and can deploy to grip 3-D objects, such as large tissues, nerves and blood vessels...

phenox Receives CE Mark for Thrombectomy Device

May 13, 2014 12:14 pm | by phenox | News | Comments

phenox GmbH has been granted CE Mark approval for pREset LITE Thrombectomy Device for commercialization within the European Union and any country that accepts CE Mark approval. With the pREset LITE phenox expands its innovative product... 

The Doctor's In…Through Webcam, Smartphone

May 13, 2014 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mark Matulaitis holds out his arms so the Parkinson's specialist can check his tremors. But this is no doctor's office: Matulaitis sits in his rural U.S. home as a neurologist a few hundred miles away examines him via the camera in his...

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CE Mark for Elixir Medical’s Fully Bioresorbable Coronary Scaffold System

May 13, 2014 11:52 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Elixir Medical Corporation, a developer of product platforms that combine state-of-the-art medical devices with advanced pharmaceuticals, announced that it has received CE (Conformité Européenne) Mark approval for its DESolve 100 Novolimus...

Device Could Standardize Pacemaker Lead Stability Tests

May 13, 2014 10:14 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Cardiac surgeons could use a patent-pending invention by Purdue University engineering students to standardize a test that determines if a pacemaker's leads, or the thin insulated wires that extend from the pacemaker, are securely embedded...

Implantable Cuff Lowers High Blood Pressure

May 12, 2014 2:21 pm | by University of Freiburg | News | Comments

High blood pressure is the greatest health risk worldwide behind smoking and alcohol consumption. In Germany, around 25 percent of the population suffers from arterial hypertension, as the condition is referred to in medical circles...   

Remotely Monitoring Heart Patients with Implanted Defibrillators Lowers Risk of Death

May 12, 2014 9:59 am | by Yale | News | Comments

Patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) have significantly lower risk of death and re-hospitalization if they are followed through an automatic, wireless remote monitoring system, a Yale clinical study has found. Results...

Pacemaker Algorithm Significantly Delays Atrial Fibrillation

May 12, 2014 9:48 am | by Medtronic Inc. | News | Comments

New data presented as a late-breaking clinical trial at the Heart Rhythm Society's 2014 Annual Scientific Sessions show that an advanced pacing feature exclusive to Medtronic, Inc. pacemakers significantly delays the progression of persistent...

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Medtronic ICDs Safely Extend Detection Times for Secondary Prevention Patients

May 12, 2014 9:38 am | by Medtronic Inc. | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today announced the results from the first prospective randomized clinical trial to show that Medtronic implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) can safely extend detection times before triggering therapy in secondary...

Master 3D Printers to Grow Replacement Body Parts

May 9, 2014 2:58 pm | by Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

QUT and three of the world's leading research universities in the 3D printing of replacement body parts have joined forces to offer the world's first international masters in biofabrication whereby graduates will hold a masters degree from...

Photos of the Day: Body Parts 3D Printed by Masters

May 9, 2014 2:58 pm | by Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

Professor Dietmar Hutmacher holds a 3D printed breast scaffold. QUT's biofabrication research is well-advanced in printing 3D custom-made scaffolds using bio-ink infused with the patient's stem cells to enable the body to grow a new breast...

Study: Promising Results with Novel Approach to Medtronic Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

May 9, 2014 2:02 pm | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today released study findings that show heart failure patients who have limited options for implanted device therapy may benefit from a novel implant technique for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices. Data from...

Leadless Pacemaker Showing Promising Results After One-Year

May 9, 2014 1:34 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Vivek Reddy, MD, Director of Arrhythmia Services for The Mount Sinai Hospital, reported his promising 12-month follow-up data showing the world's first leadless pacemaker is demonstrating overall device performance comparable to conventional...

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Common Test Used on Heart Patients Who Need Defibrillator Implants Unnecessary

May 9, 2014 12:05 pm | by McMaster University | News | Comments

New research from McMaster University suggests that a commonly performed test during certain types of heart surgery is not helpful and possibly harmful. The testing procedure, known as defibrillator testing (DT), is commonly used on people...

Boston Scientific Gets Heart Device Subpoena

May 9, 2014 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical device maker Boston Scientific said Thursday the U.S. government wants documents related to its Cognis and Teligen heart devices. The company said in a regulatory filing that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wants...

Pacemaker and Defibrillator Patients Adhering to Remote Monitoring with St. Jude Medical's Merlin Technology Saw More than Double Survival Rate

May 8, 2014 6:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, announced that data presented during a Late Breaking Clinical Trial Session during Heart Rhythm 2014, the Heart Rhythm Society’s Annual Scientific Sessions, found an association between...

A Hydrogel that Knows When to Go

May 7, 2014 12:11 pm | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

Rice University bioengineers have created a hydrogel that instantly turns from liquid to semisolid at close to body temperature – and then degrades at precisely the right pace. The gel shows potential as a bioscaffold to support the regrowth...

Photos of the Day: 'Smart' Hydrogel Makes Room for Bone

May 7, 2014 12:10 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Brendan Watson, a graduate student at Rice University, led a project to create a hydrogel bioscaffold that is liquid at room temperature and instantly solidifies as it approaches body temperature. A second process allows the hydrogel to break...

FDA Approves BIOTRONIK Entovis Pacemaker System with ProMRI Technology

May 7, 2014 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical devices, announced today that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval for its Entovis pacemaker system with ProMRI ® technology. The Entovis system allows patients...

Medtronic Agrees to Settle Certain INFUSE Bone Graft Product Liability Cases

May 6, 2014 11:11 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic Inc. has announced that it has agreed with certain plaintiffs' counsel to settle their inventories of filed and unfiled product liability claims related to INFUSE Bone Graft. Under the terms of the agreement, Medtronic has agreed...

MHIF Given the Chance at Its First Implant of World’s Smallest Cardiac Pacemaker

May 5, 2014 2:03 pm | by The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) | News | Comments

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) today announced its first implant of the world’s smallest pacemaker: the Medtronic Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) in the Midwest. The device was implanted by Dr. Charles Gornick...

Medical Implants, Ultra-Low Power Sensors, and Energy Harvesting

May 5, 2014 8:10 am | by Rich Miron, Digi-Key Technical Content Team | Articles | Comments

Medical implants have considerable potential for energy harvesting with the body itself providing the energy source. Today’s ultra-low power circuits and sensors are accelerating efforts to exploit energy harvesting with the objective being...

World's Smallest, Leadless Heart Pacemaker Implanted at Ohio State

May 2, 2014 12:37 pm | by Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | News | Comments

It’s about the size of a large vitamin pill and, for the first time in Ohio, the smallest heart pacemaker available is being tested at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Doctors at Ohio State’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital...

Researchers Find the Accelerator for Molecular Machines

May 2, 2014 11:14 am | by University of Southern Denmark | News | Comments

How hard can it be to make a wheel rotate in a machine? Very hard actually, when the wheel sits in one of those nano-small molecular machines that are predicted to be running our future machines. But before the molecular machines become... 

Infographic: My Boss Is Going to Get Somebody Killed

May 2, 2014 11:00 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

As a general rule, engineers tend to be a calculated, conservative bunch. They approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern...

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