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Alcohol May Ease the Nerves that Cause Atrial Fibrillation

March 3, 2014 12:21 pm | by Houston Methodist | News | Comments

Doctors in the U.S. and Japan have devised a way to treat atrial fibrillation by adding a little alcohol to minimally invasive therapies that target a cluster of misbehaving nerves known to trigger arrhythmia. In the most recent Journal...

Coating Could Prevent Blood Clots Associated with Implanted Devices

March 3, 2014 11:11 am | by Matthew Chin, UCLA | News | Comments

A team of researchers from UCLA and the University of Michigan has developed a material that could help prevent blood clots associated with catheters, heart valves, vascular grafts and other implanted biomedical devices. Blood clots at or...

Device Allows Continuous Remote Monitoring for Abnormal Heart Rhythms

February 28, 2014 2:36 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Like a third of all stroke patients, Barbara Manning of Chicago never knew what caused the medical event. Now, Manning might be getting some answers as one of the first people in the United States living with a small cardiac monitoring device...

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Photos of the Day: Twisting Heart Inspires Better Implantables

February 27, 2014 10:20 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

Now a team of researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has developed a low-cost, programmable soft actuated material that gives...   

Artificial Muscles That Do the Twist

February 27, 2014 10:14 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

In the heart, as in the movies, 3D action beats the 2D experience hands down. In 3D, healthy hearts do their own version of the twist. Rather than a simple pumping action, they circulate blood as if they were wringing a towel. The bottom...

DMC Cardiovascular Institute Announces First Use of Miniature Cardiac Monitor

February 26, 2014 2:34 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) announced that it is one of the first hospitals in the world to implant the Medtronic Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) System in a patient, the smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device... 

Photos of the Day: 3D Printing a Heart Prosthetic

February 26, 2014 10:55 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Engineers and materials scientists have created a 3D elastic membrane made of a soft, flexible, silicon material that is precisely shaped to match the heart’s epicardium, or the outer layer of the wall of the heart. Current technology is two...

3D Printer Creates Transformative Device for Heart Treatment

February 26, 2014 10:25 am | by Beth Miller, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Using an inexpensive 3D printer, biomedical engineers have developed a custom-fitted, implantable device with embedded sensors that could transform treatment and prediction of cardiac disorders. Igor Efimov, PhD, at the School of Engineering...

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Researchers Find That Going with the Flow Makes Bacteria Stick

February 24, 2014 11:17 am | by David Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In a surprising new finding, researchers have discovered that bacterial movement is impeded in flowing water, enhancing the likelihood that the microbes will attach to surfaces. The new work could have implications for the study of marine...

Scientists Transform Skin Cells into Functioning Liver Cells

February 24, 2014 10:56 am | by Gladstone Institutes | News | Comments

The power of regenerative medicine now allows scientists to transform skin cells into cells that closely resemble heart cells, pancreas cells and even neurons. However, a method to generate cells that are fully mature—a crucial prerequisite...

New Biological Scaffold Home, Sweet Home, for Stem Cells

February 24, 2014 10:38 am | by Marcia Goodrich, Michigan Technological University | News | Comments

Our cells don’t live in a vacuum. They are surrounded by a complex, nurturing matrix that is essential for many biological functions, including growth and healing. In all multicellular organisms, including people, cells make their own...  

New Breast Implant Recall in the EU Prompts Need for VeriTeQ’s Device Traceability Technology

February 24, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VeriTeQ Corporation, a provider of implantable medical device identification and radiation dose measurement technologies, today commented on the latest breast implant recall in the European Union. Breast implants manufactured by French company...

Survey Reveals Real World Impact of Medical Device Tax

February 21, 2014 12:22 pm | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) has released new survey results examining the first-year impact of the medical device excise tax. The survey found a significant reduction in jobs, R&D, and U.S. investment. To...

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Molecular 'Cocktail' Transforms Skin Cells into Beating Heart Cells

February 21, 2014 10:23 am | by Gladstone Institutes | News | Comments

The power of regenerative medicine appears to have turned science fiction into scientific reality—by allowing scientists to transform skin cells into cells that closely resemble beating heart cells. However, the methods required are complex...

Drug-Eluting Balloon Angioplasty Treatment Shows Encouraging Results in a Diabetic Population

February 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Journal of Endovascular Therapy | News | Comments

Despite good immediate results, in up to 40 percent of patients, obstructed arteries in the leg treated with a stent will again become blocked. This in-stent restenosis is typically treated with balloon angioplasty to clear the artery. The...

Scars That Remain After a Mesh Injury by Dr. Greg Vigna

February 21, 2014 7:34 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

When a transvaginal mesh device fails after it has been surgically implanted in a patient, devastating consequences can result. According to the FDA, a range of complications have been reported by thousands of women who have experienced...

Chinese Orthopedic Instrument Industry with 2015 Forecasts

February 20, 2014 2:45 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

ChinaMarketResearchReports.com adds Research Report on China Orthopedic Instrument Industry Report, 2013-2015 to its store that says In future, the Chinese orthopedic instrument market will encounter more fierce competition, in which small...

A New Way to Grow Bone

February 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

What does it take to regrow bone in mass quantities? Typical bone regeneration — wherein bone is taken from a patient's hip and grafted onto damaged bone elsewhere in the body — is limited and can cause great pain just a few years after...

Gene Therapy Might Grow Replacement Tissue Inside the Body

February 20, 2014 11:24 am | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | News | Comments

By combining a synthetic scaffolding material with gene delivery techniques, researchers at Duke University are getting closer to being able to generate replacement cartilage where it's needed in the body. Performing tissue repair with stem...

Kinetic Battery Chargers Get a Boost

February 20, 2014 10:40 am | by Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

New technology to capture the kinetic energy of our everyday movements, such as walking, and to convert it into electrical energy has come a step closer thanks to research to be published in the International Journal Biomechatronics and...

Making Nanoelectronics Last Longer for Medical Devices, 'Cyborgs'

February 20, 2014 10:37 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The debut of cyborgs who are part human and part machine may be a long way off, but researchers say they now may be getting closer. In a study published in ACS' journal Nano Letters, they report development of a coating that makes nanoelectronics...

An Essential Step Toward Printing Living Tissues

February 20, 2014 10:22 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

A new bioprinting method developed at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) creates intricately patterned 3D tissue constructs with...

Photos of the Day: Bioprinting Living Tissue

February 20, 2014 10:21 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

In the human body, interconnected networks of fine blood vessels nourish tissue and remove waste. Jennifer Lewis and her team have developed a method for printing 3D tissue constructs that weaves multiple cell types within the extracellular...

First U.S. Implant of World's Smallest, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Pacemaker

February 20, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Continuing its leadership in advanced pacing technology and device miniaturization, Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT), today announced the first U.S. implant of the world's smallest pacemaker: the Micra(TM) Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS). The...

Gore REVISE Clinical Study Demonstrates Superiority of GORE VIABAHN Endoprosthesis

February 20, 2014 8:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) today announced that it will present the results of the Gore REVISE Clinical Study, the only randomized, controlled study of stent-grafts to investigate both stenotic and thrombotic occlusive arteriovenous...

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