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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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New Innovations Spur Demand for 3D Printing in Medicine

February 20, 2014 5:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As Rainbow Coral Corp. works to market and develop an innovative new 3D bioprinting system, new 3D printing innovations are generating massive new demand for the technology from patients and doctors alike in the medical industry. Just days...

The Connected Person and Healthcare

February 19, 2014 1:30 pm | by Alpesh Shah, Director of Global Business Strategy and Intelligence, IEEE Standards Association | Blogs | Comments

The advent of technology has pushed the concepts of healthcare to a different level. Areas of healthcare (diagnostic, well-being, assisted living) are benefitting from these technological advances today and for the unforeseeable future...

The Thousand-Droplets Test

February 19, 2014 11:40 am | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

In the future, an entire chemistry lab could be accommodated in a tiny little droplet. While simple reactions already work in these simplest models of an artificial cell now a group of scientists of the Cluster of Excellence Nanosystems...

Boston Scientific Esophageal Stent Gains CE Mark

February 19, 2014 10:15 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark in Europe for its WallFlex Esophageal Fully Covered Stent to treat refractory benign esophageal strictures. Benign esophageal strictures are a narrowing of the esophagus caused by scar tissue...

Single Chip Device Provides Real-Time 3D Images from Inside the Heart

February 19, 2014 10:07 am | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers have developed the technology for a catheter-based device that would provide forward-looking, real-time, three-dimensional imaging from inside the heart, coronary arteries and peripheral blood vessels. With its volumetric imaging...

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Photos of the Day: Imaging the Heart from the Inside

February 19, 2014 10:07 am | by Rob Felt, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The device integrates ultrasound transducers with processing electronics on a single 1.4 millimeter silicon chip. On-chip processing of signals allows data from more than a hundred elements on the device to be transmitted using just 13 tiny...

Global Launch of Medtronic’s Miniature Cardiac Monitor

February 19, 2014 9:39 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance, CE Mark, and the global launch of its Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor System, the smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device available for patients...

Mardil Medical Announces First Human Implants of the VenTouch Ventricular Reshaping Device

February 18, 2014 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mardil Medical, Inc., today announced the first-in-human implants using the VenTouch™ Ventricular Reshaping Device performed by a surgical team at the Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This...

Photos of the Day: Printing Live Cells Like Ancient Chinese

February 18, 2014 10:37 am | by Houston Methodist | News | Comments

Recent work to print cells in two and three dimensions using electricity-gated inkjet technology have been largely successful, but sometimes only half of the printed cells survive the printing process -- a source of frustration for many...

New Live-Cell Printing Technology Works Like Ancient Chinese Woodblocking

February 18, 2014 10:37 am | by Houston Methodist | News | Comments

With a nod to 3rd century Chinese woodblock printing and children's rubber stamp toys, researchers in Houston have developed a way to print living cells onto any surface, in virtually any shape. Unlike recent, similar work using inkjet...

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New Smart Tool Approved by Health Canada for Enhancing Hip Replacement Surgery

February 18, 2014 7:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Intellijoint Surgical, Inc. an innovator in smart tools to improve joint replacement surgery, announced today it recently received a Health Canada Medical Device License for its flagship product, Intellijoint HIP. The Company also announced...

Another Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit Goes to Trial in W.Va.

February 14, 2014 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Another lawsuit involving pelvic mesh has gone to trial in West Virginia. Media outlets report that jury selection began Monday in U.S. District Court in Charleston. A dozen plaintiffs filed the lawsuit in Texas in 2012. It is among about...

Metal Implants May Cut Chemotherapy Side Effects

February 13, 2014 2:25 pm | by Jen Middleton, University of Edinburgh | News | Comments

Cancer patients could one day experience fewer side effects from chemotherapy following a discovery that opens the door for more targeted treatments. Researchers have identified a possible way of ...             

Photos of the Day: PillCam Colon Exam

February 13, 2014 12:06 pm | by Given Imaging | News | Comments

Given Imaging has developed the PillCam, an imaging system that can be swallowed to examine a patient's colon and digestive tract. The device does not need to be retrieved to collect the images from the exam, instead ...    

Filling Me Softly

February 12, 2014 3:00 pm | by Becky Allen, University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Surgical implants are widely used in modern medicine but their effectiveness is often compromised by how our bodies react to them. Now, scientists at the University of Cambridge have discovered that implant stiffness is ...     

BioPlotting Is People

February 12, 2014 1:57 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

One of the more innovative, and potentially world-changing areas of 3D printing revolves around the medical industry and producing printable implants and organs. EnvisionTEC’s 3D-Bioplotter was first conceived in ...    

Photo of the Day: A Visual History of 3D Printing

February 12, 2014 11:47 am | by Computer Science Hub | News | Comments

Who knew the loud dot matrix printers of the 1980s, complete with their perforated-edge paper, would give way to sleek 3D printers that can create items ranging from weapons to medical equipment? Let’s take a look at how 3D printing works ...

FDA Has Approved the First U.S. Trial of the Wearable Artificial Kidney

February 12, 2014 11:08 am | by Blood Purification Technologies | News | Comments

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has approved the start of the first human clinical trials in the United States for the Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK) designed by Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Victor Gura, MD the inventor of this technology. The announcement was made ...

A New Advance in 3D Printing and Tissue Engineering Technology

February 11, 2014 11:47 am | by Brigham and Women’s Hospital | News | Comments

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Carnegie Mellon University have introduced a unique micro-robotic technique to assemble the components of complex materials, the foundation of tissue engineering and ...      

Diaphragm Pacing Successful in Weaning Patients from Ventilators

February 10, 2014 1:34 pm | by George Stamatis, University Hospitals Case Medical Center | News | Comments

A new study published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery finds that diaphragm pacing (DP) stimulation in spinal cord-injured patients is successful not only in weaning patients from mechanical ventilators but also in bridging patients to ...

Nanomotors Are Controlled Inside Living Cells

February 10, 2014 12:34 pm | by Barbara K. Kennedy, Penn State | News | Comments

For the first time, a team of chemists and engineers at Penn State University have placed tiny synthetic motors inside live human cells, propelled them with ultrasonic waves and steered them magnetically. It's not exactly "Fantastic Voyage," but it's close. The nanomotors, which are ...

Cochlear Implants — with No Exterior Hardware

February 10, 2014 12:26 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

Cochlear implants — medical devices that electrically stimulate the auditory nerve — have granted at least limited hearing to hundreds of thousands of people worldwide who otherwise would be totally deaf. Existing versions of the device, however, require that a ...

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