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Out with the Old, In with the New

December 5, 2014 10:48 am | by Ohio University | News | Comments

Advances in computer and electrical engineering have been revolutionary over the past few decades, changing the way we live, work and play. From new advances in medicine to automotive technology and biotechnology, electrical and computer engineering...

3D Organ Printing to Transform Transplants

December 5, 2014 10:32 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

Researchers at Yale School of Medicine's Department of Surgery and Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science have joined forces with a leading three-dimensional biology company to develop 3D printed tissues for transplant research ...

Friday 5: Connecting Healthcare with TE Connectivity's Thomas Medina

December 5, 2014 9:42 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | TE Connectivity, Ltd. | Blogs | Comments

I foresee a continuous transition from body-worn to body-integrated devices designed to deliver very specific, customized care. Device function will be monitored and controlled remotely, determined via gene-based diagnosis and therapies; and will be...

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Characterizing Tomorrow’s Medical Devices

December 3, 2014 12:07 pm | by Robert Green, Senior Market Development Manager, Keithley Instruments | Articles | Comments

Accurately measuring the load current of an implantable medical device can be quite a challenge. Although an implantable defibrillator might draw just 0.5 microamps of current in sleep or standby mode, the current draw could jump to 5A or higher...

Using Implants to Learn About the Brain and How to Heal It

December 2, 2014 12:24 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The mind has a language of its own, and Jeff Ashe is trying to figure out what exactly it is saying. Ashe and his team at GE Global Research in upstate New York are working with scientists, engineers, and physicians at Brown University to better...

Inexpensive Hydrolyzable Polymer Provides Potential for an Array of Medtech Applications

December 2, 2014 12:05 pm | by Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office, University of Illinois | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have figured out how to reverse the characteristics of a key bonding material—polyurea—providing an inexpensive alternative for a broad number of applications, such as drug delivery...

The Unusual Relationship Between Shoplifting and Medical Implants

December 2, 2014 11:52 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

With a growing number of patients receiving implantable electronic medical devices, there is increased concern about their exposure to electronic article surveillance (EAS) gates, which are designed to deter shoplifting. AAMI’s Cardiac Rhythm...

‘Skin’ Shedding Medical Devices Could Eliminate Need to Replace

December 1, 2014 9:55 am | by Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg | News | Comments

What to do when functional surfaces fail? When catheters become contaminated with microorganisms or sensors no longer react? Until now, the answer was: remove and replace. The chemist Dr. Karen Lienkamp has received a 1.49 million euros Starting...

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New Breakthrough in Flexible Electronics

November 26, 2014 11:06 am | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | News | Comments

Flexible electronics have been touted as the next generation in electronics in various areas, ranging from consumer electronics to bio-integrated medical devices. In spite of their merits, insufficient performance of organic materials arising from inherent...

Dissolvable Wireless Electronic Implants Fight Bacteria

November 25, 2014 3:42 pm | by Tufts University | News | Comments

Researchers at Tufts University, in collaboration with a team at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, have demonstrated a resorbable electronic implant that eliminated bacterial infection in mice by delivering heat to infected...

Large Biological Circuits Made Practical with New Device

November 25, 2014 10:38 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers have made great progress in recent years in the design and creation of biological circuits -- systems that, like electronic circuits, can take a number of different inputs and deliver a particular kind of output. But while individual components...

Biodegradable Membrane Helps Prevent Blood Vessel Scarring

November 21, 2014 11:32 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

When blood vessels are damaged through surgery, it can trigger an endless cycle of scarring and repair. "Scar tissue will always form inside the blood vessel and, in many cases, eventually block blood flow," said Guillermo Ameer, professor...

Design Software Key to Development of Implantable Artificial Heart

November 21, 2014 9:19 am | by PTC Creo | News | Comments

PTC has announced that researchers at the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Medicine, pioneers in the development of artificial hearts, are using PTC Creo design software for the development of a Total Artificial Heart. The renowned institution...

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Top 10 Ways to Cut Manufacturer Supply Chain Costs

November 20, 2014 3:34 pm | by Denise Odenkirk, Senior Director, Industry Solutions, GHX | Blogs | Comments

Although over 85% of med-surg manufacturers are transacting electronically with providers, manual, paper-based supply chain processes for other medical devices, such as implantables continues to contribute significantly to the soaring costs in healthcare...

Blood Test Warns of Kidney Transplant Rejection

November 18, 2014 3:22 pm | by IDIBELL-Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute | News | Comments

Researchers at the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) and doctors at University Hospital of Bellvitge, together with a team of researchers from the University of California, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, California Pacific Medical...

Coating Drug-Eluting Stents with Cancer Drug to Prevent Heart Attacks

November 18, 2014 3:09 pm | by Mark Tuschman, Stanford | News | Comments

A new study has identified an FDA approved cancer drug, crizotinib, as a possible new coating for drug-eluting stents. Researchers found that crizotinib in mice helped prevent the narrowing of blood vessels after stenting without affecting the...

Magnetic Micro-Actuators Could Serve as a Transport Mechanism Within the Body

November 18, 2014 2:15 pm | by ETH Zurich | News | Comments

Scientists have been conducting research on micrometer-sized actuators which one day may make it possible to transport drugs or chemical sensor molecules to specific locations throughout the human body. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now taken...

Analyst: Debate Over Device Tax Only Masks Needed Reforms

November 18, 2014 12:04 pm | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Rob Littlefield, MSc, GlobalData’s Analyst covering Medical Devices, says, “Republicans in the US Congress are expected to move quickly to revoke the medical device tax, which was imposed two years ago as part of a suite of fees on the healthcare...

Microthin, Antibacterial, Orthopedic Coatings

November 18, 2014 12:04 pm | by Wallwork Cambridge | Product Releases | Comments

Developed over a seven year period in partnership with surgeons and materials experts at Imperial College, Queen Mary University London, and the Materials Science and Engineering Department of The University of Sheffield, these coatings have undergone extensive trials. They have proven their resistance to wear, effective inhibition of bio-tribocorrosion and address issues of infection, metal...

MEDICA and COMPAMED Post-Show Wrap-Up

November 18, 2014 11:26 am | by Messe Düsseldorf | News | Comments

“The high number of international visitors gave medical device technology providers as well as their suppliers at MEDICA and COMPAMED tailwinds to strengthen their export business. Those putting their business on a particularly broad footing...

Moving Molding Forward

November 17, 2014 7:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Sil-Pro, LLC, ProMed Molded Products, Inc., JunoPacific, Inc., Proto Labs, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Molding for the healthcare industry is a preferred staple among available component fabrication methods. With the advantages plastics can offer, along with the flexibility in material selection and physical characteristics, it’s no wonder why...

Cellular Bone Matrix a Promising Step for Bone Regeneration

November 13, 2014 11:13 am | by DePuy Synthes | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, in collaboration with LifeNet Health, announced the introduction of ViviGen Cellular Bone Matrix, a differentiated cellular allograft for the repair or reconstruction of musculoskeletal defects...

Photos of the Day: How 3D Printing Is Changing the Medical World

November 13, 2014 10:48 am | by Juste Semetaite, CGTrader | News | Comments

Technology-inspired discoveries that have a substantial effect on improving and significantly extending human life are just starting to enter the realm of everyday discussions. It’s no secret that some of these new-found revolutionary solutions are meeting resistance...

Why 3D Printing is a Real Game Changer in Modern Medicine

November 13, 2014 9:59 am | by Juste Semetaite, CGTrader | Blogs | Comments

No one wants to live fast and die young anymore. The new cult that’s spun the society into an obsessive quest for the modern elixir of extended life is the beating heart of the 21st century. It is, of course, the all-consuming desire to reverse...

A Digital Tattoo and Personal Paper Trail

November 13, 2014 7:30 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

In a recent episode of the Engineering Update, ECN shed light on a Moscow-based artist who created musical tattoos — that is, tattoos that, when scanned by a special instrument, produce a noise that can loosely be described as...

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