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Toughening Up Hydrogels for 3D-Printed Cartilage

September 15, 2014 10:11 am | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

Thanks to their composition (mostly water), hydrogels hold much promise for use in medical bionic applications, their softness being more readily acceptable to the body than hard materials. However, despite naturally occurring hydrogels (like...

Researchers Take Up Challenge of Reviving Cartilage

September 15, 2014 10:03 am | by Stanford | News | Comments

Constance Chu was a medical student observing a surgery performed by her teacher when she caught her first glimpse of human articular cartilage, the smooth, glistening coating that covers the ends of bones as they meet at the ankle, knee and...

Significant Patient Benefits With Edwards Sapien Valve Demonstrated

September 15, 2014 9:47 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, today announced the presentation of five-year clinical outcomes for inoperable patients treated in The PARTNER Trial, the world's...

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Venezuela's Newest Shortage: Breast Implants

September 15, 2014 9:44 am | by Hannah Dreier, Associated Press | News | Comments

Venezuela's chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job. Beauty-obsessed Venezuelans face a scarcity of brand-name breast implants, and women are so desperate that they and their doctors are turning to devices...

FDA Approves New Styles Of The MENTOR MemoryShape Silicone Breast Implant

September 15, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mentor Worldwide LLC, the U.S. market leader in breast aesthetics, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved four additional styles of the MENTOR MemoryShape Breast Implants, expanding its suite of silicone breast...

Symetis Receives CE Mark Approval for TAVI System

September 12, 2014 2:55 pm | by Symetis | News | Comments

Symetis SA, the leading European developer of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) systems, announced today the launch of ACURATE neo, its 15F compatible transfemoral TAVI system. Commercial implantations started early September after...

Ventricular Assist Devices Gaining Popularity, but Artificial Hearts Remain the Ideal

September 11, 2014 11:15 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Robert Littlefield, MSc, GlobalData's Senior Analyst covering Medical Devices, says: “Since the first implantation of the Jarvik 7 in 1982, artificial heart devices have evolved significantly in size, design and power usage, but many problems...

Findings Suggest How Swimming Cells Form Biofilms on Surfaces

September 11, 2014 10:38 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | News | Comments

New research findings point toward future approaches to fighting bacterial biofilms that foul everything from implantable medical devices to industrial pipes and boat propellers. Bacteria secrete a mucus-like “extracellular polymeric substance...

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International Experts on Artificial Vision Coming to Detroit

September 10, 2014 11:10 am | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

Soldiers returning from duty who have lost both eyes may be able to have some level of vision restored in the foreseeable future with an implant in the brain. This is one of many topics to be discussed when more than 30 internationally renowned...

First U.S. Implants in Clinical Study of Medtronic’s Recapturable CoreValve Evolut R

September 10, 2014 9:39 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the first U.S. implants in the CoreValve Evolut R Clinical Study, which will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the new Medtronic CoreValve Evolut R System. This novel investigational self-expanding valve...

Improving Stimulation Treatments for Patients with Chronic Pain

September 9, 2014 10:36 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

An official at a life sciences startup based on a Purdue University innovation says his company may increase the quality of life for patients who suffer from chronic pain that cannot effectively be managed through conventional drug therapy...

J&J's Ethicon Loses Another Mesh Trial

September 9, 2014 9:11 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Legal-Bay LLC, The Lawsuit Settlement Funding Company, reported today that a Federal Jury in West Virginia awarded a husband and wife $3.27MM in damages, according to Bloomberg News, against Ethicon, Johnson & Johnson's mesh product division...

Titan Spine Announces Guarantee for Its Spinal Interbody Fusion Devices

September 8, 2014 8:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company focused on developing innovative spinal interbody fusion implants, today announced that the Company is offering a warranty for its Endoskeleton® line of spinal interbody fusion devices...

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Artificial Retinal Implant Drives Strong Emerging Market

September 4, 2014 9:47 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

The strong progress of Argus II, an artificial retinal implant to treat retinitis pigmentosa, could soon encourage large medical device companies to make substantial investments in a market with multibillion dollar potential, says an analyst...

Biofabrication Brings Lab-Grown Tissue Closer to Reality

September 3, 2014 11:17 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A team of researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina is using 3-D bio-printers in a process called biofabrication to create new tissue that they hope can one day be used to grow human organs in labs for use in transplants... 

Pioneering Bioelectronic Interfaces

September 3, 2014 10:14 am | by Denis Paiste, Materials Processing Center, MIT | News | Comments

Better control of prosthetic limbs and better treatment of diseases like Parkinson's motivates Polina Anikeeva, the AMAX Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, to develop both flexible electronic devices and safe chemical...

Medtronic Announces CE Mark for Recapturable CoreValve Evolut R System

September 3, 2014 9:31 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced CE Mark for the 23 mm CoreValve Evolut R System for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). The novel, self-expanding valve and 14FR equivalent delivery system offers new capabilities that  advance valve...

Wristwatch Inspires Batteryless Cardiac Pacemaker Design

September 2, 2014 2:20 pm | by ESC Press Office | News | Comments

A new batteryless cardiac pacemaker based on an automatic wristwatch and powered by heart motion was presented at ESC Congress 2014 today by Adrian Zurbuchen from Switzerland. The prototype device does not require battery replacement. Mr Zurbuchen...

Pacemaker Monitor Teardown

September 2, 2014 2:12 pm | by David L. Jones, EEVblog | Videos | Comments

What's inside a dial-in pacemaker monitor system? That’s what this installment of EEVblog seeks to discover. David L. Jones is an electronics design engineer based in Sydney, Australia. He hosts the EEVblog, the world’s largest and most popular engineering...

First Human Implant of CorMatrix CanGaroo ECM Envelope

September 2, 2014 12:19 pm | by CorMatrix Cardiovascular, Inc. | News | Comments

CorMatrix Cardiovascular announced today that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to market the CorMatrix CanGaroo ECM Envelope for use with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIED’s) including pacemakers...

Protein Glue Shows Potential for Use with Biomaterials

September 2, 2014 10:30 am | by ResearchSEA | News | Comments

A paper published in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials have shown that a synthetic protein called AGMA1 has the potential to promote the adhesion of brain cells in a laboratory setting. It is also cheaper and easier to produce...

Chinese Boy Implanted with 3D Printed Vertebra

August 28, 2014 3:14 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A 12-year-old boy suffering from bone cancer has become the first recipient of 3D printed artificial vertebra replacement. The five hour surgery was performed at Peking University in China where the boy is still recovering. Ben Gruber reports...

Heart Hospital to Implant Portico Transcatheter Aortic Valve System as Part of Clinical Trial

August 28, 2014 9:27 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

On Aug. 26, 2014, physicians at Heart Hospital of Austin became the first in Texas to implant the new Portico Re-sheathable Transcatheter Aortic Valve System—an innovative, repositionable aortic heart valve and delivery system. Heart Hospital...

Medtronic Announces First Implants in Largest-Ever, Global Trial of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

August 27, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the first implants in a clinical trial that will compare patient and healthcare system outcomes - including patient mortality and hospitalizations - in heart failure patients who have cardiac resynchronization...

President Obama Highlights Neuromodulation Tech that Helps Body Heal Itself

August 27, 2014 10:29 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

The body’s peripheral nervous system constantly monitors the status of internal organs and helps regulate biological responses to infection, injury or other imbalances. When this regulatory process goes awry due to injury or illness, peripheral...

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