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Lab Awarded $5.6 Million to Develop Next-Generation Neural Devices

June 13, 2014 11:38 am | by DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | News | Comments

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently received $5.6 million from the Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop an implantable neural interface with the ability to record and stimulate...

Medtronic Heart Valve Approved for Broader Use

June 13, 2014 11:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic Inc. said Thursday that the FDA approved its artificial heart valve, CoreValve, for use in more patients who face serious risks from open-heart surgery, the standard treatment. Medtronic's implant is a less invasive approach to...

ulrich medical Releases New Spinal Implant for U.S. Market

June 12, 2014 5:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ulrich medical USA, Inc., has announced the U.S. market release of the uCentum Comprehensive Posterior System for open and minimally invasive (MIS) surgical approaches which is intended to provide immobilization and stabilization of spinal...

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Implanted Infection Prevention

June 12, 2014 12:44 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Hospital germs can be fatal, since they are resistant to antibiotics. As a result, alternative methods of defense against bacteria are in demand. Fortunately, a German-French research team has been able to develop bone implants that keep the germs at bay. The figures are alarming ...

Stem Cells Are a Soft Touch for Nano-Engineered Biomaterials

June 10, 2014 4:11 pm | by Neha Okhandiar, Queen Mary University of London | News | Comments

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London have shown that stem cell behaviour can be modified by manipulating the nanoscale properties of the material they are grown on - improving the potential of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering as a result. Stem cells ...

First Patient Receives HeartAssist5 VAD Following CE Mark Approval

June 9, 2014 5:23 pm | by ReliantHeart | News | Comments

Privately-held ReliantHeart, a leading innovator in mechanical circulatory support therapies, announced the first advanced stage heart failure patient received its next generation HeartAssist5 Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) since the company...

Surgeon Performs World’s First Spinal Fusion Surgery Using Customized 3-D Printed Spine Cages

June 9, 2014 7:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The group, a company that specializes in the development of innovative surgical technologies for the treatment of complex spinal pathologies, announced that a surgeon in Lyon, France has performed the world’s first spinal fusion surgery using...

Better Tissue Healing with Disappearing Hydrogels

June 6, 2014 2:50 pm | by University of Rochester | News | Comments

When stem cells are used to regenerate bone tissue, many wind up migrating away from the repair site, which disrupts the healing process. But a technique employed by a University of Rochester research team keeps the stem cells in place... 

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CardiAQ Valve Technologies Files Lawsuit Against Neovasc

June 6, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CardiAQ Valve Technologies, a leader in the field of Transcatheter Mitral Valve Implantation, announced today that it has filed a federal lawsuit in Boston, Mass. against Neovasc, Inc. for fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of...

Medical Technology Highlights of 2014 Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits

June 5, 2014 4:01 pm | by Jeffrey Gealow, Circuits Program Chair, 2014 Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits | Blogs | Comments

The integration of more advanced electronics technology into medical devices for patient monitoring, diagnosis and treatment continues at an ever-increasing rate, with new developments being announced daily. Among these significant technology...

Implanted Heart Device Linked to Increased Survival

June 4, 2014 3:45 pm | by Duke Medicine | News | Comments

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are associated with improved survival among heart failure patients whose left ventricles only pump 30 to 35 percent of blood out of the heart with each contraction, according to a study from the...

The Pulse: Sperm-Inspired Microbots and Seinfeld’s ‘Bro’

June 4, 2014 12:21 pm | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on the Pulse, we’re checking out Apple’s Health and Healthkit, developing sperm-inspired microrobots for biomedical applications, wearing the Bro (Manssiere), and growing cartilage from stem cells derived from fat tissue.  

AxoGen Receives DoD Funding for Next Generation Peripheral Nerve Repair Research

June 4, 2014 10:35 am | by AxoGen | News | Comments

AxoGen Inc., the emerging leader of the $1.6 billion U.S. peripheral nerve repair market, announced that it would share in the award of two Department of Defense Grants totaling approximately $1.9 million with Brigham and Women’s Hospital...

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Arthrosurface Implants the First ToeMotion Total Toe in the U.S.

June 4, 2014 9:59 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Arthrosurface, Inc., a developer of less-invasive joint restoration systems, performed its first ToeMotion total toe surgeries with Dr. Carl Hasselman last week at UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Hasselman, who has been using the HemiCAP system...

Implantable Extraocular Sensor Measures Intraocular Pressure in Glaucoma Patients

June 3, 2014 10:42 am | by Implandata Ophthalmic Products GmbH | News | Comments

Implandata Ophthalmic Products GmbH and Professor Peter Szurman, Head of “Section Experimental Ophthalmic Surgery” at Eye Hospital of University Tübingen, have started pre-clinical studies for the first implantable, permanent extraocular...

Joint Implants Without an Expiration Date

June 3, 2014 10:02 am | by Empa | News | Comments

Artificial joints have a limited lifespan. After a few years, many hip and knee joints have to be replaced. Much more complex are intervertebral disc implants, which cannot easily be replaced after their "expiry date" and which up to now...

Photos of the Day: Eliminating the Expiration Date on Implants

June 3, 2014 10:00 am | by Empa | News | Comments

After a few years, many hip and knee joints have to be replaced. Much more complex are intervertebral disc implants, which cannot easily be replaced after their "expiry date" and which up to now have had to be reinforced in most cases. This...

Implanted Bone Infection Prevention

June 2, 2014 3:39 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Hospital germs can be fatal, since they are resistant to antibiotics. As a result, alternative methods of defense against bacteria are in demand. Fortunately, a German-French research team has been able to develop bone implants that keep...

Researchers See Stem Cells Take Key Step Toward Development

June 2, 2014 2:44 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

The gap between stem cell research and regenerative medicine just became a lot narrower, thanks to a new technique that coaxes stem cells, with potential to become any tissue type, to take the first step to specialization. It is the first...

Photos of the Day: Stitching Soft Medical Machines

June 2, 2014 12:08 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers have used a standard sewing machine to create this new type of low-cost flexible metal interconnect for "soft" robotics, wearable electronics and implantable medical systems that might be made of elastic materials capable of...

Simple Sewing Machine Has High-Tech Role in Future 'Soft' Machines

June 2, 2014 12:07 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

The humble sewing machine could play a key role in creating "soft" robotics, wearable electronics and implantable medical systems made of elastic materials that are capable of extreme stretching. New stretchable technologies could lead to...

Medtronic Unveils Online Community to Connect People with Medical Devices Who ‘Live On. Give On.’

June 2, 2014 11:24 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today opened 2014 award applications for the Bakken Invitation, a global program designed to celebrate and connect people who, with the help of medical technology, have overcome health challenges and are now selflessly giving...

Hydrogel Can Move Through Body Similar to a Worm

June 2, 2014 10:57 am | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

Next time you spot an earthworm sliding through fresh dirt, take a closer look. What you're seeing is an organic movement called peristaltic locomotion that has been meticulously refined by nature. Jarod Gregory, an undergraduate student in...

Medtronic Launches Advisa and Ensura SR MRI SureScan Pacemaker Systems in Europe

June 2, 2014 10:22 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc., today announced CE (Conformité Européenne) Mark and commercial launch of the Advisa and Ensura SR MRI SureScan single chamber pacemaker devices in Europe. Both pacemakers are approved for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...

Neural Transplant Reduces Absence Epilepsy Seizures in Mice

May 30, 2014 12:23 pm | by Tracey Peake, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

New research from North Carolina State University pinpoints the areas of the cerebral cortex that are affected in mice with absence epilepsy and shows that transplanting embryonic neural cells into these areas can alleviate symptoms of the...

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