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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...

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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...

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...

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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...

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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...

World’s First Patient-Specific Spinal Rod Receives FDA Approval

November 12, 2014 4:13 pm | by MEDICREA Group | News | Comments

The MEDICREA Group announced the company has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for UNiDTM, the world’s first patient-specific spinal osteosynthesis rod. The technology will be premiered at the 2014 North...

Photos of the Day: Sneak Peak from this Year's MEDICA

November 12, 2014 3:56 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

Editor-in-Chief, Sean Fenske reports some of this year’s highlights at MEDICA in Düsseldorf, Germany...                                    

Veterans Win 'Shark Tank' Competition for Life-Saving 3D Printed Implant

November 12, 2014 10:19 am | by Osiris Biomed | News | Comments

Osiris Biomed 3D was the Grand Prize winner of a $10,000 check at the Greater Philadelphia Veteran Network’s 2nd Annual Veteran Entrepreneur “Shark Tank” Business Pitch Event held Thursday November 6th at The Hub, Philadelphia. Similar to...

Next-Gen Heart Implant First in Canada

November 10, 2014 11:42 am | by University Health Network | News | Comments

A surgical team at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre led by internationally-acclaimed cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Vivek Rao, has successfully implanted a novel mechanical device, the HeartMate IIITM, into a patient with advanced heart failure...

Bionic Hand Restores Feeling for Amputee

November 10, 2014 11:02 am | by CORDIS | News | Comments

A prosthetic hand, which provides a sense of touch acute enough to handle an egg, has been completed and is now exploited by the NEBIAS project after 10 years of EU-funded research. The world’s most advanced bionic hand was tested with the help...

DARPA Speeds Funding for New Biotech

November 7, 2014 1:33 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

Many businesses and academic researchers wishing to pursue cutting-edge research ideas with government support lack the resources to navigate the burdensome paperwork requirements required to win federal grants or contracts. DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office...

Shape-Shifting Micro Muscles Will Pump You Up

November 7, 2014 12:42 pm | by Michigan Engineering | Videos | Comments

First of their kind, self-assembling particle chains may serve as muscles for futuristic tiny robots. This breakthrough has Michigan Engineers pumped up. They have demonstrated the ability to extend and retract—flex—nanoscale colloidal fibers ...

Opening the Door to Nonpharmacological Treatment Options with Neurological Devices

November 7, 2014 7:30 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Devices under the umbrella of the neurological market cover an array of purposes, including management and treatment of disorders, as well as surgical and interventional procedures. Some of the most exciting devices are those used in neuromodulation...

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