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Sweat Glands Heal Injuries

February 4, 2014 12:00 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

Our body’s sweat glands are a source of stem cells particularly suited to healing wounds – stem cells that form new skin cells and manage the healing process. They are not rejected by the body and can be obtained without a hospital stay. It...

Photos of the Day: 'Balloon Pill' Offers Weight Loss Treatment

February 4, 2014 11:50 am | by Obalon | News | Comments

The Obalon balloon is designed to assist weight loss by partially filling the stomach and helping to induce a feeling of fullness. The placement of one or more balloons in the stomach helps you consume less food at each sitting. The Obalon...

Stent wars: Shrinkage concerns resurface in Medtronic/Boston Scientific DES trial

February 3, 2014 2:20 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medtech giants Medtronic and Boston Scientific took their long-time stent rivalry to new heights in a 1st-of-its-kind head-to-head study of their next-generation drug-eluting stents, with researchers ultimately reporting little difference...

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Growing a Business, from the Lab

February 3, 2014 12:34 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In the early 1990s, MIT researcher Shuguang Zhang, then an MIT postdoc, stumbled upon peptides that could self-assemble into nanostructures, creating three-dimensional environments for cell culturing. It was, at the time, a breakthrough...

Successful First Human Implant of Tiara Transcatheter Mitral Valve

February 3, 2014 10:56 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

OPKO Health, Inc., a multi-national biopharmaceutical and diagnostics company, today reported that Neovasc Inc., a Vancouver-based company in which OPKO has made a strategic investment, reported that a first-in-human implantation of its...

Microspheres Could Be Key in Preventing Bone Infections After Joint Replacement

January 31, 2014 11:19 am | by University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston | News | Comments

Currently more than 1 million knee replacements and hip replacements are performed each year in the United States, and with the aging population, the number of total joint replacements is expected to grow. While total joint surgeries have...

New Stem Cell Technique May Aid Medical Treatments

January 29, 2014 1:35 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A simple lab treatment can turn ordinary cells from mice into stem cells, according to a surprising study that hints at a possible new way to grow tissue for treating illnesses like diabetes and Parkinson's disease. Researchers in Boston...

First Retinal Prosthesis Implanted Since FDA Approval

January 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center | News | Comments

Retina surgeons at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center have performed the first — and second — surgeries in the United States to implant an artificial retina, or “bionic eye,” since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved...

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Photos of the Day: First Argus 'Bionic Eye' Implanted

January 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center | News | Comments

The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System is surgically implanted in one eye. The individual wears glasses equipped with a camera that captures images and converts them into a series of small electrical pulses. The pulses are transmitted wirelessly...

Healthcare and the ‘Internet of Things’

January 28, 2014 11:20 am | by Oleg Logvinov, IEEE, Director of Special Assignments, Industrial & Power Conversion Division, STMicroelectronics | Blogs | Comments

A revolution in healthcare is quietly brewing. The “Internet of Things”—a global system that could eventually comprise billions of devices and applications—including sensors, actuators, microcontrollers, mobile-communication devices, nano...

Human Trials in Two Years for Artificial Pancreas Invention

January 28, 2014 11:07 am | by De Montfort University | News | Comments

An artificial pancreas invented by a De Montfort University (DMU) professor could have its first human trials within two years. Professor Joan Taylor’s creation ensures patients will no longer have to endure injections of insulin every day...

Transcatheter Technologies Testing World’s First ‘Truly Repositionable’ TAVI Device

January 28, 2014 11:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Transcatheter Technologies GmbH, an emerging medical device company that is developing a third-generation transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) system—TRINITY—announced today that an independent laboratory has completed ‘advanced...

Surgeon Working to Bring New Stent for Aortic Aneurysms to Patients in U.S.

January 27, 2014 11:18 am | by Temple University Health System | News | Comments

Temple University Hospital (TUH) could be among the first U.S.-based hospitals to test a new device known as a multilayer stent in patients suffering from aortic aneurysm, a condition characterized by the formation of a potentially life...

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St. Jude Medical Announces Implant of World’s First Leadless Pacemaker in the UK

January 27, 2014 1:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced the first post-approval implant of the Nanostim leadless pacemaker in the U.K. The world’s first retrievable leadless pacemaker was implanted at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital...

Multiphysics Models Create New Biomedical Information

January 23, 2014 2:58 pm | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director, R&D Magazine | Articles | Comments

Multiphysics software simulations are used by biomedical equipment developers to reliably design complex mechanisms for enhancing the human physical condition. These medical devices can include tools for treating cancers, enhancing hearing...

Growing Blood Vessels for Enhanced Tissue Treatment

January 23, 2014 1:28 pm | by University of Utah | News | Comments

University of Utah bioengineers showed that tiny blood vessels grow better in the laboratory if the tissue surrounding them is less dense. Then the researchers created a computer simulation to predict such growth accurately—an early step...

'Watch' Cites Concern About Femoral Neck Fractures in Long-Necked Modular Implants

January 23, 2014 1:07 pm | by Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery | News | Comments

JBJS Case Connector, an online case report journal published by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, has issued a "Watch" regarding femoral neck fractures in patients whose implants used modular head-neck and neck-stem designs. While...

Medtronic Pacing Systems First to Be Approved for Full Body MRI Scans Without Positioning Restrictions

January 23, 2014 11:10 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced that the Medtronic SureScan pacing systems—the first and only pacing systems in the United States that have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use with magnetic resonance imaging...

Many CV Devices Approved by Process that Often Does Not Require New Clinical Data

January 23, 2014 10:40 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

Many cardiac implantable electronic device models currently in use were approved via a Food and Drug Administration review process in which the models were assumed safe and effective based on approval of prior versions of the device, according...

Kyocera's Artificial Hip Joint Drawing Interest for Long Life

January 22, 2014 11:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The artificial hip joint developed by a Kyocera Corp. subsidiary has been increasingly used for surgeries to treat hip osteoarthritis and fracture, with the number of cases reaching 10,000 in the two years since its launch in October 2011...

Titan Spine Adds Five New Patents to Interbody Fusion Intellectual Property Portfolio

January 22, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company focused on developing innovative spinal interbody fusion implants, announced today that it has been awarded five new patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. These patents...

New Energy Harvesting Technology Set to Reduce Number of Open-Heart Surgeries

January 20, 2014 12:30 pm | by University of Waterloo | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a new technology that could dramatically reduce the number of open-heart surgeries for people with pacemakers. Professor Armaghan Salehian’s research group has developed wideband...

Implanted Sensors Monitor Cerebral Pressure

January 20, 2014 11:31 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

If the pressure in a patient’s brain is too high, physicians implant a system in the head that regulates the pressure. A sensor can now measure and individually adjust brain pressure. The sensor system is approved for use as a long-term...

Manufacturing Organs

January 16, 2014 3:40 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Since 2008, eight patients have been given a new chance at life when surgeons replaced their badly damaged tracheas with man-made versions. This highly experimental technology is now moving from research labs to a manufacturing facility as...

Making Biomaterials from Seaweed for Implants

January 16, 2014 2:38 pm | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

University of Wollongong researchers are growing jobs and materials from the sea for medical treatments through a project in the Shoalhaven area to farm and process seaweeds that will then be used for biomaterials such as cell carriers in...

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