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Implantable Heart Devices Result in Similar Survival Benefits Among Ethnic, Racial Groups

August 19, 2014 4:24 pm | by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences | News | Comments

Racial and ethnic minorities who receive implantable devices to treat heart failure derive the same substantial survival benefit from these therapies as white patients, new UCLA-led research shows. While the American College of Cardiology and...

Engineering New Bone Growth

August 19, 2014 3:57 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT chemical engineers have devised a new implantable tissue scaffold coated with bone growth...

Toward the Creation of Medical Nanorobots

August 19, 2014 12:37 pm | by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology | News | Comments

Researchers from the Institute of General Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the...

3D Printed Patient-Specific Facial Device Receives FDA Clearance

August 19, 2014 11:26 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Oxford Performance Materials, Inc., a leading advanced materials and additive manufacturing (3D...

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Wireless Energy Transfer System Charges Devices Without Cables

August 19, 2014 11:05 am | by Asociación RUVID | News | Comments

Researchers at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) have designed a new device for wireless energy transfer that will, for example, charge mobile phones or laptops without needing cables. The system, patented by the UPV, is based...

Benefits of the Connected Hospital

August 19, 2014 10:46 am | by Laird | Videos | Comments

The Connected Hospital is a vision of a fully integrated hospital where wireless technology allows care givers and patients to roam throughout the hospital while providing accurate and timely monitoring. The Connected Hospital collects the...

Research Sites Investigating Medical Device Proven to Restore Vision, Improve Quality of Life in Seniors

August 19, 2014 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dr. David Boyer with Retina-Vitreous Associates Medical Group and Dr. Samuel Masket with Advanced Vision Care announced they are participating in a nationwide, post-approval study of the Implantable Miniature Telescope (by Dr. Isaac Lipshitz)...

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Artificial Cells Act Like the Real Thing

August 18, 2014 4:21 pm | by Weizmann Institute of Science | News | Comments

Imitation, they say, is the sincerest form of flattery, but mimicking the intricate networks and dynamic interactions that are inherent to living cells is difficult to achieve outside the cell. Now, as published in Science, Weizmann Institute...

Engineering Long-Lasting Joint Lubrication by Mimicking Nature

August 18, 2014 4:12 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

By finding a way to bind a slippery molecule naturally found in the fluid that surrounds healthy joints, Johns Hopkins researchers have engineered surfaces that have the potential to deliver long-lasting lubrication at specific spots throughout...

Surgeons First in U.S. to Implant Device to Treat Cluster Headaches

August 18, 2014 4:08 pm | by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | News | Comments

For those suffering excruciating pain from cluster headaches, relief may soon be available from an investigational device being studied in a national multicenter clinical trial. Recently, doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical...

Remote Monitoring Can Save ICD and CRT-D Patients' Lives

August 18, 2014 10:32 am | by PresseBox | News | Comments

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical technology, announced the publication of the IN-TIME study results in the medical journal The Lancet. The randomized, controlled trial is the first worldwide to demonstrate that...

Global Tissue Engineering and Regeneration Market to Reach $56.9 Billion in 2019

August 18, 2014 10:09 am | by BCC Research | News | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report, Tissue Engineering and Regeneration: Technologies and Global Markets, the global market for tissue engineering and regeneration is expected to grow to $56.9 billion by 2019, with a five-year compound...

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Cyborg Implants Antenna into Skull

August 8, 2014 10:06 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Meet the cyborgs: People with technology implanted inside their bodies. Laurie Segall reports.                         

Hospital Implants New Hybrid Cochlear Implant in Patient Who Lost High Frequency Hearing

August 7, 2014 5:09 pm | by University Hospitals Case Medical Center | News | Comments

University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center is the first in Cleveland to implant a new type of cochlear device for adults who have lost the high frequency range of their hearing, but have retained the low frequencies with or without a hearing...

The Business of Being a Cyborg

August 7, 2014 5:01 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Meet Amal Graafstra. This cyborg decided to start a business to sell implantable RFID chips.                          

Artificial Retina: Physicists Develop an Interface to the Optical Nerve

August 7, 2014 10:10 am | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

Graphene is viewed as a kind of "miracle solution": It is thin, transparent and has a tensile strength greater than that of steel. In addition, it conducts electricity better than copper. Since it comprises only a single layer of carbon atoms...

FDA Approval for Medtronic’s Attain Performa Quadripolar Lead and Viva Quad CRT-Ds

August 7, 2014 9:47 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced it has received United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the Attain Performa Model 4298 quadripolar lead, and the Viva Quad XT and Viva Quad S cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators...

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Infographic: What Engineers Think About Retirement

August 7, 2014 8:14 am | by Kasey Panetta & Eileen Whitmore, ECN Magazine | News | Comments

Retirement, that Golden Age of relaxation and hard-earned rest where you get to prop up your feet on the porch and yell at the neighborhood kids to get off your lawn. ECN wanted to know what engineers had planned for...    

Will Medical Devices and All-Laser Manufacturing Advancements Enable the Age of Longevity?

August 6, 2014 2:45 pm | by Stefan Zschiegner, Raydiance | Blogs | Comments

Perhaps the only advances in medical technology which excite more than today’s minimally invasive devices and procedures are the ones that will come to market over the next several decades. Medical futurists speak with credibility about the...

Physicians Deactivate Heart Pump with Catheter-Based Approach

August 6, 2014 10:32 am | by Stanford | News | Comments

Donna Jackson’s heart, on the verge of failing two years earlier, had made a strong recovery. By spring 2013, she no longer needed the left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, that had been implanted in her chest almost three years earlier...

Customized Knee Implants Have More Natural Motion Compared to Off-the-Shelf Versions

August 6, 2014 8:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ConforMIS, Inc., a medical device company providing the only truly customized total knee implant systems for patients, today announced results from two in vivo clinical studies comparing the motion patterns of patients treated with ConforMIS...

Japan Scientist in Research Scandal Found Dead

August 5, 2014 4:32 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

A senior Japanese scientist embroiled in a stem-cell research scandal has apparently committed suicide, police said Tuesday. Yoshiki Sasai had supervised and co-authored stem-cell research papers that had to be retracted due to falsified...

The Benefits of Working with an UHMWPE Fiber with a Fine Denier

August 5, 2014 3:58 pm | by Carola Hansen, Director of Biomedical Polyethylenes, DSM Biomedical | DSM Biomedical | Articles | Comments

In February, DSM announced that it was expanding its Dyneema Purity fiber portfolio with the commercial launch of the thinnest, high-strength, medical-grade ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber on the market - Dyneema Purity...

Advanced Thin-Film Technique Could Deliver Long-Lasting Medication

August 5, 2014 3:23 pm | by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office | News | Comments

About one in four older adults suffers from chronic pain. Many of those people take medication, usually as pills. But this is not an ideal way of treating pain: Patients must take medicine frequently, and can suffer side effects, since the...

Hip Replacement Surgery Is on the Rebound

August 5, 2014 10:26 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

The hip replacement market is beginning to recover from the global recession and controversies surrounding metal-on-metal implants, with procedure volumes growing and patient confidence at an all-time high, says an analyst with research and...

Implanted Neurons Become Part of the Brain

August 4, 2014 2:19 pm | by Université du Luxembourg | News | Comments

Scientists at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have grafted neurons reprogrammed from skin cells into the brains of mice for the first time with long-term stability. Six months after implantation...

Exploring 3D Printing to Make Organs for Transplants

August 4, 2014 8:43 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Printing whole new organs for transplants sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but the real-life budding technology could one day make actual kidneys, livers, hearts and other organs for patients who desperately need them. In the ACS...

Tecomet to Acquire Symmetry Medical Inc.'s OEM Solutions Business

August 4, 2014 8:32 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Tecomet Inc., a Genstar Capital portfolio company and precision contract manufacturer supporting the medical device and aerospace industries, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with Symmetry Medical Inc. to acquire its...

Silicon Technology to Enable a Revolution in Healthcare

July 24, 2014 2:54 pm | by Dr. Liesbet Lagae, R&D Manager Life Science Technologies, imec | Imec | Articles | Comments

Much of the research in healthcare is directed at the major medical challenges of the coming decade. How are we going to cope with the diseases of a growing elderly population, such as brain diseases, cancers, and diabetes? How can we improve...

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