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4 Awesome Technologies Featured at WIRED Health 2015

April 24, 2015 3:03 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Back in December 2014, Intel announced that it was working with Stephen Hawking to create a new system for him to communicate and interact. The company also mentioned that they would make the platform available to the research community...

Inflatable Penile Prosthesis FDA Approved for Ectopic Placement

April 24, 2015 10:41 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Coloplast, a leading medical device company, announced it has received approval from The Center...

FDA Holds Public Meeting on Postmarket Risk for Medical Devices

April 23, 2015 10:06 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

How can the medical device industry best manage risk when it comes to products that are already...

Engineering More Natural and Durable Replacement Heart Valves

April 23, 2015 9:30 am | by Worcester Polytechnic Institute | News | Comments

With a $450,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), researchers at Worcester...

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Drug-Eluting Implant Determines Personalized Cancer Treatment

April 22, 2015 4:04 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

More than 100 drugs have been approved to treat cancer, but predicting which ones will help a particular patient is an inexact science at best. A new device developed at MIT may change that. The implantable device, about the size of the grain...

FDA Approves First-of-Its-Kind Corneal Implant

April 21, 2015 9:22 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the KAMRA inlay, a device implanted in the cornea of one eye (the clear, front surface) to improve near vision in certain patients with presbyopia. It is the first implantable device for...

Osiris BioMed 3D Wins NYC Inside 3D Printing Expo Startup Competition

April 21, 2015 9:01 am | by Osiris BioMed | News | Comments

Osiris Biomed 3D won MecklerMedia’s New York Inside 3D Printing Expo’s Startup Competition held April 16-17 at the Javits Center. The Startup Competition at Inside 3D Printing is the hottest pitch event in the industry, with participants...

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Clot Removal Device Dramatically Improves Outcomes for Stroke Patients

April 17, 2015 2:33 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

A new device to remove obstructing blood clots can significantly improve outcomes for people who suffer a certain type of stroke, according to a study led by a UCLA investigator. In patients with acute ischemic stroke - in which a blood...

Electronic Micropump Delivers Treatments Deep Within the Brain

April 16, 2015 2:32 pm | by INSERM | News | Comments

Many potentially efficient drugs have been created to treat neurological disorders, but they cannot be used in practice. Typically, for a condition such as epilepsy, it is essential to act at exactly the right time and place in the brain. For this...

Medtronic's 'Brain Pacemaker' to Advance Brain Research

April 15, 2015 10:58 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Essential tremor, a nervous system disorder that causes a rhythmic shaking in the hands, affects an estimated 10 million Americans and millions more worldwide. Deep brain stimulation, essentially a pacemaker for the brain, has been approved...

First U.S. Implant of Bioprosthetic Mitral Valve

April 15, 2015 10:45 am | by The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) | News | Comments

Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) physicians are conducting a research study using the first transcatheter mitral valve replacement in the U.S. at Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Dr. Wes Pedersen, Principal...

MedTech Memoirs: The Pacemaker

April 15, 2015 8:30 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

The pacemaker’s journey begins in 1932 with American physiologist Albert Hyman. Hyman dubbed his invention the “artificial pacemaker,” a moniker that has stuck with the device to this very day. The behemoth was operated by a hand crank...

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World's Smallest Pacemaker Receives CE Mark

April 14, 2015 10:54 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc today announced it has received CE (Conformité Européenne) Mark of the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS), the world's smallest pacemaker. At less than one-tenth the size of traditional pacemakers, the Micra device provides...

How Deep-Brain Stimulation Reshapes Neural Circuits in Parkinson’s Disease

April 14, 2015 9:57 am | by University of California - San Francisco | News | Comments

UC San Francisco scientists have discovered a possible mechanism for how deep-brain stimulation (DBS), a widely used treatment for movement disorders, exerts its therapeutic effects. Few medical treatments show results as rapid and dramatic...

3D Printed Patient-Specific Implants Made in Real-Time Mid-Surgery

April 13, 2015 3:51 pm | by Osiris Biomedical, LLC | News | Comments

Osiris Biomed 3D has been selected to compete in MecklerMedia’s New York Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo’s Startup Competition on Thursday April 16th at 11:45am at the Javits Center. The Startup Competition at Inside 3D Printing is the...

Polymer Coating Could Let Medical Sensors Communicate with Body

April 13, 2015 3:24 pm | by University of Akron | News | Comments

Research at The University of Akron to develop a polymer coating for medical sensors implanted in the body has attracted a $499,995 grant from the National Science Foundation. Gang Cheng, Ph.D., an assistant professor of chemical engineering...

3 Keys to Medical Device Development Excellence

April 13, 2015 11:29 am | by Mohan Ponnudurai, Industry Solution Director, Sparta Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Some of the future-looking technological developments in medicine, including surgeries enabled by virtual reality, remote surgery, needle free treatments and even electronic aspirin, all have the same mission in mind – to deliver the highest level...

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Prototype Early and Often in the Design Process

April 13, 2015 8:30 am | by EG Gilero | Blogs | Comments

Faster and cheaper prototyping speeds for the iterative design process helps the engineers learn and develop the product more quickly. This works for several different levels of prototypes, starting with better SLA materials and moving through...

Circulatory Support Without Surgery

April 10, 2015 11:11 am | by Omar Benavides, Ph.D., Senior Product Development Engineer, Procyrion, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Heart failure accounts for 3.6 million hospitalizations, 300,000 deaths, and $35 billion in annual healthcare costs in the US alone. More than 3 million heart failure patients currently suffer from chronic fatigue and painful swelling while...

Developing Peripheral Devices for Your Brain

April 8, 2015 10:59 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

I hope a day will come when medical device designers seek to ask, "What ELSE can we do with this device that may go beyond the 'normal' limitations of a person." Who knows what that could bring in terms of new capabilities, new experiences...

Getting the Perfect Fit for Artificial Hips

April 8, 2015 9:36 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

A painful hip that feels unstable and no longer has the same range of motion: For many patients, this means they need a prosthetic hip – something that happens to more than 200,000 people each year in Germany alone. Implant manufacturers face...

Recharging Medical Devices in a Minute

April 7, 2015 3:05 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to developing a portable medical device, one of the constant challenges for design engineers is determining a suitable power source. The list of concerns that can be associated with the battery in a medical device can include...

You May Go Blind...but Your Brain Doesn't!

April 7, 2015 2:30 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Restoring sight is tricky business, and this approach turns a blind eye to traditional rehabilitation for vision loss. Once the optic nerve is rendered useless, sadly there’s not much that can be done to regain vision. Sure, a bionic eye might...

Infographic: Bionic World: Better Living Through Technology

April 7, 2015 11:47 am | by Solidworks | News | Comments

These days there is no shortage of amazing stories demonstrating how engineers are making huge strides in the medical device field. From “Iron Man” Robert Downey Jr. donating a 3D-printed prosthetic arm to destroying cancer cells with...

Microvalves: Enabling a New Technology for Tissue Expansion Systems

April 2, 2015 2:50 pm | by F. Mark Payne, Director of Research and Development, AirXpanders | Articles | Comments

Each year, approximately 250,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. As a result, more and more patients with cancer in one or both breasts are making the difficult decision to undergo a unilateral or bilateral mastectomy...

Engineers Will Pioneer the Future of Medicine

April 2, 2015 9:28 am | by Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego | News | Comments

Many of tomorrow’s solutions to today’s challenges in medicine will require feats of engineering in addition to biology, chemistry and health sciences. In fact, inventions such as valve prostheses, vascular stents and heart rhythm control...

Wearable Vital Sign Monitors: Gadgetry or Healthcare 3.0?

April 2, 2015 8:30 am | by Thomas Heldt, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Institute for Medical Engineering & Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Blogs | Comments

The microelectronic revolution of the past 40 years has brought to the mass market the likes of pocket calculators, personal computers, cell phones, and recently a great variety of miniaturized consumer electronic devices. At the core of this...

Medtronic Completes Acquisition of Sophono

March 29, 2015 8:30 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Sophono, Inc., a privately held developer and manufacturer of innovative magnetic hearing implants in Boulder, Colorado. This acquisition enables Medtronic's Ear Nose...

Prototyping Processes are Becoming More Acceptable for Use in the Final Product

March 29, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Farm Design, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Using simulation and design software complements the building of physical prototypes. Both are critical to the development process. The typical cycles of designing, building, and testing are facilitated by having more rigorous engineering...

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