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Improved Implantable Technologies to Combat Chronic Degenerative Diseases

February 20, 2015 8:30 am | by Mark Russell, Senior Global Market Manager, Medical Electronics, Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Implantable devices—especially those for cardiac and neuro applications—are among the most significant medical innovations in the last 20 years. As the population has continued to age, elderly patients find themselves faced with chronic...

Wireless Minute: Implantable 'Cortical Modem' to Cure Sight Loss

February 19, 2015 1:56 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Wireless Minute, Google Glass has become the popular death knell many in the industry are now sounding, loudly. Maybe it’s just bad design, or maybe it’s the same shot that sunk analog glass, you know, before the hipster resurrection...

Need to Maintain Balance Between Wall Thickness Specifications

February 19, 2015 8:30 am | by Rick Shorey, Sr. Sales Engineer and Project Manager, Avalon Laboratories | Blogs | Comments

Microchips for delivering drugs with time released capabilities or neuroscience, neuromodulation and/or monitoring devices material selection is key for both the implantable and delivery device. Depending upon duration and type of application...

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The Pulse: Building a Brain Powered Prosthetic Arm and Having a Checkup at Home

February 18, 2015 3:18 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're building a brain powered prosthetic arm, paying much less for a multi-function patch pump, making biocompatible microgels, and having a checkup at home...

High-Powered X-ray Watches Non-Addictive Painkillers Bind to Neuroreceptors

February 18, 2015 11:54 am | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

Using a newly developed X-ray source, scientists have revealed how a new type of pain-relievers works - bonding to the same neuroreceptors that morphine does, but without the accompanying physical dependence. "If you know how the binding physically works...

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Adds Mayo Clinic 'Telestroke'

February 17, 2015 10:24 am | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

Southern Nevada residents in need of emergency medical care for a stroke may benefit from a Mayo Clinic “telestroke” program that is now available at all three campuses of Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican (Rose de Lima, Siena and San... 

Device to Help Deaf Children Detect Sounds

February 17, 2015 9:51 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

At age 3, Angelica Lopez is helping to break a sound barrier for deaf children. Born without working auditory nerves, she can detect sounds for the first time — and start to mimic them — after undergoing brain surgery to implant a device...

Auditory Brainstem Implant for Children Born without Hearing Nerve

February 17, 2015 8:57 am | by University of Southern California - Health Sciences | News | Comments

A multi-institutional team of hearing and communication experts led by the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) is breaking sound barriers for children born without a hearing nerve in a clinical trial...

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Stroke Training with Mannequins and Other Simulation Techniques

February 13, 2015 2:45 pm | by Loyola University Health System | News | Comments

One of the most challenging cases that a first-year neurology resident physician can face is a stroke patient in the emergency department. The physician must quickly decide whether the patient is a candidate for the clot-busting drug tPA...

Photos of the (Valentine's) Day: Imaging Love

February 13, 2015 10:09 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

How deep is your love? Stanford neuroscientist Melina Uncapher has a system in her lab that can supply the answer. In 2013, Dr. Uncapher and her friend, the filmmaker Brent Hoff, invited seven men and women ranging in ages...

Nerve Cell Growth Stimulating Implant Slows Alzheimer's Progression

February 13, 2015 9:02 am | by Karolinska Institutet | News | Comments

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet have evaluated a new Alzheimer’s therapy in which the patients receive an implant that stimulates the growth of a certain type of nerve cell. The results, which are published in the scientific journal...

Teen’s Wearable Sensor Designed for Alzheimer's

February 13, 2015 8:54 am | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

Sixty percent of people with dementia wander off, an issue that can prove hugely stressful for both patients and caregivers. In this charming talk, hear how teen inventor Kenneth Shinozuka came up with a novel solution to help his...

Clinical Care Devices Need to Get Smart

February 12, 2015 8:30 am | by Kelly Patrick, Associate Director, Clinical Care Devices, IHS Medical Technology | Blogs | Comments

The damage brought by avoidable adverse events in the hospital setting is placing increasing strain on the financial resources of health providers—so much so, that new legislation is being implemented to ensure that such events are correctly...

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Attacking Alzheimer’s with Ultrasound

February 11, 2015 3:37 pm | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | News | Comments

For the first time, researchers have reversed some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in mice using magnetic resonance (MR) imaging-guided focused ultrasound. MR imaging-guided focused ultrasound has been shown to temporarily open the...

Neurotechnology Allows Reduction in Menopause-Related Symptoms

February 11, 2015 1:44 pm | by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center | News | Comments

Nearly nine out of 10 premenopausal and postmenopausal women in the United States experience hot flashes, night sweats or other disturbances in mood and sleep. Unfortunately, there aren’t many safe and effective therapies available...

Monitoring Epilepsy in the Brain with a Wireless System

February 11, 2015 1:39 pm | by Laure-Anne Pessina, EPFL | News | Comments

The large majority of the 50 million people around the world who suffer from epilepsy can be treated by anticonvulsant drugs. Yet a handful of patients do not respond to the standard treatment. More and more of them are turning to surgery...

Building Mini-Brains to Study Disorders Caused by HIV and Meth Use

February 11, 2015 10:33 am | by University of California, San Diego Health Sciences | News | Comments

A University of California, San Diego School of Medicine project involving the creation of miniature models of the human brain – developed with stem cells – to study neurological disorders caused by HIV and methamphetamine use has been named...

Virtual Reality and Neurorobotics Can Speed Up Rehabilitation

February 11, 2015 10:17 am | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | News | Comments

To speed up the recovery process of people who suffer motor disability. This is the ambitious aim of the HYPER research project which is using neurorobotics, neuroprosthetics and virtual reality to improve the life quality of patients...

Photos of the Day: Providing Prosthetic Hands with Sense of Touch

February 10, 2015 11:18 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Despite recent advances in technology for upper-limb prostheses, artificial arms and hands are still unable to provide users with sensory feedback, such as the “feel” of things being touched or awareness of limb position and movement. Without...

3 Innovations in Next-Generation Prosthetics

February 10, 2015 11:17 am | by NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | News | Comments

Three groups of researchers who have received support from the National Institutes of Health will obtain funding from the President's BRAIN Initiative to improve artificial limb technology. The new awards will be funded and administered by the...

Injectable Nanoparticles Can Restore Normal Oxygen Levels

February 10, 2015 11:03 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Injectable nanoparticles that could protect an injured person from further damage due to oxidative stress have proven to be astoundingly effective in tests to study their mechanism. Scientists at Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine...

Neural Implant Enables Amputees to Move and Feel Prosthetic Hand

February 10, 2015 9:45 am | by University of Utah | News | Comments

University of Utah researchers have received $1.4 million to further develop an implantable neural interface that will allow an amputee to move an advanced prosthetic hand with just his or her thoughts. The neural interface will also convey...

May the Force Be with You in Developing 6 Medical Devices from Star Wars

February 9, 2015 4:06 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Continuing on with my beloved theme of innovative medtech making its debut in classic sci-fi, this past weekend I sat down with a few friends and embarked on the seven-hour journey of watching the original Star Wars trilogy. (This is a tri-yearly...

First Spinal Fusion Patient Treated with New Interbody Fusion System

February 9, 2015 12:02 pm | by Benvenue Medical, Inc. | News | Comments

Benvenue Medical, Inc., a developer of minimally invasive solutions for spine repair, announced that the first spinal fusion patient in the U.S. has been treated with the new minimally invasive Luna 360 Interbody Fusion System. The surgery was...

Flex Embolization Device Receives FDA Approval

February 5, 2015 3:38 pm | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc, a global leader in medical technology, services and solutions, announced today that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its Pipeline Flex embolization device.  Available through a limited U.S. launch...

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