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$25 Million Funding for Next Generation 3D Bio-Systems

December 23, 2013 9:27 am | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

Important new functional 3D devices including soft robotic limbs and solar fuel devices will be developed in a new world center for 3D Electromaterials based at the University of Wollongong. The ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials...

$3.5M Awarded for Commercialization of Medical Devices for Children

December 23, 2013 9:09 am | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

The Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium (APDC) has been awarded $3.5 million over five years by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to assist scientists, clinicians and entrepreneurs in bringing medical devices for children to the market...

Concussion Tests’ Marketing Outpaces Scientific Evidence

December 20, 2013 11:39 am | by The University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

Computerized neurocognitive testing for concussions is widely used in amateur and professional sports, but little research over the past decade proves its effectiveness, a paper published this month in the journal Neuropsychology Review...

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BioTime Reports Isolation of Novel Brain-Associated Cells From Human Embryonic Stem Cells

December 20, 2013 9:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

BioTime, Inc., a biotechnology company that develops and markets products in the field of regenerative medicine reported today the publication of a peer-reviewed scientific paper on the successful generation of human cells with markers of...

MRI Method for Measuring MS Progression Validated

December 19, 2013 3:36 pm | by University of Western Ontario | News | Comments

New imaging research from Western University (London, Canada) has demonstrated that a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) approach called quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) can be an important tool for diagnosing and tracking the progression...

World's First Implant After FDA Approval for Groundbreaking Epilepsy Treatment

December 19, 2013 12:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

On Dec. 18, Keck Medicine of USC became the world's first medical center to implant a responsive brain device newly approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat epilepsy, with potential to help millions of people worldwide...

Greatbatch submits PMA for spinal cord stim

December 19, 2013 9:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Greatbatch this week filed a pre-market approval application with the FDA for its spinal cord neuromodulation system. The neuromodulation system comes from the Frisco, Texas-based company's subsidiary, QiG Group, which hopes to win indication...

Reverse Medical Announces CE Mark for BARREL Vascular Reconstruction Device for the Treatment of Intracranial Bifurcation Aneurysms

December 19, 2013 6:15 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Reverse Medical Corporation today announced CE Mark approval for European commercialization of their BARREL ® Vascular Reconstruction Device (VRD) and the first European clinical case. The BARREL ® Vascular Reconstruction Device is intended...

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Polymer Coatings Based on Molecular Structures

December 18, 2013 4:05 pm | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A novel method developed by researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Jacobs University Bremen enables manufacturing of polymer layers with tailor-made properties and multiple functions: A stable porous gel (SURGEL)...   

Health regulators open $40M in BRAIN funding for 2014

December 18, 2013 1:53 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health this week opened the 1st funding opportunities associated with the BRAIN Initiative, looking initially to spur research and development in basic brain sciences. Healthcare regulators released $40 million in...

RapidFIRE: Squishy Skulls for Simulating Brain Surgery

December 18, 2013 10:32 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Malaya, in Malaysia, have developed a unique, multi-material model to help train and better the practice of novice neurosurgeons. With two components, the 3D-printed skull gives trainees...    

ISO/IEEE Personal Health Device Profiles Help Make Seamless Communication a Reality

December 17, 2013 2:59 pm | by Dr. Malcolm Clarke, IEEE 11073 PHD Working Group | Articles | Comments

Successful end-to-end data systems are typically comprised of a collection of dovetailing technologies managed by a comprehensive set of global standards that make interoperability possible at the product level. The strict regulations, rigorous...

FDA OKs eNeura's novel migraine pain treatment stim

December 17, 2013 9:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medtech maker eNeura Therapeutics won FDA clearance to market its 1st-of-its-kind Cerena transcranial magnetic stimulator, landing regulatory approval through the agency's less-stringent de novo premarket review pathway. The Cerena TMS is...

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Study Breaks Blood-Brain Barriers to Understanding Alzheimer’s

December 16, 2013 11:51 am | by NIH | News | Comments

A study in mice shows how a breakdown of the brain’s blood vessels may amplify or cause problems associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The results published in Nature Communications suggest that blood vessel cells called pericytes may provide...

NIH and NFL Tackle Concussion Research

December 16, 2013 11:47 am | by NIH | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health has selected eight projects to receive support to answer some of the most fundamental problems on traumatic brain injury, including understanding long-term effects of repeated head injuries and improving...

Designing Medical Devices to Meet FDA Security Guidelines

December 13, 2013 3:18 pm | by Alan Grau, President and Co-Founder, Icon Labs | Articles | Comments

The FDA and Department of Homeland Security recently issued an alert urging medical device makers and medical facilities to upgrade security protections to protect against potential cyber threats. This was issued in response to an ICS-CERT...

Through Emerald Lenses

December 13, 2013 2:43 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Recently, I had the pleasure of a media tour to Ireland. While weather-wise, the Fall is not the ideal time of year to visit the island (although as I was informed, you don’t go to Ireland for the weather), it was fantastic timing in terms...

Changing Medicine Through Technology

December 11, 2013 2:56 pm | by Michael Lewis, Writer, Money Crashers Personal Finance | Blogs | Comments

Medical devices serve a number of purposes from the most mundane to the esoteric. Some are constantly being redesigned and updated to be more effective while others have remained little-changed for decades. Even bed pans—stainless steel...

New Dementia Diagnosis Tools Possible with £5 Million Engineering Funding

December 11, 2013 10:01 am | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) | News | Comments

Health ministers from the G8 nations will meet in London today (11 December) to discuss the global health challenge posed by dementia. The summit aims to develop co-ordinated global action on dementia. One area of focus at the summit is... 

New App Measures Battery Life for Brain Stimulation Patients

December 11, 2013 9:44 am | by UF Health | News | Comments

For people with neurological disorders who use deep brain stimulators, a low battery can mean the return of mentally and physically crippling symptoms. Fortunately for some of these people, now there’s an app to assist with that. In fact, help...

The Ten Biggest Medical Successes of 2013

December 11, 2013 9:41 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

"One of These Rivals the Original Proof that Penicillin Works," Says Medical Trend Guru Stephen Shrewsbury. Medical science had a banner year in 2013, including a development, according to Dr. Stephen Shrewsbury, that offers the first long...

Power Management Systems for Mobile Medical Carts

December 10, 2013 2:21 pm | by Michael J. Mardis, Technical Sales, Hoffman Engineered Systems | Articles | Comments

Most mobile carts feature onboard power systems equipped with single or multiple batteries intended to provide enough energy to run computers, displays, scanners and other devices for extended periods of time without recharging. Power systems...

Balancing Old and New Skills

December 10, 2013 12:35 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

To learn new motor skills, the brain must be plastic: able to rapidly change the strengths of connections between neurons, forming new patterns that accomplish a particular task. However, if the brain were too plastic, previously learned skills...

Realistic 3D-Printed Models for Neurosurgical Training

December 10, 2013 12:09 pm | by Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group | Stratasys Inc. | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Malaya in Malaysia, with collaboration from researchers from the University of Portsmouth and the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, announce the creation of a cost-effective two-part model of the skull...

Neural Prosthesis Restores Behavior After Brain Injury

December 10, 2013 11:56 am | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

Scientists from Case Western Reserve University and University of Kansas Medical Center have restored behavior—in this case, the ability to reach through a narrow opening and grasp food—using a neural prosthesis in a rat model of brain injury...

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