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Photos of the Day: Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2014

October 18, 2013 12:19 pm | by Cleveland Clinic | News | Comments

Cleveland Clinic's Medical Innovations for 2014 list includes a new computer-assisted, personalized sedation station; a treatment breakthrough for acute heart disease; an implanted neurological device for epileptic seizures; and a "bionic eye." See what's #1...

Eyes-Free Yoga

October 18, 2013 10:52 am | by Kyle Rector | Videos | Comments

People who are blind or low vision may have a harder time participating in exercise classes due to inaccessibility, travel difficulties, or lack of experience. Exergames can encourage exercise at home and help lower the barrier to trying new activities...

Yoga Accessible for the Blind with New Microsoft Kinect-Based Program

October 18, 2013 10:48 am | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

In a typical yoga class, students watch an instructor to learn how to properly hold a position. But for people who are blind or can’t see well, it can be frustrating to participate in these types of exercises. Now, a team of University of Washington...


Bringing the Incredible Bionic Man to Life

October 11, 2013 2:59 pm | by Smithsonian Channel | Videos | Comments

Rich Walker, managing director of Shadow Robot Co. and the lead roboticist on the project, and James Pope race against the clock as they assemble the Bionic Man. The device parts hail from 17 manufacturers around the world. The Bionic Man...

'Bionic Man' Walks, Breathes with Artificial Parts

October 11, 2013 2:02 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The term "bionic man" was the stuff of science fiction in the 1970s, when a popular TV show called "The Six Million Dollar Man" chronicled the adventures of Steve Austin, a former astronaut whose body was rebuilt using artificial parts... 

HelpMeSee Celebrates World Sight Day By Successfully Testing Leading Edge Virtual Cataract Eye Surgery Simulator

October 10, 2013 5:11 pm | by PR Newswire | Moog Components Group | News | Comments

In recognition of World Sight Day, HelpMeSee – global campaign to eliminate cataract blindness  – and Moog – a worldwide designer, manufacturer and integrator of precision control components and systems – have achieved a significant milestone...

The Pulse: Peanut Butter & Urine Diagnose Diseases

October 10, 2013 9:56 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we are diagnosing Alzheimers with a tablespoon of peanut butter and a ruler, using urine to test for eye disease, and taking a look at how the government shutdown is inflicting long-term damage on ...   

New Urine Test Could Diagnose Eye Disease

October 9, 2013 10:39 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

You might not think to look to a urine test to diagnose an eye disease. But a new Duke University study says it can link what is in a patient's urine to gene mutations that cause retinitis pigmentosa, or RP, an inherited, degenerative disease...


ALPHAEON to Launch the First Early Cataract Detection Device

October 9, 2013 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ALPHAEON Corporation, a leader in lifestyle healthcare and wholly-owned subsidiary of Strathspey Crown Holdings LLC, announced today that it has acquired an exclusive U.S. license from Visiometrics, S.L. to market the HD AnalyzerT...   

TI Keeps Its ‘Eye’ on University Research with Artificial Retina Project

October 7, 2013 10:19 am | by Texas Instruments | News | Comments

In elementary school we were all taught the scientific method. The part many of us disliked the most came after testing and analyzing the results of an experiment only to find out our hypothesis was wrong and we had to do the testing all over again.

New Products and Clinical Success with STAAR Surgical Visian ICLT Technology Highlights the Upcoming ESCRS Congress

October 3, 2013 4:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

STAAR Surgical Company, a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of minimally invasive ophthalmic products, today provided a preview of the activities scheduled prior to and during the 2013 Congress of European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

Study: Ocular Therapeutix touts Phase II results for sustained-release eye therapy implant

October 1, 2013 4:33 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Ocular Therapeutix, the latest endeavor of serial entrepreneur Amar Sawhney, released positive findings from a Phase II study of its absorbable intracanalicular plug, designed to provide long-term drug therapy following eye surgery. Ocular Therapeutix enrolled 60 cataract surgery patients in a placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial...

The Pulse: Self-Healing Polymer for Wound Care

September 26, 2013 10:51 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this episode of The Pulse, brought to you by MDT TV, we're treating wounds with a self-healing polymer, implanting a cure for sleep apnea, printing objects in 3D for the blind, and monitoring vital signs with a shirt. This episode feature: Scientists have created the world's first self-healing polymer that can repair itself without any intervention, offering potential applications in wound care.


Researchers Use Smart Phone Photography to Diagnose Eye Disease

September 25, 2013 9:48 am | by Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | News | Comments

Retinal (or fundus) photography is an essential part of any ophthalmology practice. Commercial fundus cameras can cost tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars, making the technology out of reach for smaller ophthalmic practices and to physicians in third-world countries.

Hoopes Vision Surgeon First in Utah to Implant New Light Adjustable Artificial Lens

September 20, 2013 4:19 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

On September 4th, Dr. Phillip C. Hoopes, Jr., a surgeon at Hoopes Vision, successfully placed a light adjustable intraocular lens implant in a cataract patient as part of a new FDA clinical study. The surgery, which took place at Hoopes Vision's on-site surgery center, EyeSurg of Utah, was the first of its kind to take place in Utah.

Photo of the Day: Helping the Blind to 'See' the Way...Everywhere

September 20, 2013 12:15 pm | by Draper Laboratory | News | Comments

Navigation devices used by blind people today lack the ability to operate indoors and other areas where GPS is not available, and are unable to help the user deal with items that aren’t part of maps, such as crowds and cars. Auburn University is building a prototype device...

Helping the Blind to Navigate Anywhere

September 20, 2013 10:53 am | by Draper Laboratory | News | Comments

Navigation devices used by blind people today lack the ability to operate indoors and other areas where GPS is not available, and are unable to help the user deal with items that aren’t part of maps, such as crowds and cars. Auburn University is building a prototype device that can address both problems...

FDA Ophthalmic Devices Panel Favorably Votes for the Resure Sealant

September 19, 2013 7:09 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Ophthalmic Devices Panel concluded that ReSure Sealant (Ocular Therapeutix, Inc., Bedford, MA), a first-of-a-kind medical device in the United States, is safe and effective for the management of clear corneal wound leaks following cataract surgery.

First Self-Powered Artificial Retina Could Allow Normal Visual Acuity and Restoration of Color Vision

September 17, 2013 9:57 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The U.S. Patent Office has awarded patent no. 8,433,417 to Newcyte Inc. for a carbon nanostructure artificial retinal implant. Newcyte was purchased in 2009 by Natcore Technology Inc. "There are several other patents for artificial retinas," says Dr. Dennis Flood, Natcore's Chief Technology Officer and the inventor of the device. "But all of them have limitations...

Safe Navigation for Visually Impaired Persons

September 10, 2013 9:57 am | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Blind and visually impaired persons find it very difficult to move about in unknown environments. The white canes used by them are still the preferred tools for orientation. The project “A Mobility and Navigational Aid for Visually Impaired Persons” wants to help visually impaired persons to orient themselves in new environments by means of computer-aided vision.

Mobile vision app is looking for a partner after raising $550k

September 3, 2013 7:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Texas mobile health startup Vital Art & Science is looking for a pharmaceutical industry partner now that it's raised $550,000 in support of its MyVisionTrack iPhone hyperacuity test. MyVisionTrack is an FDA-cleared smartphone app for detecting age-related macular degeneration and other age-related visual impairments.

Coming Soon to an Optometrist's Office Near You: Wavefront Analysis

August 27, 2013 10:19 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

Techniques developed by astronomers seeking a clear view of objects in space are coming closer to home, as eye care professionals apply the concept of wavefront optics to understanding—and correcting—subtle visual abnormalities of the human eye, according to a special article in the September issue of Optometry and Vision Science...

Time-Release Coating Allows Drug for Macular Degeneration to Last Longer

August 19, 2013 11:12 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins biomedical engineers have teamed up with clinicians to create a new drug-delivery strategy for a type of central vision loss caused by blood vessel growth at the back of the eye, where such growth should not occur. In addition to testing a new drug that effectively stops such runaway vessel growth in mice, the team gave the drug a biodegradable coating to keep it in the eye longer.

Abbott closes OptiMedica buyout

August 19, 2013 10:52 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Abbott said it closed the buyout of OptiMedica Corp. it announced in July, paying $250 million up front with another $150 million on the table if development, regulatory and sales milestones are met. The buyout expands the Chicago-area healthcare giant's Abbott Medical Optics ophthalmology unit by adding femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery to its portfolio.

Supercomputers 'Bending' DNA to Prevent Cancer

August 19, 2013 10:19 am | by Lisa-Joy Zgorski, NSF | News | Comments

Understanding how the human body recognizes damaged DNA and initiates repair fascinates Michael Feig, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Michigan State University. Feig studies the proteins that recognize defective ...  

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