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Former OtisMed CEO Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

June 29, 2015 10:36 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Today, the U.S. District Court of the District of New Jersey sentenced the OtisMed Corporation’s (OtisMed) former chief executive officer, Charlie Chi, to 24 months in prison and also ordered him to serve one year of supervised release and to...

'Smart Chair' to Improve Health of Workers

June 19, 2015 9:29 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

Researchers have designed a smart chair that will make the office and workers safer and...

Dental Implants Result in Better Quality of Life for Osteoporotic Women

June 15, 2015 10:46 am | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

With age, postmenopausal women with osteoporosis are at greater risk of losing their teeth. But...

Podcast: The Impact of 3D Printing on Healthcare

June 12, 2015 3:34 pm | by Jon Dipierro and Sean Fenske | Blogs | Comments

On this episode of MDT Live, our expert panel discusses how 3D printing is being utilized for...

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Infographic: Top 10 'What's Hot in 3D Printing Out of Metal'

June 12, 2015 9:32 am | by Daniel Tkacik, Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

In conjunction with the inaugural National Maker Faire and the White House Week of Making kicking off this week in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Mellon University experts have projected the top 10 things in 3D metal printing...

Maximizing Resorbable Implant Material Performance for Orthopedic Applications

June 11, 2015 4:07 pm | by Stephen Duffy, Business Development Manager, Proxy Biomedical | Proxy Biomedical | Articles | Comments

The use of resorbable orthopedic implants can present many clinical benefits compared to the use of their non-resorbable counterparts, for applications including small bone fracture fixation and soft tissue repair. However, the relatively low inherent...

A Toolbox for Customized Vascularized Bone Implants

June 8, 2015 11:30 am | by Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB | News | Comments

The EU project VascuBone was coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB and has reached the end of a 5-year funding period. In March 2015, the partners of this international research consortium met...

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3D-Printed Orthotics from Reinforced Laser Sintering Materials

June 2, 2015 11:13 am | by CRP USA | Articles | Comments

The generation of a 3D model of orthosis allows the designer to differentiate the object's morphology from patient to patient, managing specific performance needs while adapting to personal anatomies. It is possible to create devices with different...

Additive Manufacturing for Medical: It’s Already Here

June 1, 2015 10:42 am | by Mitch Free, CEO, CloudDDM | Articles | Comments

3D printing, perhaps as much as gene therapy and bioengineering, has tremendous potential for transforming the medical industry and how we think about medicine. In just the past two years articles and interviews about how additive technology...

Can ‘Do It Yourself’ MedTech Inspire Innovation?

May 28, 2015 11:56 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

The problem is that while many of these makers developing technologies in their garages and basements were technically savvy, they were not overly familiar with critical areas such as biocompatibility, powering implants, or similar factors...

3D Printed Anatomy Kit for Medical Students

May 27, 2015 9:12 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

A unique kit containing anatomical body parts produced by 3D printing is now available for medical students to use worldwide. The kit, developed by Monash University scientists, is the first commercially available resource of its kind. The team...

A 12-Second, High-Resolution 3D Full Body Scan

May 22, 2015 2:20 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Imagine 3D printers churning away, producing a rhythmically mesmerizing technological cacophony of additive manufacturing. Amidst the din stood an enormous booth, which immediately caught my eye, as it was quickly rotating around someone standing inside...

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Soft-Tissue Engineering for Hard-Working Cartilage

May 15, 2015 2:33 pm | by Technische Universität München | News | Comments

An international study published in the journal Nature Communications points the way toward wider, more effective use of biocompatible materials in repairing human tissues. Focusing on the difficult case of restoring cartilage, which requires both...

Sound Waves Could Be Viable Alternative in Diagnosing Minor Fractures

May 14, 2015 4:02 pm | by RCNi | News | Comments

The authors conducted a study of the usefulness and efficiency of portable ultrasound in detecting the presence of minor fractures in patients presenting to a minor injuries unit. Analysis showed that 85% of patients with a fracture confirmed...

The Pulse: 3D Printing Saves Babies and 'Powerwalking' with a Leg Brace

May 14, 2015 8:30 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sean Fenske, and Sam Brusco | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're saving babies with 3D printed splints, taking a "powerwalk" with an energy-generating leg brace, simulating the heart on a supercomputer, and rehabilitating with a two-armed robot.

Regenerating Bones Using Only Stem Cell-Secreted Proteins

May 13, 2015 9:44 am | by Gladstone Institutes | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered a way to regrow bone tissue using the protein signals produced by stem cells. This technology could help treat victims who have experienced major trauma to a limb, like soldiers wounded in combat or casualties of a...

Custom Bearings: 4 Advantages for Your Design

May 12, 2015 11:19 am | by Mark Bos, VP of Business Development, National Bearings | Articles | Comments

Standard bearings are made from standard materials. Chrome steel bearings are subject to corrosion and the design will be complicated by the necessity of protecting the bearing from contamination. Stainless steel bearings are made from 440C...

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Exoskeleton that Helps Paralyzed Walk Faces Barrier in Japan

May 12, 2015 9:49 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Yuichi Imahata's 9-year-old daughter is thrilled her dad stands tall above her head. It's an experience that is new to her. Imahata, 31, has been using a wheelchair to get around for seven years after a serious spinal-cord injury suffered...

Building a Better Shoulder

May 11, 2015 9:32 am | by Tyler Smith, Univeristy of Colorado Hospital | News | Comments

Don Schiel was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) 20 years ago and has lived with debilitating joint pain for the last decade. He worked telecommunications jobs in Boulder and Westminster until six years ago, when the pain disabled him...

Photoactive Dye Could Prevent Infection During Bone-Repair Surgery

May 7, 2015 10:06 am | by Thomas Jefferson University | News | Comments

Despite extensive procedures to sterilize small and large bone fragments used in joint replacement or reconstructive surgeries, the rate of infection remains around 5 percent and can reach 11 percent or even higher in bone repairs for gunshot...

Mobile Tracking App May Help to Meet Vitamin D Requirements

May 7, 2015 9:53 am | by Elsevier Health Sciences | News | Comments

Vitamin D is essential for the maintenance of bone health and may be implicated in other chronic diseases, as well as immunity, but adults in Canada are consistently deficient in dietary vitamin D, by nearly 400 international units per day (IU/d) on...

Artificial Muscles Created from Gold-Plated Onion Cells

May 5, 2015 4:17 pm | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

Just one well-placed slice into a particularly pungent onion can send even the most seasoned chef running for a box of tissues. Now, this humble root vegetable is proving its strength outside the culinary world as well -- in an artificial muscle created from onion cells...

Robotic Guidance System Successfully Completes Its 10,000th Procedure

April 29, 2015 9:44 am | by Mazor Robotics | News | Comments

Mazor Robotics Ltd., a developer of innovative guidance systems and complementary products, announced today that the 10,000th spinal surgery in which Mazor Robotics’ guidance system (Renaissance as well as the earlier Spine Assist) was used has...

Stem Cells that Prevent Birth Defect Also Repair Facial Injury

April 23, 2015 2:50 pm | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

Researchers have pinpointed a primary cause of a rare skull disorder in infants, and the discovery could help wounded soldiers, car-wreck victims and other patients recover from disfiguring facial injuries. "This has a lot more implication than...

Orthotic Tech Helps Military Working Dog Walk Again

April 23, 2015 2:19 pm | by Staff Sgt. Michael Ellis, 59th Medical Wing Public Affairs | News | Comments

Army Maj. Andrea Henderson, the veterinarian at the Department of Defense Holland Military Working Dog (MWD) Hospital here, first started treating SStash last October. A degenerative disease had led to one of SStash's hind legs needing surgery...

Our Skeleton Is a Lot Like Our Brain

April 17, 2015 9:34 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

Researchers from Monash University and St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne have used mathematical modeling combined with advanced imaging technology to calculate, for the first time, the number and connectivity of the osteocyte...

New Muscle Regeneration Approach Eliminates Need for Donor Tissue

April 16, 2015 11:58 am | by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers | News | Comments

Loss of muscle volume is a common and often debilitating outcome of traumatic orthopedic injury, resulting in muscle weakness and suboptimal limb function. A new therapeutic approach in which small pieces of autologous muscle can be expanded...

MRI Machine Helps Crack Medical Mystery

April 16, 2015 10:18 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Medtech continues to help researchers in a number of ways in the development of advanced medical technologies, pharmaceutical solutions, and unlocking the secrets of the human body. Recent news reveals that it’s once again lending a hand...

Engineering a Smarter Stride

April 15, 2015 3:27 pm | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | News | Comments

If you asked Ivonna Dumanyan just five years ago where she’d be today, starting a running tech company at Duke University would never have crossed her mind. But thanks to a lot of hard work and the entrepreneurial resources provided across...

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