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Detecting Knee Osteoarthritis with Sound Waves

October 22, 2014 10:03 am | by Lancaster University | News | Comments

The UK is leading this new field of health research based on listening to the sounds emitted by the body. Microphones are attached to the knees of patients, and the high frequency sound waves emanating from their knees are measured as they stand up...

Dental Procedure Can Treat Osteoporosis and Bone Cancer

October 22, 2014 9:58 am | by Asociación RUVID | News | Comments

The Journal of Dental Research recently published a paper directed by Salvatore Sauro, Professor...

Divergence System Offers New Approach to Anterior Cervical Fusion

October 21, 2014 12:02 pm | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic announced the U.S. launch of the DIVERGENCE Anterior Cervical Fusion System for the...

3D Printing Is Revolutionizing the Medical World as We Know It

October 21, 2014 8:30 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

3D printing has undoubtedly revolutionized the engineering world, and the medical industry...

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Energy Harvesting ICs Power the Electric Body

October 17, 2014 8:30 am | by Niranjan Pathare, Sr. Market Development Manager, Battery Management Solutions, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Homo sapiens are once again at a crucial juncture in their evolution timeline that started almost three million years ago. Evidence of the next phase is already here, but no one knows for sure how or where we will end up. But a term coined...

Gaming Through Clinical Trials

October 13, 2014 2:41 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Recently, I saw a news piece out of Carnegie Mellon University where researchers supported the use of “video game” style trials of life science hypotheses to prevent the instance of error and fraud. Massive online laboratories would be established...

Biocoating Prevents Blood from Clotting on Implantables

October 13, 2014 11:42 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering | News | Comments

From joint replacements to cardiac implants and dialysis machines, medical devices enhance or save lives on a daily basis. However, any device implanted in the body or in contact with flowing blood faces two critical challenges that can threaten...

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Orthopedic Implants Could Cause Skin Cancer

October 10, 2014 11:22 am | by Washington University School of Medicine | News | Comments

In rare cases, patients with allergies to metals develop persistent skin rashes after metal devices are implanted near the skin. New research suggests these patients may be at increased risk of an unusual and aggressive form of skin cancer...

Implantable Medical Devices that Dissolve When No Longer Needed

October 10, 2014 9:53 am | by AVS: Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing | News | Comments

Electronic devices that dissolve completely in water, leaving behind only harmless end products, are part of a rapidly emerging class of technology pioneered by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Early results demonstrate...

Metrology Tool Plays Key Role in Retrieved Hip Implant Analysis

October 9, 2014 8:30 am | by AMETEK Taylor Hobson | Articles | Comments

To understand how hip implants perform in vivo, Exponent, an engineering and consulting firm, and the Implant Research Center at Drexel University in Philadelphia are utilizing the unique capabilities of the Talyrond 585 metrology instrument...

Easy Recipe to Make Bone and Cartilage

October 7, 2014 10:39 am | by The Company of Biologists | News | Comments

Scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Monash University and RIKEN Centre for Developmental Biology have used a combination of small molecules to generate mouse cells that can form bone and cartilage...

Developing Devices that Facilitate Regenerative Medicine

October 7, 2014 10:35 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Deep within the bone marrow resides a type of cells known as mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). These immature cells can differentiate into cells that produce bone, cartilage, fat, or muscle — a trait that scientists have tried to exploit for tissue...

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The Rising Global Market for Joint Reconstruction and Replacement

October 7, 2014 9:00 am | by BCC Research | News | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report, Joint Reconstruction and Replacement: Materials, Technologies, and Global Markets, the global market for joint reconstruction and replacement is expected to increase to nearly $16.2 billion...

Enhancing Bone Healing with Fat Cells

October 6, 2014 11:15 am | by Brown University | News | Comments

Within our fat lives a variety of cells with the potential to become bone, cartilage, or more fat if properly prompted. This makes adipose tissue, in theory, a readily available reservoir for regenerative therapies such as bone healing if doctors...

$514 Billion in Global MedTech Sales by 2020

October 6, 2014 10:49 am | by Evaluate Ltd. | News | Comments

The medical technology sector is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5 percent per year between 2013 and 2020, according to the latest forecasts from market intelligence firm Evaluate Ltd. Its new report, “EvaluateMedTech World...

Infographic: MedTech World Preview 2014

October 6, 2014 10:47 am | by Evaluate Ltd. | News | Comments

2014 marks a year of rapid change for the global medical device market, particularly within the cardiology and orthopedic spaces, which have been dominated by megamergers. If the deal between Covidien and Medtronic goes through, we could see...

Impending 3D Printing Revolution in Medicine

October 3, 2014 2:59 pm | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

A new eBook, 3D BioPrinting: Printing Parts for Bodies, released this week, tells the story of this impending revolution in medicine that will involve the ability to re-grow and repair human tissue including bone, cartilage, muscle and nerves...

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Lucideon Bio-Bone Project Success - Bioceramics for Bone Repair

October 2, 2014 10:26 am | by Lucideon | News | Comments

As a partner in the EU-funded Bio-Bone project (Bioceramics for Bone Repair) Lucideon is pleased to announce that the pan-European consortium has successfully developed phosphate-glasses (p-glasses) with biomaterial properties for bone repair...

First Comprehensive Meshfree Numerical Simulation of Skeletal Muscle Tissue Achieved

October 1, 2014 2:23 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have completed the first comprehensive numerical simulation of skeletal muscle tissue using a method that uses the pixels in an image as data points for the computer simulation — a method...

Photos of the Day: The Back Story: An Evolution of Spine Care

September 30, 2014 11:08 am | by LDR Spine | News | Comments

This infographic, courtesy of LDR Spine, covers advancements in cervical spine care from 1500 BCE thru today. These advancements include meat stabilization techniques used by the ancient Egyptians, medieval era inversion chairs and present...

Revolutionary Hamstring Tester Will Keep More Players on the Field

September 29, 2014 11:59 am | by Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

Elite sporting stars can assess and reduce their risk of a hamstring injury thanks to a breakthrough made by QUT researchers. The discovery could be worth a fortune to football codes, with hamstring strain injuries accounting for most non-contact...

Mechanized Human Hands Improve Function Lost to Nerve Damage

September 26, 2014 9:52 am | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed and successfully demonstrated the value of a simple pulley mechanism to improve hand function after surgery. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments ever created...

Researchers Find Foot Drop Stimulator Beneficial in Stroke Rehab

September 24, 2014 11:55 am | by Kessler Foundation | News | Comments

Kessler Foundation scientists have published a study showing that use of a foot drop stimulator during a task-specific movement for four weeks can retrain the neuromuscular system. This finding indicates that applying the foot drop stimulator as...

House Supports Repeal of Medical Device Tax

September 23, 2014 11:22 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that includes a repeal of the 2.3% medical device, but the measure faces an uphill battle in the Senate, and previous roll-back efforts have fallen short. HR 4, the “Jobs for America Act,”...

First Patient Successfully Treated with Materialise's X-Ray Based Knee Guide Technology

September 22, 2014 12:11 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Today, Materialise NV announced that orthopedic surgeon Roger Jaeken, of the AZ Heilige Familie (Holy Family General Hospital) in Reet, Belgium, has successfully performed the first total knee surgery that was preplanned by means of the...

Ultrasound Enhancement Provides Clarity to Damaged Tendons, Ligaments

September 22, 2014 9:59 am | by UW-Madison | News | Comments

The potential was hidden in plain sight, pretty much since the beginning of medical ultrasound. But it took an expert in earthquake waves to unearth the idea that sound waves reflected from human bodies could reveal not only their internal shape...

Variable Angle Locking Technology Now Available To Treat Calcaneal Fractures

September 19, 2014 3:40 pm | by DePuy Synthes | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson launched two new variable angle plating systems featuring its proprietary variable angle locking technology. With this technology, surgeons can adapt screw trajectory to match patient anatomy and...

4WEB Medical Unveils 3D-Printed Osteotomy Truss System

September 19, 2014 1:54 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

4WEB Medical announces the formal launch of the largest offering of 3D-printed foot and ankle osteotomy implants on the market today at this weekend's American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society annual meeting in Chicago. The Osteotomy Truss...

Recruiting Bacteria to Be Technology Innovation Partners

September 17, 2014 10:19 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

For most people biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in a streambed and dirty drains. While there are plenty of "bad" biofilms around – they even cause pesky dental plaque and a host of other more serious medical problems – a team at...

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