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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...

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...

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...

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"...

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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...

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...

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Building a Better Shoulder

May 11, 2015 9:32 am | by University of Colorado Denver | 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...

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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...

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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...

Sending Rats into Space to Model the Effects of Aging

April 13, 2015 3:41 pm | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

Imagine if all of your physiological changes were hyper accelerated so that you passed through life cycles in weeks as opposed to decades. You'd be able to grow a beard overnight or your hair might begin graying in a matter of days or maybe...

3 Keys to Medical Device Development Excellence

April 13, 2015 11:29 am | by Mohan Ponnudurai, Industry Solution Director, Sparta Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Some of the future-looking technological developments in medicine, including surgeries enabled by virtual reality, remote surgery, needle free treatments and even electronic aspirin, all have the same mission in mind – to deliver the highest level...

Getting the Perfect Fit for Artificial Hips

April 8, 2015 9:36 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

A painful hip that feels unstable and no longer has the same range of motion: For many patients, this means they need a prosthetic hip – something that happens to more than 200,000 people each year in Germany alone. Implant manufacturers face...

Achieving UDI Compliance & Reducing Print Time

April 2, 2015 3:40 pm | by Josh Roffman, Vice President of Marketing & Product Management, Loftware | Articles | Comments

Founded more than 30 years ago in Switzerland, EMS Electro Medical Systems is a manufacturer of micromechanical instruments. Specializing in the design and development of orthopedic, urological and dental prophylaxis devices, the company...

Boot-Like Wearable to Make Walking Easier

April 2, 2015 1:57 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Engineers have come up with a motor-free device to make walking more efficient and easier — something scientists once thought couldn't be done. The prototype exoskeleton boot runs from just below the knee to the ankle, and when you strap...

Exoskeleton Increases Walking Efficiency

April 1, 2015 3:48 pm | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

It's taken millions of years for humans to perfect the art of walking. But research results published today in the journal Nature show that humans can get better 'gas mileage' using an unpowered exoskeleton to modify the structure of their...

'Google Maps' for the Body Zooms in on Single Cells

March 30, 2015 10:12 am | by University of New South Wales | News | Comments

A world-first UNSW collaboration that uses previously top-secret technology to zoom through the human body down to the level of a single cell could be a game-changer for medicine, an international research conference in the United States...

Now Available On-Demand! MDT Live: The Impact of 3D Printing on Healthcare

March 25, 2015 1:23 pm | by Jon Dipierro and Sean Fenske | Stratasys, Inc. | Videos | Comments

3D printing is emerging as a truly disruptive technology, affecting an array of industries including healthcare. It can be readily used for prototyping and parts manufacture, but stands to make a much bigger impact. As a medical technology...

Infographic: How Technology Is Saving Lives: The Healthcare Revolution

March 25, 2015 11:00 am | by Devin Jollimore, Training Coordinator, Mission Safety Services | News | Comments

Technology has many uses. The use of technology is increasing and with it so is the ability to use it to improve our quality of life. The medical and healthcare sectors have experienced rapid change and the positive impact this is having...

Hand-Held Probe First to Measure Bone Strength

March 25, 2015 9:51 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | News | Comments

For people taking glucocorticoids such as prednisone, the increased risk of bone fracture is a well-documented side effect. Used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including autoimmune diseases and allergies, glucocorticoids are known to...

3D Printing Ushers in a New Age for Prototyping

March 24, 2015 10:49 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | GW Plastics, Inc., Stratasys, Inc., Proto Labs, Inc., Insight Product Development, Farm Design, Inc. | Articles | Comments

By providing engineers with a physical sample of a part or device design, prototypes offer a glimpse at the final look of a product. They enable someone to handle the design, get an idea of weight and “feel,” use for evaluating packaging options...

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