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Powerful Muscles Made from Fishing Line and Sewing Thread

February 21, 2014 12:37 pm | by University of Texas at Dallas | News | Comments

An international team led by The University of Texas at Dallas has discovered that ordinary fishing line and sewing thread can be cheaply converted to powerful artificial muscles. The new muscles can lift a hundred times more weight and...

Bioengineered Growth Factors Lead to Better Wound Healing

February 21, 2014 12:30 pm | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

When we are wounded, our bodies naturally begin a process of repair of the damaged tissue. This process is mediated by biological molecules called growth factors, which are proteins that occur naturally in our cells and guide processes... 

Survey Reveals Real World Impact of Medical Device Tax

February 21, 2014 12:22 pm | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) has released new survey results examining the first-year impact of the medical device excise tax. The survey found a significant reduction in jobs, R&D, and U.S. investment. To...

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Chinese Orthopedic Instrument Industry with 2015 Forecasts

February 20, 2014 2:45 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

ChinaMarketResearchReports.com adds Research Report on China Orthopedic Instrument Industry Report, 2013-2015 to its store that says In future, the Chinese orthopedic instrument market will encounter more fierce competition, in which small...

A New Way to Grow Bone

February 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

What does it take to regrow bone in mass quantities? Typical bone regeneration — wherein bone is taken from a patient's hip and grafted onto damaged bone elsewhere in the body — is limited and can cause great pain just a few years after...

Gene Therapy Might Grow Replacement Tissue Inside the Body

February 20, 2014 11:24 am | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | News | Comments

By combining a synthetic scaffolding material with gene delivery techniques, researchers at Duke University are getting closer to being able to generate replacement cartilage where it's needed in the body. Performing tissue repair with stem...

An Essential Step Toward Printing Living Tissues

February 20, 2014 10:22 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

A new bioprinting method developed at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) creates intricately patterned 3D tissue constructs with...

Photos of the Day: Bioprinting Living Tissue

February 20, 2014 10:21 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

In the human body, interconnected networks of fine blood vessels nourish tissue and remove waste. Jennifer Lewis and her team have developed a method for printing 3D tissue constructs that weaves multiple cell types within the extracellular...

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New Innovations Spur Demand for 3D Printing in Medicine

February 20, 2014 5:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As Rainbow Coral Corp. works to market and develop an innovative new 3D bioprinting system, new 3D printing innovations are generating massive new demand for the technology from patients and doctors alike in the medical industry. Just days...

RE2, Inc. Awarded Contract to Develop Exoskeleton Simulator

February 19, 2014 8:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RE2, Inc. announced today that the company has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program with the U.S. Army to develop the Biomechanical Exoskeleton Simulator System, a software tool to assess the impact of...

Brace Yourself

February 18, 2014 2:12 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief, PD&D | Articles | Comments

Breg attempts to shake up hip brace design by engineering a post-operative rehab product that patients actually wear. This article looks at the development process with a specific focus on each significant area, including materials, collaboration...

New Smart Tool Approved by Health Canada for Enhancing Hip Replacement Surgery

February 18, 2014 7:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Intellijoint Surgical, Inc. an innovator in smart tools to improve joint replacement surgery, announced today it recently received a Health Canada Medical Device License for its flagship product, Intellijoint HIP. The Company also announced...

ONR Technology Helps Sailors Toe the Line

February 13, 2014 2:36 pm | by Office of Naval Research | News | Comments

The TechSolutions office at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) gets requests for new technologies directly from Sailors on the high seas, or Marines on the front lines—and in answer to just such an inquiry, new footwear could soon be ...

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Diaphragm Pacing Successful in Weaning Patients from Ventilators

February 10, 2014 1:34 pm | by George Stamatis, University Hospitals Case Medical Center | News | Comments

A new study published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery finds that diaphragm pacing (DP) stimulation in spinal cord-injured patients is successful not only in weaning patients from mechanical ventilators but also in bridging patients to ...

Know Your Material Debris for Implantables

February 7, 2014 12:42 pm | by Elaine F. Schumacher, Senior Research Scientist, McCrone Associates Inc. | McCrone Associates, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

McCrone Associates is a consulting laboratory with extensive experience in materials analysis, much of it in the area of medical device development. Growing use of joint prostheses, combined with introduction of novel materials and coatings...

High-Tech Socks Keep Hockey Players Safe

February 7, 2014 12:37 pm | by Theresa M. Walker, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Some members of the U.S. hockey team heading to the Sochi Games this weekend will be carrying some high-tech gear with them that will be kept under wraps. Socks. Very high-tech, performance socks. During the last couple years there's been...

Researchers Blend Orthopedics, Engineering to Better Repair Torn Rotator Cuffs

February 7, 2014 12:25 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Rotator cuff tears are among the most common orthopedic injuries among adults in the United States, due to wear and tear or the effects of age. With a 94 percent failure rate for surgical repairs of large tears in older patients, it's no...

Doctor Diagnoses Man with Help from TV's 'House'

February 7, 2014 11:47 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

If you're unlucky enough to be stricken with a rare medical condition, you'd better hope your doctor watches the right television show. That was the lesson for one German man with severe heart failure and a puzzling mix of symptoms including...

High-Tech Prosthetics and Orthotics Offer Active Lifestyle for Users

February 6, 2014 9:57 am | by University of South Florida (USF Innovation) | News | Comments

Thanks to advanced technologies, those who wear prosthetic and orthotic devices are now able to break previous activity boundaries. People with amputations now have prosthetic devices that allow them to engage in and function more effectively...

Depuy Synthes Spine Gains Exclusive Worldwide Rights to Launch Lifenet Health’s New Cellular Allograft Product

February 5, 2014 5:48 pm | by DePuy Synthes Spine | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes Spine and DePuy Synthes Biomaterials, divisions of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., announced today they have entered into an exclusive worldwide representative agreement for the marketing and promotion of a new cellular allograft...

Sweat Glands Heal Injuries

February 4, 2014 12:00 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

Our body’s sweat glands are a source of stem cells particularly suited to healing wounds – stem cells that form new skin cells and manage the healing process. They are not rejected by the body and can be obtained without a hospital stay. It...

Ellipse Technologies Receives FDA Clearance for Next Generation of Unique Limb Lengthening System

February 4, 2014 8:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Global medical device company, Ellipse Technologies, Inc., has announced that it has received FDA marketing clearance of the PRECICE® 2 Intramedullary Limb Lengthening System in the United States. This marketing clearance represents the...

Growing a Business, from the Lab

February 3, 2014 12:34 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In the early 1990s, MIT researcher Shuguang Zhang, then an MIT postdoc, stumbled upon peptides that could self-assemble into nanostructures, creating three-dimensional environments for cell culturing. It was, at the time, a breakthrough...

Photos of the Day: Monitoring Muscles with 'Smart Shorts'

February 3, 2014 12:03 pm | by Myontec | News | Comments

Mbody is the first smart textile in the world that enables the user to measure muscle activity in a manner similar to a heart rate monitor. The primary target group of Mbody is athletes and sports enthusiasts aiming at improving their own...

'Smart Shorts' Win Wearable Technology Innovation World Cup

February 3, 2014 12:03 pm | by Myontec | News | Comments

A Finnish company Myontec Ltd. won the Wearable Technology Innovations World Cup 2013/2014, organized in Munich, Germany, with their Mbody smart shorts. The victory was gained in the category Sports & Fitness. More than 600 products...

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