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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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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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...

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'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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3 Ways Athletic MedTech Is Changing the Game

March 20, 2015 3:25 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

It pretty much goes without saying – if you’re an athlete, at some point you’re going to get hurt. (Golfers and professional curling players notwithstanding.) Whether it’s a baseball to the head, a particularly nasty football tackle, or an ill-timed kick to the groin...

3D Printing Medical Devices in Just Minutes

March 20, 2015 10:57 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Today, I was honestly flabbergasted over what crossed my path. In a TED video, I watched as Joseph DiSimone, CEO of Carbon3D, spoke about a new approach to 3D printing that didn’t involve layer after layer of 2D printing being performed to create a 3D part...

First Blood Test for Osteoarthritis Could Soon Be Available

March 20, 2015 9:17 am | by University of Warwick | News | Comments

The first blood test for osteoarthritis could soon be developed, thanks to research by the University of Warwick. The research findings could potentially lead to patients being tested for osteoarthritis and diagnosed several years before the...

Models Add Efficiency to Bioabsorbable Implant Development

March 19, 2015 11:01 am | by Abhay Bulsari, Owner/Technical Manager, Nonlinear Solutions Oy; Kimmo Lähteenkorva, R&D Manager, ConMed Corp.; and Esa Suokas and Mikko Huttunen, Senior Scientists, ConMed Linvatec Biomaterials Oy | Articles | Comments

Product development of orthopedic bioabsorbable implants requires the knowledge of the dynamics of bioabsorption. Bioabsorption is simulated in vitro by hydrolysis experiments. Several variables including shear and bending strength, mass...

March 2015 Digital Edition

March 17, 2015 3:00 pm | by MDT Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

In this month's cover feature... Every project is going to have unexpected challenges. The project team needs to analyze the situation and respond quickly to keep the project on-track. Experience is key. If working with seasoned medical device professionals who have been in the trenches, are well-connected in the industry, and appreciate the “speed-to-market” mindset...

Photos of the Day: How Electrical Engineers Are Impacting Healthcare

March 17, 2015 9:35 am | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Electrical engineers are professionals dedicated to developing electrical solutions and equipment. They are responsible for providing a variety of industries with powerful, long-term solutions, designed to help solve many types of problems...

Polymers that Reversibly Change Shape with Temperature

March 16, 2015 3:29 pm | by Wiley | News | Comments

New research highlights the capability of reversible shape-memory polymers to change their shape when heated to body temperature and then switch back to their original shape when cooled to room temperature. The technology could have applications...

Growing Bones From Scratch

March 5, 2015 10:55 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

Tissue engineering is a fast-growing field, but right now the only way to get a human bone is to cut one from a human body. In short, this isn’t a perfect scenario. The methods currently used in the procedures that require bone grafting...

Implantable Preserves Motion in Total Disc Replacement Patients

March 5, 2015 9:01 am | by Zyga Technology, Inc. | News | Comments

Zyga Technology, Inc., a medical device company focused on the design, development and commercialization of minimally invasive products that treat underserved conditions of the lumbar spine, today announced the first implantation of the...

Creating Cartilage from Stem Cells

March 4, 2015 8:47 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Scientists have succeeded in producing cartilage formed from embryonic stem cells that could in future be used to treat the painful joint condition osteoarthritis. In research funded by Arthritis Research UK, Professor Sue Kimber and her...

Robotic Vest Takes Burden off Demanding Jobs

March 2, 2015 9:49 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Each year millions of people within the EU injure themselves in the course of their work due to picking up heavy loads or from one-sided movements – ending up with serious health issues. Together with the industry, Fraunhofer researchers...

Johnson and Johnson Hip Suit Limps On

February 26, 2015 3:47 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

After paying $2.5 billion in 2013 to settle lawsuits resulting from faulty hip implants, medical giant Johnson & Johnson will pay up to $420 million more to resolve lawsuits that were excluded from the 2013 settlement, according to...

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