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World’s Thinnest Electric Generator Could Power Wearable Medtech

October 17, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

Researchers from Columbia Engineering and the Georgia Institute of Technology have reported the first experimental observation of piezoelectricity and the piezotronic effect in an atomically thin material, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), resulting in...

Energy Harvesting ICs Power the Electric Body

October 17, 2014 8:30 am | 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...

Tiny Sound-Powered Chip Offers Innovative Medical Applications

October 16, 2014 12:08 pm | News | Comments

Stanford engineers can already power this prototype medical implant chip without wires by using ultrasound. Now they want to make it much smaller. Medical researchers would like to plant tiny electronic devices deep inside our bodies to monitor...

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Strategic Alliance Tackles Challenges in Diagnostic Tools and Therapies

October 16, 2014 11:55 am | News | Comments

A novel partnership between MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is addressing three major challenges in clinical medicine: improving the diagnosis of disease; developing new approaches to prevent and treat infectious and autoimmune...

The Pulse: Robotic Spoon Feeding and Watching You Sleep

October 16, 2014 10:28 am | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we’re feeding the disabled with a robotic spoon, fighting DME with an implant in the eye, improving restfulness by watching you sleep, and evaluating head impacts in real time. Robotic Spoon Feeds Disabled:...

A Healthy Dose of Facebook

October 16, 2014 9:47 am | Blogs | Comments

Facebook allows its users to map the footprints of their various walks of life. It functions as a digital reflection of the human condition, abound with pictures, status updates, links, and private (or, for emphasis, public) conversations...

Wearable Sensor Market to Expand Dramatically

October 16, 2014 9:32 am | News | Comments

Driven by rising demand for fitness and health monitoring features as well as by improved user interfaces, shipments of sensors used in wearable electronic devices will rise by a factor of seven from 2013 through 2019, according to IHS Technology...

Remotely Monitoring Heart Failure Patients with an Implantable Sensor

October 15, 2014 12:23 pm | News | Comments

Hypertension. Peripheral neuropathy. Sciatica. You name the disorder, and Norman Marigney of Santa Rosa may have it. In fact, he’s been hospitalized four times in the past year for heart failure, which affects about 5.5 million Americans, according to the American Heart Association...

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FDA Seeks to Address Cybersecurity Challenges in Medical Devices

October 14, 2014 2:39 pm | Blogs | Comments

Cyber vulnerabilities – bugs or loopholes in software codes or other unintentional access points – are a real and constant threat to our networked laptops, mobile phones, or tablets. The Heartbleed virus and security breaches at major retailers...

Sharing Data Could Lead to Better Healthcare

October 14, 2014 12:13 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have been awarded a $9.2 million grant to help modernize and transform how researchers share, use, find and cite biomedical datasets. The 3-year project, a collaboration with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, is part of a federal initiative...

Automated 'Sepsis Sniffer' Enables Faster Response

October 13, 2014 4:35 pm | News | Comments

An automated early warning and response system for sepsis developed by Penn Medicine experts has resulted in a marked increase in sepsis identification and care, transfer to the ICU, and an indication of fewer deaths due to sepsis. A study assessing...

Detecting Depression in the Elderly

October 10, 2014 10:11 am | News | Comments

Specialists at the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM) of Mexico developed a system that achieved detecting depression in older adults, through monitoring their daily routine. This technology can be used as an auxiliary tool for the care of...

Implantable Medical Devices that Dissolve When No Longer Needed

October 10, 2014 9:53 am | 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...

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IEEE Technology Time Machine Takes on the Future of Health

October 9, 2014 4:06 pm | Blogs | Comments

Innovation is driving a seemingly exponential growth of health-monitoring devices, many aimed at consumers with accuracy and reliability that falls far short of what is needed in the highly regulated healthcare market. Innovators need to be...

Quantum Probe Enhances Sensitivity of Biomedical Devices

October 8, 2014 11:09 am | News | Comments

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Michigan have demonstrated a technique based on the quantum properties of atoms that directly links measurements of electric field strength to the...

From Wearables to Implantables to…What’s Next?

October 8, 2014 9:39 am | Blogs | Comments

Some time has passed since the Apple announcement of the company’s “iWatch” (at least as of the time I’m writing this) and all the pomp and circumstance that goes along with it. Unfortunately, from the mobile healthcare aspect, it was underwhelming...

Glucose Control - Both a Challenge and an Opportunity in MedTech

October 8, 2014 8:30 am | Blogs | Comments

In a 2009 educational presentation Dr. Alia Rizvi, a medical scholar-practitioner from the University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine reported that glucose control in the hospital, in-patient outcomes, and overall cost of patient care...

Unique App Uses Health Records to Assess Heart Disease Risk

October 7, 2014 10:30 am | News | Comments

Although cardiovascular disease is largely avoidable through lifestyle modifications, it remains the nation’s number one cause of death. While annual wellness exams offer physicians the chance to advise patients on modifying cardiac risk...

Patient Monitoring Market Nears 30 Billion

October 7, 2014 9:05 am | News | Comments

The global advanced patient monitoring market is currently worth about $29.7 billion, up 7% from last year, according to Kalorama Information. The market research firm specializing in diagnostics and medical devices says that the industry...

Apps for the Health Sector

October 7, 2014 8:30 am | Articles | Comments

How good are the apps for our smartphones and tablet PCs when it comes to health? What constitutes a good mini application in this field? Those are questions experts will discuss at the MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM within the scope of the world’s...

$514 Billion in Global MedTech Sales by 2020

October 6, 2014 10:49 am | 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 | 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...

BD to Acquire CareFusion for $12.2 Billion

October 6, 2014 9:48 am | News | Comments

BD and CareFusion have announced a definitive agreement under which BD will acquire CareFusion for $58.00 per share in cash and stock, or a total of $12.2 billion, to create a global leader in medication management and patient safety solutions...

The World's Most Intelligent Stethoscope

October 3, 2014 2:47 pm | Videos | Comments

Eko is a device that converts an analog stethoscope into a powerful digital tool. It offers an array of features including audio visualization, record and playback, collaboration with associates, and real time analysis.    

6 'Connecting' Technologies that Impact Medical Devices

October 3, 2014 10:25 am | News | Comments

While this infographic offers insights on connecting technologies that are serving people and communities, it isn't hard to see how they each have implications in the medical device space.             

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