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Medical Innovation Competition Pits Country Against Country

July 1, 2015 3:19 pm | by Omar Benavides, Ph.D., Senior Product Development Engineer, Procyrion, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Culled from a pool of more than 280 high-quality submissions from 34 countries, 17 of the most innovative life science technologies are competing for a finalist spot in the Universal Biotech Innovation Prize. Only the two most innovative projects...

3D Printed Model Guides Tricky Heart Valve Replacement

July 1, 2015 3:04 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

Last summer, after a long career as a successful entrepreneur and a brief retirement, Richard...

5 Things You Missed in Infection Control

June 30, 2015 4:02 pm | by Rebecca Rudolph, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

Walking away from the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)...

Treating Severe Psychological Conditions with Lasers

June 26, 2015 2:52 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | News | Comments

Scientists are now taking a new approach to treating patients with severe psychological...

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Intragastric Balloon Proves Positive Weight Loss Results

June 25, 2015 3:38 pm | by Rebecca Rudolph, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

As a gastroenterologist and advanced endoscopist, Dr. Barham Abu Dayyeh said when he chose his specialty, it was because he saw how much he could help people. With about a third of the country being labeled as obese by the Centers of Disease...

Zipping Up Incisions Faster

June 24, 2015 3:58 pm | by Rebecca Rudolph, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

After working with 40 patients, researchers have submitted their abstract on the Zip Surgical Skin Closure Device, calling it an easy, quick-to-use incision closure system, said Principal Investigator Dr. Ulrika Birgersdotter-Green, professor of...

Reinforced Cylinder Leads to Fewer Repeat Surgeries

June 24, 2015 2:06 pm | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) | News | Comments

In this important study use of a ring-reinforced shunt improved surgical outcomes in children born with a serious heart defect: hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Children with this condition undergo a series of reconstructive procedures...


Hill-Rom Acquires Welch Allyn to Tune of $2 Billion

June 22, 2015 3:29 pm | by AAMI | News | Comments

Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., and Welch Allyn, Inc., announced that they have reached a definitive agreement under which Hill-Rom will acquire Welch Allyn for around $2.05 billion in cash and stock. The deal is the latest chapter in the ongoing...

Big Brother Is Watching You Intubate

June 22, 2015 2:00 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

While exploring the show floor at MD&M East, I was constantly on the lookout for outside-of-the-box, attention-grabbing exhibits. I eventually spotted a mechanical skull with a tube stuck down its throat, and a small display screen on top. So of course, I had to investigate!

Micro-Tentacles Help Tiny Robots Handle Delicate Objects

June 22, 2015 11:43 am | by Iowa State University | News | Comments

The tiny tube circled an ant's thorax, gently trapping the insect and demonstrating the utility of a microrobotic tentacle developed by Iowa State University engineers. "Most robots use two fingers and to pick things up they have to squeeze...

Pairing Wireless Medical Devices

June 22, 2015 10:49 am | by Paul Plitzuweit, Senior Product Manager, Datakey, ATEK Access Technologies | Articles | Comments

Designing a product that will use wireless communications can pose many design challenges. These challenges take on added significance when the wireless product is a medical device. With the proliferation of wireless medical devices in-and-around...

Probe Detects Cancerous Tissue Mid-Surgery

June 19, 2015 9:04 am | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

Surgeons could know while their patients are still on the operating table if a tissue is cancerous, according to researchers from the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)'s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard...


Medical Lasers Face Many Barriers to Clinical Acceptance

June 18, 2015 9:48 am | by SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics | News | Comments

The dynamic field of medical laser applications continually offers new systems and techniques enabling less invasive or more targeted treatments. But the path from the lab to the clinic can be slowed by "a multiplicity of barriers" requiring...

Color-Coded Map Guides Brain Tumor Removal

June 18, 2015 9:30 am | by John Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Brain surgery is famously difficult for good reason: When removing a tumor, for example, neurosurgeons walk a tightrope as they try to take out as much of the cancer as possible while keeping crucial brain tissue intact -- and visually distinguishing...

Biotech Startup Raises Millions to Generate Renewable Chemicals

June 17, 2015 12:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A company hoping to farm single-cell organisms, or microbes, to create chemicals announced that its latest funding push secured $44 million. California-based Zymergen alters the DNA of a large number of microbes, which enables the organisms...

A Ten-Year Prognosis of MedTech Trends: Part One

June 12, 2015 12:47 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

During my attendance at MD&M East in NYC on Tuesday, I had the privilege to hear Bill Evans, the President of Bridge Design Inc. speak on the CenterStage about “10 Ways Innovation, Design, Demographics and Global Trends Will Impact the Future of Healthcare...

Looks like Styrene, Quacks like Styrene, but not a Duck

June 12, 2015 11:37 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Eastman Chemical Company | Blogs | Comments

Polystyrene is a pretty commonly used material for trays in medical device packaging. It provides a reasonable level of protection and safety. It also can be sterilized along with the medical device via EtO. And that’s where the potential problems begin...


Infographic: Top 10 'What's Hot in 3D Printing Out of Metal'

June 12, 2015 9:32 am | by Daniel Tkacik, Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

In conjunction with the inaugural National Maker Faire and the White House Week of Making kicking off this week in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Mellon University experts have projected the top 10 things in 3D metal printing...

Antibiotic-Laden Sponges Significantly Reduce Infection

June 12, 2015 9:16 am | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery | News | Comments

Cardiac surgeons often "crack open" the flat bone that forms the middle front section of the chest, known as the sternum, in order to reach important structures. When a sternal wound infection (SWI) occurs, serious complications and even death...

MedTech Memoirs: Sutures

June 10, 2015 3:02 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

The earliest mention of sutures as we know them came in 3,000 B.C., in ancient Egypt, and the oldest known suture dates back to a mummy from 1,100 B.C. The Indian sage and physician Sushruta details wound sutures and the materials used in...

New 3D Printers, MedTech in Space & VR Colonoscopies in NYC Today

June 9, 2015 2:54 pm | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | News | Comments

MDT Editor-in-Chief Sean Fenske (@SeanFenske) and Associate Editor Sam Brusco (@SamISureAm) are reporting from the medical design and manufacturing tradeshow in New York City this week. If you’re unable to head to...

Medical Electronics that ‘Melt’ Away Inside the Body

June 8, 2015 2:37 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

The ability to have electronic components "melt" away just as bioresorbable technologies have done so in the past is quite exciting and could be used in an array of medical applications. Following a complicated procedure, a dissolvable...

The 'iKnife' and Electronic Health Innovation

June 5, 2015 9:30 am | by Zev Ginzburg, UX Researcher & Copywriter, Codal Inc. | Blogs | Comments

One can easily make the assumption the United States is a beacon of medical research, especially with the kind of research dollars allocated on a yearly basis to the National Institutes of Health and related research institutions. This is, of course, an ill-witted...

Ultra-Tough Fiber Imitates Spider Silk Structure

June 4, 2015 12:31 pm | by Polytechnique Montreal | News | Comments

Professors Frederick Gosselin and Daniel Therriault, along with their master's student Renaud Passieux, are not related to Spiderman. Nevertheless, these Polytechnique Montreal researchers have produced an ultra-tough polymer fiber directly...

Replacing Metal Components with Single-Use Precision Molded Plastics

June 4, 2015 9:39 am | by Aiken Toon, Technical Director, Forefront Medical Technology | Articles | Comments

Metal parts are typically used in invasive medical equipment because a machined metal part ensures a tight seal at joints. However, use of metal components can increase cost over the life of the product when sterilization costs are considered...

Fiber-Optic Laser System Allows Seamless Closure of Surgical Incisions

June 4, 2015 9:19 am | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Some 30,000 years ago, prehistoric man wielded animal bones as needles to suture otherwise lethal wounds. This tactic has been used, and improved upon, over time and remains the basis of surgical procedures conducted today. Even with radical...

Wearable Device on Your Ear Controls Blood Loss

June 4, 2015 8:00 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

If made compact and inexpensive enough, this device could become a part of every surgical prep routine for a patient, where the device is clipped to the ear prior to the procedure. Should there be a problem that occurs, the device would be...

How 3D Scanning Is Creating an Invaluable Experience for Medical Trainees

May 29, 2015 10:41 am | by Andrei Vakulenko, VP Business Development, Artec 3D | Blogs | Comments

The use of 3D scanned and printed anatomical parts allows students to learn and, more importantly, make mistakes while putting what they learn in the classroom into practice. These models provide a quick, easy and cost-effective option to cadavers...

Incision-Free Surgery Gives Two Kids Another Chance

May 28, 2015 12:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Doctors from the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children's National Health System are the first in the United States to treat osteoid osteoma, a benign but painful bone tumor that commonly occurs in children and young...

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