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Zapping Away the Pounds, but What Zaps Away the Habit?

January 16, 2015 3:06 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

There is no doubt that losing excess weight can help to eliminate an array of health concerns or reduce the risk of their occurrence. Unfortunately, the process of actually shaving off those pounds can pose a significant challenge. So it will come as great...

Connectivity and Internet of Things Will Transform Availability of Healthcare

January 16, 2015 9:55 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Connectivity, which is often referred to as the “Internet of Things” and associated wireless capabilities, are providing a new framework for improving virtually every aspect of healthcare. This includes shifting from reactive to preventative healthcare...

FDA Approves First Disposable Spinal Instrument Fixation Kit

January 16, 2015 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ECA Medical Instruments, the leading designer and manufacturer of single-procedure torque-limiting and fixed-driver surgical instruments and procedural kits, developed the industry’s first fully disposable spine implant fixation instrument kit...

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University and Hospitals Collaborate to Find Healthcare Solutions

January 14, 2015 9:58 am | by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - Oficina de Información Científica | News | Comments

A prototype for doing a skin biopsy in 5 minutes and a simulator for training doctors in minimally invasive surgery are some of the innovative projects in the process of being patented that have arisen from the relationship between the university...

How this Biomedical Engineer Landed Her Dream Job

January 13, 2015 4:32 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

Becoming a doctor was always an interest of mine. When I learned about biomedical engineering and the behind-the-scenes work of medicine, I knew I wanted to continue in that path. I wanted to be able to design and implement medical devices and...

New Tool Could Lead to Innovative Nanotechnology

January 12, 2015 12:09 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

A new tool capable of carrying out simultaneous nano-sized measurements could soon lead to more innovative nanotech-based products and help boost the EU economy. Indeed the tool, developed by scientists cooperating through the EU-funded UNIVSEM...

'Glowing' Nanotechnology Guides Cancer Surgery

January 6, 2015 9:56 am | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a new way to selectively insert compounds into cancer cells - a system that will help surgeons identify malignant tissues and then, in combination with phototherapy, kill any remaining cancer...

Using Nanotechnology to Engineer ACL Replacements

January 5, 2015 10:58 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Lindsey Vonn. Derrick Rose. Tom Brady. Mickey Mantle. They have all fallen victim to the dreaded pop of the knee. Connecting the femur to the tibia, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture is one of the most devastating injuries in sports...

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The ACA Has Clogged the Pipeline of MedTech Innovation

December 31, 2014 9:30 am | by Emily L. Cross, Ph.D., Director of Media and Communication, TecMed Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The 2010 media was saturated in the triumphant, albeit hotly debated, arrival of change in many sectors of life, but spun tightly on the U.S. healthcare system. The year can be defined with tedious chatter, increased expectations, and a new sensation...

The MDT Top 10 from 2014

December 23, 2014 2:03 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Another exiting year of medtech innovations has passed. In 2014, we really started to see the impact of mHealth on the industry, with more “outsiders” seeking to bundle health monitoring into smart phones and connected devices. Data security (and...

Innovative Design to Slash Keyhole Surgery Injuries

December 22, 2014 10:33 am | by Nottingham Trent University | News | Comments

Failed clinical insertions for keyhole surgery could be reduced after researchers developed a new needle which self-retracts to avoid potentially fatal injuries. Developed by Nottingham Trent University and Olberon Medical Innovations, an automatic...

The ACA Has Directly Impacted Medical Innovations

December 19, 2014 8:23 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | ODU-USA, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

In my opinion, the Affordable Care Act has held back new research and potential technology breakthroughs that could benefit patients worldwide. Within the past year, I have experienced device manufacturers moving their operations overseas due to the...

Virtual Reality Can Enhance Healthcare

December 17, 2014 11:16 am | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

In his TEDMED 2014 talk, Howard Rose, President of Firsthand Technology, describes how virtual reality can unlock the innate human power to prevent and recover from illness...            

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CAM Software Enhances the Quality of Orthopedic Implants

December 16, 2014 10:04 am | by Helene Horent, DP Technology | Articles | Comments

To provide minimally-invasive equipment and high-quality products, it is essential to acquire the best technology for production. To meet these objectives, Stryker chose to use ESPRIT, a computer-aided-manufacturing (CAM) software that comes equipped...

CAD Solution Enables Faster Redesign of Advanced Brain Surgery Technology

December 15, 2014 11:04 am | by Siemens | Siemens PLM Software | Articles | Comments

Based in Israel, Alpha Omega is in the brain surgery business, developing products such as the Neuro Omega, an advanced micro-electrode recording (MER) system used in neurosurgery. The system provides electro- physiological recording and deep brain...

Robotic Surgery Successfully Removes Head & Neck Tumors

December 12, 2014 10:08 am | by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences | News | Comments

In a groundbreaking new study, UCLA researchers have for the first time advanced a surgical technique performed with the help of a robot to successfully access a previously-unreachable area of the head and neck. This pioneering method can ...

Early Adoption of Robotic Surgery Leads to Organ Preservation

December 11, 2014 12:40 pm | by NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Patients with operable kidney cancers were more likely to have a partial nephrectomy - the recommended treatment for localized tumors - when treated in hospitals that were early adopters of robotic surgery, according to a new study ...  

The Pulse: Pain-Free Lancing for Blood Testing and Tracking Surgeons’ Eyes

December 10, 2014 11:36 am | by John Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we’re performing a blood draw pain-free, comparing heart vital signs, tracking the eyes of surgeons, and giving the disabled access to smartphones.           

A Harmonic Convergence of MedTech

December 5, 2014 2:08 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Honestly, if you attend Medica and don’t find yourself exhilarated by all the creativity and innovation that’s happening in the medtech space, you’re in the wrong job. The event is not just an educational or networking opportunity, but rather an event that truly celebrates medical technology...

Friday 5: Connecting Healthcare with TE Connectivity's Thomas Medina

December 5, 2014 9:42 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | TE Connectivity, Ltd. | Blogs | Comments

I foresee a continuous transition from body-worn to body-integrated devices designed to deliver very specific, customized care. Device function will be monitored and controlled remotely, determined via gene-based diagnosis and therapies; and will be...

See It, Touch It, Feel It

December 3, 2014 1:45 pm | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

Technology has changed rapidly over the last few years with touch feedback, known as haptics, being used in entertainment, rehabilitation and even surgical training. New research, using ultrasound, has developed an invisible 3D haptic shape that...

Northwestern Medicine Surgeons First to Treat Brain Tumor Using Adaptive Hybrid Technology

December 3, 2014 11:23 am | by Northwestern Memorial Hospital | News | Comments

It started with numbness on the left side of his face. A few months later, Steve Mores couldn't feel his tongue or chew on the left side of his mouth. TV commercials featuring food or even being in a grocery store made him nauseous. A long time drummer...

Driving Through the Human Body with Magnets

December 2, 2014 9:47 am | by University of Twente | News | Comments

Sarthak Misra of the University of Twente MIRA Research Institute has been awarded the prestigious individual ERC Starting Grant worth 1.5 million euros. This grant will be used for the ROBOTAR research project. ROBOTAR aims to develop systems...

CT and 3D Printing Offering Assist in Facial Transplants

December 2, 2014 9:31 am | by RSNA | News | Comments

Researchers are using computed tomography (CT) and 3D printing technology to recreate life-size models of patients' heads to assist in face transplantation surgery, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society...

Medical Start-Up Set to Revolutionize Vascular Surgery

November 26, 2014 1:47 pm | by ProMedica | News | Comments

ProMedica has invested in an early stage medical device company that is developing and commercializing innovative and cost-effective devices for treating common vascular diseases such as peripheral artery disease. Jobst Vascular Surgeon John Pigott...

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