Implanted device successfully treats central sleep apnea, study finds

Results from an international, randomized study show that an implanted nerve stimulator significantly improves symptoms in those with central sleep apnea, without causing serious side effects. Dr. William Abraham, co-lead author and director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, presented findings from the study at the recent

Deep brain stimulation could help brain trauma patients, but the technology needs a boost

Researchers at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center have demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of using deep-brain stimulation (DBS) to improve the quality of life and functioning of people with severe disability from traumatic brain injury (TBI). Dr. Ali Rezai, lead author of the study, spoke with Medical Design & Outsourcing to discuss the patient

Sprinkling of neural dust opens door to electroceuticals

University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) engineers have built the first dust-sized, wireless sensors that can be implanted in the body, bringing closer the day when a Fitbit-like device could monitor internal nerves, muscles or organs in real time, the Berkeley News reports. Because these battery-less sensors could also be used to stimulate nerves and muscles, the

Replicating the connection between muscles and nerves

MIT engineers have developed a microfluidic device that replicates the neuromuscular junction — the vital connection where nerve meets muscle. The device, about the size of a U.S. quarter, contains a single muscle strip and a small set of motor neurons. Researchers can influence and observe the interactions between the two, within a realistic, 3D matrix.

Design innovation: Two critical lists you probably aren’t making

In a recent webcast with Medical Design & Outsourcing, Prabodh Mathur, a twenty-five year medical device development veteran and current chief product development officer at Axonics Modulation Inc., spoke about lean innovation. But during the discussion, Mathur surprised me with a talk about some difficult topics companies face when they are entering into new projects

Biomedical 3D printing: Are we there yet?

Estimates for the market of 3D printed biomedical products are promising. New analysis from Boston Consulting Group says revenues from 3D printed end-use biomedical devices could reach $5 billion by 2020. But other market predictions are all over the map ranging from $9 billion to $21 billion by 2020. Such optimistic uncertainty is understandable. Real-world application

MedTech Chat podcast: Expanding recovery for breast cancer survivors with AirXpanders

Scott Dodson is the CEO and President of AirXpanders. AirXpanders is an emerging medical device company to watch in the U.S. Based in Palo Alto, AirXpanders has developed a technology that improves the breast cancer reconstruction process for women and is currently under review with the FDA. By employing a revolutionary new tissue expander, the

Zimmer Biomet celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Oxford Partial Knee System

Zimmer Biomet Holdings, a global developer in musculoskeletal healthcare, is pleased to announce the 40th anniversary of the Oxford Partial Knee System, the most widely used and clinically proven partial knee replacement system in the world. A partial knee replacement is a treatment for osteoarthritis in which one of the knee’s three compartments is replaced, whereas

A tiny new antenna for injectable medical devices

At the University of Michigan, engineers have been working on developing tiny electronic devices that are small enough to be injected through a syringe. Their latest development is a miniature antenna that is specifically designed to transmit and receive data in vivo at distances up to one ft. The device can monitor glucose levels for

Pinnacle Spine Group announces launch of InFill Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) Device for spinal fusion surgeries

Pinnacle Spine Group, a developer of spinal fusion solutions engineered to deliver optimal bone graft volume and graft-to-endplate contact, announced the launch of its InFill Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) Interbody Device. This device is designed to maximize wall thickness and graft chamber volume, ensuring optimal contact with the vertebral endplates by both the interbody

Amedica to present advantages of silicon nitride implants at 2016 Brazilian Spine Congress

Amedica, a company that develops and commercializes silicon nitride ceramics as a biomaterial platform, is pleased to announce its participation in the 2016 Brazilian Spine Congress occurring March 3 and 4, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “Brazil has been an emerging growth opportunity for us since achieving clearance during the third quarter of last year thanks in part to our

New rapid development prototype services

Norman Noble, Inc., the world’s leading contract manufacturer of next-generation implants, has added dedicated capacity in its Process Development Centers (PDCs) to produce prototype iterations faster for medical device OEMs. The new capability, dubbed Rapid Development Effort (RDE), is currently available for: · Laser Processing Services – Nitinol Stents, Transcatheter Heart Valves, Neuro Clot Pullers

Valeo II product family enchanced with second generation cervical system

Amedica Corporation,a company that develops and commercializes silicon nitride ceramics as a biomaterial platform, is pleased to announce the release of its Valeo II C interbody fusion device system. The second-generation cervical system will be commercially available mid-February 2016. The Valeo II C interbody fusion device, made entirely of Amedica’s micro composite silicon nitride biomaterial,

Antibiotic-infused implants designed to help faces heal

Rice University researchers developing temporary implants for facial reconstruction are incorporating a unique way to deliver time-released antibiotics to ward off infection while a patient heals. The Rice laboratory of bioengineer Antonios Mikos develops materials to help repair severe craniofacial injuries from trauma or pathological defects like tumor removal. The lab’s specialized plastic space maintainers

New T4C series HRC4000 medical grade, solid tantalum microchip capacitors

AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has introduced the new T4C Series HRC4000 medical grade, solid tantalum microchip capacitors. Designed for use in the filtering, hold-up, timing, and pulsing circuits within implantable, non-life-support and non-implantable life support applications, the T4C Microchip Medical Series delivers the smallest medical tantalum capacitors available