This artificial heart is made from silicone

Researchers have developed an artificial heart made of silicone that beats almost like a human heart, according to new research from Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH). The ETH researchers set out to develop a heart that looks like the real time and functions like one too. It was designed by Nicholas Cohrs, a doctoral student in

Analysis: Here’s why medtech should feel optimistic about 2017

Uncertainty continues to swirl around the new Trump administration, but there is a lot to be excited about in the medical device industry these days, especially when it comes to cardiology and diabetes treatment. Medtech companies are performing well. More than 80% of the world’s 100 largest medical device companies saw their stock values increase

Cardiology research breakthroughs you need to know

Recent months have seen a host of important cardiology research breakthroughs related to new cardio devices and diagnostics, tissue engineering and the overall understanding of heart disease and its treatment. For example,  a customizable robotic heart sleeve – developed at Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital – has demonstrated advantages over other heart assist devices

Battery-free pacemaker successfully powers the heart

A wireless, battery-free pacemaker has shown success in powering the heart in pig models, according to researchers from Rice University and the Texas Heart Institute. The pacemaker, designed by lead researcher Aydin Babakhani, gets its energy wirelessly from radio frequency radiation transmitted from an external battery pack a few centimeters away. Pacemakers are small battery-powered

Mechanical heart valves are so loud that they cause insomnia

A quarter of patients with mechanical heart valves claim that the valves disturb their sleep, according to a new study. “For some patients, the closing sound of their mechanical heart valve reduces their quality of life, disturbs their sleep, causes them to avoid social situations and leads to depression and anxiety,” said Kjersti Oterhals, a

Growing human hearts: The answer is spinach leaves?

We could someday be using spinach to grow human hearts, thanks to new research from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Arkansas State University. One of the problems that researchers have faced is how to create a vascular system that can deliver blood deep into developing tissues. There hasn’t been much success

The top medtech stories of early 2017

The new Trump administration and Republican Congress – and all the accompanying change and uncertainty –is the major story for the medical device industry. But there are many other medtech stories worth noting from the first quarter of 2017. There was an FDA warning over Abbott’s Absorb bioresorbable stent, a continued spate of M&A deals, a

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9 cardiology breakthroughs you need to know

Cardiology breakthroughs couldn’t come soon enough because heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the U.S. About 610,000 Americans die of heart disease per year, and an additional 735,000 Americans suffer from a heart attack. The statistics terrify. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking are some of the top

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Philips has a value argument for new image guided therapy platform

Royal Philips has announced the launch of its next generation image-guided therapy platform, deemed Azurion. Philips designed the platform to allow clinicians to easily perform a variety of routine and complex procedures. Meant for use in interventional labs, Azurion is but another example of medical device products with a strong value-based sales pitch around controlling costs