This implantable mesh can monitor heart activity and apply stimulations

Researchers from the Center for Nanoparticle Research at the Institute for Basic Science have developed a wearable and implantable device that measures electrophysiological signals and stimulates as needed for pain relief, rehabilitation and prosthetic motor control. The soft implantable recorded cardiac activity in multiple points of a swine heart in tests. The researchers on the

Northwell’s prosthetic leg could get amputees back in the swim

A New York State heathcare provider has developed a 3D-printed artificial leg to help combat veterans and other amputees to swim again. Northwell Health’s  prosthetic, “The Fin,” is the first such prosthetic leg attachment to give amputee swimmers the ability to navigate from land to the water and back without having to switch prosthetics.  Northwell has begun

This low-cost prosthetic foot replicates natural walking mechanics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created a low-cost prosthetic foot that can be modified to fit specific body types, making it possible for user’s to walk with an able-bodied gait. Prosthetic limb technology with limbs controlled by microchips or limbs with sensors and artificial intelligence are costly and are not readily accessible to many

This surgical technique may improve sensation and control of prosthetic limbs

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Extreme Bionics have developed a neural interface and communication paradigm that sends movement commands from the central nervous system to a robotic prosthesis. Humans are able to naturally sense where their limbs are, how fast they’re moving and the torque, all without looking. Being able to sense

Medtech stories we missed this week: June 8, 2018

From Royal Philips receiving FDA clearance to NeuroPace launching its epilepsy treatment device, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. FDA clears Philips’s Ingenia Elition 3.0T MR scanner Royal Philips announced in a June 5 press release that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Ingenia

Turns out graphene can fight bacteria on implants

Graphene flakes that are arranged like spikes can kill bacteria and stop infections during implant surgery procedures, according to new research from Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden. Bacteria moves around the body in fluids like blood looking for an area to stick to. Once they find a place, the bacteria starts to grow

RxFunction raises $7.5 million for its wearable sensory prosthesis

Medical wearable startup RxFunction (Eden Prairie, Minn.) announced today that it has raised $7.5 million in Series A funding as it prepares for market launch of its Walkasins wearable sensory prosthesis. The round, which surpassed RxFunction’s initial $5 million funding goal, was led by Edina, Minn.–based Cedar Point Capital, a boutique investment banking firm. The

Minor orthopedic implant market to be worth $2.2 billion by 2021, analysts say

The minor orthopedic replacement implant market will grow from $1.5 billion in 2017 to $2.2 billion in 2021, according to analysts from The Business Research Co.. The company’s  Minor Orthopedic Replacement Implants report said the industry will experience an annual growth rate of over 7%,  driven by a higher rate of arthritis and fractures. Osteoarthritis

Researchers create ultrasound-sensor powered prosthetic hand with individual digit control

Researchers are one step closer to creating a prosthetic hand that allows users to have full control over each finger, according to a new report from Georgia Tech. Researchers at the university say they have created an ultrasonic sensor which allows amputees to control individual fingers on a prosthetic hand, with enough sensitivity to play

This innovation could make medical devices even more amazing

CerMet – an advanced ceramic and metal technology system – creates the potential for implantable devices with thousands of electrical channels. Think new options for treating blindness and neurological conditions. Only a few years old, Heraeus’ CerMet is upping the game when it comes to sophisticated implantable electronic devices. “Medical implants manufactured using the Heraeus CerMet

Patient with complete spinal cord injury regains voluntary motor function

Patients who have lost mobility in their legs due to complete spinal cord injury could soon regain lost motor function below the level of injury, thanks to new research out of the University of Louisville. Motor function was recovered after study participants received long-term activity-based training and spinal cord epidural stimulation (scES). After approximately 34.5

Medtech stories we missed this week: Oct. 13, 2017

From Orthocell’s distribution deal to CorNeat unveiling its artificial cornea, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. OrthoCell inks Australian distro deal Orthocell announced in an Oct. 10 press release that it has signed a distribution deal with Surgical Specialities. The deal will make Surgical Specialities the

Is this the key to rapidly manufacturing heart valves?

Nanofiber fabrication may be the key to rapidly manufacturing heart valves with regenerative and growth potential, according to new research from Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. A research team led by Kevin Kit Parker created a valve-shaped nanofiber network that replicates the mechanical and chemical properties of the native valve extracellular matrix (ECM).

How artificial neural coding could create advanced prosthetics

Researchers are artificially making neural coding to build advanced prosthetics, thanks to research from the University of Illinois. Coordinated Science Lab (CSL) researchers at the University of Illinois have mathematically figured out how the brain times impulses that are sent out due to a sensory stimulus. “There was a major question in neuron function that

5 innovative medical devices designed by students

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) just released its list of the 2017 IDEA award-winning designed products. The winners in the medical device category included several interesting devices. But what really caught our eye was the Student Designs category, which featured several noteworthy medical innovations. These devices were interesting because of their focus on

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