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Learn more about the materials and properties of today's advanced implants and prosthetics. Examples include cardiac pacemakers, defibrillators, and orthopedics.

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News : Medical
Reconfigurable Electronics Offer Promise for Implantable Devices
Reconfigurable Electronics Offer Promise for Implantable Devices

Medical implants of the future may feature reconfigurable electronic platforms that can morph in shape and size dynamically as bodies change or transform to relocate from one...

Reconfigurable Electronics Offer Promise for Implantable Devices
R&D : Materials
Artificial Skin Creates Ticklish Devices
Artificial Skin Creates Ticklish Devices

A new interface takes touch technology to the next level by providing an artificial skin-like membrane for augmenting interactive devices such as phones, wearables, or computers.

Artificial Skin Creates Ticklish Devices
Briefs : Medical
Implantable Cancer Traps Could Provide Earlier Diagnosis, Help Monitor Treatment
Implantable Cancer Traps Could Provide Earlier Diagnosis, Help Monitor Treatment

Invasive procedures to biopsy tissue from cancer-tainted organs could be replaced by simply taking samples from a tiny “decoy” implanted just beneath the...

Implantable Cancer Traps Could Provide Earlier Diagnosis, Help Monitor Treatment
Briefs : Medical
Bioelectronic Implant Could Prevent Opioid Deaths
Bioelectronic Implant Could Prevent Opioid Deaths

Researchers are developing a novel, implantable device that can sense the effects of a potentially fatal level of ingested opioids and then automatically and immediately deliver a life-saving...

Bioelectronic Implant Could Prevent Opioid Deaths
Features : Medical
Bioresorbable Patch Offers New Alternative for Arterial Healing
Bioresorbable Patch Offers New Alternative for Arterial Healing

When a patient experiences 70 percent or greater stenosis in the carotid artery — a condition that can cause lack of cerebral blood flow, stroke, and in some cases, death —...

Bioresorbable Patch Offers New Alternative for Arterial Healing
R&D : AR/AI
VR Helps Amputees ‘Feel’ Prosthetic Limbs
VR Helps Amputees ‘Feel’ Prosthetic Limbs

Scientists have shown that amputees can actually be convinced that the prosthetic hand belongs to their own body. They do this by going beyond the “seeing is believing” idiom based on...

VR Helps Amputees ‘Feel’ Prosthetic Limbs
INSIDER : Medical
Researchers Explore How Artificial Muscles Work
Researchers Explore How Artificial Muscles Work

Artificial muscles will power the soft robots and wearable devices of the future. But more needs to be understood about the underlying mechanics of these powerful structures in order to design...

Researchers Explore How Artificial Muscles Work
INSIDER : Medical
Material for Regenerative Medicine Could Control Cell Immune Response
Material for Regenerative Medicine Could Control Cell Immune Response

A new material shows promise for regenerative medicine for recovery of damaged tissues and blood vessels. The 3D scaffold is made of biodegradable material and filled with...

Material for Regenerative Medicine Could Control Cell Immune Response
Articles : Medical
2019 Create the Future Design Contest Grand Prize Winner: ULiSSES
2019 Create the Future Design Contest Grand Prize Winner: ULiSSES
Learn more about ULISSES, an organ-preserving device that received top honors in the "Create the Future" Design Contest.
2019 Create the Future Design Contest Grand Prize Winner: ULiSSES
R&D : Materials
Implantables to Augment Missing Body Tissue
Implantables to Augment Missing Body Tissue

Kanfit3D has entered into a joint research partnership with the University of Brescia (Italy). The project will develop unique implantable structures, using additive layer manufacturing (ALM)...

Implantables to Augment Missing Body Tissue
Articles : Medical
2019 'Create the Future' Medical Category Winner: Cervical Stabilization Device
2019 'Create the Future' Medical Category Winner: Cervical Stabilization Device
Learn more about the how "CSD" offers a cost-effective, non-invasive way of saving the lives of infants.
2019 'Create the Future' Medical Category Winner: Cervical Stabilization Device
Briefs : Medical
Prosthetic Arm Can Move and Feel
Prosthetic Arm Can Move and Feel

Keven Walgamott had a good “feeling” about picking up the egg without crushing it.

Prosthetic Arm Can Move and Feel
Briefs : Medical
Less Training Needed for Brain-Machine Interfaces
Less Training Needed for Brain-Machine Interfaces

Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) are rarely found outside of medical clinics, where the disabled receive hours or days of training in order to operate wheelchairs with their minds. Now the...

Less Training Needed for Brain-Machine Interfaces
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Smart Brain Stimulators: Next-Generation Parkinson's Disease Therapy
Smart Brain Stimulators: Next-Generation Parkinson's Disease Therapy

Researchers at the University of Houston have found neuro biomarkers for Parkinson's disease that can help create the next generation of “smart” deep brain stimulators,...

Smart Brain Stimulators: Next-Generation Parkinson's Disease Therapy
R&D : Imaging
Medical Camera Could Cut Costs and Time
Medical Camera Could Cut Costs and Time

Researchers have developed a camera to detect and image radioactive tracers used in PET and in SPECT scans at the same time, with the hope of enabling doctors to scan patients for abnormalities in less...

Medical Camera Could Cut Costs and Time
R&D : Medical
Programmable Soft Actuators for Soft Robotics
Programmable Soft Actuators for Soft Robotics

Researchers have developed highly programmable actuators that, similar to the human hand, combine soft and hard materials to perform complex movements. These materials have great potential for...

Programmable Soft Actuators for Soft Robotics
Briefs : Medical
High-Volume Electrospinning Production Platform for Medical Devices
High-Volume Electrospinning Production Platform for Medical Devices

A newly developed platform has been designed for large-scale industrial manufacturing of reproducible and scalable fiber-based scaffolds for Class I, II and III medical...

High-Volume Electrospinning Production Platform for Medical Devices
News : Medical
Optic Nerve Stimulation to Aid the Blind
Optic Nerve Stimulation to Aid the Blind

Scientists from EPFL in Switzerland and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Italy are developing technology for the blind that bypasses the eyeball entirely and sends messages to the brain. They do this by...

Optic Nerve Stimulation to Aid the Blind
INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Breakthrough Technique Improves 3D Printing of Organs
Breakthrough Technique Improves 3D Printing of Organs

A new technique called SWIFT (sacrificial writing into functional tissue) enables 3D printing of vascular channels into living matrices composed of stem-cell-derived organ building blocks...

Breakthrough Technique Improves 3D Printing of Organs
Briefs : Medical
Tiny Biodegradable Circuits Release Painkillers Inside the Body
Tiny Biodegradable Circuits Release Painkillers Inside the Body

Patients fitted with an orthopedic prosthetic commonly experience a period of intense pain after surgery. In an effort to control the pain, surgeons inject painkillers into the...

Tiny Biodegradable Circuits Release Painkillers Inside the Body
INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Electrodes Give Amputees Better Control of Prosthetics
Electrodes Give Amputees Better Control of Prosthetics

Scientists implanted electrodes in amputees’ stumps for better prosthetic control — with promising results. The early-stage research involved relocating nerves in patients’...

Electrodes Give Amputees Better Control of Prosthetics
INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Electronic Skin Offers Exceptional Sense of Touch
Electronic Skin Offers Exceptional Sense of Touch

Robots and prosthetic devices may soon have a sense of touch equivalent to, or better than, the human skin with the Asynchronous Coded Electronic Skin (ACES), an artificial nervous system....

Electronic Skin Offers Exceptional Sense of Touch
Briefs : Medical
Chemists Develop Nanoscale Bioabsorbable Wound Dressing
Chemists Develop Nanoscale Bioabsorbable Wound Dressing

Scientists at Texas A&M University are harnessing the combined power of organic nanomaterials-based chemistry and a natural product found in crustacean exoskeletons to help bring...

Chemists Develop Nanoscale Bioabsorbable Wound Dressing
Global Innovations : Nanotechnology
Light and Nanotechnology Combined to Prevent Biofilms on Medical Implants
Light and Nanotechnology Combined to Prevent Biofilms on Medical Implants

The insertion of a medical implant in a patient's body carries the risk of bacterial contamination during surgery and subsequent formation of an infectious biofilm...

Light and Nanotechnology Combined to Prevent Biofilms on Medical Implants
R&D : Medical
Engineers Develop More Stable, Efficient Prosthetic Foot
Engineers Develop More Stable, Efficient Prosthetic Foot

Engineers have developed a more stable prosthetic leg — and a better way of designing them — that could make challenging terrain more manageable for people who have lost a lower...

Engineers Develop More Stable, Efficient Prosthetic Foot
R&D : Design
Sensor-Packed Glove Could Aid Prosthetic Design
Sensor-Packed Glove Could Aid Prosthetic Design

Researchers have compiled a massive dataset that enables an AI system to recognize objects through touch alone. Signals are collected by a user wearing a sensor-packed glove while handling a...

Sensor-Packed Glove Could Aid Prosthetic Design

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