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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.

Briefs : Medical
New Polymer Heart Valves Improve Patient Outcomes
New Polymer Heart Valves Improve Patient Outcomes

NIBIB-funded engineers are designing and testing aortic heart valve replacements made of polymers rather than animal heart tissues. The goal is to optimize performance of these valves in an...

New Polymer Heart Valves Improve Patient Outcomes
INSIDER : Medical
Soft Robotics: Perception Inspired by Humans
Soft Robotics: Perception Inspired by Humans

A perception system for soft robots was inspired by the way humans process information about their own bodies in space and in relation to other objects and people. The system includes a motion...

Soft Robotics: Perception Inspired by Humans
INSIDER : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Tiny Sensor Tracks Chemical Linked to Migraines
Tiny Sensor Tracks Chemical Linked to Migraines

Engineers have built a tiny, flexible sensor that is faster and more precise than past attempts at tracking a chemical associated with nasty migraines. The sensor, an implantable device on the...

Tiny Sensor Tracks Chemical Linked to Migraines
INSIDER : Materials
Nanocomposite Heart Valve Helps High-Risk Patients
Nanocomposite Heart Valve Helps High-Risk Patients

Researchers have created the first-ever nanocomposite biomaterial transcatheter heart-valve developed to reduce or eliminate complications related to heart transplants. By using a newly...

Nanocomposite Heart Valve Helps High-Risk Patients
INSIDER : Materials
4D Printed Materials Show Promise for Tiny Implantables
4D Printed Materials Show Promise for Tiny Implantables

Engineers have created flexible, lightweight materials with 4D printing that could lead to better soft robotics and tiny implantable biomedical devices. The stiffness can be adjusted...

4D Printed Materials Show Promise for Tiny Implantables
From the Editor : Medical
From the Editor — Spurring Innovation of Brain-Computer Interface Devices
From the Editor — Spurring Innovation of Brain-Computer Interface Devices

Spurring Innovation of Brain-Computer Interface Devices FDA is continuing to encourage innovation in novel areas — the latest being novel brain implants, often...

From the Editor — Spurring Innovation of Brain-Computer Interface Devices
R&D : Manufacturing & Prototyping
New 3D Printing Process for Bone Implants
New 3D Printing Process for Bone Implants

Researchers have developed a technique with which bone implants that are precisely fitting, stable, and variable in dimensions can be 3D printed from a special plastic. In the printing process,...

New 3D Printing Process for Bone Implants
R&D : Medical
LED Lamp Automatically Resets Racing Heart
LED Lamp Automatically Resets Racing Heart

Researchers have found a way to reset a racing heart immediately and automatically by an implanted LED device. It could be the first step toward a pain-free treatment for patients with atrial...

LED Lamp Automatically Resets Racing Heart
Features : Materials
The Best of Both Worlds: Hybrid Implant Imitates Bone Structure
The Best of Both Worlds: Hybrid Implant Imitates Bone Structure

Scientists from the National University of Science and Technology – MISIS have developed a unique hybrid bone implant, the core of which is made of porous ultra-high molecular...

The Best of Both Worlds: Hybrid Implant Imitates Bone Structure
News : Medical
FDA: Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Affecting Medtronic's ICDs, Programmers, Home Monitors
FDA: Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Affecting Medtronic's ICDs, Programmers, Home Monitors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety communication to alert healthcare providers and patients about cybersecurity...

FDA: Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Affecting Medtronic's ICDs, Programmers, Home Monitors
INSIDER : Medical
From Foam to Bone: The implant of the Future
From Foam to Bone: The implant of the Future

Researchers have developed what could be the bone implant material of the future: an airy, foamlike substance that can be injected into the body and provide scaffolding for the growth of new...

From Foam to Bone: The implant of the Future
Supplements : Medical
Medical Design Briefs: Technology Leaders
Medical Design Briefs: Technology Leaders
See who leads the pack in testing, additive manufacturing, electronics, and more.
Medical Design Briefs: Technology Leaders
Supplements : Medical
Medical Design Briefs: 2018 Outsourcing Directory
Medical Design Briefs: 2018 Outsourcing Directory
Your guide to today's medical contract manufacturers.
Medical Design Briefs: 2018 Outsourcing Directory
Briefs : Medical
Smart Knee Implants Could Reduce Number of Knee Replacement Surgeries
Smart Knee Implants Could Reduce Number of Knee Replacement Surgeries

Smart knee implants may soon be a reality thanks to research done by Binghamton University, Stony Brook University, and the University of Western Ontario.

Smart Knee Implants Could Reduce Number of Knee Replacement Surgeries
Briefs : Medical
3D Printed Implant Promotes Nerve Cell Growth to Treat Spinal Cord Injury
3D Printed Implant Promotes Nerve Cell Growth to Treat Spinal Cord Injury

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Institute of Engineering in Medicine have used rapid 3D printing technologies to create a...

3D Printed Implant Promotes Nerve Cell Growth to Treat Spinal Cord Injury
Features : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Ultrasoft Sensor Monitors Heart Cells with Minimal Disruption
Ultrasoft Sensor Monitors Heart Cells with Minimal Disruption
University of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan
www.u-tokyo.ac.jp

For the first time, engineers have demonstrated an electronic device that can closely monitor beating heart...

Ultrasoft Sensor Monitors Heart Cells with Minimal Disruption
Briefs : Nanotechnology
3D Nanoprinting Strategy Opens Door to Revolution in Medicine, Robotics
3D Nanoprinting Strategy Opens Door to Revolution in Medicine, Robotics

Engineers at the University of Maryland (UMD) have created the first 3D printed fluid circuit element so tiny that 10 could rest on the width of a human hair. The diode...

3D Nanoprinting Strategy Opens Door to Revolution in Medicine, Robotics
R&D : Medical
Positive Results for Artificial Pancreas and Smartphone App
Positive Results for Artificial Pancreas and Smartphone App

The results of a new clinical trial have shown the safety and efficacy of the interoperable Artificial Pancreas System smartphone app (iAPS), which can interface wirelessly with...

Positive Results for Artificial Pancreas and Smartphone App
R&D : Robotics, Automation & Control
Smart Microrobots Adapt to Surroundings
Smart Microrobots Adapt to Surroundings

Scientists have developed tiny elastic robots that can change shape depending on their surroundings. Modeled after bacteria and fully biocompatible, these robots optimize their movements so as to get...

Smart Microrobots Adapt to Surroundings
Briefs : Materials
Artificial Skin Could Give Superhuman Perception
Artificial Skin Could Give Superhuman Perception

A new type of sensor could lead to artificial skin that someday helps burn victims ‘feel’ and safeguards the rest of us, University of Connecticut researchers suggest in a paper in...

Artificial Skin Could Give Superhuman Perception
INSIDER : Medical
New Center to Focus on 3D Printed Implants
New Center to Focus on 3D Printed Implants

A new center for the transfer of new manufacturing technologies for medical applications to the medtech industry is being built in Bettlach, Switzerland. The center, called Swiss m4m Center is...

New Center to Focus on 3D Printed Implants
INSIDER : Medical
Next-Generation Bionic Hand Restores Sense of Touch
Next-Generation Bionic Hand Restores Sense of Touch

Researchers have developed a next-generation bionic hand that allows amputees to regain a very subtle, close-to-natural sense of touch. The scientists managed to reproduce the feeling of...

Next-Generation Bionic Hand Restores Sense of Touch
News : Medical
Trelleborg Acquires Sil-Pro, Expands Product Line
Trelleborg Acquires Sil-Pro, Expands Product Line

With the recent acquisition of Minnesota based Sil-Pro, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has expanded its product and service offering in the healthcare and medical industry. The acquisition of...

Trelleborg Acquires Sil-Pro, Expands Product Line
INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printed Implants Created from Biodegradable Material
3D Printed Implants Created from Biodegradable Material

Researchers have discovered that cellulose nanocrystals in a viscous state can easily be shaped together with other biopolymers into complex three-dimensional structures using a 3D...

3D Printed Implants Created from Biodegradable Material
INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Engineers Translate Brain Signals Directly into Speech
Engineers Translate Brain Signals Directly into Speech

Neuroengineers have created a system that translates thought into intelligible, recognizable speech. By monitoring someone’s brain activity, the technology can reconstruct the words a...

Engineers Translate Brain Signals Directly into Speech
INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Graphene Implants Record Low-Level Electrical Brain Activity
Graphene Implants Record Low-Level Electrical Brain Activity

A newly developed graphene-based implant can record electrical activity in the brain at extremely low frequencies and over large areas, unlocking the wealth of information found...

Graphene Implants Record Low-Level Electrical Brain Activity
Features : Medical
Investigating Cardiac Device Performance with Computer Modeling and Simulation
Investigating Cardiac Device Performance with Computer Modeling and Simulation

Why do some people develop malfunction of their mitral valve (MV) after a heart attack? The answers are complex, and treatments are not yet perfected. But...

Investigating Cardiac Device Performance with Computer Modeling and Simulation
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Electronic Glove Gives Robotic Hand Sense of Touch
Electronic Glove Gives Robotic Hand Sense of Touch

Stanford engineers have developed an electronic glove containing sensors that could one day give robotic hands the sort of dexterity that humans take for granted.

Electronic Glove Gives Robotic Hand Sense of Touch
Products : Materials
Product of the Month: February 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Product of the Month: February 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Implant-Grade 3D Printing Material

Evonik, Essen, Germany, has developed a polymer filament based on PEEK (polyether ether ketone) in implant-grade quality for use as a 3D...

Product of the Month: February 2019 Medical Design Briefs
INSIDER : Medical
Reinforcement Learning Expedites ‘Tuning’ of Robotic Prosthetics
Reinforcement Learning Expedites ‘Tuning’ of Robotic Prosthetics

An intelligent system for “tuning” powered prosthetic knees allows patients to walk comfortably with the prosthetic device in minutes, rather than the hours necessary...

Reinforcement Learning Expedites ‘Tuning’ of Robotic Prosthetics

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