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Autonomous Functional Implants

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A pacemaker without batteries

Often times implanted medical devices are limited to their energy supply. Once that runs out, doctors are required to surgically explant a working device just to replace the battery. Mr. Zurbuchen, a PhD candidate at University of Bern, Switzerland, created a… Read more →

When technologies collide, outcomes improve for cardio patients


In forecasting the future of cardiovascular disease in the United States, a report by the American Heart Association shows Baby Boomers and cardiovascular disease on a direct collision course. By 2030, it is projected that more than 40% of… Read more →

Medtronic’s Viva CRT-P with AdaptivCRT approved in U.S.

Medtronic‘s Viva cardiac resynchronization therapy-pacemaker (CRT-P) received FDA approval for use on appropriate patients with heart failure or atrioventricular (AV) block. The device made its debut in Europe earlier this year, featuring AdaptivCRT algorithms that constantly monitor the patient and… Read more →

Eye implant turns smartphone into a glaucoma monitor

It’s a selfie that might save your sight. An implanted sensor could help people with glaucoma monitor the pressure in their eyes using a smartphone camera. The second biggest cause of blindness after cataracts, glaucoma occurs when fluid builds up… Read more →

Insulin production controlled by acid sensor implant

ETH Zurich researchers from the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering (D-BSSE) in Basel have developed an implantable device that precisely monitors acid build-up in the body for people with diabetes and produces insulin if acidosis becomes a risk.

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Will human factors engineers have a role in medtech’s future?


As autonomous, intelligent medical devices that effectively manage chronic conditions without constantly reminding patients of their disease become reality, will human factors engineers still be needed?

As patients and caregivers become key stakeholders, human factors engineering and user-focused methods… Read more →

More and more patients are opting for dental implants, says dentist

A National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey administered by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention found that 25 percent of patients over 60 years old have lost all of their teeth. It’s estimated that 63% of all American adults… Read more →

SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart with SynHall valves receives FDA approval

SynCardia Systems, Inc. received approval July 2, 2014 from the United States Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart with SynHall™ valves, giving the company control over the last key component to manufacture the Total Artificial Heart.

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UH Case Medical Center implants new type of cochlear device in patients with hearing problem

University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center is the first in Cleveland to implant a new type of cochlear device for adults who have lost the high frequency range of their hearing, but have retained the low frequencies with or without… Read more →

Wireless eye implant continuously measures intraocular pressure

Measuring a person’s intraocular pressure (IOP) can help diagnose and monitor glaucoma, but just like blood pressure it varies and can be subject to the “white coat effect.” Continuous monitoring of IOP to detect spikes is practically impossible when using… Read more →

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