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Autonomous Functional Implants

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Silk could soon be used in medical implants instead of metal alloys

The metal alloys currently used to make plates and screws sometimes hinder the healing process, as they can corrode in a patient’s body, are sensitive to heat, and often need to be surgically removed.While clinicians have used silk in bandages… Read more →

Next frontier in 3-D printing: Human organs

The emerging process of 3-D printing, which uses computer-created digital models to create real-world objects, has produced everything from toys to jewelry to food.

Soon, however, 3-D printers may be spitting out something far more complex, and controversial: human organs.… Read more →

Aortic valve replacement now possible without open-heart surgery

Loyola University Medical Center is the first hospital in Illinois to implant a newly approved aortic heart valve device that does not require open surgery.

The device, recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration, is called the Medtronic CoreValve®… Read more →

Second Sight’s Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System selected for Forfait Innovation Award

The Argus(R) II ‘bionic eye’ restores some functional vision to blind patients living with the rare disease retinitis pigmentosa

Second Sight Medical Products Inc. (Second Sight) announces today that the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System, the world’s first approved device… Read more →

One step closer to the artificial pancreas: Interview with Medtronic’s Dr. Francine Kaufman

At Medgadget we love artificial organs, from kidneys to hearts to skin. The pancreas is no exception. We recently had the opportunity to speak with Medtronic Diabetes’ Chief Medical Officer and VP of Global, Clinical, and Health Affairs, Dr. Francine Kaufman,… Read more →

World’s first transcatheter valve, Medtronic Melody® transcatheter pulmonary valve shows positive clinical outcomes in real-world study

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the one-year results of the Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve (TPV) U.S. Post-Approval Study, which found that real-world use of the Melody TPV was associated with high procedural success, excellent valve function and few repeat procedures at… Read more →

Researcher finds simple blood test that predicts person’s risk for sudden cardiac death

A researcher at the Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) at Rhode Island, The Miriam and Newport hospitals has found that a simple blood test can predict a person’s risk for sudden cardiac death, enabling physicians to more quickly and accurately assess a… Read more →

Some heart failure patients benefit from artificial hearts, though risks remain


The largest single-center study of patients implanted with a total artificial heart finds the device may help patients in severe heart failure survive until they can receive a heart transplant, according to research to be presented at the American… Read more →

Device to improve blood flow implanted in muscular dystrophy patient

“Today, we’re going to make history,” said 18-year-old Eric Ramos on the day UT Southwestern Medical Center doctors operated on his ailing heart. Eric, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is one of only three patients in the United States with the… Read more →

‘Mini heart’ invented to help return venous blood

George Washington University (GW) researcher Narine Sarvazyan, Ph.D., has invented a new organ to help return blood flow from veins lacking functional valves. A rhythmically contracting cuff made of cardiac muscle cells surrounds the vein acting as a ‘mini heart’… Read more →

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