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Autonomous Functional Implants

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Southampton heart patients use world’s first mobile pacemaker station


Heart patients in Southampton are the first in the world to use a new mobile station to assess their pacemakers without the need for a nurse, doctor or visit to hospital.

The hi-tech CareLink Express, which is currently based… Read more →

Varian receives 510(k) clearance from FDA for Calypso soft tissue Beacon transponder

Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a Calypso® soft tissue Beacon® transponder that can help enhance the precision of radiotherapy and radiosurgery treatments for cancer.

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Freedom portable driver receives FDA approval for use with SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

The Freedom® portable driver received FDA approval on June 26, 2014 for use with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart as a bridge to transplantation in cardiac transplant candidates who are clinically stable.

Watch the story of two SynCardia Total… Read more →

DARPA to help develop memory restoring brain implant

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is famous for funding the development of the Internet, stealth jets, and GPS. These days, the agency has been giving a lot more attention to the life sciences, and specifically to rehab medical… Read more →

Advance in ‘stretch’ electronics uses basic sewing machine

A regular sewing machine is key to a new advance toward creating “soft” robotics, wearable electronics, and implantable medical systems made of elastic materials that are capable of extreme stretching.

New stretchable technologies could lead to innovations including robots that… Read more →

Sub-Centimeter Bio-Bots Walk on Command (VIDEO)

We previously reported that researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign had engineered a small walking “bio-bot”, powered by autonomous rat cardiac cells. The main challenge then was that cardiac cells contract spontaneously, so the contraption wasn’t controllable. The team has now made… Read more →

Preventive placement of ICDs improves survival in patients with less severe heart failure

An examination of the benefit of preventive placement of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) in patients with a less severe level of heart failure, a group not well represented in clinical trials, finds significantly better survival at three years than that of… Read more →

UPMC patient first in U.S. implanted with Hemolung before lifesaving double lung transplant

Suffering from cystic fibrosis and rejecting the transplanted lungs he had gotten just two years ago, Jon Sacker, 33, came to UPMC from his hometown in Moore, Oklahoma, as a last resort. But when his carbon dioxide levels spiked, making… Read more →

Designing brain implants to detect more and last longer

Inside the biomedical electronics lab at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, New York, Jeff Ashe, a principal engineer, holds up a mechanical pencil and points to its thin graphite point. That, he says, is the size of the new wireless… Read more →

A self-powered cardiac pacemaker

As the number of pacemakers implanted each year reaches into the millions worldwide, improving the lifespan of pacemaker batteries has been of great concern for developers and manufacturers. Currently, pacemaker batteries last seven years on average, requiring frequent replacements, which… Read more →

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