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Autonomous Functional Implants

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‘Bionic’ eye allows man to see wife for first time in a decade

A blind man is now able to see objects and people again, including his wife and family, for the first time in a decade. How? With the help of a bionic eye implant. The technology could one day be used… Read more →


Tiny robotic hand-like grippers dissolve in the body after performing task

Creating swarms of soft, robotic hands that can safely dissolve within a living body once they’ve performed surgical procedures or delivered drugs just got a step closer thanks to work done by John Hopkins University scientists. They’ve created minute biodegradable… Read more →

Researchers Test Device to Help Deaf Children Detect Sounds

At age 3, Angelica Lopez is helping to break a sound barrier for deaf children.

Born without working auditory nerves, she can detect sounds for the first time – and start to mimic them – after undergoing brain surgery to… Read more →

SJM Masters HP Series, world’s smallest pediatric heart valve, going on Trial in U.S.

St. Jude Medical received an investigational device exemption (IDE) from the FDA and is launching a U.S. trial of the Masters HP Series 15 mm pediatric heart valve. The device is the smallest mechanical heart valve in the world and will… Read more →

Silk Road’s ENROUTE reverses blood flow through carotid artery for safe angioplasty, stenting procedures

Intravascular procedures involving the carotid artery can be very dangerous because any disrupted plaque will quickly travel up the vessel, potentially resulting in an embolism in the brain. Silk Road Medical of Sunnyvale, California won FDA clearance to introduce its ENROUTE Transcarotid Neuroprotection System… Read more →

Medtronic’s Pipeline Flex embolization device lands FDA approval

The FDA approved Medtronic‘s Pipeline Flex, a flow diversion device used to treat large and giant wide-necked brain aneurysms that are “not amenable to treatment with surgical clipping and are attached to parent vessels measuring between 2.5 and 5.0 mm in… Read more →


Diabetes technology inches closer to an artificial pancreas

Every person who uses insulin to manage diabetes wants what they don’t have — a replacement for their malfunctioning pancreas. And though the technology isn’t yet to the point of creating an artificial pancreas, it’s getting a lot closer. Just… Read more →

Implantable device targets tumors using electric fields

Further to a list of side effects ranging from mildly unpleasant to just plain awful, the scattergun nature of chemotherapy often sees healthy tissue damaged along with the cancerous cells. Attacking these cancer cells with better precision would lead to… Read more →

Cardiac surgeon prints 3D heart to prep for challenging surgery

Though ventricular septal defects are fairly common and surgically treated, it’s best to plan the approach ahead of time. Since it’s usually done once the patient is opened and on bypass, there’s critical time wasted analyzing the anatomy and deciding… Read more →

Abiomed Impella RP Heart Pump FDA Approved for Right Heart Support

Abiomed has announced that it received FDA approval for its Impella RP System, the first percutaneous single access heart pump that provides support to the right side of the heart. The approval, under a Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE), is based… Read more →

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