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Autonomous Functional Implants

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MIT researchers find way to develop implantable devices that can avoid scar-tissue buildup

Biomedical devices that can be implanted in the body for drug delivery, tissue engineering, or sensing can help improve treatment for many diseases. However, such devices are often susceptible to attack by the immune system, which can render them useless.

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New Device Stimulates Nerves to Bring Feeling to Prosthetic Hands

Now that the mechanical aspects of prosthetic arms have gotten quite impressive, getting these devices to have a sense of touch is a major next step to overcome. At Washington University in St. Louis, scientists have created a new device that can… Read more →

Resorbable Stents with Sensors and On-demand Drug Delivery for Cardiovascular Diseases

Traditional methods of treating blood vessel blockages include the use of bare metal stents (designed to keep the vessel open) or drug eluting stents (metal stents treated to release specific drugs). With the advent of bioengineering, several companies are now focusing… Read more →

St. Jude’s Nanostim Leadless Pacer Still MIA in Europe

St. Jude Medical was the first in the world to commercialize a leadless pacemaker following its acquisition of Nanostim and the device obtaining CE Mark in 2013.

But the novel technology is not currently being sold in Europe. Last year,… Read more →

Smart micro chips may optimise human vision

To date, chip-based retinal implants have only permitted a rudimentary restoration of vision. However, modifying the electrical signals emitted by the implants could change that. This is the conclusion of the initial published findings of a project sponsored by the… Read more →

Redesigned systems may increase access to MRI for patients with implanted medical devices

New technology developed at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) may extend the benefits of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to many patients whose access to MRI is currently limited. A redesign of the wire at… Read more →


Implantable electrode coating good as gold

A team of researchers from Lawrence Livermore and UC Davis have found that covering an implantable neural electrode with nanoporous gold could eliminate the risk of scar tissue forming over the electrode’s surface.

The team demonstrated that the nanostructure of… Read more →

Pixium Vision implants restore sight in rats with retinal degeneration, humans next

Prima Vision, a company based in Paris, France, is reporting that its PRIMA wireless subretinal implants for people who lost their vision has show a great deal of promise in a pre-clinical trial. The technology is designed specifically for those whose natural… Read more →


BIOTRONIK Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Delivers Ultra-High Energy Shock on First Fire

BIOTRONIK landed FDA approval for the world’s only implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) capable of producing an ultra-high energy electrical shock immediately on the first discharge. Defibrillators have capacitors within them that store an electrical charge that is originally siphoned from… Read more →

Implant identifies which drugs will work for patients’ unique cancers

While a variety of cancer medications are in existence and often work incredibly well, picking ones that are effective on the individual patients’ tumors is usually like pinning a tail on a donkey. Researchers at MIT have developed a device that… Read more →

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