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UCL INSTITUTE OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Minimally Invasive Therapies

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FDA approves non-surgical temporary balloon device to treat obesity

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new balloon device to treat obesity without the need for invasive surgery. The ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System (ReShape Dual Balloon) is intended to facilitate weight loss in obese adult patients.… Read more →

New material opens possibilities for super-long-acting pills

Medical devices designed to reside in the stomach have a variety of applications, including prolonged drug delivery, electronic monitoring and weight-loss intervention. However, these devices, often created with non-degradable elastic polymers, bear an inherent risk of intestinal obstruction as a… Read more →

Tiny remote controlled implant releases drugs into brain

The blood-brain barrier is a picky bouncer, preventing most therapeutic compounds from crossing its barricades. To get around this challenge and to be able to treat a variety of neurological conditions, researchers from Washington University​ in St. Louis and the… Read more →

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Needle-sized mechanical wrist gives surgery a new angle

A tiny mechanical wrist can make surgical incisions the diameter of a sewing needle and then bend inside your body by as much as 90 degrees, opening new doors in needlescopic surgery.

Some of the most difficult types of surgery… Read more →

Microrobots to drill through blocked arteries

Researchers at Drexel University have developed microscopic “swimmers” that may one day be used to break up blood vessel occlusions. Currently, such treatments are done within cath labs, but there’s only a limited number of places in the body that… Read more →

Nanorobots wade through blood to deliver drugs

Nanorobots hold great potential in the field of medicine. This is largely due to the possibility of highly-targeted delivery of medical payloads, an outcome that could lessen side effects and negate the need for invasive procedures. But how these microscopic… Read more →

Airing, a Hoseless Micro-CPAP, Hoping to Become a Reality

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is typically treated with continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP), which normally involves a bedside pump pushing air into the lungs via a hose connected to a face mask. Sleeping like this can be terribly uncomfortable… Read more →

2015 MDEA winners: Implant and tissue replacement products

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The Kiva Vertebral Compression Fracture Treatment System, manufactured by Benvenue Medical (United States), treats vertebral compression fractures due to osteoporosis and cancer by leveraging minimally invasive access to expand within the vertebra into a cylindrical structure that stabilizes fractures and help prevent… Read more →

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Injectable electronics holds promise for basic neuroscience, treatment of neuro-degenerative diseases

It’s a notion that might be pulled from the pages of science-fiction novel – electronic devices that can be injected directly into the brain, or other body parts, and treat everything from neurodegenerative disorders to paralysis.

It sounds unlikely, until… Read more →

Cyberonics AspireSR vagus nerve implant adjusts therapy to prevent epileptic seizures

The FDA granted Cyberonics (Houston, Texas) approval to introduce the AspireSR vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy generator for controlling seizures in people with epilepsy. This is the only VNS device that can adjust its neurostimulation in response to changes in… Read more →

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