Archive for the ‘Implants’ Category

More Noncompliant Implants Marketed by Ceraver

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Le Parisien newspaper reported this week that Ceraver, which made news earlier this month when it was revealed that it sold improperly certified hip implants to hospitals, has also marketed noncompliant knee implants. According to the daily, which also broke the hip implant story, some 50 patients are walking around ...

European Researchers Develop Pectin-Based Coatings to Improve Biocompatibility of Implants

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Medical devices that come in contact with human tissue must be carefully designed to avoid the rejection of implants, for instance. One way of enhancing biocompatibility is application of specialised coatings. European researchers have been working on developing biologically-based coatings that encourage cell activity and colonisation of implants at the same ...

Reimbursement Is Key to Advancing Telemonitoring of Cardiac Implants, Says White Paper

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Remote monitoring of patients with pacemakers, defibrillators and related implanted electronic devices has several benefits: patients don't have to schedule frequent appointments with care providers, thus improving quality of life, and it is cost effective, which heartens payers in these financially strapped times. And yet, uptake of the technology has ...

Medical Device Maker to Establish Active Implantable Medical Device Research Center in Singapore

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

US medical device maker Greatbatch Inc. today announced that it will establish an Active Implantable Medical Device (AIMD) Research and Development Center in Singapore. The establishment of this multinational R&D centre is a continuation of the firm's medical device strategy and the first step of its Asia Pacific strategy to engage ...

EU Industry, Academe Pool Efforts to Build a Better Liver

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

European SMEs Medicyte, the Electrospinning Co. and GABO:mi and the universities of Manchester and Pisa have embarked on a Europe-wide project to design a biomimetic bioartificial liver within the Re-Liver programme. The Re-Liver project hopes to develop a standardised, reproducible bioartificial liver organoid (BLO) using healthy human liver as an architectural and ...

UK NHS Publishes Pip Implant Final Report

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

The UK National Health Service has published a final report on the Poly Implant Prothèse (Pip) breast implants. The report was conducted by the NHS Medical Director Bruce Keogh's expert group. It looked at the rupture rates and health effects of the Pip implants. The Pip implant scandal broke when ...

Organic Thin-Film Transistors Developed in Japan May Benefit Electronic Medical Implantables

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Because of their mechanical flexibility, organic transistors have tremendous potential to improve the functionality of pacemakers, hearing aids and related medical devices, but the sensitivity to heat and the power requirements of conventional transistors pose an obstacle. Japanese researchers say they have found a work-around.

Sensor Monitors Patient Recovery In Vivo

Monday, February 27th, 2012

An implantable sensor that provides surgeons with detailed, real-time information from a surgery site could lead to more accurate assessments of a patient’s recovery. Developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute by Faculty Researcher Eric Ledet, the sensor is attached to commonly used orthopaedic musculoskeletal implants such as rods, plates or prostheses. Scalable, ...

Thermo-Electric Material May Power Battery-free Cardiac Pacemaker

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Japanese researchers have developed a material that can generate power after implantation by absorbing light from outside the body. The technology is being applied to the development of a battery-free cardiac pacemaker. Currently, the lithium-ion batteries that power pacemakers need to be replaced every five to 10 years, requiring users to ...

Researchers Develop New Technology to Improve Neural Implants

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Electrical implants that shut down excessive activity in brain cells hold great potential for treating epilepsy and chronic pain. Likewise, devices that enhance neurons' activity may help restore function to people with nerve damage. A new technology developed at MIT and Harvard Medical School may overcome the primary drawback to ...

Fort Wayne Metal’s Microstructure Refinement Technique for Implantables Earns Trademark Registration

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

[caption id="attachment_23945" align="alignleft" width="175" caption="Metal before NDR treatment. Click to enlarge."][/caption] Fort Wayne Metals Research Products Corp. has gained trademark registration for its Nanograin Damage Resistant (NDR) material refinement process. The technique was developed to maintain fatigue strength in small-diameter wires used in critical implant applications. Engineering adequate strength into wire ...

Implant Mimics Cancellous and Cortical Bone

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Korean researchers have developed a technique for producing cancellous and cortical bone implants. Previous studies have focussed on producing cancellous bone, which has a spongy, honeycombed structure. However, artificial bones for practical applications must also imitate cortical bone, the hard, strong tissue found on the outer layers of bone. By ...