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Colorado State University engineers create blood-repellent surface for surgical implants

Colorado State University engineers create blood-repellent surface for surgical implants

Medical implants like stents, catheters and tubing introduce risk for blood clotting and infection - a perpetual problem for many patients. [More]
Soft robotic sleeve that mimics healthy cardiac muscles could aid failing hearts

Soft robotic sleeve that mimics healthy cardiac muscles could aid failing hearts

Every year about 2,100 people receive heart transplants in the United States, while 5.7 million suffer from heart failure. Given the scarcity of available donor hearts, clinicians and biomedical engineers from Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard University have spent several years developing a mechanical alternative. [More]
KU Leuven researchers develop new dental implant that helps prevent and fight infections

KU Leuven researchers develop new dental implant that helps prevent and fight infections

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium) has developed a dental implant that gradually releases drugs from a built-in reservoir. This helps prevent and fight infections. [More]
Researchers develop promising method for producing nanofibres to aid healing of bone fractures

Researchers develop promising method for producing nanofibres to aid healing of bone fractures

In future, it may be possible to use nanofibres to improve the attachment of bone implants, or the fibres may be used directly to scaffold bone regeneration. This would aid the healing of fractures and may enable the care of osteoporosis. This is detailed in a new dissertation. [More]
New report highlights trends in heart disease care in the U.S.

New report highlights trends in heart disease care in the U.S.

Over 93 percent of heart attack patients are receiving stents within the guideline-recommended threshold of 90 minutes after arriving at the hospital, with the median time to stenting only 59 minutes, according to a broad report on trends in heart disease care from the American College of Cardiology's National Cardiovascular Data Registry published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. [More]
Study reveals effects of heavy smoking on lower jaw dental implants

Study reveals effects of heavy smoking on lower jaw dental implants

Journal of Oral Implantology – Smoking causes a range of negative effects, particularly in the smoker’s mouth. The effects that smoking has on dental implants, however, is unclear. Even safe and effective treatments, such as dental implants, tend to fail more often in patients who smoke. [More]
New augmented-reality technology designed by Philips for spine surgery

New augmented-reality technology designed by Philips for spine surgery

Royal Philips, a leader in integrated image-guided therapy solutions, today announced the development of an industry-first augmented-reality surgical navigation technology that is designed to help surgeons perform image-guided open and minimally-invasive spine surgery. Philips is a pioneer in hybrid operating room (hybrid OR) solutions to facilitate both surgical and minimally-invasive endovascular procedures, with over 750 hybrid ORs installed globally. The addition of this new augmented reality technology will further widen the scope of Philips hybrid OR solutions to other fast-growing areas of image-guided surgery including spine, cranial and trauma procedures. [More]
New research paves way for better strategies to diagnose and manage vascular graft infections

New research paves way for better strategies to diagnose and manage vascular graft infections

A rising prevalence of cardiovascular disease has generated substantial growth in the use of medical implants, such as vascular grafts. [More]
Researchers create bone-implant interaction mouse model to assess tissue response to biomaterials

Researchers create bone-implant interaction mouse model to assess tissue response to biomaterials

To understand the molecular mechanisms involved in the interaction of bone with orthopedic implants comprised of novel biomaterials, researchers have made a mouse model in which they can assess early tissue responses to surfaces such as bioactive glass. [More]
Study provides real-life data on potential of solar cells to power medical implants

Study provides real-life data on potential of solar cells to power medical implants

The notion of using solar cells placed under the skin to continuously recharge implanted electronic medical devices is a viable one. [More]
INS experts publish new consensus on neuromodulation therapy

INS experts publish new consensus on neuromodulation therapy

The International Neuromodulation Society journal Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface is publishing expert, evidence-based guidance on the safe and efficient use of neuromodulation implants in patient-centered therapy. [More]
Continental Who's Who recognizes Leonard A. Roudner as Pinnacle Professional in the field of Medicine

Continental Who's Who recognizes Leonard A. Roudner as Pinnacle Professional in the field of Medicine

Leonard A. Roudner, M.D., F.A.C.S., is recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Pinnacle Professional in the field of Medicine. Dr. Roudner is a Plastic Surgeon in private practice. [More]
Systematic use of anatomically shaped implants is not justified, says plastic surgeon

Systematic use of anatomically shaped implants is not justified, says plastic surgeon

Looking at before-and-after photos, plastic surgeons and nurses can't tell whether breast augmentation surgery was done using conventional round implants or newer anatomically shaped implants, reports a study in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). [More]
UPV/EHU researchers develop coatings to prevent potential bacterial infections in dental implants

UPV/EHU researchers develop coatings to prevent potential bacterial infections in dental implants

Mouth infections are currently regarded as the main reason why dental implants fail. A piece of research by the UPV/EHU has succeeded in developing coatings capable of preventing potential bacterial infection and should it arise, eliminate it as well as providing implants with osseointegrating properties, in other words, ones that facilitate anchoring to the bone. [More]

UPM researchers develop new technique to improve biocompatibility of materials used in implants

Researchers from Universidad Politécnica have developed an innovative procedure that may significantly improve the therapeutic capacity of implants. [More]
Scientists develop better material to regenerate bone tissue cells in shorter time

Scientists develop better material to regenerate bone tissue cells in shorter time

A new study has revealed a technology how to cover biodegradable implants with a human skeleton similar mineral. [More]
Hormonal contraception least likely to be linked to thromboembolic events in diabetic women

Hormonal contraception least likely to be linked to thromboembolic events in diabetic women

Strokes and heart attacks are rare for women with diabetes who use hormonal contraception, with the safest options being intrauterine devices (IUDs) and under-the-skin implants, new research published in Diabetes Care shows. [More]
Researchers use CVD method to produce biodegradable polymer coatings for implants

Researchers use CVD method to produce biodegradable polymer coatings for implants

Medical implants often carry surface substrates that release ac-tive substances or to which biomolecules or cells can adhere better. [More]
Socioeconomic status could affect use of contraceptives among young women

Socioeconomic status could affect use of contraceptives among young women

The use of contraceptives has increased among young women in Gothenburg, but not in areas that are socially vulnerable. This is the finding from a long-term study from Sahlgrenska Academy spanning four generations of young women. [More]
UC San Diego engineers develop innovative method to detect infections in prostheses

UC San Diego engineers develop innovative method to detect infections in prostheses

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new non-invasive method to detect infections in prostheses used for amputees, as well as for knee, hip and other joint replacements. [More]
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