Getting into the groove: a soft auditory brainstem implant
Researchers from Switzerland along with a US team have developed a soft, flexible auditory brainstem implant that conforms to the contours of the cochlear nucleus. They hope this could improve the level of hearing that a user regains.
An implantable oxygen sensor could provide personalized medicine
An oxygen-measuring device from the University of Edinburgh could be used to improve patient outcomes in a range of medical conditions, including cancer and post-operative intestinal surgery.
Comfortable in your own electronic skin
Scientists have been trying to create electronic skin that can mimic the complexities of biological skin for some time. However, it is difficult to pack the skin full of sensors while maintaining an imperceptible, light-weight, thin, flexible skin. Researchers from Japan and Germany may have got one step closer.
A DEVICE TO OBJECTIVELY MEASURE WRIST FLEXIBILITY HELPS OPTIMISE DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION FOR PARKINSON’S DISEASE
Researchers from Portugal have developed a system called iHandU to help finetune deep brain stimulation in people with Parkinson’s disease by quantifying wrist flexibility during surgery.
NEW IMPLANT RESTORES BALANCE IN PATIENTS WITH SEVERE INNER EAR DISORDER
Bilateral vestibular hypofunction can have a massive impact on gait, balance vision and hearing. Currently there are no treatment options other than patients learning compensatory strategies. But researchers from Geneva and The Netherlands are testing a new vestibular implant in patients.
A NEW DEVICE TO REPAIR THE ‘HEART STRINGS’
Scientists in the Netherlands are developing a device that could be used to repair the chords of the mitral valve without the need for potentially risky open-heart surgery.
Cushioning the blow of annulus fibrosus defect
A team of French regenerative medicine researchers have used electrospinning to align polymer fibres into a multilayer biodegradable scaffold. The implanted scaffold promoted regeneration of annulus fibrosus tissue in sheep faster than expected.
A GLOVE THAT COULD PREDICT THE ONSET OF PARKINSON’S DISEASE
A wearable device developed by scientists in Italy can detect impairment in motor skills, and might enable early detection of Parkinson’s disease.
Leadless multi-capsule pacemaker communicates across both sides of the heart to optimise pacing
Traditional pacemakers consist of a small battery-operated generator that is implanted into the chest with leads connecting into the heart. But researchers have been developing...
Multi-tasking implant fights osteomyelitis infection and promotes bone regeneration
Irish researchers have combined the bone healing properties of bioactive glass with the antimicrobial action of copper into a collagen scaffold that can be surgically placed onto bone to treat or even prevent the painful bone infection osteomyelitis.
AN IMPLANTABLE ELECTRODE TO STIFLE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF STROKE
After a stroke, a tiny, foldable electrode array could be inserted into patients’ brains, with the aim of alleviating the associated side effects.
Miniaturised Sensor Array Collects Ischemic Data in Real-time
An inexpensive and mass producible sensor array offers an interesting potential option for collecting ischemic data via NOTES technique.
Magnetic eye implants for nystagmus
Magnetic eye implants successfully treats nystagmus, allowing patient to return to work, read and watch television.
A drug-pushing brain implant for neurological disease
Dr Christopher Proctor
A team of researchers from the UK and France have developed a brain implant that pushes drugs directly into problem brain tissue using a method called electrophoresis.
Personalised biomechanical chest wall gets athlete back on track
An athlete who lost part of his chest wall to cancer is back on track after receiving a customised replacement – a 3D printed biomechanical implant that expands and contracts in sync with normal breathing.
A TINY PUMP THAT CAN KEEP BLOOD FLOWING AFTER A HEART ATTACK
Scientists in Germany have developed a catheter-based heart pump that can be quickly inserted into the heart without surgery in the event of acute right heart failure.
A new biodegradable stent to safely deliver heart valves for young patients
Scientists have developed a 3D printed biodegradable stent that can deliver tissue-engineered heart valves into the heart in patients who need a replacement heart valve.
Manmade ‘bioartificial organs’ on horizon
Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Stamatialis
Manmade ‘bioartificial organs’ in development could transform life for patients whose kidneys, pancreas or lungs are failing. Prof. Dr. Dimities Stamatialis from the Univer...
Radiofrequency temporary tattoos: hiding sensors in plain sight
Prof. John C. Batchelor
A UK research team in Kent is developing “temporary tattoos„ to detect vital signs, movement and sweat of wearers. The temporary tattoos will offer a discrete, forgettable ...
Silicone Robotic Heart Sleeve Offers Tailored Support
A silicone robotic heart sleeve may offer a compact solution for end-stage heart failure patients, bypassing the need for anticoagulants.
New tissue-engineered heart valve can adapt and modify with the body
Dr Costantino Del Gaudio
In an effort to add to current biological and mechanical heart valve options, researchers from Italy have used a tissue-engineering technique called electrospinning to desi...
Innovative device to treat mitral regurgitation
Dr Georg Daniel Duerr
Cardiac surgeons have developed an experimental device which will lead to improved treatment for recurrent mitral regurgitation.
Getting implants close to the bone using magnets
Dr Athina Markaki
A University of Cambridge engineer has married material science and biology to develop a coating for implants that promotes integration into bone when a magnetic field is a...
Miniaturised Sensor Array Collects Ischemic Data in Real-time
Professor Josep Samitier
This month we look at how miniaturised sensor array collects ischemic data in real-time.
Electronic skin to improve healthcare
Prof. Yael Hanein
This month we look at how ‘electronic skin’ could improve healthcare across cardiology and neurology.
Knitted removable airway stent
Professor Erney Mattson
If stenting is a hero in reopening blocked passages in the body, restenosis is its evil nemesis. Erney Mattson, a Swedish vascular surgeon in St. Olavs Hospital Norway is c...
Artificial Neurons for replacing damaged nerve cells
Dr Agneta Richter-Dahlfors
An artificial neuron may eventually enable the replacement of nerve cells developing new treatments for neurological disorders.
Handheld nanoparticle scanner
Handheld nanoparticle scanner
Raman spectroscopy is finally finding its way into the clinic. Here we track the work of a New York team using Raman to visualize tumors that have been tagged with gold-cor...
Professor Paulo Stanga
The “bionic eye” - woman receives first UK new retinal implant: a wafer-thin chip to stimulate nerve cells of the inner retina and feeds information to a small external com...
Leadless Miniature Pacemaker Revolution
Dr. Philippe Ritter
The latest technology is making treatment for heart patients safer and more accurate than ever and is far less invasive
Innovation is not just about brand new ideas and technology. Shockwave therapy has already been around in medicine for 30 years and helped millions of patients worldwide wi...
Dr Nathan Welham
Due to vocal fold damage, thousands of patients each year face life changing communication problems each year with few treatment options. Recently a University of Wisconsin...
Prof. Paul Herijgers
This month we look at the research into energy harvesting from the body to power implanted devices.
Smart surgical tools
Dr. Robert Merrifield
This month we look at research into the use of robotic surgical instruments.
Employing video plethysmography for medical treatment and training
This month we look at the research into the use of Employing Video Plethysmography for Medical Treatment and Training.
Innovation trends for 2016
The medical technology innovations that will shape 2016.
Medicine that is only skin deep
This month we look at the research into a new type of electronic skin.
Nanorobots May Provide True Personalised Medicine
Dr Aniket Magarkar
This month we look at the research into personalised medicine via diagnostic and therapeutic Nanobots.
Cochlear Implant Delivered Gene Therapy Regrows Auditory Nerves
Professor Gary Housley
This month we look at Australian pre-clinical research that has encouraging results on cochlear implant delivered gene therapy restoring auditory nerve function.
Robotics and potential legal changes
Robotics and potential legal changes-could this affect surgical robot usage? A look at cyberlaw reassessment and its potential effect on healthcare.
Success achieved with a new ovarian cancer screening technique
Researchers have achieved impressive results with a new ovarian cancer screening technique
Saliva testing revolutionising cancer diagnostics
Dr. David Wong
Research into saliva is opening up new possibilities for diagnosing cancer.
Innovative asthma monitoring device
Dr. Hyekyun Rhee
Discreet monitoring device enables teens to monitor asthma symptoms and change behaviours.
Solar energy to power medical devices
Andreas Haberlin and his team from Bern University Hospital, Switzerland want to banish the battery from medical devices such as pacemakers. They are researching ways to pu...
‘Bionic’ Retinal implants
Wireless Retinal Prosthesis, also known as bionic eye or retinal implants are currently researched in Oxford. The trial will be open to UK residents only later on this year.
Transcontinental robot assisted telesurgery
Professor Frank Fitzek
This month we explore the latest news on Transcontinental robot assisted telesurgery.
Pacemaker Innovations – Biological, Leadless, Wireless Recharging
This month we explore the latest news on Biological pacemakers and future device innovations - part 2.
2014 is over. Long live 2015.
The year has drawn to a close, and as is tradition we take the chance to look back at the innovations that caught our eye in 2014, and to predict what 2015 has in store for...
From butterfly wings to custom replacement body parts
Professor Alexander Seifalian
This month we take a look into the latest research in artificial external organs created from nano-technology and stem cells.
Biological pacemakers and device innovation research
Dr Arjang Ruhparwar
This month we take the first look into the latest research on Biological pacemakers and ICD innovations. A follow up article featuring an alternative view from this researc...
Body Area Networks (BAN)
This month we take a look into the latest research in Body Area Networks (BAN) View
Neurostimulation for Blood Pressure Control
Dr. Dennis Plachta
The chronic vagus nerve stimulation has improved the left ventricular function and survival by stimulating the nervous system.
The European Human Brain Project Accelerating Neurological Research
Professor Bogdan Draganski
European Human Brain Project may lead to paradigm shift neurological research and treatment approaches.
Taking heart: innovation trends at Cardiostim 2014
Which medical devices will be the talk of the 5000 delegates at next month’s Cardiostim conference in Nice? We put our money on small talk; that is talking about mini...
A Myriad of Medical 3D Printing Applications on the Way
Professor Gordon Wallace
3D printing for medical use, customised devices and potential therapy delivery