ARTICLES BY SARA JEROME
Powering Pacemakers With Heartbeats
Is the human heart strong enough to power a medical device? That’s the concept behind research at Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork in Ireland. Researchers were awarded €6.1 million in funding from the European Union to explore whether energy extracted from a beating heart can be used to power a pacemaker. Continue Reading..
Public Receptive To Mixing Health And Tech, Intel Study Finds
Chip giant Intel recently released a study stating that most people are optimistic about technology innovations advancing healthcare, are willing to participate in virtual healthcare visits with their doctor, and would use health sensors in their bodies and even their toilets. Continue Reading..
Squid-Powered Edible Medical Devices
Researchers have found an unusual new source of power to charge ingestible or implanted medical devices: cuttlefish, a close relative of the squid. A promising new study shows that ink from cuttlefish make it a perfect fit for use in battery electrodes that would be used in devices that operate in close proximity to sensitive living tissue. Continue Reading..
Budget Deal Looks Good For Medtech Industry, Opens Door For Device Tax Repeal
The two-year budget deal approved by House last week and the Senate yesterday — and now awaits Presidents Obama's signature — contains language with major implications for the medical device industry. Continue Reading..
Ninjas Vs. Superbugs: IBM Develops Polymers To Fight MRSA, Fungal Infections
IBM may have found a surprising new weapon in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria and… foot fungus? The company has developed a technology it's calling "ninja polymers" engineered to attach themselves to barcteria or fungus cell wall and essentially burst its membranes. Continue Reading..
Wireless Recharging Of Implant Batteries Via Ultrasound
Researchers are working on technology to recharge medical implants over a wireless connection. The technology is based on piezoelectric generation of ultrasound, wherein materials are squeezed or stressed to produce a voltage, and applied voltages can cause compression or extension. Continue Reading..
Covidien Buying PillCam-Maker Given Imaging For $860 Million
Medical device maker Covidien announced it has agreed to buy Israel's Given Imaging, developer of the PillCam capsule endoscope and other technologies for visualizing, detecting, and monitoring gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. Covidien is paying $30.00 per share in a total of $860 million. Continue Reading..
'Electronic Skin' Enables Continuous, Accurate Patient Monitoring
Researchers have created an "electronic skin" that can take a patient's temperature — a potential indicator of underlying medical conditions — with less discomfort and more accuracy and functionality. The new technology, referred to as "epidermal electronics," consists of ultrathin, flexible skin-like arrays, which resemble a tattoo of a micro-circuit board. Continue Reading..
New Nano-Camera Operates At Speed Of Light, Could Improve Medical Imaging
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab has developed a camera that can capture 3D images at the speed of light, paving the way for more advanced medical imaging. Continue Reading..