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ICD home monitoring: cost compares, reimbursement lags

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Photo: Physician talking to an elderly patient [01/09/2014] Roughly a decade since the start of telemonitoring capabilities in implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs), the first financial assessment of the impact of home monitored follow-up estimates the cost to physicians, hospitals and insurance providers is the same as traditional in-office monitoring, according to a new study.ICD home monitoring: cost compares, reimbursement lags - Read more

'Shape-shifting' material could help reconstruct faces

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Photo: Shape-shifting material [14/08/2014] Researchers report that they have developed a "self-fitting" material that expands with warm salt water to precisely fill bone defects, and also acts as a scaffold for new bone growth.'Shape-shifting' material could help reconstruct faces - Read more

Absorbable magnesium scaffold: “The patches need to follow the movement of the cardiac muscle“

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[08/08/2014] A magnesium implant will soon be available to help patients, who exhibit damage in the high-pressure area of the heart. The implant protects a tissue matrix where new cells that replace the affected tissue are meant to grow. The implant itself is supposed to completely dissolve after several months. MEDICA.de spoke with D. Eng. Thomas Hassel about this exciting project. Absorbable magnesium scaffold: “The patches need to follow the movement of the cardiac muscle“ - Read more

Making artificial vision look more natural

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Photo: Eye overlaid with transparent images [10/06/2014] In laboratory tests, researchers have used electrical stimulation of retinal cells to produce the same patterns of activity that occur when the retina sees a moving object. Although more work remains, this is a step toward restoring natural, high-fidelity vision to blind people, the researchers say.Making artificial vision look more natural - Read more

Hypertension: Implantable Cuff with Electrodes

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Photo: Implantable cuff, cent coin [12/05/2014] Freiburg researchers develop new method for lowering high blood pressure without side effects.Hypertension: Implantable Cuff with Electrodes - Read more

Neural Probes: Slimmed Down for a Better Fit

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Photo: Neural Probe Array [03/04/2014] A thinner probe array that uses a silicon-based microstructure could underpin safer neural implants.Neural Probes: Slimmed Down for a Better Fit - Read more

Semiconductor Material: Surface Characteristics Influence Cellular Growth

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Photo: Cell growing [13/03/2014] The finding stems from a study performed by researchers at North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NCSU) and Purdue University, and may have utility for developing future neural implants.Semiconductor Material: Surface Characteristics Influence Cellular Growth - Read more

Implant: Metal in the Heart is Non-hazardous to Health

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Photo: An occluder [19/02/2014] Materials Scientists at the University of Jena examined implants made of nickel-titanium alloy in a long-term study.Implant: Metal in the Heart is Non-hazardous to Health - Read more

Prostheses: Feeling through Implanted Electrodes

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Photo: Feeling prosthesis [10/02/2014] Freiburg researchers have developed electrodes that help amputees to grasp at objects.Prostheses: Feeling through Implanted Electrodes - Read more

Technical Devices: The Cyborgs Era Has Started

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Photo: Human hand touches robot hand [15/01/2014] Medical implants, complex interfaces between brain and machine or remotely controlled insects: Recent developments combining machines and organisms have great potentials, but also give rise to major ethical concerns.Technical Devices: The Cyborgs Era Has Started - Read more

Ear: Tubes Do Not Improve Long-term Development

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Photo: Ear plug [09/01/2014] It is a decision faced by millions of families of children with recurrent or chronic otitis media with effusion (non-infected fluid in the middle ear) each year. Out of concern regarding long-term effects, about a million families choose ear tubes annually.Ear: Tubes Do Not Improve Long-term Development - Read more

Cochlear Implants: Hearing Through Sight

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Photo: Hearing [11/11/2013] Cochlear implants allow adults who have become profoundly deaf to recover the ability to understand speech. However, recovery differs between individuals. Activating the visual regions of the brain has proved essential to the satisfactory recovery of hearing.Cochlear Implants: Hearing Through Sight - Read more

Type 2 Diabetes: Optimal Care with Obesity

Photo: Prof. Schepp Diabetes mellitus type 2 is among the so-called “lifestyle“ diseases. According to the World Health Organization WHO, 347 million people worldwide are living with diabetes. Ninety percent of them have type 2 diabetes.Type 2 Diabetes: Optimal Care with Obesity - Read more

CeramTec: Advanced Ceramic Solutions

Advanced ceramic products from CeramTec are applied as part of medical equipment and play decisive roles due to their superior properties: with their wear resistance, bio-compatibility, hardness and strength, electrical and thermal insulation, thermo shock-resistance and thermal management CeramTec advanced ceramics open up new dimensions in the development of medical devices and equipment.CeramTec: Advanced Ceramic Solutions - Read more

Implants: Novel Device to Treat High Blood Pressure

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Photo: Blood Pressure [23/09/2013] Researchers at the University of Leicester and Glenfield Hospital have successfully used a novel “paper-clip” sized vascular coupling device to tackle resistant high blood pressure.Implants: Novel Device to Treat High Blood Pressure - Read more

Plastics: Body Automatically Breaks Down Implants

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Photo: Child Fracture [19/09/2013] Researchers from Graz University of Technology, together with colleagues from the Medical University of Graz, Vienna University of Technology and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, have managed to develop absorbable implants to promote bone healing which are broken down by the body. Plastics: Body Automatically Breaks Down Implants - Read more

Neuropathy: MRI-safe Devices for Pain Implanted

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Photo: MRI [07/08/2013] Neurosurgeons at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are among the first in the United States to successfully implant an MRI-safe spinal cord stimulator to help patients suffering from chronic back or limb pain.Neuropathy: MRI-safe Devices for Pain Implanted - Read more

Tissue Engineering: "Cardiac muscle cells or bone cells can be generated from undifferentiated cells"

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[22/05/2013] Accidents or afflictions can permanently damage tissue. Quite often this means chronic pain or disability for the person affected. Tissue Engineering is a method that promises a cure – by cultivating new tissue in the laboratory. On the one hand, this method produces reliable substitutes for artificial implants. But on the other hand, it is lengthy and expensive, too.Tissue Engineering: "Cardiac muscle cells or bone cells can be generated from undifferentiated cells" - Read more

Implants: Biomaterial Could Improve Success

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Photo: Collagen build-up [16/05/2013] Expensive, state-of-the-art medical devices and surgeries often are thwarted by the body’s natural response to attack something in the tissue that appears foreign. University of Washington (UW) engineers have demonstrated a way to prevent this. Implants: Biomaterial Could Improve Success - Read more

Nerves: Reversing Paralysis with Restorative Gel

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Photo: Nerve cells connect [14/05/2013] Some parts of the body, like the liver, can regenerate themselves after damage. But others, such as our nervous system, are considered either irreparable or slow to recover, leaving thousands with a lifetime of pain, limited mobility, or even paralysis.Nerves: Reversing Paralysis with Restorative Gel - Read more

Implants: Conception, Development and Testing of a Medicine Product

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[02/05/2013] Implants have to combine medical and technical know-how in safe medicine products. This is why their development requires close cooperation between physicians and engineers. The Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkzeugmaschinen und Umformtechnik, IWU) takes part in such cooperations: It develops new implants and improves existing technologies.Implants: Conception, Development and Testing of a Medicine Product - Read more

New Material: Creating Stronger, More Elastic Hearts

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Photo: Patterned Hearts [30/04/2013] A team of bioengineers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is the first to report creating artificial heart tissue that closely mimics the functions of natural heart tissue through the use of human-based materials.New Material: Creating Stronger, More Elastic Hearts - Read more

Implant: Telescope for Macular Degeneration

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Photo: Miniature Telescope [23/04/2013] Physicians at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center have become the first in Virginia to successfully implant a telescope in a patient's eye to treat macular degeneration – the leading cause of blindness in older Americans.Implant: Telescope for Macular Degeneration - Read more

Artery Clogging: Drug-coated Stents Prevent Amputation

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Photo: Stent [15/04/2013] Minimally invasive procedure proves better than surgery when angioplasty fails in patients with severely blocked leg arteries. Drug-eluting stents can keep clogged leg arteries open, preventing amputation of the leg.Artery Clogging: Drug-coated Stents Prevent Amputation - Read more

An Umbrella Against Stroke: “The tiny umbrella prevents thrombus formation in the left auricle”

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[08/04/2013] Though they are not wearing bowler hats like in the British cult show “The Avengers”, physicians are however “avenging” strokes so to speak by using an umbrella. The umbrella however, is not meant to protect patients from rain. The small implant is inserted into the heart where it prevents blood clots that can reach the head and trigger a stroke.An Umbrella Against Stroke: “The tiny umbrella prevents thrombus formation in the left auricle” - Read more

Stem Cells: Filling Gaps in Bones

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Photo: Broken leg [05/04/2013] For many patients the removal of several centimeters of bone from the lower leg following a serious injury or a tumor extraction is only the beginning of a long-lasting ordeal. Autologous stem cells have been found to accelerate and boost healing.Stem Cells: Filling Gaps in Bones - Read more

New Implant: Regaining Proper Hearing At Last

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Photo: Prototype of new hearing aid [03/04/2013] Around 17 million people in Germany suffer from impaired hearing. For many of them, their hearing is so damaged that a standard hearing aid is no longer enough. A new device will improve patients’ hearing and can be implanted during outpatient surgery.New Implant: Regaining Proper Hearing At Last - Read more

Medical Textiles: “Most germs are spread through hand contact, not through textiles”

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[02/04/2013] Whether it’s implants, medical drape sheets or surgeons’ attire – medicine relies on textiles every day. Their main task is to protect patients and physicians from infection. Even though most germs are not transmitted through textiles, they have to meet hygiene requirements.Medical Textiles: “Most germs are spread through hand contact, not through textiles” - Read more

Electric Stimulation: “Blood pressure adjustment takes time”

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[22/03/2013] Electric stimulation is the artificial activation of nerves through electric current. The most widely known example from medicine may be the cardiac pacemaker. But chronic high blood pressure can also be treated with an active implant: the baroreceptor stimulator triggers a stimulus in the nervous system that causes a drop of blood pressure.Electric Stimulation: “Blood pressure adjustment takes time” - Read more

Brain Sensor: Future Rehabilitation Options

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Photo: Icon of human head [21/03/2013] A compact, self-contained sensor recorded and transmitted brain activity data wirelessly for more than a year in early stage animal tests, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.Brain Sensor: Future Rehabilitation Options - Read more

Hip Implant Patients: Unexplained Pain by Tissue Damage

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Photo: Hip implant [20/03/2013] The cause of unexplained pain among metal-on-metal hip implant patients is more likely to be tissue damage than wear of the implant, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) researchers have found.Hip Implant Patients: Unexplained Pain by Tissue Damage - Read more

Medical Devices: Proposal for New Regulation

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Photo: European flags [14/03/2013] In a position paper, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) welcomes the European Commission’s (EC’s) proposals for a new regulation to govern the evaluation and approval of medical devices as an important step towards improving patient safety.Medical Devices: Proposal for New Regulation - Read more

Electric Cars: No Effect on Implanted Cardiac Devices

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Photo: Plug of an electric car [13/03/2013] A Mayo Clinic study has concluded that patients with implanted cardiac devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators can safely drive or ride in an electric car without risk of electromagnetic interference (EMI).Electric Cars: No Effect on Implanted Cardiac Devices - Read more

Implants: Unsafe High-risk Medical Devices on the Market

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Photo: Hip joint [23/01/2013] Technological advancements in medicine have allowed patients suffering from musculoskeletal conditions such as hip and knee pain to regain mobility and live relatively pain-free. But some "high risk" surgical devices that have been approved by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are not required to go through clinical trials.Implants: Unsafe High-risk Medical Devices on the Market - Read more

Personalized Medical Devices: Adapting Technologies

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[02/01/2013] Patient specific optimization of medical devices is meant to increase compatibility with the organism and therefore improve the functionality of equipment, systems and components. That is why instead of a “one size fits all” approach, medical devices are being developed in “mass customization“.Personalized Medical Devices: Adapting Technologies - Read more

The Future of Personalized Implants: Biologized, Adaptable, Biodegradable

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[02/01/2013] The personalization of medical devices is a growing trend and for good reason. With the help of different procedures, researchers design implants and prosthetics that are not just adapting perfectly to the organism, but that can also biodegrade. Yet to what extent is the new generation of these types of medical devices already useful for the patient?The Future of Personalized Implants: Biologized, Adaptable, Biodegradable - Read more

Neurology: Hybrid Tunnel Guides Severed Nerves

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Photo: Nerve cell and hybrid tunnel [19/12/2012] Building a tunnel made up of both hard and soft materials to guide the reconnection of severed nerve endings may be the first step toward helping patients with extensive nerve trauma regain feeling and movement.Neurology: Hybrid Tunnel Guides Severed Nerves - Read more

Biopolymer: Interfacing Biological and Artificial Systems

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Photo: Polymer [14/12/2012] In their recently published article researchers from the University of Tokyo describe how developments in synthesis techniques have liberated the polymer MPC’s potential for a huge range of medical and biological applications.Biopolymer: Interfacing Biological and Artificial Systems - Read more

Prosthetic Joints: Guidelines to Fight Infections after Surgery

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Photo: Hip prothesis [13/12/2012] Multispecialty physician teams need to work together to reduce disability, death and costs associated with the ever-growing number of prosthetic joint infections, note the first guidelines on the topic being released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).Prosthetic Joints: Guidelines to Fight Infections after Surgery - Read more

Brain Implantat: Slim Electrode Cozies Up to Single Neurons

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Photo: Neuron [14/11/2012] A thin, flexible electrode developed at the University of Michigan is ten times smaller than the nearest competition and could make long-term measurements of neural activity practical at last. Brain Implantat: Slim Electrode Cozies Up to Single Neurons - Read more

CeramTec: “Every 30 seconds a hip joint prosthesis by CeramTec is implanted”

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[02/11/2012] High quality ceramic products play an increasingly important role in medical technology. From lithotripters about hip prosthesis up to anesthesia devices – Advanced Ceramic is used in a variety of medical equipments, but also in the human body.CeramTec: “Every 30 seconds a hip joint prosthesis by CeramTec is implanted” - Read more

CSA Group: ”We do everything to make our customer’s entry into a new market as easy as possible“

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[01/10/2012] A lot needs to be considered when medical device manufacturers want to successfully launch new products in global markets. Hans-Werner Zeller from CSA Group, which among other things is specialized in certification procedures, explains the special challenges to MEDICA.de that companies are faced with at this juncture. CSA Group: ”We do everything to make our customer’s entry into a new market as easy as possible“ - Read more

Implants: Cobblestones Fool Innate Immunity

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[30/11/2011] Coating the surface of an implant such as a new hip or pacemaker with nanosized metallic particles reduces the risk of rejection, and researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, can now explain why: they fool the innate immune system.Implants: Cobblestones Fool Innate Immunity - Read more

Epilepsy: Ultrathin Flexible Brain Implant Offers Unique Look at Seizures

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[18/11/2011] Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed a flexible brain implant that could one day be used to treat epileptic seizures. In animal studies, the researchers used the device – a type of electrode array that conforms to the brain's surface – to take an unprecedented look at the brain activity underlying seizures. Epilepsy: Ultrathin Flexible Brain Implant Offers Unique Look at Seizures - Read more

Epithetics: “What always counts is a holistic view of the human being“

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Photo: Artificial nose [22/02/2011] In case of a tumor disease, a deformity or an accident, parts of the body or face of a person need to be reconstructed, often an epithetics specialist/ anaplastologist comes into play. His craft does not just require high empathy, but also the highest degree of technical skills.Epithetics: “What always counts is a holistic view of the human being“ - Read more

Research: Germ Reducing Implants

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[14/01/2011] Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research develop materials that will reduce the risk of inflammations after operations or in wounds. To this end, the scientists work in cooperation with nine other research centers and industrial partners in the EMBEK1 project. The project is designed for three years and is funded with 2.8 Million Euro by the European Union.Research: Germ Reducing Implants - Read more

Medical Device: Synchronizing a Failing Heart

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[17/11/2010] New hope and proven help for heart failure patients: International study proves medical device therapy to boosts a fading heart beat. Medical Device: Synchronizing a Failing Heart - Read more

Synthetic Biology: “Man Is A Giant Lego Building Set“

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“Man Is A Giant Lego Building Set“ [01/05/2010] Some build cars, others houses, and yet others - human cells. Researchers of Synthetic Biology piece genes together as they need them. This is how they intend to cure and even prevent diseases. There are progresses. MEDICA.de spoke to Martin Fussenegger, Professor of Biotechnology and Bioengineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology on how to build a cell and what one can do with it. Synthetic Biology: “Man Is A Giant Lego Building Set“ - Read more

Implant: New Device Adapts to Brain’s Surface

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[22/04/2010] A new brain implant that essentially melts into place, fitting to the brain's surface, could pave the way for better devices to monitor and control seizures, and to transmit signals from the brain past damaged parts of the spinal cord.Implant: New Device Adapts to Brain’s Surface - Read more

Device: Hugging the Heart Electronically

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[29/03/2010] Stretchable electronics device holds promise for treating irregular heart rhythms.Device: Hugging the Heart Electronically - Read more

Stents: A Coating for Life

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[30/11/2009] Researchers have developed a new patent-pending fibre platform that carries drugs where they are needed, and then dissolves.Stents: A Coating for Life - Read more

Therapy: Deep Brain Stimulation against Depression

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[04/11/2009] In deep brain stimulation, doctors specifically target the impaired function of certain areas of the brain with an electric brain pacemaker. Therapy: Deep Brain Stimulation against Depression - Read more

Implants: Building Better Bone Replacements with Bacteria

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[06/10/2009] Bacteria that manufacture hydroxyapatite (HA) could be used to make stronger, more durable bone implants. Implants: Building Better Bone Replacements with Bacteria - Read more

Implants: Metallic Glass for Bone Surgery

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[01/10/2009] It is possible that broken bones will be fixed using metallic glass in the near future. Materials researchers have developed an alloy that could herald a new generation of biodegradable bone implants.Implants: Metallic Glass for Bone Surgery - Read more

Implants: Giving Your Joints an Electrochemical Bath

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[22/07/2009] A Tel Aviv University (TAU) researcher has developed an electrochemical process for coating metal implants which improves their functionality, longevity and integration into the body. Implants: Giving Your Joints an Electrochemical Bath - Read more

Implants: Bacteria, Beware of Nano-Sized Assassins

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[06/07/2009] Researchers have created iron-oxide nanoparticles which can eliminate a bacterial infection on an implanted prosthetic device. Implants: Bacteria, Beware of Nano-Sized Assassins - Read more

Metastasis: Separating Cancer Cells from Normal Cells

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[18/06/2009] Northwestern University researchers have demonstrated a novel and simple method that can direct and separate cancer cells from normal cells. Metastasis: Separating Cancer Cells from Normal Cells - Read more

Transplantation: New Artificial Pump Backs Up Hearts

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[07/04/2009] Patients with severe heart failure can be bridged to eventual transplant by a new, smaller and lighter implantable heart pump, according to a new study.Transplantation: New Artificial Pump Backs Up Hearts - Read more

Blood Monitoring: The Independent Patient

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[01/03/2009] Some people have to observe their blood circulation exactly in order to avoid heart attacks or thromboses. This can be stressful sometimes. But measuring devices can spare them the trouble more and more. Blood Monitoring: The Independent Patient - Read more

Blood Monitoring: The Independent Patient

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The Independent Patient [01/03/2009] Some people have to observe their blood circulation exactly in order to avoid heart attacks or thromboses. This can be stressful sometimes. But measuring devices can spare them the trouble more and more. Blood Monitoring: The Independent Patient - Read more

Substances: Material Rush Hits Medicine (Part 1)

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[15/12/2008] by Wiebke Heiss / MEDICA.de Bronze Age or Iron Age, gold rush or diamond fever - epochs and phenomena show that man always wanted one thing: material. A huge leap in human development almost always occurs in concordance with the discovery or use of certain materials. That is also true for medicine. Substances: Material Rush Hits Medicine (Part 1) - Read more

Rapid Prototyping: Growing Bones of Metal

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[01/10/2008] Layer upon layer – this is the central feature of a process called rapid prototyping (RP). The technique originally used by the automobile industry for designing cars quickly is being applied more and more in medical technology. Hearing aids produced with RP are already standard, bone implants are in development. Rapid Prototyping: Growing Bones of Metal - Read more

„The Transitions Are Seamless“ – Dr. Christian Heisel about Knee Prostheses for Women

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[01/06/2008] Whether it is a heart attack or pills - men have nearly always been used as standard when it comes down to symptoms and drug dosage. For a few years gender-specific differences have become more important and medicine discovers the woman. MEDICA.de talked to Dr. Christian Heisel, head of endoprosthetics at the university hospital Heidelberg about male and female joints and knee prostheses. „The Transitions Are Seamless“ – Dr. Christian Heisel about Knee Prostheses for Women - Read more

 
 

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