Research and Development

118 Research and Development Articles
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on October 17, 2014
The 5 Next Big Things in Medtech, According to YouQmed readers have some clear opinions when it comes to which devices and technologies will be the next big thing in medtech.  Read on to find out the top choices among 140 respondents to a recent survey. Refresh your medical devic... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Kristopher Sturgis on October 14, 2014
Prosthetic technology has made some rather large strides over the years, enabling amputees to adapt more and more to the world around them. Recently, all the buzz has been over developing prosthetics that can restore the ability to touch and feel. It was with this in mind, that Stanford engineers re... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Kristopher Sturgis on October 10, 2014
One of the greatest challenges facing amputees is not only the missing limb, which can be remedied with any simple prosthetic, but the absence of touch and sensation within the prosthetic. Recently, researchers at a university in Ohio developed a new prosthetic system that enables amputees to experi... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Brian Buntz on October 9, 2014
10 Ebola-Fighting TechnologiesWhen Steve VanRoekel, White House chief information officer, departed for West Africa last month to coordinate President Obama’s efforts to battle Ebola overseas he said in a statement, “Technology is not the solution to this extremely difficult task, but it will be... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Anastasia Thrift on October 7, 2014
After Ebola hit U.S. soil September 30, interest in the disease reached a new fervor. The virus is notorious for the severity of its symptoms, which can include internal and external bleeding and prove fatal for many patients. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), no proven treatment for... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Anastasia Thrift on October 2, 2014
Swiss researchers have created a way to precisely control the motor functions of paralyzed individuals through spinal stimulation, Science Translational Medicine reports.The paralyzed rat could walk on its hind legs with support of its upper body. Grégoire Courtine, MD, of the Center for Neuroprost... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Nancy Crotti on September 23, 2014
A new “biospleen” device being developed by scientists at Harvard University may help Ebola patients, according to a recent Washington Post article.Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering developed the blood-cleansing device to combat sepsis. More than a d... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Kristopher Sturgis on September 16, 2014
In an age where technology continues to shrink, we constantly search for new ways to better fit devices into our purses and pockets, around our wrists and strapped to our heads. It wasn’t until recently we began exploring the possibilities of implantable technology, and with that came what might b... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on September 15, 2014
How Bionic Interfaces Are Becoming a RealityFrom using thoughts to move a paralyzed hand again to nearly effortless use of robotic prosthetics, bionics are becoming more of a reality. Here’s why.Updated September 25, 2014From improved brain-computer interfaces to a bionic arm prosthesis that reads... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Kristopher Sturgis on September 12, 2014
Scientists have developed an innovative “electronic skin” that can detect and image small lumps in a woman’s breast that normal manual exams miss, allowing for earlier detection of breast cancer.The device has been tested on a breast model made of silicone, and allows doctors to see smaller lu... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker... on September 10, 2014
Sometimes, being audacious can be a good thing. After all, the word simply means “showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks” according to the Oxford dictionary.Think of President John F. Kennedy’s famous words from 1961: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to ac... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Kristopher Sturgis on September 8, 2014
A team of international researchers have built a human-to-human, brain-to-brain interface that will allow two humans to consciously communicate with each other without any additional social cues.The development—reported in ExtremeTech and recently published in PLoS ONE—is one of several recent e... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Nancy Crotti on September 3, 2014
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Pennsylvania State University and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a “gentler” way to identify cancer cells, using sound waves, according to a statement by MIT.Their dime-sized device could be used to detect the extremely r... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on August 6, 2014
5 Animal-Inspired Medtech BreakthroughsPeople used to define progress as human beings overcoming nature and creating something superior to what the natural world offers. But a funny thing has happened in recent decades: Innovators have figured out that nature can actually school people on a thing or... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Brian Buntz on August 5, 2014
On the heels of Google’s founders downplaying the importance of healthcare to its business, the company has all of a sudden announced an ambitious project to analyze the genetic and molecular data of ultimately thousands of people.Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that the project was Go... Continue