Research and Development

285 Research and Development Articles
Posted in Research and Development by Suzy Frisch on June 24, 2016
    Preparing for antibiotics’ waning effectiveness from drug-resistant microbes, the military discovered a new way to treat dangerous infections. Every year, 18 million people worldwide develop sepsis, a life-threatening complication from infection, and 30% to 50% die. Soldiers esp... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Suzy Frisch on June 24, 2016
    Operating on the battlefield is fraught with peril, especially for risky and complex procedures. And sometimes physicians in remote setting just don’t have the expertise to handle certain emergencies. A new augmented reality system from Purdue and Indiana universities will help ... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Suzy Frisch on June 24, 2016
    Pacemakers already do wonders treating heart conditions with electricity. What if electrical stimulation could treat other medical problems? DARPA is developing its Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx) system to prevent and treat inflammation, chronic pain, and post-traumatic stress... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Suzy Frisch on June 24, 2016
     Microchips already power so much of our technology. But they might have a new role: testing emerging medication. Scientists at Harvard's Wyss Institute recently developed a way to bring drugs to market with chip technology. Organs on chips are made from a flexible polymer ab... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Suzy Frisch on June 24, 2016
    Those suffering from a gunshot wound faces the danger of bleeding out, especially when the wound is in a hard-to-tourniquet area like an armpit or groin. The new FDA-approved XStat Rapid Hemostatis System, made by RevMedX (Wilsonville, OR), helps first responders stop th... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Suzy Frisch on June 24, 2016
    Detecting whether someone has a concussion or a mild traumatic brain injury can be tough. But early diagnosis only makes treatment more effective. Medical providers soon will have a new tool at their disposal: the injured person’s own voice. Researchers at MIT’s Lincoln Labora... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Suzy Frisch on June 24, 2016
    A blocked airway is life-threatening, and every second counts. It can be especially challenging to intubate and open someone’s airway when they are obese, choking, or have difficult anatomies. But robots are stepping up to the challenge. Thanks to technology developed at Ohio St... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Suzy Frisch on June 24, 2016
    Soldiers might not be able to leap tall in buildings in a single bound, but they will be stronger and more agile when wearing this exosuit. Designed by the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard and DARPA’s Warrior Web program, the exoskeleton lightens t... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Suzy Frisch on June 24, 2016
    Becoming a bionic man—or woman—is no longer the distant dream of futuristic writers. People with amputated arms soon will take advantage of the Luke Arm, a bionic prosthetic developed by New Hampshire–based DEKA, with funding from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects ... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Suzy Frisch on June 24, 2016
     After an explosion, soldiers are at extremely high-risk for dangerous internal bleeding. Such bleeding in the lungs often is fatal, unless medics quickly get the injured to a military hospital. New nanotechnology might reduce lung injuries by prompting faster internal blood ... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Suzy Frisch on June 24, 2016
    The U.S. military has played a crucial role advancing medical technology. Here are 10 recent examples of military-related medtech advances that caught our eye.Suzy FrischThe military constantly contends with complex and evolving medical challenges for current and former soldi... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on June 9, 2016
    The Aedes aegypti mosquito is a major spreader of Zika, and is found across much of the southern half of the continental United States. (Image courtesy of Muhammad Mahdi Karim GFDL 1.2)Genetically modified male mosquitoes, encoded with genes that could limit the mos... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Nancy Crotti on June 8, 2016
Verily allows for hits and misses, the company responds.Nancy CrottiThe glucose-reading contact lens that Verily is working on with Novartis? It’ll never work, outside sources told STAT. (Image courtesy of Verily)Big ideas sometimes fall flat. That’s apparently OK with the folks at Goo... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on April 20, 2016
     Long dominated by Medtronic, competition is ratcheting up when it comes to using neurostimulation to treat Parkinson’s disease.FDA last year approved St. Jude Medical’s Brio neurostimulation system to help reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on April 20, 2016
    FDA in early 2015 approved the Maestro Rechargeable System made by EnteroMedics (St. Paul, MN). The device targets the nerve that runs between the brain and the stomach to control feelings of hunger and fullness.The Maestro vBloc system is very much like a “pacemaker for the sto... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on April 20, 2016
     NeuroPace’s RNS System for treating seizures is also providing insights that could advance understanding of epilepsy, a scientist with the company explained last week at the Design of Medical Devices Conference in Minneapolis.The RNS System, approved by FDA in 2013 for red... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on April 20, 2016
     Cardio tech from medical devices such as pacemakers is increasingly being used to treat non-heart-related disorders. Here are four examples of how neuromodulation and neurostimulation devices are making waves in this increasingly lucrative medtech field.Chris NewmarkerThe me... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Qmed Staff on April 19, 2016
You need your own medical device innovation A-Team that you can run through the stages of a development process. Silicon Valley–based consultant Bruce Lichorowic provides the basics when it comes to doing that.  Bruce LichorowicBruce LichorowicFew if any medical professionals have the ti... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Nancy Crotti on April 14, 2016
Researchers in Ohio have enabled a paralyzed young man to once again move his wrist and hand—and complete tasks such as strumming a guitar and swiping a credit card—all through a chip implanted in his brain.Nancy CrottiIan Burkhart can grasp a coffee mug, too. (Image courtesy of Ohio State ... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on April 12, 2016
NeuroPace’s RNS System for treating seizures is also providing insights that could advance understanding of epilepsy, a scientist with the company explained Tuesday at the Design of Medical Devices Conference in Minneapolis.Chris NewmarkerThe RNS System includes a small, implantable neurostimulato... Continue