3D Printing Technology to Minimize Need for Bone Grafts

Bone Grafts

A Michigan startup is using 3D printing technology to help surgeons reconstruct skeletal defects – minimizing the need for bone grafts to fill areas with significant missing bone. Tissue Regeneration Systems is developing porous, bioresorbable scaffolding that can replace itself with natural bone, leaving no residual implanted device. Instead of requiring metal plates and screws, the material is computer…

Chin Strap Generating Electricity

Chin Strap

Could you power a hearing aid by chewing gum? Engineers in Canada have built a chin strap that harnesses energy from chewing and turns it into electricity. They say the device could one day take the place of batteries in hearing aids, earpieces and other small gadgets. Made from a “smart” material that becomes electrically…

Gel That Helps Cells Survive Injection

BY AMY ADAMS It is a turbulent and sometimes deadly life for cells injected to heal injuries. The act of being squirted through a thin needle into the site of an injury jostles the delicate cells against each other and against the needle walls. Then, once in the site of injury, they face a biological…

‘World First’ Blood Testing Technology for Blood Clotting Speed

Microvisk: World First Medical Device Accredited for European Sales Solid state technology unique in medical diagnostics Medical device innovator Microvisk Ltd. has achieved CE marking for healthcare professional use of the world’s first disposable medical diagnostic strip based on a Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS). Accreditation paves the way for commercial product launch, starting with the UK…

Shark Skin Helps Fight Hospital Super Bugs

shark skin

Transmission of bacterial infections, including MRSA and MSSA could be curbed by coating hospital surfaces with microscopic bumps that mimic the scaly surface of shark skin, according to research published in the open access journal Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control. The study modelled how well different materials prevented the spread of human disease bacteria through…