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Researchers Develop Smart Bioinks to 3D Print Living Tissues

If we’re going to 3D print tissues, organs, and entire body parts, scientists will have to create advanced, highly functional bioinks. Plus, these bioinks will have to withstand being printed and must survive within the harsh interior of the body. At the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology and University of Stuttgart in Germany, researchers … Continue reading

3M Unveils New Extended Medical Adhesive for Medical Wearables

Wearable medical devices are becoming more common, as electronics keep getting smaller, batteries are getting more powerful, and sensors more capable. The success of every wearable, and whether it will be adopted by patients, depends on whether it adheres well to the body and how little management it requires from day to day. To help … Continue reading

Triboelectric Generators to Power Implantable and Wearable Medical Devices

Wearable and implantable medical devices are constantly hungry for electricity to power their functions. Batteries, their lifetime, whether they can be recharged, and other related issues influence the design, usability, and functionality of electrically powered medical tech. Triboelectric generators that convert mechanical energy into electricity are an ideal solution, but their efficiency and other limitations … Continue reading

New Coating Keeps Intravascular Catheters Clean for Weeks

Intravascular catheters are a bane of clinical medicine, being one of the chief ways people get infected inside of hospitals. They have to be replaced routinely, putting extra strain on nurses and doctors and causing discomfort to patients. There are a ways to keep catheters relatively clean with sterile technique and specialized dressings, but there’s … Continue reading

Electric Generator Powers Cardiac Implants from Beating Heart

Cardiac implants, such as pacemakers and cardioverter defibrillators, have limited lifetimes because they’re powered by batteries that cannot be recharged. Replacement surgeries are required roughly every ten years, creating difficulties for patients, many of whom are already fragile, and incurring a huge cost on the healthcare system. Engineers at Dartmouth, working with clinicians at University … Continue reading

DowDuPont Releasing New Soft Skin Adhesive for Wearable Medical Devices

DowDuPont‘s Specialty Products Division is releasing a new soft skin adhesive, specifically designed for today’s wearable medical devices. The DOW CORNING MG 7-1020 Soft Skin Adhesive is a silicone-based product, which can be worn for extended periods of time while maintaining a tight grip and causing minimal irritation. Unlike devices that use acrylic adhesives, the … Continue reading

Implantable, Light Activated Drug Releasing Microchamber Arrays

A research collaboration between scientists in Singapore, Russia, and the UK has developed a way of building tiny microchambers that can release drugs when activated by light. The microchambers are packaged together into implantable arrays that, when illuminated by near-infrared light, will open up and let whatever is inside flow out. They’re made from a … Continue reading

Specially Designed Batteries for Wearable Devices

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration in Germany have developed a way to pack dense batteries into flexible devices such as wristbands of wearable devices. The technology has the potential to provide the necessary power to medical wearables that will be required by next generation of power hungry multi-sensor devices. The investigators have … Continue reading

Fuel Cell to Harvest Body’s Glucose as Power Source for Medical Implants

Electronic medical implants typically run on batteries, which have limited lifetimes, require secure enclosures, and take up a lot of space. But a quest has been underway to use glucose, a ubiquitous source of energy used by the body and available nearly everywhere within it, as a fuel to power implantable devices. Researchers at Washington … Continue reading

Microbubble-Shooting Algae Skeletons Kill Bacterial Biofilms

Biofilms are groups of bacteria that clump together and protect each other. They are the cause of all sorts of infections, and because cleansers and antibiotics have a lot of difficulty dealing with them there’s been a search for new solutions. Though biofilms do form inside the body, they are notorious in the medtech industry … Continue reading