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3D Systems at CES 2014

55 minutes video explaining all sectors of 3DS involment in consumer and prosumer market

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Read this article from  Peter Way 

http://3dprintingtimes.com/3d-systems-ces/#!


"3D Systems is talking about complete solutions, not hardware.  They are positioning and branding a range of products for specific customer segments.  They talk of what customers can do with the products —  the valuable output, and why they should be appealing rather than speeds and feeds.  This is likely to bring them success in areas where customers actually agree.  Products are being presented with the software and input devices that are needed to make the process of printing easy.  Naturally, it is too early to tell how well it will all work together, but ease of use is extremely important in getting end-user adoption."


Andy Jeffrey (06:44)  presents the ceramic printing as a new 3DS product, formerly by FIGULO.

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Amputee Veterans Receive First Mobius Bionics LUKE Arms

Amputee Veterans Receive First Mobius Bionics LUKE Arms | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it
Mobius Bionics LLC is excited to announce the first two prescription LUKE bionic arms have been provided to veterans.
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The plastic Womb: A device that imitates womb to extend in-utero pregnancy conditions and help extremely premature babies mature after they are born 

The plastic Womb: A device that imitates womb to extend in-utero pregnancy conditions and help extremely premature babies mature after they are born  | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it
A unique, womb-like environment designed by pediatric researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia could transform care for extremely premature babies.
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Great news for the neonatal care professionals and hope for parents.
 
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Enabling Task-Specific Volitional Motor Functions via Spinal Cord Neuromodulation in a Human With Paraplegia

Enabling Task-Specific Volitional Motor Functions via Spinal Cord Neuromodulation in a Human With Paraplegia | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it

We report a case of chronic traumatic paraplegia in which epidural electrical stimulation (EES) of the lumbosacral spinal cord enabled volitional control of task-specific muscle activity, volitional control of rhythmic muscle activity to produce steplike movements while side-lying, independent standing, and while in a vertical position with body weight partially supported, voluntary control of steplike movements and rhythmic muscle activity.

 
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One step closer!
 
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Initial Results Positive for CelGro in Human Nerve Regeneration

Initial Results Positive for CelGro in Human Nerve Regeneration | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it

CelGro allows for suture-less reconnection of the damaged nerve while guiding nerve regeneration and accelerating the healing process.

 
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CelGro is a biological medical device used in a variety of orthopaedic and general reconstructive surgical applications. Orthocell is undertaking a wide range of clinical studies using CelGro to augment tendon, nerve and cartilage repair as well as to guide and promote bone regeneration.
 
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Marsi Bionics Year in Review 2016
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It has ben hard and it took a long way to get here. But Marsi has solid ground now, and they can now access the market.
Congratulations on your success!
 
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For the first time in humans, researchers use brain surface stimulation to provide ‘touch’ feedback to direct movement 

For the first time in humans, researchers use brain surface stimulation to provide ‘touch’ feedback to direct movement  | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it
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With this new step researches are one big step closer to create a closed-loop Brain-Machine interface
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Bioengineers seed pig's own fat-harvested stem cells on cow-bone matrix, create living bone that works well-at least in pigs so far!

Bioengineers seed pig's own fat-harvested stem cells on cow-bone matrix, create living bone that works well-at least in pigs so far! | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it
Researchers have engineered living bone tissue to repair bone loss in the jaw, a structure that is typically difficult to restore. They grafted customized implants into pig jaws that resulted in integration and function of the engineered graft into the recipient’s own tissue.
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Gene therapy approach to restore vision in people with retinal degenerative conditions

Gene therapy approach to restore vision in people with retinal degenerative conditions | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it
RetroSense Therapeutics product development for gene therapies for eye diseases.
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If all goes according to plan, sometime next month a surgeon in Texas will  inject viruses laden with DNA from light-sensitive algae into the eye of a legally blind person in a bet that it could let the patient see again, if only in blurry black-and-white.

 

http://www.retro-sense.com

 

 

 

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Hardwiring the brain to the exoskeleton with a stent.

Hardwiring the brain to the exoskeleton with a stent. | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it
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Using the well-established stent technology, they deliver a number of electrodes close to the brain. The electrodes are connected to a computer in the chest (outside the body), and signals are translated into orders to command an exoskeleton.

 

I would prefer an external system, or at least a less intrusive one. But there they go.

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Siemens récompense deux projets d'exosquelette

Siemens récompense deux projets d'exosquelette | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it
Siemens récompense deux projets d'exosquelette
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illuminoss: welding bone with a photopolymer

illuminoss: welding bone with a photopolymer | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it

IlluminOss’ minimally invasive technology allows for fracture fixation through patient-specific intramedullary implants using a light-curable polymer, contained within a balloon catheter. The percutaneous surgical approach enables surgeons to create a first-of-its-kind patient-conforming implant providing internal support of bones affected by cancer

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The global fracture repair (trauma) market is more than $5 billion and growing greater than 10 percent annually. An aging, active population suffering from osteoporosis contributes to the growing issue of fragility fractures, those occurring as a result of a fall from standing height. Fragility fractures are common in women over 50 years of age and about half will suffer from one in their lifetime.  In men over 50, the occurrence of fragility fractures is one in five. In more dramatic terms, an osteoporotic fragility fracture is estimated to occur every three seconds

Interview with Gene DiPoto, senior vice president of R&D for IlluminOss at http://www.odtmag.com/contents/view_online-exclusives/2015-06-30/illuminoss-aims-to-change-the-standard-of-fracture-repair/

 

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Case Western's BME researchers develop new ways to activate lower limb nerves after paralysis

Case Western's BME researchers develop new ways to activate lower limb nerves after paralysis | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it

Researchers with the Advanced Platform Technology (APT) Center of Excellence at Case Western Reserve University and the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center have received a $2.6 million award from the National Institutes of Health

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The major innovation of the project is a new way of communicating with the nervous system in the form of a multicontact, microfabrication compatible electrode that matches the dimensions and mechanical properties of the nerves in the lower extremities.  This unique design minimizes the potential for damaging sensitive neural structures while still being able to isolate and activate small sub-portions of the nerves in order to provide precise control of the otherwise paralyzed muscles responsible for moving the hip, knee and ankle joints. 

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New software Tech Automatically ‘Tunes’ Powered Prosthetics While Walking

New software Tech Automatically ‘Tunes’ Powered Prosthetics While Walking | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it
Biomedical engineering researchers have developed software that allows powered prosthetics to
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“When a patient gets a powered prosthetic, it needs to be customized to account for each individual patient’s physical condition, because people are different in size and strength. “In addition a patient’s physical condition may change as he or she becomes accustomed to a prosthetic leg, for example, or they may gain weight. These changes mean the prosthetic needs to be re-tuned, and working with a prosthetist takes time and money.”

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K2M First-to-Market with 3D-Printed Expandable Interbody System  

K2M First-to-Market with 3D-Printed Expandable Interbody System   | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it

A first-to-market, 3D-printed, FDA-cleared expandable interbody system designed to allow for independent control of the anterior and posterior height in the lumbar spine

 
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Nerve Cells Decide to Orient inside an Injectable Hydrogel with Minimal Structural Guidance  

Nerve Cells Decide to Orient inside an Injectable Hydrogel with Minimal Structural Guidance   | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it
A new class of tissue regenerative materials that can be injected and form an anisotropic matrix with controlled dimensions using rod-shaped, magnetoceptive microgel objects.
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Repair of critical sized cranial defects with BMP9-transduced calvarial cells delivered in a thermoresponsive scaffold

Repair of critical sized cranial defects with BMP9-transduced calvarial cells delivered in a thermoresponsive scaffold | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it

Large skeletal defects caused by trauma, congenital malformations, and post-oncologic resections of the calvarium present major challenges to the reconstructive surgeon.

 
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Interestingly, the regenerated bone was better quality, the bone growth was contained to the area defined by the scaffolding, the area healed much more quickly, and the new and old bone were continuous with no scar tissue.
The scaffold is reabsorbed
 
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Researchers use nature’s weaving formula to engineer advanced functional materials

Researchers use nature’s weaving formula to engineer advanced functional materials | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it
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Paralyzed ALS patient operates speech computer with her mind - UMC Utrecht

Paralyzed ALS patient operates speech computer with her mind - UMC Utrecht | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it
In the UMC Utrecht a brain implant has been placed in a patient enabling her to operate a speech computer with her mind. The researchers and the patient worked intensively to get the settings right. She can now communicate at home with her family and caregivers via the implant. That a patient can use this technique at home is unique in the world. This research was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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The Latest Findings on Memory - OpenMind

The Latest Findings on Memory - OpenMind | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it
What is the real capacity of human memory? How many ways to remember do the human being have? And, How does each one work? The latest findings in OpenMind
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Not exactly within the scope of this topic, but certainly worth reading and sharing.
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The Search for Better Bone Replacement: 3-D Printed Bone SCAFFOLD with Just the Right Mix of Ingredients

The Search for Better Bone Replacement: 3-D Printed Bone SCAFFOLD with Just the Right Mix of Ingredients | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it
To make a good framework for filling in missing bone, mix at least 30 percent pulverized natural bone with some special man-made plastic and create the needed shape with a 3-D printer. That’s the recipe for success reported by researchers at The Johns Hopkins University in a paper published April 18 online in ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering .
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Now they need to improve the properties and the topology of the scafolds  to improve the mechanical behaviour of the products.
sintermedical can help in this
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Non-invasive measurement of Blood Glucose

Non-invasive measurement of Blood Glucose | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed a method of measuring blood glucose using far infrared light, which is both harmless and non-invasive.
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As opposite to near infrared only weakly absorbed by glucose, but also by water, protein and hemoglobin, far infrared light with wavelengths of around 10 micron is strongly absorbed by glucose, making it possible, in theory, for patients to get more sensitive and accurate measurements.

However, the problem faced by researchers, is that far-infrared light penetrates only a few microns from the skin's surface, which makes the detection of blood glucose difficult.

Prof. Matsuura's team has thus developed a new measurement technique that consists of a small prism attached to the ends of flexible hollow-optical fibers to radiate far infrared light. By using this method, it is possible to irradiate the oral mucosa of inner lips that, unlike skin, have no thick horny layer.

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Ekso Bionics to Establish Headquarters in Freiburg, Germany

Ekso Bionics to Establish Headquarters in Freiburg, Germany | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it

"Establishing this Germany-based subsidiary will allow us to enhance our customer service with training, education, and field service support by being in closer proximity to our valued customers," said Hausherr. "The Freiburg headquarters will also position Ekso to build strategic partnerships in the area."

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Researchers develop electrical stimulation to kill antibiotic resistant infections

Researchers develop electrical stimulation to kill antibiotic resistant infections | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it
The researchers optimized the reaction and developed an “e-scaffold,” a sort of electronic Band-Aid made out of conductive carbon fabric. By running electrical current through the fabric, they produced a low and constant concentration of hydrogen peroxide to kill the bugs.
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Will these e-Band-Aids be wi-fi enabled to tell the doctor the healing process is going well?

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An effective yet simple demonstration of how Next-generation genetic sequencing is useful; furthermore: cheap

An effective yet simple demonstration of how Next-generation genetic sequencing is useful; furthermore: cheap | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it
Mystery Boy Brandon Keesing was incorrectly diagnosed with a degenerative muscular disease until revolutionary genetic sequencing gave him life-changing news.

 

Originally thought that Keesing has a mitochondrial disease, doctors had been wrong all along. Revolutionary advances in genetic sequencing proved he did not have mitochondrial disease at all. "In recent years the capacity to read the genetic code of every single gene — all 20,000 of them in the human body — has reached a point where it is now efficient, accurate, cost-effective to be able to do this," he says.


The new technique is called "next generation sequencing" — and where previously it took weeks or months to analyse the code of a single gene, today laboratory computers can decode all 20,000 genes in one go.


Almost immediately Westmead Children's Hospital researchers could pinpoint which one of Brandon's genes had a mutation. Professor Christodoulou illustrates how the technique works on a chart. "So here in the unaffected individual we have an 'A'. Here in the affected individual we have a 'G'. And that's precisely where the mistake is," he says.


Doctors using next generation sequencing discovered in fact that Brandon had congenital myasthenia — a different genetic disease which also affects the muscles. But although incurable, it is not usually fatal and can be treated with medication.


"The name of the gene that we found the mistakes in is called COLQ, and it has a completely different role," Professor Christodoulou says. "It has nothing to do with mitochondrial energy production. "What it is involved in is co-ordinating the communication of nerve cells with the muscle, so that the muscle, when it receives an impulse from a nerve cell, it contracts and relaxes appropriately.


"So the problem with the COLQ mistakes is that this process couldn't be co-ordinated properly. And that's what actually led to his progressive problems."


Finding that one gene in 20,000 has transformed Brandon's life. A simple drug quickly restored some of his muscle strength. As quickly as he had deteriorated as a toddler, he suddenly began making huge strides.

"We noticed it straight away. By the end of that week he got up off that bed and he walked," she says, wiping away tears. "That was unreal. I'll never forget that day. I was so happy for him and ... I just knew from that he was going to grow, he was going to enjoy his life that much more than what he had before. And he has."


Professor Christodoulou says it was a very gratifying outcome for doctors.


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Samuel Viana's curator insight, October 30, 2015 7:38 AM

Quem diria, com a redução de preço das novas tecnologias de sequenciação foi possível diagnosticar correctamente a doença desta rapaz ?

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AXO-SUIT

AXO-SUIT | Medical Engineering = MEDINEERING | Scoop.it

AXO-SUIT is a three year project stated on October 1st 2014 and is funded under the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Joint Programme, Call 6. The project brings together 3 universities and 5 companies active and experienced in R&D of assistive devices to specify the full-body personal mobility, reaching, and grasping requirements of elderly persons allowing them to continue managing their daily activities related to voluntary occupation (maintaining gardens or carrying groceries of more needy people), as well as participating in local social activities while preserving their health and providing motivation to remain active and independent.

 

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