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Designing pacemakers that cannot be hacked

As medical device technology becomes more sophisticated, and is able to capture important data of clinical significance, so the risk that implantable devices could be hacked by a someone wishing to steal data or cause harm rises.

Researchers create malware to highlight medical device risk Special

A recent article by The Washington Post, Hospital viruses: Fake cancerous nodes in CT scans, created by malware, trick radiologists, details a study where a malware was deployed to intercept and alter CT scans. A leading expert reveals more.

DHS sends out cyber warning about medical devices Special

Following new independent research, the Department of Homeland Security has re-issued a warning about cybersecurity vulnerabilities in medical devices. Dr. May Wang explains more about the issues behind the warning.

Implantable health sensor runs off body glucose

A new implantable sensor has been developed, which assesses key biological markers to make an assessment of different types of diseases. The sensor draws on human glucose in order to operate.

Wearable device developed for stroke treatment

A new type of wearable device has been designed to assist people recovering from stakes. The device a sensor that measures speech and swallowing patterns and it has been designed by Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Northwestern University.

New challenges for medical device manufacturers

The competitive and technologically driven medical device sector faces a different sort of disruption through a revised compliance standard. In 2019 the new version of ISO 13485 will become effective. This article looks at the impact.

Fitbit and One Drop to share diabetes and activity data

As an example of business-to-business healthcare collaboration, One Drop has entered into an agreement with Fitbit to combine fitness tracker data into a diabetes management platform. This is for health data analysis.

Early success for fractal-based retinal implants

A step-forward has been made with retinal implants, based on computer simulations of electrical charges. These are based on fractal geometry and the process has been developed at the University of Oregon.

Human-centric design advanced through virtual reality

Many medical devices are not perfect for people to use, emphasizing the complexity of designing devices on a desktop. The use of virtual reality offers a more ergonomically appropriate solution for med tech firms.

New generation of implants from additive printing

A new 3D printing process from Duke University has allowed for the creation of a new range of medical devices. These biomedical devices have been manufactured using a titanium 3D metal printer.

Powering medical implants with solar cells

Solar power technology is being tested to see how effectively it works with medical implants. The idea is to allow implants to become self-charging, avoiding the risk of breakdown or the need for invasive replacements.

Super-flexible glass created for medical devices

A new type of glass, which is very flexible, has been invented for medical devices. This for use within the microscopic world. Here brittle materials are holding back what is possible.

Israel presents its own pavilion at the upcoming MEDICA 2016 Special

The Foreign Trade Administration at the Ministry of Economy of Israel together with the Non-Profit Organization Israel Export Institute, will present the Israeli Pavilion at MEDICA 2016 the upcoming international medical exhibition in Düsseldorf, Germany

New medical device technology set to benefit patients

As regular readers of Digital Journal will be aware, health technology and digital health have introduced a range of important innovations. Many of these involve ‘connected technology.’ We survey five new innovations.

Bayer's Essure trial is approved again after FDA re-evaluation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded its investigation on Essure's pivotal trial. Bayer, the company that manufactures the controversial contraception method, has been, in fact, accused of manipulating data to inflate the device's safety.

Why has the cost of EpiPens increased for consumers?

Epipens, used by those who suffer from allergies and anaphylaxis have significantly risen in cost over the past year. Pharmacists are putting this down to a lack of competition.

B. Braun settles tainted syringes lawsuit

The medical device manufacturer B. Braun has paid out $7.8 million to settle a U.S. criminal case in related to faulty syringes. The irony is the company did not make the syringes; however, its brand name was on them.

Google plans smart eye implants

Google is working with the pharmaceutical company Novartis to develop so-called "smart eye" implants. This represents a continuation of Google’s medical device innovations.

Essential Science: Medical technology that can dissolve away

Tiny electronic sensors and devices are being developed as medical devices. These can be implanted in the body and then dissolve away without a trace. This avoids the risks involved with removing them.

FDA issues Black Box warning for Essure — Lawsuits keep growing

A federal court ruled that 2 cases of women who claim they were harmed by Bayer's birth control device Essure can continue. In the meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a "black box" label to warn the public about its dangerousness.

Medical devices begin to harness wireless technology

Medical devices are becoming the latest equipment to utilize the Internet to collect data and to send alerts. Here ‘smart inhalers’ are leading the way, with the first commercial units expected within a year. We take a look at the latest developments.

Microchips designed to slow-release drugs over years

Medical technologists have developed an implantable device that can be placed at a specific body site to allow for the slow release of targeted medications.

Close to the bone: Avoiding infections with nanotech

Sheffield - Researchers have harnessed nanotechnology in order to avoid deep bone infections, where infections stem from bacteria and fungi. These types of infections can occur following dentistry.

New procedure for making medical devices safer

Bethesda - In an effort to cut down on the risk of superbug infections tied to a medical device used in hospitals, Olympus America has issued new protocols for cleaning duodenoscopes, which have been implicated in several recent outbreaks.

Plastics are advancing medical technology Special

Plastics help advance the safety and effectiveness of modern medicine. Moreover, plastics enable new advances that deliver more benefits to patients than ever before. To find out more, Digital Journal spoke with Canada's leading medical association.

Medical device producer accused of fraud

ArthroCare Corp., a medical device manufacturer based in Austin, Texas, has agreed to pay a $30 million fine to resolve accusations that its senior executives engaged in a securities fraud scheme.

Could Your Pacemaker Be Hacked?

Those who rely on a pacemaker to regulate their heart are learning that the implant could be vulnerable to attacks by hackers. Hackers can obtain patient's private details or even reprogram the device putting a person's health at risk.

Drug-coated heart stents carry higher risk: study

A study released on Saturday says that drug-coated heart stents carry a small but significantly greater risk of blood clots and heart attacks compared to the older bare-metal medical devices.

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