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September 2021

Medline Launches Free Online Wound Care Courses

Medline has launched a new series of chronic wound care courses designed to enhance clinical knowledge of chronic wounds. Created by Medline clinical volunteers as part of the company’s Global Health Initiative, the 4-course series is available in both English and Spanish… Continue reading

September 2021

Self-Powered Implantable Device Stimulates Fast Bone Healing

The latest invention by Xudong Wang, PhD, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, makes electrostimulation a more convenient option than it currently is to speed up healing of broken bones. His thin, flexible device is self-powered… Continue reading

September 2021

Chemical Cocktail Promotes Muscle Damage Repair

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have identified a drug cocktail that can activate and expand a population of muscle stem cells, which are either resident in the muscle, or are isolated from other tissues, such as the skin. Continue reading

September 2021

Advances in Flexible Electronics Manufacturing May Improve Prostheses

Engineers from the University of Glasgow Bendable Electronics and Sensing Technologies (BEST) group have developed a new method for manufacturing electronics, which prints high-performance silicon directly onto flexible materials. Continue reading

September 2021

FDA Grants Breakthrough Device Designation for Amputee Pain Block System

Neuros Medical, Willoughby Hills, OH, has received Breakthrough Device Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the use of its novel high-frequency nerve block system as an aid in the management of chronic intractable pain of the… Continue reading

August 2021

Superfeet Acquired by Private Equity Firm

Superfeet, Ferndale, WA, has been acquired by private equity firm Westward Partners. Effective June 15, Westward assumed majority ownership. As the company transitions from being 100% employee-owned, the company will change structure from an S Corporation to a limited liability company. Continue reading

August 2021

Making Healthcare More Accessible to Disabled is on MO Amputee State Rep’s Agenda

Missouri State Representative Rasheen Aldridge (D-St. Louis) has stated that he plans to forward legislation to make healthcare more accessible to people with disabilities, including helping seniors with disabilities to receive access to care in their homes. Continue reading

August 2021

Researchers Develop a Boot to Accelerate Healing of DFUs

Researchers at Western Michigan University (Western) have developed a boot that is designed to accelerate the healing of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). The boot, called SenLore, offloads pressure on DFUs and also delivers a combination of heat and electrical stimulation to increase blood flow and dramatically speed up the healing process. Continue reading

August 2021

NATA Welcomes Kathy Dieringer as President

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) welcomed Kathy Dieringer, EdD, LAT, ATC, as its new president, serving a 3-year term. She has more than 30 years of sports medicine experience and brings with her a deep passion for the athletic training profession and a clear vision for her new role as she succeeds outgoing President, Tory Lindley, MA, ATC. Continue reading

August 2021

Bioengineering Approach Shown to Regenerate Functional Muscle

Researchers from Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and 2 South Korean institutions—Sungkyunkwan University and Chonnam National University—have developed an efficient technique for muscle regeneration and functional restoration in injured rats. Continue reading

July 2021

New Arize Custom Orthoses to Help Podiatrists Relieve Foot Pain for Millions

Arize Orthotic Solution enables podiatrists and orthotists to prescribe custom orthoses tailored to their patients’ specific needs in less than five minutes. For pictures and video click here News Highlights: Disrupting an industry and improving patient wellness: 77% of Americans … Continue reading

June 2021

OTTOBOCK APPOINTS NEW CEO/REGIONAL PRESIDENT

Ottobock, Duderstadt, Germany, has appointed Marc C. Lundeberg as the new CEO and regional president of the company’s North America operation, headquartered in Austin, TX. He succeeds Brad Ruhl, who will remain on as non-executive chairman until he transitions to retirement after a more than 30-year tenure with… Continue reading

June 2021

BIONESS ACQUIRED BY BIOVENTUS

Bioness, Valencia, CA, has been acquired by Bioventus, Durham, NC, a global company with a focus on clinically effective, cost-efficient, minimally invasive medical treatments that engage and enhance the body’s natural healing processes. The acquisition cost was for $45 million in up-front consideration, with up to… Continue reading

August 2021

DJO Acquires MedShape

DJO, a subsidiary of Colfax Corporation and a global provider of medical technologies to get and keep people moving, announced that it has completed the acquisition of MedShape, a privately held orthopedic medical device company founded in 2005. Continue reading

June 2021

NEUROFEEDBACK CREATES PERCEPTION OF A LIGHTER WEIGHT PROSTHESIS

Although prosthetic legs usually weigh less than half of a natural limb, their perceived weight remains a point of dissatisfaction among users. Previously, researchers led by Stanisa Raspopovic, PhD, a professor at the ETH Zurich Department of Health Sciences and Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, have shown that… Continue reading

June 2021

PREVENTING INJURIES AND IMPROVING RECOVERY WITH MICRO-DOPPLER RADARS

Penn State College of Engineering and College of Medicine researchers have developed a radar to measure subtleties in human movement. This work has implications for allowing healthcare workers to more accurately identify individuals who may be at risk for injury and to track progress precisely while individuals are recovering from an injury. Continue reading

June 2021

HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGING USED TO REVEAL DIABETIC SKIN COMPLICATIONS

A multidisciplinary research team has introduced a diagnostic approach capable of evaluating the skin complications of diabetes. This portable optical device allows non-contact detection of possible skin complications of diabetes at an early stage, as well as the ability to perform broad population screening, explained research team… Continue reading

May 2021

SELECTFLEX PILOT AT COCA-COLA PLANTS SEES PROMISING RESULTS

US-based companies are paying attention to the ergonomics of everyday tasks. Some, such as UPS and FedEX, are bringing in Athletic Trainers to help train employees in proper task-related movements to prevent musculoskeletal injuries. Continue reading

May 2021

ENGINEERS CREATE THREAD SENSORS THAT SENSE HOW, WHEN YOU MOVE

Engineers at Tufts University have created and demonstrated flexible thread-based sensors that can measure movement of the neck, providing data on the direction, angle of rotation, and degree of displacement of the head. Continue reading

May 2021

POWERED PROSTHETIC ANKLES CAN RESTORE A WIDE RANGE OF FUNCTIONS FOR AMPUTEES

Researchers from North Carolina State University (NC State) and the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill have demonstrated that, with training, neural control of a powered prosthetic ankle can restore a wide range of abilities, including standing on challenging surfaces and squatting. Continue reading

May 2021

FDA GRANTS US MARKETING AUTHORIZATION FOR DEVICE TO IMPROVE GAIT IN MS PATIENTS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted marketing authorization to Helius Medical for a new device indicated for use as a short-term treatment of gait deficit due to mild to moderate symptoms from multiple sclerosis (MS). Continue reading

May 2021

ADAPTTECH SECURES $2.7 MILLION IN NEW FUNDING

Biomedical startup Adapttech, Birmingham, England, announced that it has raised $2.7 million in a new venture capital funding round. The round was supported by existing and new investors. The new funding will primarily be used for new… Continue reading

April 2021

Improved MRI Scans Could Aid in Development of Arthritis Treatments

A team of engineers, radiologists, and physicians from the University of Cambridge have developed an algorithm that builds a 3D model of an individual’s knee joint to map where arthritis is affecting the knee. It then automatically creates ‘change maps,’ which not only… Continue reading

April 2021

USC to Study Combining 2 Walking Rehab Approaches for Stroke Survivors

Physical therapists could soon have something new in their toolbox to improve outcomes for survivors of stroke whose gait has been affected, thanks to a $100,000 Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant awarded to a University of Southern California (USC) Division of… Continue reading

April 2021

AFOSR Advances Science of Wound Healing Technology

Ground-breaking research into cellular reprogramming, made possible in part with funding from the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), is leading to technology that could heal wounds more than 5 times faster than the human body can… Continue reading