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This guy fixed his teeth by 3D printing his own plastic braces for $60

Amos Dudley had braces in middle school, but he didn't wear a retainer like he was supposed to, so his teeth slowly shifted back.<p>He didn't want to shell out thousands of dollars for a whole new round of braces, so the digital-design major decided to make his own.<p>On his blog, Dudley wrote that he …

3D Printing

Moderately Obese Patients Benefit from Vagal Nerve Blockade Using vBloc Neurometabolic Therapy

<i>Medgadget</i> previously reported on the first U.S. implantation of the vBloc Neurometabolic Therapy system, an FDA-approved medical device for treating …

New implantable device alleviates pain by tricking your brain with electrical pulses

The abuse and overuse of prescription pain medicine is a growing problem, especially in the United States. To help reduce patients’ reliance on …

Cancer Treatment

Algovita Spinal Cord Stimulation System for Pain Therapy FDA Approved

<b>Greatbatch</b> (Plano, TX), via its new spinoff <b>Nuvectra</b>, received FDA approval for its Algovita spinal cord stimulation system to be used in managing …

Prosthetics
Leonardo Da Vinci

Nevro Senza Spinal Cord Stimulator Cleared in EU, Australia for 3T MRI Use

<b>Nevro Corp</b>., a company based in Menlo Park, CA, received European and Australian approval for its Senza spinal cord stimulator to be compatible, …

Spinal Cords

World's First: Lab Grown Human Muscle Actually Contracts to Electric Pulses

A microscopic view of lab-grown human muscle bundles stained to show patterns made by basic muscle units and their associated proteins (red), which …

Quell Smartphone Controlled Pain-Relieving Neurostimulator

<b>NeuroMetrix</b>, a Waltham, Ma firm that makes neurostimulators for pain management, will be unveiling at the CES in Las Vegas next week its new Quell …

This Japanese Inn Has Been Owned By The Same Family For 1,300 Years

Houshi Ryokan was was built over a natural hot spring in Awazu in central Japan in the year 718 and it has always been managed by the same family …

Japan

Now you can buy your own Antarctica-worthy fat trike

Maria's trike was based on ICE's existing <i>non</i>-fat-tired Sprint model. The Full Fat is in turn based on her trike, retaining elements such as a …

Off-roading

Flow Health Hub Concept to Bring Lab Testing Into Home

<b>Cambridge Consultants</b>, a company that helps other firms develop concepts into products, has put forward its own device idea that may just be realized …

IDOLCAM

Jason Lam is a serial entrepreneur, inventor and artist. He has seven years of experience in designing and manufacturing drones and camera gimbals. …

ClearGuide ONE Easy to Use Needle Guidance System FDA Cleared

<b>Clear Guide Medical</b>, a Johns Hopkins spinoff firm we reported on last year, received FDA clearance for its Clear Guide ONE needle guidance system …

Nixie Wearable Drone Can Be Launched From Your Wrist (video)

Nine months ago, Intel started the Make It Wearable (MIW) Challenge that takes the form of a combination between a competition and an entrepreneurial …

Myo’s Developer Alpha Teaser Compilation Video Showcases Gesture Control Potential

Waterloo’s Thalmic Labs is shipping out its Myo gesture control band alpha units to developers to get them building software compatible with the new hardware, and it’s already resulting in some incredibly impressive early demos. The Myo team compiled a few of those together into a single short …

Deep Brain Stimulation with Simultaneous fMRI in Rodents | Protocol

Amputee Naturally Feels Through Bionic Hand

The mechanics of prosthetic hands has advanced tremendously over the past decades, and these devices have become lighter, stronger, and more …

St. Jude Medical launches Prodigy neurostim trial for chronic pain

St. Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) said it launched a clinical trial of its Prodigy neurostimulator to examine the treatment of chronic pain.<p>The Sunburst …

Evidence that dendrites actively process information in the brain

Diagram of a typical neuron. Red branches: dentrites; blue segments: axon. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)<p>University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill …

St. Jude Medical Nanostim Leadless Pacemaker Receives CE Mark

<b>St. Jude Medical</b> has announced its acquisition of <b>Nanostim</b> and CE Mark approval of the Nanostim leadless pacemaker. The Nanostim is the world’s first …

Scientists Recreate The Sense Of Touch With Direct-To-Brain Electrical Signals

These findings could help researchers make prosthetic arms that have a lifelike sense of touch.<p>We've seen some very cool prosthetic arms recently, including ones people are able to control—just as they control biological arms—with their thoughts. So what's one of the next great frontiers for …

Johns Hopkins University

Human Brain Project: Henry Markram plans to spend €1bn building a perfect model of the human brain

Henry Markram tells how his son's autism fired his ambition to unlock the secrets of consciousness by using 'big data' to trace the electronic signals that zing between neurons<p>In a spartan office looking across Lake Geneva to the French Alps, Henry Markram is searching for a suitably big metaphor …

St. Jude-backed Spinal Modulation enrolls 1st patient in pain management study

California-based Spinal Modulation’s, a spinal device maker backed by industry titan St. Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ), enrolled the 1st patient in the …

Sleep 'boosts brain cell numbers'

<b>Scientists believe they have discovered a new reason why we need to sleep - it replenishes a type of brain cell.</b><p>Sleep ramps up the production of cells that go on to make an insulating material known as myelin which protects our brain's circuitry.<p>The findings, so far in mice, could lead to insights …

Neuroscience

3D printer shows surgeons secrets of strange hearts

<i>(Image: Amanda Voisard)</i><p>We’ve had 3D-printed aeroplanes, guns and fossil skulls – but these are the first copies of real human hearts. …

New Microsoft Kinect Measures Heartbeat from Skin Tone Changes

Yesterday <b>Microsoft</b> released its new Xbox One gaming system, and with it a new Kinect camera. The original Kinect somewhat surprisingly found use in …

CARMAT Hydraulic Artificial Heart Set to Begin Human Trials (w/video)

<b>CARMAT</b> (Velizy Villacoublay, France) today announced that its bioprosthetic total artificial heart is now scheduled to be trialed for the first time …

Boston Scientific Rhythmia Mapping System Cleared in Europe

<b>Boston Scientific</b> won the European CE Mark for its Rhythmia Mapping System, a product developed by Burlington, MA-based Rhythmia and purchased by …