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Needle Free Medical Device

We all know that one person, the one who gets squeamish around needles and blood. They see the needle or the blood being drawn, and their face goes pale while their eyes get huge. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t like needles going inside me anymore than the next person. My arm veins actually [...]

By |health care cost, innovation|

Heart Disease and Hugs

Many people in the United States either suffer from heart failure or have a family member die from it. Did you know that, according to the Center for Disease Control, that one in every four deaths is due to heart disease and that it is also the leading cause of death in both men and [...]

By |future trends, innovation|

Regenerative Bandages and Diabetic Ulcers

Did you know that the leading cause of lower body amputations is from infected ulcers caused by diabetes? Foot ulcers triggered by diabetes contribute to increased medical costs, hours of pain, and a lower quality of life for the patient. Now, biomedical engineers working at Northwestern University have developed a product to help address this [...]

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Virtual Reality and Spinal Cord Injuries

Imagine being a paraplegic patient for years, then being able to learn to regain some control and feeling in your legs without undergoing invasive surgery. Well a group of eight people with the help of the Walk Again Project were recently able to achieve this! Since 2013, they have been conducting a study in Brazil [...]

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Is energy-harvesting technology for wearables hard-boiled or hype?

As I wrote in May, the biggest constraint in any kind of medical device design today is battery technology, which has not kept pace with the progressive aspects of medical devices. But energy-harvesting technologies for use in wearable designs show promise, in spite of four key engineering challenges: 1) the power they generate; 2) how [...]

Barriers to Creativity in the Design of Medical Devices

Resistance New ideas can be threatening, and they can provoke a negative reaction. There is actually a bias against creativity. Most people will say that they value creativity. And they really believe that they do. But in fact, we harbor a bias against creative solutions in favor of those we perceive as safer and more [...]

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Creativity in Med Design: Let Your Problem Incubate

When you exercise your muscles, you don’t see immediate gains in strength. It’s only after you’ve rested that the strength gains occur. Neuronal connections seem to act similarly. When you’re thinking hard about a problem, it’s rare that you’ll have a eureka moment. The insight usually comes only after you’ve let the problem ruminate in [...]

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Medical Product Development and Randomness

Why do most people find it hard to be creative? One reason is that we’ve spent our lives learning how to be logical and analytical. To think creatively, you have to stop thinking logically. The emphasis on logic and analysis works well for helping us navigate most of the problems of our day-to-day world. But [...]

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Ignore “The Rules” to be More Creative in Medical Product Development

When it comes to creative problem solving, we often assume constraints that aren’t actually there. Here is the iconic creativity problem: Draw four straight lines through the nine dots without retracing and without lifting your pen from the paper.       The solution to this problem can only be found by going outside the [...]

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Seeing In New Ways to Solve Medical Product Development Problems pt 4:

In the last post, I presented this maze problem: WORK YOUR WAY THROUGH THE MAZE FROM POINT A TO POINT B:                             Here is one solution:                           Another solution:     [...]

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