NEWS on general implant topics

Sensitive drill for hearing implants

Inserting the implant into the inner ear is not without risks, as facial nerves can be injured in the process. Empa researchers have developed a new type of "smart" drill that minimizes this risk by automatically switching itself off when near nerves. Methods of "advanced manufacturing" could also lead to...

Musk intends to implant brain computer chips in humans in 2023

Elon Musk and one of his other companies intend to begin testing computer chips in the brain next year. Neuralink will be able to insert the implant into a person's brain in 06-2023, Musk announced at his startup's annual press conference. The interface produced by Neuralink will make it possible...

Tips for Clinicians – Keeping Your Patients’ Connected Medical Devices Safe

Educating patients about cybersecurity of connected medical devices shouldn’t be a scary conversation for health care providers. Connected medical devices are often an important part of patients’ and their families’ lives since they rely on such devices to stay safe and healthy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released...

More pragmatic randomized studies with a focus on registry-based trials

Background Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that are highly restrictive in terms of study design, with highly selected participants and conditions, produce results whose applicability to routine clinical care and usefulness for reimbursement decisions is sometimes questioned. Objectives In view of the background mentioned above, do more pragmatic RCTs and registry-based...

Does SARS-CoV-2 cause implant losses?

Limited information on the skeletal complications of COVID-19 is known, even though inflammatory diseases of the respiratory tract have been known to perturb bone metabolism and cause pathological bone loss. In this study, we characterize the effects of severe SARS-CoV-2 infection on bone metabolism in an established golden Syrian hamster...

bioprinting tissue-like constructs capable of controlled, complex shape change

Where standard 3D printing uses a digital blueprint to manufacture an object out of materials like plastic or resin, 3D bioprinting manufactures biological parts and tissues out of living cells, or bioinks. A fourth dimension — shape transformation over time — can be achieved by incorporating materials that enable printed...

Spelling interface using intracortical signals enabled neurofeedback training

Spelling interface using intracortical signals in a completely locked-in patient enabled via auditory neurofeedback training Patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) can lose all muscle-based routes of communication as motor neuron degeneration progresses, and ultimately, they may be left without any means of communication. Here, we implanted two 64 microelectrode...

Converting blood type A donor lungs into universal blood type lungs

Ex vivo enzymatic treatment converts blood type A donor lungs into universal blood type lungs A major challenge in lung transplantation is the need for ABO blood group matching. To address this challenge, Wang et al. used two enzymes, FpGalNAc deacetylase and FpGalactosaminidase, to convert blood group A lungs to blood group...

Dental Treatment recommendations before organ transplantation (german guideline)

This information is primarily intended for practitioners (physicians, dentists) involved in organ transplantation to facilitate coordinated care by the otherwise separate disciplines. The text is an abridged version of a detailed German guideline (here). Find recommendations for patients after transplantation here.In all patients in whom an organ transplant is planned,...