December 2016

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH — AC/DC Power Supply

Power Partners, Athens, GA, has released a new AC/DC power supply from its medical open frame/u-channel product line. The BF-rated-output...

A new contact lens technology from the University of Houston samples glucose levels in tears.

Features: Medical
MDUFA IV: Shorter Review Times, More Consistency, and More Oversight

The reauthorization of the Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA) brings more pressure for FDA to shorten its review times back to “historical norms” and to provide more consistency in the review process. And after the success of an independent review authorized in...

The next industrial revolution is on its way. It is bringing innovative technologies that are available and proven and placing them in the modern...

Medical device assemblies present unique challenges beyond those associated with manufacturing and assembly of products for consumer and industrial applications. While sharing the need for...

Incidents of nosocomial or healthcare acquired infections (HAIs) and bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics (“superbugs”) are a concern for U.S. FDA. These ongoing incidents...

For veterans who have lost a limb, a prosthesis is a lifeline. An artificial device not only provides mobility and enables routine activity, it can be life giving —...

Swing a baseball bat, eat with a fork and knife, steer a bike with both handles — without two hands, a child can’t do any of these ordinary activities that most children take...

A Northwestern University research team has developed a 3D printable ink that produces a synthetic bone implant that rapidly induces bone regeneration and growth. This hyperelastic...

MIT researchers have developed a technique for recovering visual information from light that has scattered because of interactions with the environment — such as passing through human...

A DARPA-funded research team has demonstrated for the first time in a human a technology that allows an individual to experience the sensation of touch directly in the...

A new approach from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, images functional activity in the brains of individual fetuses. The technique allows a better look at how functional networks within...

Biomedical engineers from the University of Minnesota have created artificial blood vessels. If confirmed in humans, the grafts, bioengineered in the lab and tested in young lambs,...

Atrial fibrillation, the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia, affects 33.5 million people worldwide. The slow, sluggish blood flow caused by atrial fibrillation can lead to blood clots, which...

By squeezing two protein dots together, biomedical engineers from Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a microfluidic testing ground for platelet strength....

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a mobile app and thumb-size device that detects an irregular heartbeat known as arrhythmia. The technology, suitable for pre- and post-surgery...

A research team has developed a way to build safe, nontoxic gold wires onto flexible, thin plastic film. Their demonstration potentially clears the path for a host of wearable...

Patients with spinal cord injuries might one day regain use of paralyzed arms and legs thanks to research that demonstrates how limbs can be controlled via a tiny array of...

Researchers have developed a patient-friendly method to determine the severity of heart failure. The quick, noninvasive method is cost-effective and can be performed at the hospital...

A suit fitted with 41 sensors makes it possible to accurately image and analyze the movements of stroke patients. The suit contains the infrastructure necessary to store,...

A suite of sensors can predict heart failure events by detecting when a patient's condition is worsening. Researchers uploaded software to patients’ implanted defibrillators. The software...

News: Medical
December 2016 Mid-Month Industry News

Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

Researchers have developed a technology that uses computed tomography (CT) data to generate in real time a 3D image of the anatomical structures of the part of the body undergoing...

Researchers have developed an optical fiber probe that distinguishes breast cancer tissue from normal tissue, potentially allowing surgeons to be much more precise when removing...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Optical Waveguides Help Robotic Hand Feel

Most robots achieve grasping and tactile sensing through motorized means, which can be excessively bulky and rigid. A group of researchers has devised a way for a soft robot to feel its...

Chronic wounds affect up to 6 million patients per year in the United States. Because of their high prevalence, chronic wounds are a significant economic burden to the U.S. healthcare system....

People confined to a wheelchair are still confronted with insurmountable obstacles in everyday life – even in today’s more wheelchair-accessible society. While there are already...

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Ralph Bright on the Power of Power Cords

Understanding power system components and how to connect them correctly is critical to meeting regulatory requirements and designing successful electrical products for worldwide markets. Interpower’s Ralph Bright defines these requirements and explains how to know which cord to select for your application.

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