February 2013

News: Medical
Hydrogel Destroys Drug-Resistant Biofilms

Researchers from the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) in Singapore,in collaboration with IBM Research say that they have developed the first-ever antimicrobial hydrogel that can break apart biofilms and destroy multidrug-resistant superbugs upon contact.

Tests have demonstrated...

News: Imaging
How Owls Rotate Their Heads Without Causing Stroke

Neurological imaging experts at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, have figured out how owls, which can rotate their heads by as much as 270 degrees in either direction, do so without cutting off blood supply to their brains and without damaging the delicate blood vessels in their necks...

News: Medical
Breast Pump Industry Booming; Can Supply Equal Demand?

Tucked within the Affordable Care Act is a provision requiring insurance companies to cover breast pumps. Insurers must pay for the new benefit, but the law doesn’t specify whether insurers must cover certain brands or types of breast pumps. It directs health plans to pay for “the costs...

News: Medical
Question of the Month: February

Do you find that social media networking groups, like the Medical Devices Group on LinkedIn.com, are a viable place to discuss resources, approval processes, hiring, and more? If so, how do you verify the information provided?

Features: Medical
Magnitude Matters

Topping the agenda of medtech executives for 2013 is repeal of the medical device excise tax, which went into effect on January 1. Enacted as part of the healthcare reform legislation of 2010, the new law requires...

Fine thin metal laser cutting is an ideal technology for the specialized cutting requirements found in the manufacturing of medical tube tools and...

The ever-increasing functional capabilities of emerging medical de vices have precipitated new requirements for the multi-function foot controls used to operate the equipment. These foot...

Honeywell Sensing & Control, Golden Valley, MN, announced it has expanded its Zephyr™ airflow sensor HAF Series portfolio with new digital versions that provide airflow ranges of 0 to 20 SLPM (standard...

Harvard Apparatus, the world leader in syringe pumps, announces the new Harvard Peristaltic Pump series. These remote-controlled, programmable peristaltic pumps with interchangeable sealed pump heads...

Products: Materials
Wire and Cable Catalog

Northwire, Inc., Osceola, WI, presents its 2013 NWI Lab360 catalog available in print and web-ready downloadable formats. This catalog presents complex technical information clearly so users can quickly source standard...

Products: Medical
Illuminated Tact Switches

Master Distributors, Santa Monica, CA, a leading distributor of electromechanical, interconnect, and passive components, now carries TL3240 Series and TL3210 Series illuminated tact switches from E-Switch. Both...

Products: Electronics & Computers
New TVS Diode Arrays

Littelfuse, Inc., Chicago, IL, has expanded its SP1005 and SP1007 Series General Purpose TVS Diode Arrays with two new 0402 size devices designed to offer modern integrated circuits better protection from electrostatic...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Ultra High-Density 160W AC/DC Power Supplies

Formerly HiTek Power, LHV Power Corporation, Santee, CA, has introduced a state-of-the-art family of ultra high-density AC/DC single-output power supplies that provide up to 160 watts of...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Parametric Search iPad App

Austin, TX-based Silicon Labs’ Parametric Search iPad app allows you to find products fast by defining your application and technical requirements. Simply download this free app, then select filter options with...

Products: Photonics/Optics
High Strength Aluminum Coated Fibers

Stirling, NJ-based Fiberguide Industries, Inc., supplies aluminum coatings for added strength to optical fibers for applications requiring tight bends or resistance to harsh conditions. The fibers have...

Acro Associates, Inc., Concord, CA, introduced two new models, the 935HF (high force) and 936 pneumatic pinch valve designed to meet the needs of single-use bio - processing systems. These models...

Products: Electronics & Computers
MKW10M 10 Watt Medical Grade DC/DC Converters

Minmax Power, Inc., Hudson, MA, introduced its MKW10M Series, a 10 Watt, high performance, medical grade converter with reinforced 4200VAC I/O-isolation. This compact industry standard 2"×1"...

Products: Electronics & Computers
250W and 400W Power Supplies

Murata Power Solutions, Mansfield, MA, has introduced the MVAC series of highly efficient, a 3"×5" open frame AC-DC power supplies suitable for use in a wide variety of medical equipment needs. The series...

Products: Packaging & Sterilization
Electronics Cleaning Process

Digicom Electronics, Inc., Oakland, CA, a technology and quality- driven electronics manufacturing services company, introduces its new Diamond Track Cleaning Process. This process uses a proprietary combination...

Parker Fluid Control Division, New Britain, CT, manufacturers of the Skinner and Gold Ring lines of solenoid valves and the Sinclair Collins line of process control valves, offers a line of manifold mount...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Tiny EZ-Mount Rotary Position Sensor

Piher Sensors & Controls S.A., Chicago, IL, has introduced the MTS-360 Mechanical Mount Rotary Position Sensor with integral PCB for fast and easy mounting. Designed with the sensor directly mounted onto...

In 2006, engineers from the Thermo Fisher Barrington division in Barrington, IL, were faced with a number of challenges to improve their highly successful...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Blood Pressure Connectors Prevent Misconnects

Healthcare professionals use medical devices in a variety of settings and situations from urgent to routine. In an emergency, any sort of confusion, hindrance, or hesitation concerning the...

A medical sensor, that adheres to the skin like a temporary tattoo could make it easier for doctors to detect metabolic problems in patients as well as help coaches to fine-tune...

Briefs: Medical
Extreme Ionizing-Radiation-Resistant Bacterium

There is a growing concern that desiccation and extreme radiation-resistant, non-spore-forming microorganisms associated with spacecraft surfaces can withstand space environmental conditions and subsequent proliferation on another solar body. Such forward contamination would jeopardize future life...

Once a porcupine’s quill penetrates your skin, it’s very difficult to remove. That’s the inspiration behind research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brigham and Women’s Hospital,...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Self-Charging Power Cell for Small Devices

Scientists at Georgia Tech say that they have developed a new self-charging power cell technology that directly converts mechanical energy to chemical energy. Then, the power is stored until it is...

Global Innovations: Photonics/Optics
Laser Optics Support High-Resolution 3D Microscopy
Vienna University of Technology,
Vienna, Austria
www.tuwien.ac.at/en

D r. Saideh Saghafi at the Institute for Solid State Electronics at the Vienna University of Technology has...

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — Take Heart

February is American Heart Month—a time to take stock of our heart health and endeavor to improve it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. In fact, heart disease is the number one...

Mission Accomplished: Electronics & Computers
Diaphragm Pacing Helps Patients with ALS Delay Need for Ventilator

An electronic system that stimulates the nerve of the diaphragm muscles received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in patients with Amyotrophic...

News: Medical
February Mid-Month Industry News

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

News: Medical
Artificial Pancreas Boosts Diabetes Treatment

Scientists at the Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montréal (IRCM), Canada, a world-renowned biomedical research center, were the first to conduct a trial comparing a dual-hormone artificial pancreas with conventional diabetes treatment using an insulin pump. Their research showed improved...

News: Medical
Valve–Based Printing of Human Organs

A specialized 3D printing process, using human stem cells, could pave the way to building custom replacement organs for patients, eliminating the need for organ donation, immune system suppression, and possible transplant rejection. Sound fantastic?

The new valve-based technique, developed by the...

News: Medical
Pew Tracking Health Report

The Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes, and trends shaping America and the world, issued a report finding that only about seven percent of people surveyed used a smartphone app to track a health indicator like weight, diet, exercise routine, or to monitor a...

News: Medical
Partnership to Develop Better Prosthetics for Veterans

The Florida State University, Tallahassee, and its High-Performance Materials Institute are leading a major partnership to develop the next generation of prosthetic limbs for military-veteran amputee patients, thanks to a new contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The...

News: Medical
Improved Imaging Using New Modeling Technique

Engineers at Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN, are using a system of models to extract specific information from huge collections of data and then reconstructing images in order to improve the performance of technologies ranging from medical CT scanners to digital cameras. Their new approach is...

News: Medical
App May Help Doctors Monitor Neurological Function

Doctors regularly check patients’ hand-eye coordination to monitor any neuromuscular deficits, particularly as they age or when they are injured, but the tests may be subjective and qualitative. To more clearly assess changes, researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired...

News: Medical
Addressing Temperature-Stable Global Vaccine Challenge

Scientists at King's College London say they have demonstrated the ability to deliver a dried live vaccine to the skin without using a traditional needle. They also state that this technique is powerful enough to enable specialized immune cells in the skin to kick-start the immunizing...

News: Medical
FDA Seeks to Strengthen Device Supply Chain in Extreme Weather

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is seeking input from industry and the public on the effects of extreme weather and natural disasters on the production and supply of medical devices. The FDA will use the information to identify steps that the agency, manufacturers, and the...

News: Medical
February Month-End Industry News

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

News: Medical
FDA Proposes New Rule on Data from Studies for Medical Devices

The FDA has proposed amending its regulations on acceptance of data from clinical studies for medical devices. The agency is proposing to require that clinical studies conducted outside the United States as support for an investigational device exemption (IDE) application, a 510(k)...

News: Medical
New Stretchable Battery for Stretchable Electronics

Researchers at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL and the University of Illinois have demonstrated a stretchable lithium-ion battery can power their innovative stretchable electronics. The stretchable electronic devices now could be used anywhere, including inside the human body, they say,...

News: Medical
3D Printing/Molding to Create Bioengineered Ear

A team of bioengineers and physicians at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, have created an artificial external ear, using 3D printing and injectable molds, that looks and acts like a natural ear. This could give new hope to children born with a congenital ear deformity, or to those who have lost all...

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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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