March 2018

To win the battle against heart disease, cardiologists need better ways to identify the composition of plaque that is likely to rupture and cause a heart attack....

Biopsies of pulmonary lesions are essential for increasing the accuracy of diagnosis and treatment for respiratory illnesses such as lung cancer. Currently, manual biopsies are...

Catheters, intravenous lines, and other types of surgical tubing are a medical necessity for managing a wide range of diseases, but a patient's experience with such...

Rapid prototyping has long played a vital role in the evolution of medical device technology. Effectively applied during a product's early design stages, it can generate...

Beyond an ability to merely act, today's medical robotics are increasingly able to sense and “think,” providing for an ever-growing list of...

Doctors often tell patients to “listen to your body and take note of what it is telling you.” Now, technology is being developed that will listen for us and process the signals to help...

In an industry where people's health and wellness are on the line, manufacturers can't afford to let risk go unaddressed. As the International Organization for...

Integrated Sensor

DunAn Sensing, San Jose, CA, has launched a new series of integrated pressure and temperature sensors. The TP series uses the company's proprietary...

Nearly four million infants in developing countries die each year within a month of birth due to complications of prematurity, low birth weight,...

On the 50th anniversary of the first heart transplant, which occurred in December 1967, a University of Houston biomedical engineer is creating a next-generation heart pump for...

Sutures and staples are the traditional methods for closing surgical incisions and wounds in emergency situations. However, these methods can be inadequate in complex...

Constantly tracking a person's glucose levels through their tears or sweat could be one step closer to providing people with diabetes an improved monitoring tool. Researchers report...

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories want to use small magnetic sensors to image the brain in a way that's simpler and less expensive than the magnetoencephalography system now...

Over the past five years, technological advances have enabled product applications for microextrusion to penetrate into the medical OEM arena. Simply speaking, micro now...

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An extremely lightweight and portable hand exoskeleton may one day help the...

From the Editor: Packaging & Sterilization
From the Editor — And the Winners Are ...

In December, we asked Medical Design Briefs readers to cast their ballot to choose from our 12 Products of the Month the technology they felt was the most significant new introduction to the design...

Scientists have built and tested a new biomaterial-based delivery system — known as a hydrogel — that will encase a desired cargo and dissolve to release its freight...

Researchers have developed a new way to capture the detailed biomechanical properties of heart tissue. The high-resolution optical technique fills an important technology gap...

A new smartphone app called WoundCare enables patients to remotely send images of their surgical wounds for monitoring by nurses.

A single blood test screens for eight common cancer types and helps identify the location of the cancer. The test, called CancerSEEK, is a unique noninvasive, multianalyte test that...

With a smartphone and an app, qualified healthcare professionals can now diagnose fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in their office. A newly developed system was trained to recognize the alcohol-related...

R&D: Medical
Software Better Predicts Leakage Around Aortic Stents

Researchers have developed software to better predict the risk of blood leaking around a patient’s aortic stent.

News: Medical
Medical Device Preclinical Bootcamp to Explore Testing Pathway

An upcoming seminar will explore the preclinical testing pathway for medical devices. The event will cover everything from concept to regulatory submission, including relevant regulations and standards, as well as the role each type of test plays in the overall testing program. It...

Unfortunately, 1.8 million people acquire HIV each year, with the World Health Organization estimating that 1 in 5 people living with HIV do not realize they are infected....

Have a product design idea? The "Create the Future" Design Contest is now open for submissions until July 2, 2018.

When it comes to soft, assistive devices — like the exosuit being designed by the Harvard Biodesign Lab — the wearer and the robot need to be in sync. But every human moves a bit differently and...

A new interactive conference will address key strategies for the commercialization of emerging medical technologies, including the critical...

Scientists have created a customizable, fabric-like power source that can be cut, folded, or stretched without losing its function. The team has created the wearable a...

News: Medical
Molder Rebrands to Reflect Expanding Services

Matrix Tooling, Inc. & Matrix Plastic Products, Wood Dale, IL, has rebranded the company as Matrix Plastic Products, Inc. The moldmaker and plastic injection molder of critical components made the change coinciding with its 40th anniversary. According to the company, the decision to move forward...

News: AR/AI
Computation Modeling, Digital Health Focus of Design of Medical Devices Conference

The University of Minnesota’s Design of Medical Devices Conference is poised to to bring together medical device designers, researchers, manufacturers, and students to share perspectives and innovations in medical device design. This year’s event, which takes...

Materials specialist and pioneer of peelable heat shrink tubing (PHST) technology, Junkosha Inc., has initiated a license agreement with...

News: Design
AmpTech and BioStrategy Partners Form Partnership to Accelerate Speed to Market of MedTech Devices

AmpTech, a technology incubator and commercialization center in Malvern, PA, is joining with BioStrategy Partners, Inc. (BioSP), a consortium of Pennsylvania academic centers and research institutions, to form an innovative network and functional...

The Olympic Games give elite athletes a chance at athletic triumph but also carry a risk of injury. When injuries occur, it’s critical that they be evaluated quickly. Onsite imaging...

Recent advances in brain imaging have enabled scientists to show for the first time that a key protein which causes nerve cell death spreads throughout the brain in Alzheimer's disease...

A new NYU Langone study offers the first solid evidence that functional MRI scans of brain entropy are a new means to understanding human intelligence. High-tech scans of the resting human brain...

Over the past decade, researchers have been working to create nanoscale materials and devices using DNA as construction materials through a process called DNA origami. A single long...

Researchers have optimized the design of laboratory-grown, synthetic diamonds, bringing the new technology one step closer to enhancing biosensing applications, such as magnetic brain...

Biomedical engineers have demonstrated a new approach to making self-assembled biomaterials that relies on protein modifications and temperature. The hybrid approach allows...

Personalized medicine is one step closer for patients, thanks to tiny, implantable sensors that could give an early warning of a person's developing health...

It's one of the most talked about injuries in sport today: concussion. Yet there is no accepted way to image a concussion. Scientists have now developed a portable brain...

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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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