April 2014

News: Medical
Mobile Phone App Provides Pocket Diagnostics

A new mobile phone application, developed by a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge, UK, that can turn any smartphone into a portable medical diagnostic device, could help make monitoring conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, and urinary tract infections much easier for both...

Advances in medical instrumentation, implantation, imaging, and telemetric technologies combined with the need to integrate medical devices into user’s activities of daily living is...

With the recent release of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s final unique device identifier (UDI) ruling, the race is on for medical manufacturers to comply with the newly proposed...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
BP Series of Medical Pressure Sensors

Merit Sensor Systems, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT, announces its BP Series of medical pressure sensors. These devices are designed to provide a form, fit, and function solution to existing applications and...

Precision, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, announces the launch of the company’s miniature coil manufacturing capabilities for medical navigation technologies. These assemblies feature ultra-fine wire...

Melexis Inc., Nashua, NH, introduces two new parts to its programmable digital Hall effect sensor line. The MLX92231 and MLX92211 feature EEPROM memory, allowing magnetic switching thresholds...

Cicoil, Valencia, CA, introduces its Standard Flat Cable Assemblies, designed to provide reliable performance, long service life, and quick delivery, plug & play solutions. Joining a broad line of...

SABIC, Pittsfield, MA, introduces two new grades of high-modulus carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastics: LNPTM THERMOCOMPTM EC006AQH, a 30% carbon fiber reinforced PEI resin for...

LSA Laser, Plymouth, MN, announces the addition of femtosecond laser processing capabilities for medical device manufacturing. Femtosecond lasers are ideal in micromachining applications for drilling...

BEI Kimco Magnetics, Vista, CA, validated its Voice Coil Actuator for life critical applications like ventilators and heart valves by building a permanent life testing station to assess and substantiate actual actuator...

DELO Industrial Adhesives LLC, Sudbury, MA, presents new MEMS adhesives combining high flexibility and strength, while providing the best processing properties. The newly developed MEMS adhesives are highly...

Products: Test & Measurement
7th Edition Low Level Measurements Handbook

Keithley Instruments, Inc., Cleveland, OH, has published the seventh edition of its no-cost Low Level Measurements Handbook: Precision DC Current, Voltage, and Resistance Measurements. This...

Lehvoss North America, Pawcatuck, CT, introduces LUVOCOM® 8000, a new series of PEEK wear compounds. By substituting traditionally used PTFE with new proprietary additives, the company has...

Master Bond Inc., Hackensack, NJ, introduces LED403Med, a one-part LED curing adhesive, sealant, coating, and potting compound that meets stringent medical industry specifications. This dimensionally stable system...

Electromate Industrial Sales Limited, Woodbridge, Canada, announces its new DS-25 Lightweight Miniature Absolute Rotary Encoders™ from Netzer provide accurate, high resolution,...

Products: Electronics & Computers
LTM4644 Micromodule Regulator

Linear Technology, Milpitas, CA, announces the LTM4644 quad output step-down μModule® regulator is configurable as a single, dual, triple, or quad output regulator, which allows system designers to...

The human heart is more than a symbol of life, power, and reliability—it is a wonder of engineering achievement: a dual pump able to feed two different systems (pulmonary and...

By incorporating the benefits of passivation with surface finish improvement and micro-deburring, electropolishing has become the finish of choice for metal...

Eventually, many design engineers who create new medical devices are faced with choosing a method with which to mark or brand their products. At the end of the...

Mechanical engineers at Purdue University in West Lafayette IN, have proposed a new technology that, they say, could control the flow of heat the way electronic devices control electrical current, an...

The medical device market is undergoing an unprecedented period of growth due to a dramatic global population boom, an expanding middle class,...

Medical electronic devices can run the gamut from imposing MRI and x-ray imaging machines to miniscule implantable circuits designed to detect physical conditions and deliver programmed...

Global Innovations: Medical
Sensor Belt Measures Longest ECG Ever
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Patients with cardiac diseases may ignore symptoms for months before an emergency arises. Then, seconds count. A long-term recorded electrocardiogram (ECG) may help physicians...

Miniaturization in microelectronics is beginning to reach its physical limits, say researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research,...

University of Washington, Seattle, scientists and engineers are developing a low-cost device that could help pathologists diagnose pancreatic cancer earlier and faster. The prototype...

R&D: Electronics & Computers
Pomegranate Inspires Battery Design

Researchers at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has invented an electrode designed like a pomegranate with silicon nanoparticles clustered like...

A team of researchers and engineers at the Swiss Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Center for Neuroprosthetics and SSSA (Italy) have developed a revolutionary sensory...

Materials scientists at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany, have examined implants made of nickel-titanium alloy in a long-term study and have determined that the release of nickel...

A specialized 3D printing extruder developed by a sophomore and collaborator at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) could lower the costs of printing cellular structures for use in drug...

News: Motion Control
Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump May Help Certain Heart Patients

Physicians at the Medical College of Georgia and Georgia Regents University, Augusta, say that the intra-aortic balloon pump, one of the most frequently used mechanical circulatory assist devices in the world may have untapped potential. One of its many uses is helping ensure adequate...

News: Medical
New Surgical Guidance System for Minimally Invasive Surgery

A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, has designed a computerized imaging process to make minimally invasive surgery more accurate and streamlined using equipment already common in the operating room.

News: Medical
April 2014 Mid-Month Industry News

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News: Medical
Energy Generator Powered by Saliva

An international team of engineers from Penn state University, University Park, PA, and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, have discovered that saliva-powered micro-sized microbial fuel cells can produce minute amounts of energy—enough to run on-chip applications, they say. This...

News: Medical
Diagnosing Asthma with a Drop of Blood

Using a single drop of blood, a team of engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has developed what they say is a faster, cheaper, and more accurate tool for diagnosing even mild cases of asthma.

News: Medical
Microchip Can Detect Implant Infections

A team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have developed a tiny microchip that, they say, may save joint implants before they’re overcome by infection. This chip, which is engineered to detect pH levels in the body, can alert doctors to encroaching bacterial infection, which causes acidosis,...

News: Medical
Endoscopic Microscope Can Detect Diseases Sooner

A biomedical engineer at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, has developed an inexpensive, endoscopic microscope that, he says, can produce real-time, high-resolution, sub-cellular tissue images. The fiber-optic device, which is portable, re-usable, and easily packaged with conventional...

News: Medical
‘Intelligent’ Prosthetic Liners Could Ease Pain for Amputees

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Southampton in the UK are developing a prototype of the world’s first ‘intelligent’ prosthesis liner with integrated pressure sensors, which could help to relieve pain and discomfort experienced by amputees as a...

News: Medical
Leap Forward in Whole-Brain Imaging

In collaboration with several Japanese institutes, a team of scientists at the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center, Saitama, Japan, have uncovered an easy and fast way to achieve whole brain imaging for 3D analysis of gene expression profiles and neural circuits at the systems level.

News: Medical
April 2014 Month-End Industry News

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News: Medical
FDA Proposes New Expedited Access Program for Devices

The FDA has proposed a new program to provide earlier access to high-risk medical devices that are intended to treat or diagnose patients with serious conditions whose medical needs are unmet by current technology.

News: Medical
Bionic Human Limbs and Humanoid Robots

Hugh Herr, an associate professor of media arts and sciences at the MIT Media Lab, who designs, creates, and wears bionic prosthetic lower limbs, has become somewhat of a celebrity in this field, and has inspired students to learn more about the technology. “It’s always good to design something people...

News: Medical
Super Thin Material Acts Like a Switch

A team of researchers from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, have demonstrated how to switch a particular transition metal oxide, a lanthanum nickelate (LaNiO3), from a metal to an insulator by making the material less than a nanometer thick.

News: Medical
Knee Joint Sensors May Diagnose Own Failure

Tasked with developing intelligent prosthetic knee joints that are capable of detecting early failure before a patient suffers, a team of scientists at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland developed sensors that are integrated into the polyethylene part of the...

News: Imaging
Ultrasound Device Could Help Detect Stroke Risk

Researchers from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed an ultrasound device that, they say, could help identify “vulnerable” arterial plaque, which is at high risk of breaking loose and causing heart attack or stroke....

News: Software
Advancing Virtual Artificial Heart Implantation

Researchers and medical professionals from Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital have performed what they believe is the first virtual implantation of a pioneering artificial heart, and implantation of that artificial heart in an undersized adolescent patient. The...

News: Materials
Make and Bake Silicone Lenses

A droplet of clear liquid can bend light, acting as a lens. Now, by exploiting this well-known phenomenon, Australian researchers have developed a new process to create inexpensive high quality lenses that will cost less than a penny apiece.

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