June 2017

The global home healthcare services industry is already worth billions of U.S. dollars and, with a growing and aging population, this is expected to continue to increase....

Its biocompatibility, flexibility, and durability have made extruded silicone the top choice for tubing in many medical devices. Of course, designing devices that...

In the last three years, there has been an explosion of published content in medical journals related to 3D printing in medicine. This is a great testament to the uptick in innovation and...

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 29 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in the United States alone, and an...

Optical Encoders

US Digital, Vancouver, WA, has introduced high-resolution versions of miniature optical encoders to its existing E4T line. The high-resolution optical...

Purdue University researchers are developing a nontoxic, biodegradable orthopedic implant that could be safely absorbed by the body after providing adequate support to...

A wristband-type wearable sweat sensor could transform diagnostics and drug evaluation for cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and other diseases.

A team of researchers led by Caltech's Hyuck Choo has developed an eye implant for glaucoma patients that could one day lead to more timely and effective treatment.

Brigham Young University researchers have developed glass technology that could add a new level of flexibility to the microscopic world of medical devices.

A cartilage-mimicking material created by researchers at Duke University may one day allow surgeons to 3D print replacement knee parts that are custom-shaped to each patient's anatomy.

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A new way of harnessing the sun's rays to power ‘synthetic skin’ could help to create advanced prosthetic...

Successfully using liquid silicone rubber (LSR) and other advanced silicone technologies in medical devices often depends upon access to a deep and broad repository of research...

R&D: Medical
Scientists Unveil Rapid CRISPR-Based Diagnostic Tool

A team of scientists has adapted a CRISPR protein that targets RNA (rather than DNA) as a rapid, inexpensive, highly sensitive diagnostic tool with the potential for a transformative effect on research and global public health.

R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Lab on a Chip Minimizes Preterm Births

With help from a palm-sized plastic rectangle with a few pinholes in it, researchers are hoping to minimize the problem of premature deliveries. The integrated microfluidic device is designed to predict, with up to 90 percent accuracy, a woman’s risk for a future preterm birth.

R&D: Medical
Researchers Develop Faster Biosensor

Using magnetic patterns resembling a spiderweb, researchers have developed a biosensor platform capable of detecting biosensors 20 times faster than existing biosensors. The technology can be used for early diagnosis and recurrence diagnosis of diseases such as cancer.

R&D: Medical
Tool Detects Pancreatic Cancer

A new early detection tool uses an innovative strategy to analyze blood samples for a specific pancreatic cancer marker, or protein. The technology requires only a very small blood sample to detect tumor-derived extracellular vesicles (EVs), which he describes as “tiny bubbles of material emitted from most living...

R&D: Medical
New Technique Controls Laser Polarization

Engineers have developed a new technique to control the polarization state of a laser that could lead to a new class of powerful, high-quality lasers for use in medical imaging, chemical sensing and detection, or fundamental science research.

R&D: Medical
Steady-State Lasing Could Lead to More Accurate Medical Testing

Researchers have demonstrated steady state lasing with solution-processed nanoparticles called colloidal quantum dots, an important step on the path to improving laser tools for more accurate medical testing technology and other applications.

News: Medical
The Internet of Dangerous Things

“The dangerous world we live in is one where the embedded systems that we build are increasingly a battlefield, a place where anonymous hackers are able to remotely injure and potentially kill people on the other side of the world because dangerous devices are connected to the Internet.” Barr Group CTO...

In a clinical trial conducted among adults in 11 hospitals, researchers have shown that a hand-held EEG device approved in 2016 by the U.S. FDA that is commercially available can...

Northeastern professor Daniel Distel and his colleagues have discovered a dark, slithering 4-foot-long creature that dwells in the foul mud of a remote lagoon in...

In an important step toward endoscopic diagnosis of cancer, researchers have developed a handheld fiber-optic probe that can be used to perform multiple...

The usual way of cultivating cells is to use a flat laboratory dish of glass. However, inside a human body, the cells do not grow on a flat surface but rather in three dimensions. This has lead...

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will present the 2017 keynote address at MD&M East. He will speak at noon on June 13, the first day of the event. The show runs June 13–15 at the...

Researchers have developed a handheld device for cervical cancer screening that promises to do away with uncomfortable speculums and high-cost colposcopes. The “pocket colposcope” is...

A new wearable system from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will help blind users navigate through indoor environments.

A team from Northwestern University created bioprosthetic ovaries that ultimately led to the restoration of hormone production and fertility in mice.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 780 million people do not have access to clean water sources. The inventor of a water-purification technology...

Adhesive mechanisms in the natural world, as used by geckos and other animals when they walk upside down on the ceiling, have many advantages. They are strongly adhesive – without...

Due to its excellent material properties of elasticity, resilience, and electrical and thermal insulation, elastomers have been used in a myriad of applications. They are especially...

News: Medical
MW Industries Launches Medical-Focused Company

MW Industries, Rosemont, IL, has launched MW Industries Medical Solutions to help address the specific needs of medical devices and other healthcare products. The newly formed company brings together four MW Industries divisions under one umbrella brand. The business units — Economy Spring,...

News: Medical
Custom Knees Outperform Standard Implants, Study Shows

Data published in Arthroplasty Today demonstrate that patients treated with customized knee implants had significantly lower adverse event rates and transfusion rates, were significantly less likely to be discharged to a rehabilitation or other high-cost post-acute care facilities, had a...

Engineers have designed a flexible thermoelectric energy harvester that has the potential to rival the effectiveness of existing power wearable electronic devices using body heat as...

When it comes to testing for cancer, traditional sensors can help. The challenges are that they often are bulky, expensive, nonintuitive, and complicated. Now,...

Researchers report that they have developed a technology to scan a tumor sample and produce images detailed and accurate enough to be used to check whether a tumor...

Scientists have discovered a new chemical method that enables graphene to be incorporated into a wide range of applications while maintaining its ultrafast electronics. Graphene, a...

An optical probe that detects cancerous brain cells in real time is impressive enough. Scientists in Montreal say they’ve developed one that is “infallible.”

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