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Energy Harvester Uses Only Body Heat to Power Wearables

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 the only source of energy.

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Rapid Screening Test Helps Find Superbug

A new test helps quickly identify people who may be infected with the superbug MRSA when admitted to hospital. Currently, when patients are admitted to hospital they are tested for MRSA — a form of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria that is resistant to a number of antibiotics. Such so-called superbugs...

News : Medical
Wet-Tolerant Adhesive Patch Inspired by Octopi

Researchers have developed an artificial, biologically inspired, reversible wet/dry adhesion system that is based on the dome-like protuberances found in the suction cups of octopi. To mimic the architecture of these protuberances, they use a simple, solution-based, air-trap technique that involves...

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Ultrasound ‘Drill’ Targets Deep Vein Blood Clots

Researchers have developed a new surgical tool that uses low-frequency intravascular ultrasound to break down blood clots that cause deep vein thrombosis. The tool is the first ultrasound “drill” that can be aimed straight ahead, allowing doctors to better target clots — which holds...

R&D : Medical
Microhole Chip Allows Analysis of Single Cells

A microhole chip allows single cells to be picked out of the blood sample, placed on separate holes in the substrate for analysis, and removed individually afterwards. A slight underpressure is applied to the cells that holds each one in its allotted place by suction.

R&D : Medical
Smart Materials Used in Ultrasound Behave Like Water

A team of researchers is gaining new insight into the smart materials used in ultrasound technology, finding striking similarities with the behavior of water. They investigated a behavior of smart material called piezoelectricity, which is the interchange of mechanical energy with electrical...

R&D : Medical
New System Eliminates Need for Pacemaker Batteries

Researchers have developed a piezoelectric system that converts the heart’s vibrational energy into electricity to power pacemakers, eliminating the need for batteries. Unlike conventional pacemakers, leadless pacemakers are about the size of an AAA battery. They are delivered via a catheter...

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...

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
‘Most stretchable 3D printable elastomer’ in the world

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 ideal for fabricating soft robots, flexible electronics, and smart biomedical devices that require soft,...

News : Medical
Researchers control adhesive material remotely with light

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 glues or residues. Scientists at Kiel University are researching how these mechanisms can be artificially...

News : Energy
‘Creating the Future’: Water Purifier Requires Only Sunlight

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 hopes to change that statistic and offer an affordable and sustainable way of addressing the global water...

News : Medical
Wearable System Guides Visually Impaired Users

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

News : Medical
Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak to Keynote MD&M East

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 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY.

News : Medical
New Tech Promises Easier Cervical Cancer Screening

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 slender wand that can connect to many devices, including laptops or cell phones.

News : Medical
Cells grow more naturally in 'spaghetti'

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 researchers at Lund University in Sweden to develop a porous "spaghetti" of tissue-friendly polymers with...

News : Medical
New handheld fiber-optic probe brings endoscopic diagnosis of cancer closer to clinic

In an important step toward endoscopic diagnosis of cancer, researchers have developed a handheld fiber-optic probe that can be used to perform multiple nonlinear imaging techniques without the need for tissue staining. The new multimodal imaging probe uses an...

News : Medical
Assessing brain bleeding in head injuries with new device

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 quickly and with 97 percent accuracy rule out if a person with a head injury is likely to have brain bleeding...

News : Medical
Giant shipworm could reveal clues about human medicine, bacterial infections

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 the Philippines. They say studying the animal, a giant shipworm with pinkish siphons at one end and an...

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...

Technology Leaders : Medical
The Critical Role of Material Performance and Processing Data

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 and test data, paired with specialized expertise in the multiple ways that material properties and...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Flexible Glass Opens Door for Tiny Medical Devices
Flexible Glass Opens Door for Tiny Medical Devices

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

Flexible Glass Opens Door for Tiny Medical Devices
Briefs : Medical
Orthopedic Implant Could Provide Superior Support to Damaged Bones
Orthopedic Implant Could Provide Superior Support to Damaged Bones

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

Orthopedic Implant Could Provide Superior Support to Damaged Bones
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printable Implants May Ease Damaged Knees
3D Printable Implants May Ease Damaged Knees

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.

3D Printable Implants May Ease Damaged Knees
Briefs : Medical
Black Silicon Prevents Eye Implant from Gumming Up
Black Silicon Prevents Eye Implant from Gumming Up

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.

Black Silicon Prevents Eye Implant from Gumming Up
Features : Medical
What's Trending in 3D Printing for Healthcare

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 application development around 3D printing and patient-specific 3D data, and how the combination of the two is...

Features : Medical
Reliable Protection for the Latest Advances in Diabetes Management Technologies

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 29 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in the United States alone, and an additional person is diagnosed every 23 seconds. As the disease has turned into an epidemic, medical manufacturers have...

Features : Tubing & Extrusion
Reinforced Silicone Tube Options for Kink, Wear, or Burst Resistance

Its biocompatibility, flexibility, and durability have made extruded silicone the top choice for tubing in many medical devices. Of course, designing devices that will be attached to or be lodged within the body is not the easiest of tasks, even given the positive qualities of...

Features : Medical
Integration Drives the Future of Portable Healthcare Devices

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. The industry includes any service that provides care in the home by trained professionals and, not surprisingly,...

Briefs : Medical
Wearable Sweat Sensor Can Diagnose Cystic Fibrosis
Wearable Sweat Sensor Can Diagnose Cystic Fibrosis

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

Wearable Sweat Sensor Can Diagnose Cystic Fibrosis

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