Features : Medical
Top 10 Tips for Developing Implantable Medical Textiles

Medical device engineers are increasingly gravitating toward biomedical textiles to aid in implant performance, including cardiovascular applications such as structural heart implants or stent grafts. These textiles, which can be used to enable a broad range of functions such as occlusion,...

Features : Tubing & Extrusion
On-Demand Injection Molding: 3D Printed Assistive Devices for the Blind

Helping blind people gain a sense of vision — and doing so through their tongues — sounds like pure science fiction. It's now a reality, however, thanks to the BrainPort V100 — a wearable medical device that enables users to process visual images with their tongues....

Features : Medical
Laser-Induced Graphene Enables Intelligent Artificial Throat

Researchers at Tsinghua University have developed an intelligent artificial throat based on laser-induced graphene. The intelligent device both detects and generates sound in a single unit. The biocompatible artificial throat, which attaches to the larynx, is designed to produce...

Products : Medical
New Products and Services: May 2017 Medical Design Briefs

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Titanium Components

Tech-Etch Plymouth, MA, supplies thin component parts made from titanium for use in medical devices. Titanium is a versatile material because of its low weight, high strength, and corrosion resistance. Because it is inert and completely...

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April 25, 2017 — News and updates from the medical technology community.

News : Medical
Creating the Future: Wearable Bands Offer Continuous Blood-Pressure Measurement

The pneumatic cuff, a device traditionally used to measure blood pressure, has had a prominent place in doctors' offices for more than a century. As part of a year-long fellowship at Northwestern University, two clinicians and two engineers teamed up to develop a new...

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Devices Enhance Treatment for Cardiovascular Problems

Two medical devices approved by the FDA within the past year – a miniaturized pacemaker that doesn't have any wires and a coronary stent that gradually dissolves in the body – are showing promise as effective treatments for people with certain heart and vascular problems.

The new...

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'Breakthrough' Device Approved through 21st Century Cures Act

N8 Medical, LLC, a privately held medical device company developing novel solutions for the prevention of hospital-acquired infections from multidrug-resistant pathogens, has announced that FDA has approved the company’s request to designate its CeraShield™ endotracheal tube as a...

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AAMI Foundation Launches Initiative to Address Complexity of Healthcare Technology

Don’t let complexity get in the way of safety in healthcare. That is the “simple” goal of a new coalition—spearheaded by the AAMI Foundation—that is tackling the challenge of the burgeoning development and use of complex healthcare technology. Over the...

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Moldable Scaffold Shows Promise for Replacing Lost Skull Bone

A team of researchers is developing a new material that can be used to replace skull bone lost to injury, surgery, or birth defect. The bioactive foam is malleable when exposed to warm saline, allowing surgeons to easily shape it to fit irregular defects in the skull, where it hardens...

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Graphene and Gold Make a Better Brain Probe

Electrodes placed in the brain record neural activity and can help treat neural diseases like Parkinson’s and epilepsy. Designing smaller, gentler electrodes that still pick up brain signals is a challenge because brain signals are so weak. Typically, the smaller the electrode, the harder it is to...

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3D-Printed Patch Can Help Mend a ‘Broken’ Heart

A team of biomedical engineering researchers has created a revolutionary 3D-bioprinted patch that can help heal scarred heart tissue after a heart attack. The discovery is a major step forward in treating patients with tissue damage after a heart attack.

News : Medical
Flexible Sensor Holds Potential for Wearable Health Monitors

Picture an artificial skin that can sense your body’s movements and vital signs. A new, inexpensive sensor could help make advanced devices like these a reality. The sensor uses a highly conductive gel sandwiched between layers of silicone that can detect different types of touch,...

News : 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.

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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.

News : 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.

News : Imaging
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.

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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.

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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...

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Silver Bullet Against MRSA: Silver Ion-coated Devices

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections are caused by a type of staph bacteria that has become resistant to the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections. The rise of MRSA infections is limiting the treatment options for physicians and surgeons. Now, an...

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Study Looks at Powering Medical Implants With Solar Cells

The notion of using solar cells placed under the skin to continuously recharge implanted electronic medical devices is a viable one. Swiss researchers have done the math and found that a 3.6 square centimeter solar cell is all that is needed to generate enough power during winter and...

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G-putty Innovation for Medical Devices and Diagnostics

Graphene Flagship researchers from Trinity College Dublin, working with the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at the University of Manchester, have used graphene to make the novelty children's material Silly Putty® (polysilicone) conduct electricity. Using this conductive polymer, they...

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April 10, 2017 — News and updates from the medical technology community.

Silicone Maker CEO Expresses Concern Over 'Abandonment' of Free Trade

“Free trade is being abandoned, which is very worrying, said Rudolf Staudigl, CEO of silicone giant Wacker Chemical. Staudigl made the assertion at the silicone giant’s recent annual press conference. “Free trade is crucial for the world economy,” he said and noted...

News : Electronics & Computers
Stretchable Electrodes Show Promise for Wearable Electronics
Stretchable Electrodes Show Promise for Wearable Electronics

Stretchable and transparent electrodes — called omnidirectionally stretchable electrodes — have been developed for applications in flexible and wearable electronics. For...

Stretchable Electrodes Show Promise for Wearable Electronics
News : Aerospace
The 3D Printing Landscape: Then and Now

Frequently used as a design validation and prototyping tool in its early days, the 3D printer now supports a much wider range of applications, from shape-conforming electronics to the creation of printed living tissue. Tech Briefs spoke with industry expert Terry Wohlers about 3D printing's emerging...

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LED-Based Device for Imaging Radiation-Induced Skin Damage

Cancer patients who also undergo radiation therapy experience unfortunate side effects including skin irritation, and sometimes peeling and blistering. Researchers are testing a new imaging device designed to monitor, quantify, and hopefully one day predict skin toxicity levels induced...

News : Materials
Implantable Fibers Could Treat Spinal Cord Injuries

Researchers have developed a rubber-like fiber that can flex and stretch while simultaneously delivering both optical impulses, for optoelectronic stimulation, and electrical connections, for stimulation and monitoring. They wanted to create a multimodal interface with mechanical properties...

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Smart Shirt Monitors Key Vital Signs

Researchers have developed a prototype smart shirt that integrates validated medical-grade electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring with breathing rate and breathing depth. The use of state-of-the-art printed electronics technology offers complete freedom in design and optimization of printed sensors and...

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Confidence High, but Concerns Remain

A recent forecast indicates a mostly positive outlook for the international medtech industry but highlights a few areas that will present challenges going forward. The “8th Thinking Ahead! LIMEDex Index Report” was authored by Beatus Hofrichter, found - er and managing partner of conceplus, a medtech...

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