From the Editor : Medical
From the Editor: A Cure for the U.S. Medical Innovation Ecosystem

As 2016 came to a close, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 392–26, and the Senate passed it by a vote of 94–5. The Act, which was strongly supported by the device industry, is the result of a two-year effort to...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries Draw from NASA Research
Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries Draw from NASA Research

NASA Technology

We often imagine that inventions are born whole: Thomas Edison creates the incandescent light bulb and lights up Christie Street in Menlo Park on New...

Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries Draw from NASA Research
Products : Medical
New Products: January 2017 Medical Design Briefs

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH — Magnetic Hyperthermia System

MSI Automation, Wichita, KS, has introduced a magnetic hyperthermia system for the magnetic heating of nanoparticles. The system is designed for developing the proper thermal response of nanoparticles used in conjunction with drugs for...

News : Medical
Engineers Reveal Fabrication Process for Transparent Sensors

See-through sensors from the University of Wisconsin–Madison will provide neural researchers with a better view of brain activity. The scientists hope to use the transparent, implantable micro-electrode arrays in applications beyond neuroscience, including research of stroke,...

News : Medical
Smart Patch Release Blood Thinner as Needed

A new smart patch from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, precisely releases blood-thinning drugs as needed. The device monitors a patient's blood to prevent thrombosis, the occurrence of blood clots.

News : Medical
Shape-Memory Polymer Promises 'Programmable' Applications

In partnership with General Motors, researchers from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, have revealed that honeycomb “cellular” materials support a range of new applications, such as shock-absorbing football helmets and biomedical implants. Without any additional reprocessing,...

News : Medical
Headgear Targets Brain Activity

The City University of New York (CUNY), New York, NY, and Soterix Medical, Inc., New York, NY, have released an image-guided neuromodulation device. The EEG-Guided High-Definition tES (HD-tES) targets brain regions associated with neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and chronic pain.

News : Medical
Extracellular Matrix (ECM) Offers Stable Coating for Implants

Each cell produces a tissue-specific extracellular matrix (ECM), depending on the environment needed. A bone matrix, for example, contains minerals to provide firmness; a skin ECM consists mostly of collagen and elastic fibers. The ECM participates in the assembly and regeneration of...

News : Markets
ECT Imaging Detects Infections in Prostheses

Current ways of detecting infections in prostheses require patients to undergo burdensome imaging procedures, such as an MRI, CAT scan, or X-rays. Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a new, non-invasive way of providing amputees with quantitative, diagnostic-relevant...

News : Medical
Bionic Wheelchair Climbs Stairs Without Tipping Over

People confined to a wheelchair are still confronted with insurmountable obstacles in everyday life – even in today’s more wheelchair-accessible society. While there are already wheelchairs that can climb stairs, they can still tip over. Researchers have developed a stairclimbing...

INSIDER : Medical
Low-Frequency Ultrasound Heals Chronic Wounds

Chronic wounds affect up to 6 million patients per year in the United States. Because of their high prevalence, chronic wounds are a significant economic burden to the U.S. healthcare system. Researchers have developed a battery-powered applicator that is the first portable and potentially wearable...

News : Medical
Optical Waveguides Help Robotic Hand Feel

Most robots achieve grasping and tactile sensing through motorized means, which can be excessively bulky and rigid. A group of researchers has devised a way for a soft robot to feel its surroundings internally, in much the same way humans do. The group has published a paper describing how stretchable...

News : Medical
Probe Detects Difference between Cancer and Normal Tissue

Researchers have developed an optical fiber probe that distinguishes breast cancer tissue from normal tissue, potentially allowing surgeons to be much more precise when removing breast cancer. The device could help prevent follow-up surgery, currently needed for 15–20% of breast cancer...

INSIDER : Imaging
Virtual Reality for Diagnostics and Surgical Planning

Researchers have developed a technology that uses computed tomography (CT) data to generate in real time a 3D image of the anatomical structures of the part of the body undergoing surgery for use in a virtual environment. The researchers took 2D CT cross-sections and converted them for use in...

News : Medical
December 2016 Mid-Month Industry News

Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

News : Medical
Sensor System Predicts Heart Failure Events

A suite of sensors can predict heart failure events by detecting when a patient's condition is worsening. Researchers uploaded software to patients’ implanted defibrillators. The software allowed the defibrillators to also act as sensors, monitoring the patients' heart rate, activity, breathing,...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sensor Suit Makes Home Monitoring of Patients with Stroke Possible

A suit fitted with 41 sensors makes it possible to accurately image and analyze the movements of stroke patients. The suit contains the infrastructure necessary to store, process, and transmit the captured data. It is the first such system that can analyze entire movements of...

News : Medical
Noninvasive Method Determines Severity of Heart Failure

Researchers have developed a patient-friendly method to determine the severity of heart failure. The quick, noninvasive method is cost-effective and can be performed at the hospital bedside. The method uses an echo scanner, which is known mainly for echoes performed during pregnancy. The...

News : Medical
Electrode Implants Offers New Hope for Paralysis Patients

Patients with spinal cord injuries might one day regain use of paralyzed arms and legs thanks to research that demonstrates how limbs can be controlled via a tiny array of implanted electrodes. The work focused on controlling electrical stimulation pulses delivered to peripheral nerve...

News : Medical
Gold Electrodes Show Promise for Wearable Electronics

A research team has developed a way to build safe, nontoxic gold wires onto flexible, thin plastic film. Their demonstration potentially clears the path for a host of wearable electronic devices that monitor health. The finding could enable the creation of electronics that are flexible enough...

Features : Medical
MDUFA IV: Shorter Review Times, More Consistency, and More Oversight

The reauthorization of the Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA) brings more pressure for FDA to shorten its review times back to “historical norms” and to provide more consistency in the review process. And after the success of an independent review authorized in...

Features : Connectivity
The Next Industrial Revolution and What It Could Mean for Medical Device Manufacturing

The next industrial revolution is on its way. It is bringing innovative technologies that are available and proven and placing them in the modern manufacturing plants. The cloud, the Internet of Things, mobile computing technology, embedded computing, advanced...

Features : Packaging & Sterilization
Silicone Adhesives for Medical Device Assemblies

Medical device assemblies present unique challenges beyond those associated with manufacturing and assembly of products for consumer and industrial applications. While sharing the need for ensuring reliable, robust seals or bonds with these industrial applications, medical applications are subject...

Features : Design
Validating IFUs for Reprocessed Medical Devices

Incidents of nosocomial or healthcare acquired infections (HAIs) and bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics (“superbugs”) are a concern for U.S. FDA. These ongoing incidents have heightened FDA’s attention to manufacturers of reprocessed medical devices. Manufacturers need to...

Briefs : Medical
Motion Capture Technology Brings a New Age of Mobility to Veteran Amputees
Motion Capture Technology Brings a New Age of Mobility to Veteran Amputees

For veterans who have lost a limb, a prosthesis is a lifeline. An artificial device not only provides mobility and enables routine activity, it can be life giving —...

Motion Capture Technology Brings a New Age of Mobility to Veteran Amputees
Briefs : Software
The Helping Hand Project: Changing Lives One Hand at a Time
The Helping Hand Project: Changing Lives One Hand at a Time

Swing a baseball bat, eat with a fork and knife, steer a bike with both handles — without two hands, a child can’t do any of these ordinary activities that most children take...

The Helping Hand Project: Changing Lives One Hand at a Time

Free Product Samples

New Polyimide Products from Zeus

Zeus is now able to fill your polyimide (PI) needs with the introduction of our new polyimide and PI Glide™ tubing and coated wire capabilities. Our polyimide tubing and coated wire is available in the smallest dimensions and in a high lubricity form, PI Glide™.

Request your free sample now! >>