News : Medical
March 2016 Month-End Industry News

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

News : Medical
Researchers Improve Prosthetic Touch Capabilities

A team at University of California, Santa Barbara created a device that simulates the forces felt by the hand when touching an object. Information from the UCSB study will be used to provide prosthetic hand wearers with more natural touch feedback and a greater range of functionality.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Polymer Nanobrush Repels Dirt

Drexel University researchers have developed a new method for making polymer nanobrushes. The technology can be used in various medical applications, including coating, biomedical, sensing, and catalysis processes.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
New 'Box' Sterilizes Surgical Instruments

A mobile container from Rice University sterilizes surgical instruments in low-resource settings. The "Sterile Box," built into a standard 20-foot steel shipping container, houses a water system for decontamination and a solar-powered autoclave for steam sterilization.

News : Medical
Researchers Create Artificial Microvessels

A team from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill created artificial microvasculature. The microvessel technology will help to create new tissues and provide an important tool for evaluating new therapies.

News : Medical
Nanoelectronic Device Supports MEG Brain Scanners

A nanoelectronic device designed at Royal Holloway University of London will enable a new generation of magnetoencephalography (MEG) brain scanners. The HyQUID®, a magnetic field detector, retains the high sensitivity of the generic Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID).

News : Medical
Bacteria-Powered Microbots Detect Obstacles

Using an algorithm developed by Drexel University researchers, new bacteria-powered microrobots spot obstacles and adjust course when needed. Like boats carried by a current, the microbots can be pushed in any direction by electric fields.

News : Medical
March 2016 Mid-Month Industry News

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

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
NASA Adds Flywheel to Heart Pump Motor

When children are born with a missing heart ventricle, doctors can perform a Fontan surgical procedure; the operation creates a passive circulation network to replace the blood pumping function. Inefficiency in circulation, however, often increases over time. A heart pump motor, using NASA Glenn Research...

News : Medical
Artificial Fingertip Helps Amputee Sense Textures

Using an artificial fingertip surgically connected to nerves in the upper arm, an amputee felt smoothness and roughness textures in real time. The technology, developed by a team at Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), does not require surgery.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Origami-Inspired Devices Support Minimally Invasive Surgery

Brigham Young University (BYU) researchers have engineered new minimally invasive surgery concepts that eliminate the need for pin joints and other parts, instead relying on the deflection inherent in origami to create motion.

News : Medical
Engineers Develop 'Person-on-a-Chip'

Researchers at University of Toronto Engineering have developed a platform for growing realistic human heart and liver tissue outside the body. The AngioChip could help drug companies discover and prevent negative side effects.

News : Medical
FDA Seeks Comments on Refurbishing of Medical Devices

The FDA is seeking comments from the medical device industry and healthcare community that refurbish, recondition, rebuild, remarket, remanufacture, service, and repair medical devices.

News : Medical
2D Semiconducting Material Supports Electronic Implants

University of Utah engineers have discovered a 2D semiconducting material that could lead to much faster electronics. The technology potentially allows medical devices, such as electronic implants, to run longer on a single battery charge.

News : FDA/Regulatory
Transition Planning for ISO 13485:2016

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Geneva, Switzerland, late last month released its long-awaited revision to ISO 13485, the global standard for medical device quality management systems (QMS), which was revised to respond to the latest developments in quality management, technology,...

News : Medical
New Imaging Technique Eliminates Radiation Exposure

A University of Missouri School of Medicine researcher has evaluated technology that may be used to replace fluoroscopy, eliminating the need for X-ray during cardiac ablation procedures.

Features : FDA/Regulatory
9 Tips for Addressing the Documentation Burden of the FDA’s Design Control Regulation

Some of the biggest stumbling blocks encountered by medical device firms on the way to clearance or approval of their devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are related to design control.

Briefs : Medical
Modular Prosthetic Arm Integration Improves Motion and Comfort

New technique improves socket integration.

In a first for the field of upper limb prosthetics, a pioneering surgical technique has allowed an amputee to attach a Modular Prosthetic Limb (MPL) developed by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory...

News : Medical
Mind-Controlled Arm Moves Individual ‘Fingers’

A mind-controlled prosthetic arm developed by Johns Hopkins researchers allows wearers to move individual digits independently of each other. The proof-of-concept device represents an advance in technologies to restore refined hand function to those who have lost arms to injury or disease, say...

Features : Medical
2015 Products of the Year Named and Your Turn to Create the Future

In December, we asked Medical Design Briefs readers to select one product from our 12 Products of the Month that they thought was the most significant new introduction to the design engineering community in 2015. Thanks to all of our readers who voted. This year, our two winners...

Features : Medical
Can Nitrogen Mitigate Failures in Medical Device Manufacturing?

Manufacturers of medical devices must seek every way possible to eliminate failures of those devices. Many major failures result from a weakness in the solder joint that connects the wire bond to the printed circuit board (PCB) or the solder connecting the device or package to the...

Features : Medical
Using Simulation Technology to Solve Bedsore Mystery

Each year, an estimated one million people suffer from painful bedsores in US hospitals across the country. These wounds are the result of long-term confinement to a bed or wheelchair, and often become seriously infected or develop gangrene.

Features : Medical
Self-Healing Sensor for ‘Electronic Skin’

Flexible sensors have been developed for use in consumer electronics, robotics, health care, and spaceflight. One problem with these current flexible sensors is that they can be easily scratched and damaged, potentially destroying their functionality.

Features : Tubing & Extrusion
Intelligent Tubing for Bioresorbable Scaffolds

Bioresorbable stent scaffolds are balloon-expandable and have been used to replace metallic stents to treat the narrowing of arteries and airway passages. Like traditional metallic scaffolds, bioresorbable scaffolds provide artery and/or airway support and act as a delivery system for the controlled...

Features : Medical
Plasticizer-Induced Stress Cracking of Rigid PVC and Polycarbonate

Flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is the most common material used to manufacture clear flexible tubing for medical applications. Flexible PVC medical tubing contains plasticizer, the component added to PVC to impart flexibility to the inherently rigid PVC polymer. If this...

Briefs : Medical
Testing an Artificial Pancreas

System to undergo longterm clinical testing.

Harvard University School of Engineering & Applied Sciences Cambridge, MA

A team of scientists from the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences developed a project to...

Briefs : Medical
Transforming Cancer Imaging in Color

Spectral CT brings images to life in color.

The discovery of X-rays by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895 changed the medical profession far more than its simple black and white image would suggest. The beams he used, higher in frequency than ultraviolet light but lower in frequency than gamma rays,...

Briefs : Medical
Manipulating Sound to Enhance Acoustic Imaging

Metamaterial may aid medial diagnostics.

A team of engineers from North Carolina State University and Duke University has developed a metamaterial made of paper and aluminum that, they say, can manipulate acoustic waves to more than double the resolution of acoustic imaging, focus acoustic...

Briefs : Medical
Flexible Film May Improve Cancer Monitoring

New material could help patients get better followup care.

Chemical engineers at the University of Michigan have developed a thin, stretchable film that coils light waves like a spring and may one day lead to more precise, less expensive monitoring for cancer survivors. The film, they say,...

Products : Medical
Product of the Month: March 2016

Ultra-thin, Single-Element Miniature Force Sensors

Pressure Profile Systems, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, unveiled the SingleTact, a high-performance miniature capacitive force sensor that delivers superior sensitivity and repeatability over resistive force sensors. It is an ultra-thin, single-element...

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