R&D: Medical
Body Heat Triggers Shape-Changing Polymer

University of Rochester researchers created a material that undergoes a shape change when triggered by body heat alone. The shape-memory polymer can be programmed to retain a temporary form and then revert back to its original structure.

News: Medical
New FDA Chief Confirmed by Senate

Dr. Robert M. Califf, a cardiologist, researcher, and founder of the Duke Clinical Research Institute, was confirmed by the Senate on February 24 as the next Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Administration by a wide margin. The Senate voted 89 to 4 in favor of placing Califf in the position, where he replaces...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Open-Source Laser Cutter Prints 3D Objects from Powder

Rice University bioengineering researchers have modified a commercial-grade CO2 laser cutter to create OpenSLS: an open-source, selective laser sintering platform that prints intricate 3D objects from powdered plastics and biomaterials.

R&D: Medical
Plasmonic Interferometers Support Advanced Biosensors

A plasmonic interferometry technique created by Brown University engineers has the potential to enable compact, ultra-sensitive biosensors. The method combines nanotechnology with plasmonics — the interaction between a metal's electrons and light.

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Researchers Build Implantable Artificial Kidney

Vanderbilt University researchers have created an implantable artificial kidney that is powered by a patient's own heart. The bio-hybrid device uses living kidney cells and microchip filters to keep a patient off dialysis and remove waste products, salt, and water.

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Adhesive Polymer Mimics Mussels

Purdue researchers have developed a mussel-mimicking adhesive polymer that is non-toxic to living cells. The synthetic material can be used in surgical and biomedical applications.

News: Medical
February 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
Closed-Loop Stimulation Improves Parkinson's Disease Therapy

A closed-loop stimulation technique developed by University of Freiburg researchers promises fewer side effects for patients with neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease.

News: Medical
Non-Invasive Glucose Monitor Uses Far Infrared Light

Diabetes patients traditionally monitor their daily blood glucose levels by sampling blood from the finger tips. Tohoku University researchers have developed a non-invasive method of measuring blood glucose using far infrared light.

DolphiTech (Raufoss, Norway) announced that a Software Development Toolkit (SDK) for the DolphiCam Ultrasound Camera System will be released in 1Q 2016. The SDK will enable developers and integrators to create...

News: Medical
Bending Nanotubes Enable Advanced Medical Wearables

Iron-dotted boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs), made in Yoke Khin Yap's lab at Michigan Technological University, feature a flexibility and electronic behavior that support new wearable technology.

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Low-Power Chip Supports Navigation for Visually Impaired

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a low-power chip for processing 3D camera data. Using the device, the MIT team built a prototype of a complete navigation system for the visually impaired.

News: Medical
Researchers Question Validity of Wearable Health Devices

The market for smartwatches and fitness bands is growing, but how effective are today's wearable health devices? A study from Lancaster University, the University of the West of England, and Nottingham Trent says that the technologies are marketed under the premise that they will help...

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Handheld Microscope Spots Cancerous Cells

Mechanical engineers from the University of Wisconsin are building a handheld microscope to help doctors and dentists distinguish between healthy and cancerous cells. The tool captures details up to a half millimeter beneath the tissue surface, where some types of cancerous cells originate.

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Worm-Inspired Adhesive Performs in Wet Conditions

An interdisciplinary group of researchers at UC Santa Barbara has developed an underwater adhesive that can be used in tissue repair applications. The technology replicates the adhesion strategy of the Sandcastle worm (Phragmatopoma californica), a segmented marine invertebrate commonly found...

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Wearable Sweat Sensor Tracks User's Health

A two-part system created by researchers at Stanford University and the University of California-Berkeley detects and analyzes a profile of chemicals in sweat. The flexible sensors and flexible circuit board stick to the skin and provide a health-monitoring device that continuously tracks a user's...

R&D: Materials
New Vitamin-A Material Reduces Scarring

To prevent scar formation within blood vessels, a team from Northwestern University has created a biodegradable material with built-in vitamin A. The soft elastic material can be used to treat injured vessels or make medical devices, such as stents and prosthetic vascular grafts.

News: Medical
Soft Electronics Can Aid Robotic Movement

Scientists at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, say that their research into soft electronics for a new type of gripper can change the way robots can touch and pick up delicate objects like eggs and paper. This lightweight gripper could be incorporated into...

News: Medical
Open-Source Laser Fabrication Supports Cancer Research

Rice University bioengineers have reprogrammed a laser cutter to etch 50,000 microwells per hour. The open-source, low-cost method for making microwells could reduce the cost of mass-producing metastatic microtumors and therapeutic microtissues for screening and research.

News: Medical

According to the late, great David Bowie, “the stars look very different today”. After two years of collecting the 2.3% Medical Device Excise Tax, the tax has now been suspended for all of 2016 and 2017 when President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. The tax was expected to raise almost $30 billion...

The rapid pace of innovation in the medical device industry puts ever increasing pressure on manufacturers to achieve greater geometrical precision, increase device...

While the headquarters of the world’s largest medical device and diagnostics corporations have historically been located,...

Data drives results. Today, medical devices give feedback and insight like never before. Advances in engineering medical devices has led to smarter devices, improved...

Dispensing plays an important role in medical device manufacturing. There are many stringent requirements for accuracy, reliability, repeatability, dispensing speed, and throughput. In...

When it comes to medical equipment, nothing is more important than the safety of patients and health care personnel. From diagnostic tools such as ultrasound devices to home health...

COMSOL, Inc., Burlington, MA, has released Multiphysics® and COMSOL Server™ 5.2 simulation software environment, which delivers new features, improved stability and robustness, and faster...

Products: Medical
260 Types of Strain Gauges

HBM, Inc., Marlborough, MA, now offers a total of 260 types of strain gauges in stock for immediate delivery through its HBMshop web ordering tool designed to speed up ordering. Its online catalog, “Strain...

Goodfellow, Coraopolis, PA, provides microporous copper foam coated with a thin, hard layer of copper oxide that provides outstanding performance as a low-profile heat sink in passive cooling environments....

DECTRIS Ltd., Baden, Switzerland, announces its Hybrid Photon Counting technology based on the newest IBEX ASIC platform for X-ray medical imaging equipment. The IBEX ASIC senses every single photon in an...

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Dan Sanchez on How to Improve Extruded Components

Improving extruded components requires careful attention to a number of factors, including dimensional tolerance, material selection, and processing. Trelleborg’s Dan Sanchez provides detailed insights into each of these considerations to help you advance your device innovations while reducing costs and speeding time to market.