News : Medical
Developing an Artificial Retina to Restore Vision

Loss of eyesight is often caused by retinal degeneration as people age. But, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Centers for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, both in Israel, and Newcastle University, OK, are developing a prosthetic...

News : Medical
November 2014 Month-End Industry News

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

News : Medical
Degradable Implants Mean Fewer Surgeries

A team of researchers at researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Bremen, Germany, have developed load bearing, biodegradable implants that are completely degradable in the body. As a first step, they have used powder injection molding to...

News : Medical
Treating Tumors with Antennas

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison are working to commercialize a new technology that could yield less invasive radiation therapies for cancer patients using ablation.

News : Medical
November 2014 Mid-Month Industry News

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

Products
Pulse Picker Controller

The Pulse Selector IOM from Jenoptik Optical Systems GmbH (Jena, Germany) is a pulse picker controller for a reliable reduction of high pulse laser repetition rates. For normal operation, the Pulse Selector IOM requires only the synchronizing signal of the laser source. It is controlled by PC via the USB port using a...

News : Medical
Student Wins Dyson Award for Inflatable Incubator

More than 10 percent of babies worldwide are born prematurely, often requiring costly time spent in an incubator. According to the World Health Organization, 75 percent of deaths resulting from premature birth could be avoided if inexpensive treatments were more readily available across the...

News : Medical
Faster, Easier Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common noncutaneous cancer among males, making proper diagnosis extremely important. Distinguishing between biopsied benign and malignant prostate tissue can be difficult. A new prototype device developed by scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies und...

News : Medical
High-Speed Imaging Could Reveal Arterial Plaque Formation

Researchers at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, are close to commercializing a new type of medical imaging technology that could diagnose cardiovascular disease by measuring ultrasound signals from molecules exposed to a fast-pulsing laser.

News : Medical
Using Sensors to Monitor Possible Concussions

A team of researchers at the University of Florida (UF), Gainesville, are using sensor technology placed in the helmets of their football players to help measure the force of on-field hits to better understand and prevent concussions and treat them before they cause lasting damage.

News : Medical
Sweat Diagnostic Tool Could Transform Health Screening

Electrical engineers at the Novel Devices Lab at theUniversity of Cincinnati have created a lightweight, wearable device that can analyze sweat using a smartphone, which, they say, can gather vital medical information in almost real time, and provide more accurate health diagnostics in a way...

News : Electronics & Computers
Coating Batteries for Child Safety

Each year, nearly 4,000 children go to emergency rooms after swallowing button batteries, which can cause burns that damage the esophagus, tears in the digestive tract, and in some cases, even death. To help prevent such injuries, researchers at MIT, Cambridge, MA, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and...

News : Software
Free Online Simulation Tools for Composite Materials

Individuals in industrial associations, educational institutions, and government organizations who are interested in composite materials made from constituent materials with different physical or chemical properties now have free, 24/7 access to simulation tools through an online community...

News : Medical
Ultrasound Could Widen Scope of Cardiac Screening

A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, working with cardiologists in Madrid, Spain, say that they have developed a novel ultrasound technology that makes cardiac screening cheaper and much easier, making it possible to reach a larger number of people of all ages. They...

Features : Medical
Building a Healthier Future, Layer by Layer

The 12th annual “Create the Future” Design Contest for engineers, students, and entrepreneurs worldwide, sponsored by COMSOL and Mouser Electronics, attracted more than 1,074 innovative product ideas from engineers and students in 61 countries. The Medical category itself received 95 outstanding...

Features : Medical
Today’s Wearable Medical Devices: A Few Key Design Considerations

Today’s modern medical devices are evolving at a record pace. From small wearable watches and bands worn by health enthusiasts, to portable wireless units for patients to...

Features : Medical
Choosing MEMS Pressure Sensors for Medical Device Applications

Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), as the name implies, are miniature devices composed of mechanical (springs, deformable membranes, vibrating structures) and electrical...

Briefs : Materials
Revitalizing Product Development with Aluminum Extrusions

To control product development costs without sacrificing quality, medical device OEMs are giving new life to their product development process by turning to aluminum extrusions instead of other more costly materials to manufacture their components.

Briefs : Medical
Biospleen Device Can Transform Sepsis Treatment

When a patient has sepsis, in which bacteria or fungi multiply too swiftly in a patient’s blood for antibiotics to help, the result is often deadly. However, a new device inspired by the human spleen and developed by a team at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering,...

Briefs : Medical
Open Source Designs Let Researchers Print Syringe Pumps

Furnishing a research lab can be pretty expensive. To combat some of the costs, a team of scientists led by an engineer at Michigan Technological University, Houghton, has published an open-source library of designs that will let researchers slash the cost of one commonly used piece of...

Briefs : Medical
Toolkit for Soft Robotics Aids Designers

A new resource created by researchers from several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, provides both experienced and novice researchers with the intellectual raw materials needed to design, build, and operate soft robots. Soft robotics is a growing field, which...

News : Medical
Attacking Biofilm Formation

New research by mechanical engineers at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, aims at fighting bacterial biofilms that can foul medical devices, catheters, prosthetic valves, and other devices. Combating biofilms using antibiotics and toxic chemicals can lead to the growth of antibiotic-resistant strains.

News : Medical
New Semiconductor Material Beats Graphene

A team of scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have developed an atomically thin, 2D, ultrasensitive semiconductor material for biosensing uses.

Features : Medical
Space Station Inspired Robot Can Help Heal Sick Children

Children love robots. In all shapes, sizes, “personalities” and “smarts,” these electronic wonders have been found under Christmas trees by kids and unwrapped on birthdays for years.

Products : Medical
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Miniature Solenoid Actuated Poppet Valve

Parker Hannifin Precision Fluidics Division, Hollis, NH, announces the release of its newest miniature solenoid actuated poppet valve, the Series MX – Model 7, a miniature solenoid valve that provides portable medical device manufacturers with a high performing, energy efficient...

Products : Medical
XLS10MWH for Advanced Laser Processing

Universal Laser Systems, Scottsdale, AZ, introduces the XLS10MWH Multiwave HybridTM laser material processing platform, which combines the laser energy from CO2 lasers of 9.3 or 10.6 microns and a fiber laser of 1.06 microns into the simultaneous delivery of a single beam-an industry...

Products : Medical
EC 19 Brushless DC Motor

maxon precision motors, inc., Fall River, MA, announces that its new 19 mm brushless DC motor has been specially designed for high speeds and is extremely quiet and low-vibration running. With its modular construction, this new brushless drive is available in three performance classes: the EC 19 at 60 Watts, the EC 19 at...

Products : Medical
Numatics 501 Series Directional Control Valve

ASCO Numatics, Florham Park, NJ, introduces its Numatics 501 Series directional control valve. This general purpose automation valve is designed for directional control and piloting applications requiring compact size, high flow capability, and energy savings. The pressure shut-off option permits...

Products : Medical
Conductive Extrusion Compounds

RTP Company, Winona, MN, has expanded its line of conductive compounds to include those specifically designed for extrusion processes and applications. Produced on dedicated manufacturing equipment designed for the highest level of uniform carbon black dispersion, these Conductive Extrusion Compounds provide...

Products : Medical
NS4 Series Quick Disconnect Couplings

CPC (Colder Products Company), St. Paul, MN, announces the expansion of its NS4 Series quick disconnect couplings to include elbow insert configurations. The couplings provide secure performance. NS4 Series couplings include shutoff valves that ensure drip-free disconnects and effectively eliminate costly...

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