With catheters and medical devices becoming increasingly advanced and specialized, so has the process of creating that device. With complex designs, or...

Technology Leaders : Materials
PVC vs. Polyurethane: A Tubing Comparison

PVC and polyurethane are thermoplastic materials that can be formed into a variety of shapes, including tubing and reinforced hose. Both materials are useful in numerous applications. But depending...

Features : Medical
Inside Story: Mike Boivin, Manufacturing Manager - New England Catheter

To get a better idea of the importance of New England Catheter’s capabilities for medical device customers, Medical Design Briefs spoke with Mike Boivin, manufacturing manager at New England Catheter.

News : Medical
Hawking's ACAT Technology Now Open-Source

The Assistive Context Aware Toolkit (ACAT) technology, used by famous physicist Stephen Hawking, is now open-source.

News : Medical
Researchers Develop Self-Powered Fever Alarm Armband

University of Tokyo researchers have developed a “fever alarm armband.” The flexible, self-powered device sounds an alarm when the wearer's body reaches a high temperature.

News : Medical
Nanowires Trap Electron Twisters

Johns Hopkins University scientists have developed a new method of maintaining resistance-free current. The development will improve the performance of superconducting wires used in MRI medical scanners and other technologies.

News : Medical
February 2015 Month-End Industry News

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News : Medical
Bionic Hand Senses Touch, Temperature

Researchers from Newcastle University, United Kingdom, have developed a bionic hand that senses pressure and temperature, and transmits the information back to the brain.

News : Medical
Postmarket Surveillance System Can Provide Device Benefit-Risk Profiles

Medical devices offer significant health benefits, but must be balanced against certain risks. A strong Medical Device Postmarket Surveillance System (MDS) can provide more robust and timely benefit-risk profiles for devices so that providers and patients can make better...

News : FDA/Regulatory
Health Canada to Require CMDR Compliance for Single-Use Devices

Health Canada, the Canadian medical device market regulator, is set to require all reprocessed single-use medical devices to Canadian Medical Device Regulations (CMDR) by September 1, 2015. According to MEDEC, the national association created for the Canadian medical technology...

News : Medical
Smartphone Device Replicates Lab-Based Blood Test

Columbia Engineering researchers have developed a low-cost smartphone accessory that performs a point-of-care test. In fifteen minutes, the device simultaneously detects three infectious disease markers from a finger prick of blood.

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Soldering Technique Makes Cheap Semiconductors

A University of Chicago research team has created a new solder for semiconductors. After being heated to several hundred degrees Celsius, the compounds of cadmium, lead, and bismuth can be applied as a liquid or paste to join two pieces of a semiconductor.

News : Medical
Germanium Ready for 2D Electronics

Researchers from The Ohio State University are working to turn germanium into a potential replacement for silicon.

News : Medical
Podcast on the Challenge of Tubing Misconnections

Misconnections of tubing pose a significant threat to patient safety. Accidental misconnection of different delivery systems—through which patients receive medication, nutrients, and other fluids—can result in serious patient harm, or even death. Several organizations, including the...

News : Medical
Auditory Implant Bypasses Inner Ear

A team of hearing and communication experts led by the Keck School of Medicine of USC successfully implanted an auditory brainstem implant (ABI) device in four children who previously could not hear.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Non-Stick Surface Technology Repels Bacteria

Harvard researchers have demonstrated a repellent surface technology that can be used with medical materials to prevent infections caused by biofilms.

News : Medical
FDA Issues Guidance on Medical Device Data Storage

The FDA recognizes that the progression to digital health offers the potential for better, more efficient patient care and improved health outcomes, which requires that many medical devices be interoperable with other types of medical devices and with various types of health information...

News : Medical
February 2015 Mid-Month Industry News

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News : Medical
Researchers Print Low-Cost Mechanical Sensor

Merging custom chemistry and 3D printing, University of Washington scientists created a bone-shaped plastic tab that turns purple under stretching. The low-cost, mechanical sensor offers an easy way to record the force on an object.

News : Medical
Robotic Sock Promotes Blood Circulation

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore has invented a novel sock that can help to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Using soft actuators, the device mimics the tentacle movements of corals.

News : Medical
Breast-Cancer Diagnostic System Produces 3D Images

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a breast-cancer imaging system invented by a University of Rochester Medical Center professor. The Koning Breast CT (KBCT) system diagnoses cancer in women who have signs or symptoms of the disease, or who have abnormal findings after a standard...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Polymer Coating Brushes Off Bacteria

A*STAR Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology researchers have developed a one-step coating that blocks protein growth and kills surface-bound bacteria on silicone medical devices such as catheters.

News : Packaging & Sterilization
Plasma Sterilizer Protects Medical Instruments

A Ruhr-University Bochum researcher has developed a plasma sterilizer that is specifically suited for ridding medical instruments of germs efficiently, without damaging the material.

News : Medical
Implantable Resonators Measure Tissue Oxygenation

Researchers from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center have developed a technique to directly measure oxygen in deep-sited tumors.

News : Medical
Making Medical Device Trial Data Available for First Time

The Yale University Open Data Access (YODA) Project made clinical trial data for medical devices and diagnostics publicly available for the first time on Jan. 14.This is the first-ever broad availability of clinical trial data for medical devices and diagnostics by a company. This...

News : Medical
Potassium Salt Simplifies Catalyst Process for Pharmaceuticals

Caltech chemists have produced a group of silicon-containing organic chemicals. The resulting organic molecules could serve as powerful chemical building blocks for medicinal chemists to use in the creation of new pharmaceuticals.

News : Medical
Modular Ultrasound Enables Real-Time Patient Monitoring

Researchers in Germany have developed a multichannel ultrasound platform that uses a modular configuration. The platform can be adapted to a set of applications that are entirely different from each other, such as real-time treatment monitoring.

News : Medical
Security Protocol Protects Pacemaker Information

The Ladon security protocol, developed by Spain's University of the Basque Country/EHU researcher Jasone Astorga in the 12T (Telematics Research and Engineering) research group, protects the information provided by pacemakers and similar medical devices connected to the Internet.

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
'Glucolight' Monitors Blood Sugar through Skin Contact

A new sensor gauges blood sugar through skin contact. The “Glucolight” is initially to be used in premature babies to avoid hypoglycemia and subsequent brain damage.

News : Materials
Creating Ultra-thin Color Coatings

A team of applied physicists at Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Cambridge, MA, are developing a technology that coats a metallic object with an extremely thin layer of semiconductor, just a few nanometers thick. Although the semiconductor is a steely gray color, the object shows...

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