News : Medical
Simple Medical Diagnostic for Developing World

An international team of researchers from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, and other institutions, have created an inexpensive diagnostic device that, they say, can be used by health care workers in the world’s poorest areas to monitor diabetes, detect malaria, discover environmental pollutants,...

News : Photonics/Optics
Skin Cancer Probe Improves Detection

A team of engineers at The University of Texas (UT) at Austin have designed an optical device that, they say, may offer a fast, comprehensive, noninvasive, and lower-cost solution to detect melanoma and other skin cancer lesions, thereby reducing unnecessary biopsies. Their device is a probe that uses light...

News : Medical
Microhairs Could Improve Lab-on-Chip Diagnostics

A team of engineers at MIT, Cambridge, MA, have fabricated a new elastic material covered with microscopic, hair-like structures that tilt in response to a magnetic field. Depending on the field’s orientation, they say, the microhairs uniformly tilt to form a path through which fluid can flow....

News : Medical
Battery-Free Connection for 'Internet of Things'

In the not too distant "Internet of Things" reality, sensors could be embedded in everyday objects to help monitor and track everything from the safety of bridges to the health of your heart. But what’s holding this new reality back is having a way to inexpensively power and connect these...

News : Medical
What’s the Buzz? Fly Sound Processing Could Help Humans

A team of engineers at The University of Texas at Austin has developed a tiny, low-power device that mimics a fly’s hearing mechanism, which could be used to build the next generation of hypersensitive hearing aids with intelligent microphones that could adaptively focus only on those...

News : Medical
New FDA Guidance Exempts Devices from Premarket Submission

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued new draft guidance that would exempt certain Class I and Class II medical devices from premarket, or 510(k),submission requirements. If a device is “exempted from premarket notification,” then the FDA would allow a device that was...

News : Electronics & Computers
Designing a Pure Lithium Anode

The race is on to design smaller, cheaper, and more efficient rechargeable batteries to meet power storage needs. Now, a team of researchers at Stanford University report that they have taken a big step toward designing a pure lithium anode, which, they say, would greatly advance current lithium ion batteries.

Features : Test & Measurement
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Faulty Test Results

No discipline is as precise as the design and manufacture of medical devices. No other function is as crucial in its precision. Exact measurements and tests are a critical necessity— from heart valves to knee and hip replacements, a fraction of a millimeter can be the difference between life and...

Features : Medical
Form + Function: Interconnect Cable Assemblies for Ambulatory Monitoring

Building on the success of smartphones, mobile gadgets, and wearable sports fitness gear, the medical industry has steadily trended toward improved portability of monitoring devices used in ambulatory patient care. In addition to boasting smaller footprints, many newer...

Features : Test & Measurement
The Value of USP Class VI Testing for Medical Device Cable and Wire
The Value of USP Class VI Testing for Medical Device Cable and Wire

To design and successfully sell medical devices, manufacturers must ask themselves a number of key questions. What range of functions should this product offer? In what type...

The Value of USP Class VI Testing for Medical Device Cable and Wire
Features : Medical
Circulatory Support Without Surgery for Heart Failure Patients

A team of life science entrepreneurs in Houston, TX, has developed the first catheter-deployed circulatory assist device intended for long-term use to treat chronic heart failure. The Aortix™ provides a minimally invasive treatment option for the more than two million chronic heart...

Features : Medical
Hydraulic Prosthetic Knee Joints Provide More Natural Mobility for Patients

For patients who have lost a leg, regaining mobility is a top priority. However, development of more true-to-nature prosthetic limbs and joints has come an amazingly long way from the often thought of peg leg and hook hand. Over the past several years, medical prosthetic...

Briefs : Medical
Implant Bypasses Spinal Cord to Control Paralyzed Arm

Researchers in an innovative partnership between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle, both in Columbus, OH, have developed an innovative technology called Neurobridge that allowed a quadriplegic man to move his arm for the first time in four years, controlled by his...

Briefs : Medical
3D-Printed Personalized Scoliosis Brace

Idiopathic scoliosis is defined as a lateral or rotational curvature of the spine that initially appears in children during the prepubescent ages of 8 to 13. It currently affects nearly 7 million Americans, 90 percent of whom are female. Most cases of scoloiosis are mild, however, an especially severe...

Briefs : Medical
Prediction of Visual Acuity from Wavefront Aberrations

Visual acuity (clearness of vision) usually is measured by an eye doctor using an eye chart. It measures the smallest letters that can be reliably identified by the patient at a specified distance. The traditional test requires the patient to look and report which letters they see.

News : Medical
Blood Processor Device Could Treat Sepsis

A team of engineers at Oregon State University (OSU), Corvallis, say that they have developed a new technology that could revolutionize treatment and prevention of sepsis. The researchers used microchannel technology and special coatings to create a small device through which blood could be processed,...

News : Medical
Hybrid Circuit Uses Nanotube Transistors

A group of engineers at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, Los Angeles, are developing a flexible, energy-efficient hybrid circuit combining carbon nanotube thin film transistors with other thin film transistors. This hybrid, they say, could take the place of silicon as...

News : Medical
Permanent Eye Sensor Could Track and Monitor Glaucoma

Engineers at the University of Washington, Seattle, have designed a low-power sensor that could be placed permanently in a person’s eye to track eye pressure. The sensor would be embedded into an artificial lens, placed during cataract surgery, and detect pressure changes instantaneously,...

News : Medical
Manufacturing 3D Metal Parts Efficiently

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, say they have developed a more efficient approach to a challenging problem in additive manufacturing, using selective laser melting, a powder-based, additive manufacturing process using a high-energy laser beam to fuse the metal powder...

News : Design
Engineering Systems for Special Needs Children

A group of engineers and students at Kansas State University, Manhattan, is developing technology to improve the health and quality of life for children with severe developmental disabilities. The team is collaborating with Heartspring Inc., a Wichita-based non-profit therapeutic residential and day...

News : Medical
Elastic Technology Creates ‘Soft’ Machines

Engineers at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, say they have developed a technique that could produce “soft machines” made of elastic materials and liquid metals for potential applications in robotics, medical devices, and consumer electronics. This elastic technology could be used to...

Features : Medical
Miniaturized, Portable Sensors Monitor Metabolic Health
Miniaturized, Portable Sensors Monitor Metabolic Health

NASA Technology

On Earth, gravity might weigh you down, but it also builds you up. For astronauts working in space for long durations, the weightless environment can cause a...

Miniaturized, Portable Sensors Monitor Metabolic Health
Features : Medical
Creating More Durable Joint Implants
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Natural joints can wear out due to daily stress and body movement, so you would expect that an artificial joint replacement would be the answer. However, even the best artificial joints can undergo wear, and wear particles can trigger unwanted immune reactions, making it necessary to...

Products : Medical
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: EnerChip Batteries for Wearable Technology

Cymbet Corporation, Elk River, MN, has introduced EnerChip™ rechargeable solid state batteries for various Wearable Technology (WT) and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. EnerChip chip-scale batteries are completely solid state and fabricated using semiconductor processes. The...

Products : Medical
Lexium MDrive PROFINET

Schneider Electric Motion USA, Marlborough, CT, announces that its new Lexium MDrive integrated motor-drive-controller-encoder systems are networkable with PROFINET IO for industrial automation applications. Compact, robust Lexium MDrive high torque stepper motors are integrated easily into new or existing systems with...

Products : Medical
P760 Series Disc Magnet Motor

Portescap, West Chester, PA, introduces the P760 series disc magnet motor, which outperforms standard Brushless DC motors in various applications. The unique thin disc magnet motor has been optimized to deliver high torque and acceleration up to 5,000 rpm. Its performance combines Disc Magnet technology with an...

Products : Medical
Model 55 Compact Pressure Regulator

Rotork Fairchild, Winston-Salem, NC, announces its Model 55 Pressure Regulator featuring a non-rising stem within a small footprint design that delivers high-precision control in a lightweight, compact package. Manufactured entirely from polymer and stainless steel, the Model 55 offers compatibility with...

Products : Medical
Bidirectional Electronic Valves

Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Cincinnati, OH, introduces Minimatic® electronic valves, precision-built two-way control valves that utilize a unique, patented valving principle. With a cycle life of over a billion, a solid, compact design, and extremely high flow rates, these valves are suitable for...

Products : Medical
New SD and SD-C Series TVS Diodes

Littelfuse, Chicago, IL, announces the SD and SD-C Series 450W Discrete Unidirectional and Bidirectional TVS Diodes, which are ideal for replacing multilayer varistors in low speed and DC applications, as they can safely absorb repetitive electrostatic discharge strikes at ±30kV without performance degradation...

Products : Medical
Expanded HS Series of Heat Sinks

Crydom, San Diego, CA, introduces four new Heat Sinks designed specifically for use with single, dual, and three-phase Solid State Relays. The new models, rated at 0.25, 0.36. 0.7, and 1.0 degrees C per watt, expand the existing series of heat sinks with ratings from 0.5 to 5.0 degrees C per watt.

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