News : Medical
April 2014 Month-End Industry News

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

News : Imaging
Leap Forward in Whole-Brain Imaging

In collaboration with several Japanese institutes, a team of scientists at the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center, Saitama, Japan, have uncovered an easy and fast way to achieve whole brain imaging for 3D analysis of gene expression profiles and neural circuits at the systems level.

News : Medical
New Technique Detects Early Warning of Diabetes-Related Eye Damage

Researchers at Indiana University, Bloomington, have discovered new early warning signs of the potential sight loss associated with diabetes. This could have a big impact on the diagnosis and treatment of diabetic retinopathy, which potentially impacts more than 25 million...

News : Medical
‘Intelligent’ Prosthetic Liners Could Ease Pain for Amputees

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Southampton in the UK are developing a prototype of the world’s first ‘intelligent’ prosthesis liner with integrated pressure sensors, which could help to relieve pain and discomfort experienced by amputees as a...

News : Medical
Endoscopic Microscope Can Detect Diseases Sooner

A biomedical engineer at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, has developed an inexpensive, endoscopic microscope that, he says, can produce real-time, high-resolution, sub-cellular tissue images. The fiber-optic device, which is portable, re-usable, and easily packaged with conventional...

News : Medical
Microchip Can Detect Implant Infections

A team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have developed a tiny microchip that, they say, may save joint implants before they’re overcome by infection. This chip, which is engineered to detect pH levels in the body, can alert doctors to encroaching bacterial infection, which causes acidosis,...

News : Electronics & Computers
Pacemaker Powered by Beating Heart

An interdisciplinary research team from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Arizona, Tucson, has developed a flexible medical implant that harvests energy from the beating heart, which, they say, could be used to power pacemakers,...

News : Medical
Diagnosing Asthma with a Drop of Blood

Using a single drop of blood, a team of engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has developed what they say is a faster, cheaper, and more accurate tool for diagnosing even mild cases of asthma.

News : Materials
Stretchable Antenna for Wearable Health Monitoring

Researchers at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, say that they have developed a new, stretchable antenna that can be incorporated into wearable technologies, such as health monitoring devices.

News : Medical
Epidural Stimulation Could Combat Paralysis

Exciting news was reported by an international team of life scientists at the University of Louisville, KY; UCLA, Los Angeles, CA; and the Pavlov Institute of Physiology, Saint Petersburg, Russia; who say that epidural electrical stimulation of the spinal cord has allowed four men who’ve been...

News : Medical
Energy Generator Powered by Saliva

An international team of engineers from Penn state University, University Park, PA, and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, have discovered that saliva-powered micro-sized microbial fuel cells can produce minute amounts of energy—enough to run on-chip applications, they say. This...

News : Medical
Elastic Patches for Wireless Health Monitoring

A team of engineers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, have demonstrated thin, soft stick-on patches that stretch and move with the skin and incorporate commercial, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics, can support sophisticated wireless...

News : Medical
April 2014 Mid-Month Industry News

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

News : Photonics/Optics
New Lens Design Dramatically Improves Lithotripsy

A team of mechanical and materials engineers at Duke University, Durham, NC, have devised a way to improve the efficiency of lithotripsy—the crushing of kidney stones using focused shock waves. After decades of research, they say that all it took was cutting a groove near the perimeter of the...

News : Medical
Lasers Used to Pop Cancer-Killing ‘Chemo’ Balloons

Scientists at the University of Buffalo, NY, are exploring the use of PoP-liposomes or nanoballoons to get chemotherapy drugs where they need to go. They then blast the balloons with red lasers to release the drugs. They say this approach could make chemo more effective while reducing side...

News : Software
New Surgical Guidance System for Minimally Invasive Surgery

A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, has designed a computerized imaging process to make minimally invasive surgery more accurate and streamlined using equipment already common in the operating room.

News : Medical
Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump May Help Certain Heart Patients

Physicians at the Medical College of Georgia and Georgia Regents University, Augusta, say that the intra-aortic balloon pump, one of the most frequently used mechanical circulatory assist devices in the world may have untapped potential. One of its many uses is helping ensure adequate...

Features : Design
The Pursuit of Design Democratization for Medical Devices

Advances in medical instrumentation, implantation, imaging, and telemetric technologies combined with the need to integrate medical devices into user’s activities of daily living is causing paradigm shifts in the design of medical devices. The new approach is focused on delivering...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Meeting UDI Mandate Directly with Laser Marking

With the recent release of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s final unique device identifier (UDI) ruling, the race is on for medical manufacturers to comply with the newly proposed mandate. This challenge is not without its fair share of obstacles. Once the technicalities are ironed out and...

Features : Medical
When Nature Gives Up, Engineering Can Give Hearts a Hand

The human heart is more than a symbol of life, power, and reliability—it is a wonder of engineering achievement: a dual pump able to feed two different systems (pulmonary and cardiovascular) simultaneously, while automatically adapting itself to the activity of the body or its evolution...

Briefs : Medical
Upgrade Your Passivation to Avoid Metal Surface Problems and Manufacturing Delays

By incorporating the benefits of passivation with surface finish improvement and micro-deburring, electropolishing has become the finish of choice for metal components used in medical devices. This “reverse plating” operation does more than just provide an...

Briefs : Medical
Medical Design Engineers Can ‘Make Their Mark’ with Transfer Pad Imprinting

Eventually, many design engineers who create new medical devices are faced with choosing a method with which to mark or brand their products. At the end of the complex task of creating and vetting a new product, marking is often an afterthought, because, after all,...

Briefs : Medical
New Technology to Improve Heat Flow

Mechanical engineers at Purdue University in West Lafayette IN, have proposed a new technology that, they say, could control the flow of heat the way electronic devices control electrical current, an advance that could have applications in a diverse range of fields from electronics to textiles.

News : Medical
Sensor Belt Measures Longest ECG Ever

Patients with cardiac diseases may ignore symptoms for months before an emergency arises. Then, seconds count. A long-term recorded electrocardiogram (ECG) may help physicians determine if an emergency is pending. A sensor belt developed at Karlsruhe Institute...

Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
BP Series of Medical Pressure Sensors

Merit Sensor Systems, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT, announces its BP Series of medical pressure sensors. These devices are designed to provide a form, fit, and function solution to existing applications and exceeds the requirements of the AAMI Standard BP22. They employ Merit’s proprietary Silicon MEMS...

Miniature Coil Angular Winding Configuration

Precision, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, announces the launch of the company’s miniature coil manufacturing capabilities for medical navigation technologies. These assemblies feature ultra-fine wire winding in a wide variety of configurations, including unique-in-the-industry angular winding configurations...

Factory Programmable Digital Hall Effect Sensors

Melexis Inc., Nashua, NH, introduces two new parts to its programmable digital Hall effect sensor line. The MLX92231 and MLX92211 feature EEPROM memory, allowing magnetic switching thresholds to be configured. Both are factory pre-programmed to precise Hall effect switch or latch specifications...

Off-the-Shelf Flat Cable Assemblies

Cicoil, Valencia, CA, introduces its Standard Flat Cable Assemblies, designed to provide reliable performance, long service life, and quick delivery, plug & play solutions. Joining a broad line of already in-stock highly flexible flat cables, the fully terminated “Off the Shelf” assemblies are...

THERMOCOMP Carbon Fiber Reinforced Resin

SABIC, Pittsfield, MA, introduces two new grades of high-modulus carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastics: LNPTM THERMOCOMPTM EC006AQH, a 30% carbon fiber reinforced PEI resin for demanding applications requiring high strength and stiffness in repeated sterilization environments, and...

Femtosecond Laser Processing Capabilities

LSA Laser, Plymouth, MN, announces the addition of femtosecond laser processing capabilities for medical device manufacturing. Femtosecond lasers are ideal in micromachining applications for drilling and cutting high-precision holes and shapes free from thermal damage. The ultrafast laser can process...

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