Products: Medical
Fineblanking Capabilities

Connecticut Spring & Stamping, Farmington, CT, announces that it has expanded its capabilities to include fineblanking, ideal for economically producing highly complex, ready-to-install multifunctional parts in...

The pipette is a basic fluid control tool for transferring tiny amounts of liquids. Electronic or motorized pipettes are an ergonomic alternative to manual pipettes and an efficient way to increase...

Diabetes is the leading cause of limb loss, accounting for more than 65,000 amputations a year nationwide. In addition, there were more than 1,500 major limb amputations from US battle injuries...

Each year, more than a half-million Americans undergo stenting procedures to have a narrowed coronary artery propped open. The procedure helps to restore blood flow and is common for certain patients...

Portable and wearable healthcare devices represent growing, high volume markets for the medtech industry. Patient monitors are evolving from stationary...

While a number of countries have standards in regards to overall medical equipment, a few countries have related component requirements (e.g. plugs...

Global Innovations: Medical
Robotic Walker Aids in Stroke Therapy
National University of Singapore www.nus.edu.sg

Regaining mobility after a stroke or other neurological conditions such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and Parkinson’s disease...

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — Shopping Can Be Hazardous

High prices are not the only things that can cause a shock at the mall. Most stores now have electronic article surveillance (EAS) gates, designed to deter shoplifting. Of course, you may not have noticed them, as they are often covered with signs indicating sales. But for someone with an implanted...

Mission Accomplished: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Oxygen Sensors Monitor Bioreactors and Ensure Health and Safety

In the mid-1990s scientists at NASA Kennedy Space Center were experimenting with an unusual substance: cow digestive bacteria. Could it break down leftover dead plant matter in...

News: Medical
December 2014 Month-End Industry News

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

News: Medical
Partnering with Co-robots

Most robots today work in manufacturing facilities where, for safety reasons, they are removed from being in close proximity with humans. But, Georgia Tech robotics researchers believe people and robots can accomplish much more as co-robots, which work beside, or cooperatively with, people. This symbiotic relationship...

News: Medical
Don't Forget to Vote

Don't forget to vote for the Medical Design Briefs' Annual Readers' Choice Product of the Year. You’re invited to cast your vote for the one product among the 12 Products of the Month that you feel was the most significant new product introduced to the engineering community in 2014.

News: Medical
Using Robot Control to Improve Prosthetic Legs

An engineering professor at the University of Texas at Dallas applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer’s environment and help amputees walk. The robotic leg wearers were able to walk on a moving treadmill almost as quickly as an able-bodied...

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wearable Medical Sensors Using Organic Electronics

According to researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, future fitness trackers could soon add blood-oxygen levels to the list of vital signs they measure. By switching from silicon to an organic, or carbon-based, design, the researchers say that they were able to create a device...

News: Photonics/Optics
Haptic Feedback Technology Could Aid Diagnostics

Touch feedback, or haptics technology, has been changing rapidly over the last few years with new uses in entertainment, rehabilitation, and even surgical training. Now, using ultrasound, scientists have developed virtual 3D shapes that can be seen and felt in mid-air. The researchers from the UK...

News: Medical
‘Electronic Skin’ for Prosthetics Communicates Pressure

While touch may be subtle, the information it communicates can be understood and acted upon quickly. For the first time, scientists are reporting that they have developed a stretchable “electronic skin” that can detect not just pressure, but also which direction it’s coming from....

News: Materials
Inexpensive Hydrolyzable Polymer Developed

A team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign say that they know how to reverse the characteristics of a key bonding material—polyurea—to provide an inexpensive alternative for a broad number of applications, such as drug delivery, tissue engineering, and packaging.

News: Medical
December 2014 Mid-Month Industry News

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

R&D: Medical
Wireless Brain Sensing Untethers Subjects

Scientists at Brown University, Providence, RI, say that a new wireless brain-sensing system will allow them to acquire high-fidelity neural data to advance neuroscience that cannot be accomplished with current sensors that tie subjects to cabled computer connections for analysis. Their results show that...

R&D: Medical
Developing a Sonar-Assisted Device for the Blind

At Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, a biology professor researching echolocation in bats teamed up with an associate professor of computer science and an interdisciplinary team of students to develop a device that can help the visually impaired navigate better. Their research focused on...

News: Materials
Heat-Conducting Plastic Dissipates Ten Times Better

Engineers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, have developed a plastic blend that, they say, can dissipate heat up to 10 times better than its conventional counterparts. While plastics are inexpensive, lightweight, and flexible, they tend to restrict the flow of heat, so their use has...

News: Medical
Stroke Therapy Using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

A team of researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, are trying to help stroke patients improve arm movement by using a device called a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator (TMS) to reduce activity on the healthy side of the brain, so that the stroke-injured side...

News: Medical
Printing Electrical Components on Paper

Seeking a way to print technology, improve device portability, and lower the cost of electronics, a team of engineers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, led by Assistant Professor Anming Hu, has discovered a way to print circuits on paper.

R&D: Medical
Acoustic Sensor May Detect Cancer

Testing for ovarian cancer or a chemical presence may become much simpler thanks to a new microscopic acoustic device that has been dramatically improved by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL. The device, known as a surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensor, detects...

R&D: Design
Studying How Power Prosthetics Fail

While powered lower limb prosthetics can greatly improve the mobility of amputees, errors in the technology can also cause users to stumble or fall, say researchers at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They are examining what happens when these...

News: Medical
FDA Signs Agreement with Dassault for Living Heart Project

The FDA has signed a five-year collaborative research agreement with Dassault Systèmes Vélizy-Villacoublay, France, a world leader in 3D design software, for the development of testing paradigms for insertion, placement, and performance of pacemaker leads and other cardiovascular...

News: Medical
Harvesting Energy for Medical Implants

Scientists at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have demonstrated a new technique for harvesting energy from mechanical vibrations of the environment and converting it into electricity. They explain that energy harvesters are needed, for example, in wireless self-powered sensors and medical...

According to Henry David Thoreau, “the path of least resistance leads to crooked rivers and crooked men.” But in plastic injection molding, it leads to balanced filling patterns, more...

One of the most prevalent measurement devices in a medical balloon or catheter manufacturing facility is the micrometer gauge. It is simple and inexpensive. But, this...

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