Briefs : Medical
Calculating Helium for Pediatric Radiotherapy

Researchers at the Medical University of Vienna/AKH Vienna, Austria, say that they have been able to demonstrate that the use of helium ions in radiation therapy could provide accurate treatment to tumors while helping to spare healthy organs. A treatment planning study presented at European Society...

Global Innovations : Medical
Self-Labeling Syringe Wins International Design Prize

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), Montréal, Canada, awarded the 2013-2014 World Design Impact Prize to A Behavior Changing (ABC) Syringe, designed and led by David Swann, PhD, at the University of Huddersfield, UK, at the end of February.

Mission Accomplished : Medical
Miniaturizing a Wearable Ultrasound Pain Therapy Device

According to the American Chronic Pain Association, more than 50 million Americans suffer from some form of chronic pain. The most common types of pain include arthritis, lower back pain, bone/joint pain, muscle pain, and fibromyalgia. Therapeutic ultrasound is a noninvasive, drug-free...

News : Photonics/Optics
Make and Bake Silicone Lenses

A droplet of clear liquid can bend light, acting as a lens. Now, by exploiting this well-known phenomenon, Australian researchers have developed a new process to create inexpensive high quality lenses that will cost less than a penny apiece.

News : Medical
Advancing Virtual Artificial Heart Implantation

Researchers and medical professionals from Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital have performed what they believe is the first virtual implantation of a pioneering artificial heart, and implantation of that artificial heart in an undersized adolescent patient. The...

News : Medical
Ultrasound Device Could Help Detect Stroke Risk

Researchers from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed an ultrasound device that, they say, could help identify “vulnerable” arterial plaque, which is at high risk of breaking loose and causing heart attack or stroke....

News : Medical
New MRI Sensor Could Track Oxygen Uptake

A team of scientists at MIT has developed a new sensor that, they say, can enable long-term monitoring of oxygen levels in cancerous tumors, which may advance diagnosis and treatment.

News : Medical
Knee Joint Sensors May Diagnose Own Failure

Tasked with developing intelligent prosthetic knee joints that are capable of detecting early failure before a patient suffers, a team of scientists at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland developed sensors that are integrated into the polyethylene part of the...

News : Electronics & Computers
Super Thin Material Acts Like a Switch

A team of researchers from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, have demonstrated how to switch a particular transition metal oxide, a lanthanum nickelate (LaNiO3), from a metal to an insulator by making the material less than a nanometer thick.

News : Medical
Bionic Human Limbs and Humanoid Robots

Hugh Herr, an associate professor of media arts and sciences at the MIT Media Lab, who designs, creates, and wears bionic prosthetic lower limbs, has become somewhat of a celebrity in this field, and has inspired students to learn more about the technology. “It’s always good to design something people...

News : Medical
FDA Proposes New Expedited Access Program for Devices

The FDA has proposed a new program to provide earlier access to high-risk medical devices that are intended to treat or diagnose patients with serious conditions whose medical needs are unmet by current technology.

News : Medical
April 2014 Month-End Industry News

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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 : Photonics/Optics
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 : Robotics, Automation & Control
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 : Electronics & Computers
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 : Sensors/Data Acquisition
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

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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 : Robotics, Automation & Control
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 : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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...

News : Medical
Bionic Hand Allows Amputee Real-Time Sense of Touch

A team of researchers and engineers at the Swiss Ecole Poly technique Fédérale de Lausanne Center for Neuroprosthetics have developed a revolutionary sensory feedback that allowed an amputee named Dennis Aabo Sørensen to feel sensory-rich information, in real-time, using a prosthetic hand...

News : Medical
Self-Aligning Wires for Nanoelectronics

Miniaturization in microelectronics is beginning to reach its physical limits, say researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, who are seeking new methods for device fabrication.

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