Products : Medical
Product of the Month: CNC Assembly Technology

Transformix Engineering, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, has launched CNC Assembly™, patent-pending new technology for flexible high-speed assembly of small parts. CNC Assembly responds to manufacturers’ need to get more productivity and versatility from their production equipment. Assembly machines...

Products : Medical
Precision Metal Electroforms

Servometer, Cedar Grove, NJ, manufactures specialty electroforms, which can be made in unusual shapes, miniature sizes, and close tolerances. They are rugg ed and extremely lightweight. These very precise, thin-walled, metal components can be made as small as 0.5 mm, with walls as thin as .013 mm, in nickel, copper,...

Products : Medical
TI Designs Reference Library

Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX, introduced TI Designs, the industry’s most extensive reference design library, spanning a portfolio of analog, embedded processor, and connectivity products. TI Designs include test data, a schematic or block diagram, bill of materials, and design files to explain the circuit’s...

News : Medical
January 2014 Month-End Industry News

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

News : Materials
Portable Diagnostics Using Holograms

Researchers from the University of Cambridge, UK, are working to develop portable medical tests and devices, which could be used to monitor conditions such as diabetes, cardiac function, infections, electrolyte or hormone imbalance easily and inexpensively using color-changing holograms that react in the...

News : Medical
Sensitive Electronic Whiskers for Robotics

Researchers with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, say that they have created tactile sensors from composite films of carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles similar to the highly sensitive whiskers of cats and rats. These new e-whiskers respond to...

News : Medical
Monitoring Cerebral Pressure in Hydrocephalus

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS in Duisburg, Germany, have developed a sensor that can measure and individually adjust brain pressure if the pressure is too high in the brain of a patient with hydrocephalus, commonly known as “water on the...

News : Medical
Bio-Inspired Robotic Rehabilitation Device

A soft, wearable device that mimics the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the lower leg could aid in the rehabilitation of patients with foot-ankle disorders such as drop foot, said Yong-Lae Park, an assistant professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

News : Medical
Maximizing Mobility with Minimum Energy

Studying how primitive man learned to walk upright, say researchers in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University, Corvallis, could lead to improved prosthetic lower limbs. Their findings outline a specific interaction between the ankle, knee, muscles, and tendons that improve understanding of...

News : Medical
Google's Smart Contact Lens

Google is currently testing a smart contact lens built to measure glucose levels in tears by use of a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material.

News : Medical
Wearable Nanowire Sensors Hold Promise for Prosthetics

A team of scientists at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, used silver nanowires to develop wearable, multifunctional sensors that, they say, could be used in biomedical applications, including new prosthetics or robotic systems. The sensors can measure strain, pressure, human touch,...

News : Medical
Smart Hydrogels Deliver Medicine on Demand

Researchers at the University of Delaware, Newark, have developed a “smart” hydrogel that can deliver medicine on demand, in response to mechanical force. What’s new about their material, is its ability to release medicine in response to force, a major challenge for people with osteoarthritis,...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Creating Low Cost 3D Printed Prosthetic Sockets a World Away

A University of Toronto lab is partnering with an international NGO and a Ugandan hospital to use 3D scanning and printing to speed the process of creating and fitting sockets for artificial limbs. While 3D printing has been around for some time, a new generation of fast, cheap 3D...

News : Electronics & Computers
New Material for Thin, Light-Weight Electronics

Scientists from SLAC, Stanford University, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Advanced Light Source, grew sheets of an exotic material in a single atomic layer and measured its electronic structure for the first time. They discovered it’s a natural fit for making thin, flexible...

News : Electronics & Computers
Cyborgs Are Already Here

Cyborgs that combine machine systems with living organisms to have extraordinary abilities are already a reality say researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). This is especially true with medical implant technology.

News : Medical
January 2014 Mid-Month Industry News

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

News : Aerospace
Funding Opportunity for Biomedical Product Companies

Administering health care in space demands innovative biomedical solutions. Small companies developing products that can be modified for use in space may be eligible for a unique funding opportunity offered through the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI).

News : Medical
Adhesive Shows How to Mend a Broken Heart

When babies are born with congenital heart defects, like a hole, time is of the essence to quickly and safely secure a device inside the heart. Sutures take too long and can cause damage to fragile heart tissue, and currently available adhesives are either too toxic or lose their sticking power in the...

News : Electronics & Computers
Electronics Thin Enough to Wrap Around Single Hair

Researchers at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, a leading technology university, say they have developed electronic components that are so thin and flexible they can even be wrapped around a single hair without damaging the electronics. This may open up new possibilities for ultra-thin, transparent...

News : Medical
FDA Provides 510(k) Communication Timeline

The Emergo Group reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently added a new timeline to its 510(k) premarket notification webpagesummarizing typical communications between agency reviewers and medical device applicants for the period between submission and final clearance.

News : Communications
Wireless Patch Outperforms Holter Monitor for Tracking Heart Rhythm

A study conducted by the Scripps Translational Science Institute, San Diego, has found that a small adhesive wireless device worn on the chest for up to two weeks does a better job detecting abnormal and potentially dangerous heart rhythms than the traditional Holter monitor,...

News : Electronics & Computers
2D Materials for Printable Electronics

A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore has successfully developed a method to chemically exfoliate molybdenum disulfide crystals into high quality monolayer flakes, with a higher yield and larger flake size than current methods. These flakes can then be made into a printable...

News : Materials
Optimized Implant Coatings Can Reduce Infection

A team of researchers at Aalto University, Finland, developed a method to select new surface treatment processes for orthopaedic and dental implants that may reduce the risk of infection. Implants are commonly made from metals, such as titanium alloys, which are made porous during processing used...

News : Electronics & Computers
Micro-Muscle Breakthrough

While vanadium dioxide is already known for its ability to change size, shape, and physical identity, a team of researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory say that super strength can now be added to that list of attributes. They demonstrated a micro-sized robotic...

News : Photonics/Optics
Easy Scanning Detection of Eye Diseases

A new optical device about the size of a hand-held video camera, developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, can scan a patient’s entire retina in seconds and could aid primary care physicians in early detection of many retinal diseases, including diabetic...

Briefs : Medical
Scanning and Imaging Facility Creates ‘CSI: Ocean’

No, “CSI: Ocean” is not the next installment of the television franchise that investigates crime scenes. Nevertheless, one group of scientists and engineers combine their access to specialized tools, ships, labs, and underwater vehicles with skill and knowledge to create a detailed...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Rehabilitation of Visual and Perceptual Dysfunction after Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

The aim of this work is to conduct preliminary evaluations of new rehabilitation strategies and new functional assessment methods for homonymous hemianopia (HH) and spatial neglect (SN), two disabling visual and cognitive perception conditions that...

Briefs : Medical
Implantable Spring for Knee Osteoarthritis

Healthy joints and cartilage are exposed to mechanical loads during everyday motion and activity. While normal joint loading can help maintain joint tissues, high loading due to obesity, or abnormal loading due to anatomy or trauma can contribute to microfractures, bone thickening, and cartilage...

From the Editor : Medical
From the Editor: January 2014

About a month ago, I had a chance to watch the award-winning documentary “The Incredible Bionic Man,” built entirely of prosthetic parts and implantable synthetic organs by leading scientists and roboticists, and hosted by the Smithsonian Channel. I was transported a future that was barely envisioned by the...

Features : Medical
Safety and Human Factors Engineering in Medical Device Design

Medical devices manufactured today require significant attention to safety and human factors engineering that has not always been exercised in medical device design. IEC safety standards mandated by the general standard, IEC 60601-1, updated to the 3rd edition, and now Amendment No. 1...

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