Products : Medical
Miniature OEM Pumps

Fluid Metering, Inc., Syosset, NY, introduces OEM pumps that integrate a unique patented CeramPump® valveless pumping principle with precision stepper control. The CeramPump utilizes one moving part, a sapphire-hard ceramic piston, to perform all fluid control functions, eliminating valves typically present in low volume...

Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Air in Line Sensors

Morgan Technical Ceramics, Fairfield, NJ, announces its range of piezo ceramic Air in Line sensors, ideal for use in medical equipment, including infusion pumps, enteral feeding pumps, and dialysis equipment. The sensors are available as either a standard or custom-manufactured model to suit specific OEM needs, and can be...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Rechargeable Battery for CNC Machines

FANUC America Corporation, Hoffman Estates, IL, offers a Rechargeable Battery Unit Kit that provides reliable long-term backup power for CNC machines and eliminates the use of disposable batteries; providing a more environmentally- friendly solution. FANUC’s Rechargeable Battery Unit enables a CNC system...

Products : Medical
GWS500 Series Power Supplies

TDK-Lambda, San Diego, CA, extends its GWS500 series power supplies with the addition of two low output voltage models. Combining high efficiency, high power density, and low standby power characteristics, the 5V 80A and 7.5V 67A models feature a 4.1 × 8.6" footprint and 1.6" height, and include overvoltage,...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Digital Circuit Pressure Transducer

Transducers Direct, Cincinnati, OH, announces its new TD2000 ultra precision accuracy 0.05% BFSL digital pressure transducer, which is ideal for use in applications where precision measurements are critical, such as laboratories, instrumentation equipment, and test/analysis applications. Its digital circuit...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Step-Down Micromodule Regulator

Linear Technology, Milpitas, CA, launches the LTM4624, a 14V, 4A step-down micromodule regulator in a 6.25 × 6.25 × 5.01mm BGA package which fits within 1cm2 on a singlesided PCB or 0.5cm2 double-sided. The LTM4624 includes the DC/DC controller, power switches, inductor, and compensation in a single package, and...

Products : Electronics & Computers
70W AC/DC Desktop Power

Power Partners, Hudson, MA, announces the PEAD70SLF Series of single output AC/DC desktop switching power supplies, which provide up to 70W from an input voltage range of 90-264VAC (47 to 63Hz). The ultra-slim desktop adapter has a 3.66" × 2.28" x 0.66” footprint. The series has standard output voltages of 15, 18, 19,...

Products : Electronics & Computers
‘Green’ AC-DC Power Supplies

XP Power, Sunnyvale, CA, added to its GCS series of single output high efficiency “green” ACDC power supplies with both ITE and Medical safety approvals. The GCS180 range extends the power output up to 180 Watts. All models in the range have a no load input power of less than 0.5W and a typical efficiency of...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Desktop AC-DC Power Supplies

Protek Power, Hudson, MA, announces that its PMP85SF Series of desktop AC-DC power supplies delivers 85W and are certified to UL/ES60601-1 and EN60101-1 3rd edition medical safety standards. These Class II medical grade units accept a 90-264VAC universal input and are equipped with a C8 AC input receptacle to partner...

Applications : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Designing an ASIC Chip to Control an Implantable Glucose Measurement Device

Diabetes is a widespread metabolic disorder, and having it puts people at increased risk for heart disease and stroke. There are two types of diabetes patients: type 1 patients for whom the pancreas is not producing any insulin, and type 2 patients for whom the body...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Plastic Optic Fiber—An Evolving Technology

Plastic Optic Fiber (POF) is an established, continually evolving technology available since the early 1980s. From the outset, it was a technology not highly visible for years. At times, it was utilized as a media product within another product, attached to a variety of opto-couplers or light sources....

Briefs : Medical
Cryogenic Grinding for Mechanical Abrasion for Hardy Endospores

A comparative analysis was carried out between an emerging cryogenic grinding method and a conventional wetchemistry/ bead-beating endospore disruption approach. After extensive trial and error, it was determined that a regimen of three cryogenic grinding cycles of 2 minutes each...

Briefs : Medical
Simplified IV Drip Design Takes NIH Top Prize

A simple design for a new type of intravenous drip for use with children that took a team of student from Rice University, Houston, TX, two years to evolve took the top prize in the National Institutes of Health’s Biomedical Undergraduate Teams competition. The award-winning IV DRIP (Dehydration...

R&D : Medical
R&D Roundup: November

tFirst Thought-Controlled Bionic Leg Revealed

A team of researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago has revealed clinical applications for the world’s first thought-controlled bionic vleg—a significant milestone for lower limb amputees in the rapidly growing field of bionics. Neural signals were used...

Global Innovations : Medical
Detecting Early Warning Signs of Osteoporosis
University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
http://www.southampton.ac.uk

Osteoporosis causes bones to lose mass and become weak. However, for many sufferers, the first indication that they have the condition is when they actually sustain a fracture. While drugs can slow or arrest the...

From the Editor : Medical
From the Editor: November 2013

November is American Diabetes Month and the American Diabetes Association offers some sobering statistics. Nearly 26 million people in the US have diabetes, and as many as one in three adults will have diabetes by 2050.

News : Medical
Riboflavin Can Be Used to 3D Print Medical Implants

A team of scientists from North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Laser Zentrum Hannover have discovered that a naturally-occurring compound called riboflavin, which is better known as vitamin B2, can be incorporated into 3D printing processes to...

News : Medical
Using Light to Image Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and cancer deaths among women worldwide. Routine screening can increase breast cancer survival by detecting the disease early when it is most treatable. A new imaging tool, called a photoacoustic mammoscope, being developed by a team of researchers at the...

News : Medical
Metamaterial May Improve Depression

A new headpiece for brain stimulation technique, designed by engineers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, may considerably improve treatment of tough cases of depression. Computer simulations have shown that the device—a square array of 64 circular metallic coils—could help researchers and doctors...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Providing Surgical Robots with New Intelligence

Providing surgical robots with a new type of machine intelligence to make them easier and more intuitive for surgeons to operate is the goal of a major new five-year grant from the National Science Foundation given to a collaboration of research teams at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN;...

News : Medical
Anklebot: A Robotic Walking Coach

The ankle is a complex joint, supported by muscle, tendon, and bones, and maintaining stability and locomotion. Characterizing how it works, however, is not so straightforward says a group of researchers from the Newman Laboratory for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation at MIT, Cambridge, MA.

News : Medical
October Month-End Industry News

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

News : Medical
Creating a Cookbook of Alloys for Bone Implants

Researchers at The Ohio State University (OSU), Columbus, and their partners are building a database of new titanium alloys that, they say, will be used to reduce the stress that pins, plates, and other medical implants put on healthy bones. A recent $1 million grant from the National Science...

News : Medical
Using NIR Light to Treat MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) involves an immune system attack against the central nervous system and causes progressive paralysis by destroying nerve cells and the spinal cord. It interrupts vision, balance, and even thinking. Although there is still no cure, there are some medications and alternative treatments that may...

News : Materials
4D Printing Technology for Composite Materials

A team of engineers at the University of Colorado at Boulder say that they have successfully added a fourth dimension to their printing technology, opening up exciting possibilities for the creation and use of adaptive, composite materials in manufacturing, packaging, and biomedical...

News : Materials
Slug Glue May One Day Replace Sutures

While sutures have evolved over millennia, and catgut gave way to synthetics for stitching up injuries and surgical wounds, the basic process of suturing tissue remains the same. However, the method may finally have become outdated, say a team of researchers at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

News : Materials
Contact Geometry Determines Adhesion Strength

Researchers at Kiel University, Kiel, Germany, have been studying the role of adhesion in nature, which allows insects and lizards to climb walls, plants to twine up structures, and even bacteria cling to surfaces. During evolution, many of these develop mushroom-shaped adhesive structures and...

News : Medical
Surgically Treating Vertebral Fractures Proves Safer and Cheaper

According to a study of 69,000 Medicare patient records led by researchers at The Johns Hopkins Hospital's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Spine Outcomes Research Center, people with spine compression fractures who undergo operations to strengthen back bones with cement...

News : Medical
Developing a Mobile Seizure Alert System

Approximately two million people, including 400,000 children, in the US are being treated for epilepsy, and, despite treatment, one-third continue to have seizures. In response, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC, one of the world’s leading research institutes, is working to develop a...

News : Medical
Restoring Sense of Touch to Laparoscopic Surgeons

A small, wireless capsule has been developed by a team of doctors and engineers at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, that, they say, can restore the sense of touch that surgeons are losing as they shift increasingly from open to laparoscopy or minimally invasive surgery.

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