News : Medical
Paper-Based Diagnostic Device to Be Developed

The University of Washington, Seattle, has received nearly $10 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to continue a project to build a prototype of their paper-based device that can test for infectious diseases on-demand in areas where diagnostic capabilities are limited. They say that the...

News : Photonics/Optics
Telescopic Contact Lens Could Help Patients with Macular Degeneration

While normal contact lenses correct many people’s eyesight, they can’t improve the blurry vision of people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), because correcting the eye’s focus cannot restore the central vision lost from a retina damaged by AMD. But, looking...

News : Photonics/Optics
Fiber-Optic Pen Allows View into Children’s Brains

Scientists at the University of Washington, Seattle, say that for less than $100, they have designed a computer-interfaced drawing pad that can help scientists see inside the brains of children with learning disabilities as they read and write. To create the system, the researchers hollowed...

Briefs : Software
Addressing Compliance Mandates with Product Lifecycle Management

Regulations from the FDA impact every step of the medical device lifecycle from properly classifying a device and developing a regulatory strategy, to preparing FDA submissions. So, just how are successful medical device manufacturers cost effectively achieving compliance while, at...

Briefs : Medical
Automating a Bottling Plant for Reaction Vessels
Automating a Bottling Plant for Reaction Vessels

Tasked with the design and build of a fully automated in vitro diagnostics (IVD) bottling plant, an engineering firm specializing in the development of analytical medical equipment found...

Automating a Bottling Plant for Reaction Vessels
News : Materials
Advanced Materials Research Center Announced

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plans to establish a new Advanced Materials Center of Excellence to facilitate collaborations between NIST and researchers from academia and industry on advanced materials development.

News : Test & Measurement
Video-Based Pulse Algorithm Developed

Scientists at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, have developed a new algorithm that, they say, can accurately measure the heart rates of people shown in ordinary digital video by analyzing the tiny head movements that go along...

News : Medical
Auditory Stem Implant Help Tot Hear for First Time

The first-ever auditory stem implant in a child was recently performed on a three-year-old boy from Charlotte, NC, named Grayson Clamp. He was given the device, which allows his brain to process sound, during a surgery performed in May at University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals, Chapel...

News : Medical
New MRI Technique for MS Research

Researchers at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, have developed a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique that detects signs of multiple sclerosis (MS) in finer detail than ever before. This, they say, provides a more powerful tool to evaluate new treatments.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Student Device Could Help Avoid Repeated Breast Cancer Surgeries

During a lumpectomy for a breast tumor, doctors can’t immediately tell whether all of the cancerous tissue has been removed, with no microscopic signs that cancer cells were left behind. Because of the delay, one in five patients must endure a second surgery to remove remaining...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Pursuit of Power for Surgical Instruments

As an increasing number of patients enter the operating room, more and more orthopedic surgeons are becoming orthopedic patients themselves. According to a survey entitled “Occupational Hazards Facing Orthopedic Surgeons,” featured in the March 2012 issue of The American Journal of Orthopedics,...

Features : Medical
Facing the Challenges of Increased Regulatory Demands

Managing the environmental and regulatory performance of products is an increasingly complicated challenge for medical device manufacturers who face a myriad of requirements from regulators, consumers, and customers to control and report on the toxicity, safety, and overall environmental...

Features : Medical
Valve Selection for Disposable Devices: Beyond the Specifications

Valves are critical components of many disposable medical devices. They are responsible for controlling the movement of fluid, which could be a pharmaceutical or nutritional product, saline solution, blood, or other fluid. Almost all liquids must pass through a valve before...

Features : Tubing & Extrusion
Injection Molding Principles for Bioabsorbable Polymer Materials

The use of bioabsorbable polymer materials in modern medicine is a major innovation. Known for their unique ability to safely exist in the body and eventually absorb without causing adverse interaction, bioabsorbable polymers have had a dramatic impact on device design and...

Features : Medical
R&D Roundup

Celtic Knot Designs Inspire Polymer Breakthrough

A slow-motion method of controlling the synthesis of polymers, inspired by trees and Celtic Knot designs, could open up new possibilities in areas including medical devices, drug delivery, elastics, and adhesives.

Features : Medical
Replacement Ear with Right Look and Feel

The shape of a human ear is very individual, usually symmetrical, and, like a fingerprint, so characteristic that one can identify us by them. The outer portion of our ears has a complex structure that surgeons have a hard time replacing when disease or accident robs us of an ear. Researchers at ETH...

Features : Medical
Low Cost Respiratory Support System for Newborns

The mission of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health Technologies, part of Rice University, Houston, TX, is to bring together faculty, students, clinicians, and private and public sector partners to design innovative health technologies for poor settings around the world, increase access to...

Briefs : Medical
Improving Single-Patient-Use Model with Disposable Blood Pressure Cuff

Each year, hospital-acquired infections cost hospitals approximately $5 billion in the United States, according to a report in the American Journal of Infection Control. Reducing infection spread helps hospitals avoid these costs and improve patient safety. To help reduce...

Briefs : Medical
Intravenous Fluid Generation System

The ability to stabilize and treat patients on exploration missions will depend on access to needed consumables. Intravenous (IV) fluids have been identified as required consumables. A review of the Space Medicine Exploration Medical Condition List (SMEMCL) lists over 400 medical conditions that could present...

Products : Communications

Laird Technologies, Inc., Earth City, MO, BL600 modules make it easy to add single-mode Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), or Bluetooth Smart™, to small, portable, power-conscious devices, including those powered by AAA or coin cell batteries. The fully approved, programmable modules feature...

Products : Software

COMSOL, Inc., Burlington, MA, released major new additions to the COMSOL simulation platform. The latest version of COMSOL Multiphysics, version 4.3b, introduces five new application- specific modules: Multi-body Dynamics, Wave Optics, Molecular Flow, Semiconductor, and Electro chem istry modules, as well as expanded...

Products : Motion Control

Maxon Motor, Fall River, MA, introduces the EC4, a 4 mm diameter brushless DC motor and gearhead. Maxon increased the performance of this tiny motor using the latest winding technology along with the most powerful magnets available. This motor is available in two lengths; short version with 0.5 W nominal power, or long...

Products : Software

Grayhill, Inc., La Grange, IL, announces the release of the latest version of its ground-breaking Instinct™ Gesture Recognition Library. Instinct is an innovative software tool that converts multi-touch sensor data into gestures, giving any device functionality similar to the iPhone®. The new...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping

Makino, Mason, OH, introduces its latest CNC horizontal machining centers, the N2 and N2-5XA, for medical and small aluminum parts manufacturing. The new N2 platform is a high-productivity solution contained in a small package that consumes less than 26 square feet of floor space (includes coolant...

Products : Medical

Keystone Electronics Corp., Astoria, NY, has released the 2nd edition of its full line catalog of interconnect components and electronic hard ware featuring more than 5,000 quality products within easy-to-locate product categories. It is illustrated with detailed drawings, specifications, and product photographs in both...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Fort Wayne Metals, Ft. Wayne, IN, announces its Endura™ bobbin designed for braiding applications. Endura bobbins are designed to reduce snags and breaks to significantly increase efficiency and uptime for manufacturers. Its angled flange helps prevent wire pile-up during spooling and minimize wire contact, and...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping

Temp-Flex LLC, South Grafton, MA, designed its MediSpec™ micro extrusion primary wires to meet tight tolerance requirements for invasive and implantable applications in the medical industry. MediSpec micro extrusion primary wires feature a range of gauges (36-52 AWG) and a wide selection of biocompatible...

Products : Electronics & Computers

Interlink Electronics, Inc., Camarillo, CA, introduces its Force Sensing Linear Potentiometer (FSLP) Sensor to capture position and force simultaneously in compact applications. The FSLP simplifies input design, and saves critical room and battery life. The sensor’s tough, moisture-resistant surface can be...

Products : Medical

Applied Motion Products, Watsonville, CA, has introduced six new STM24 integrated drive+motors, which provide 60% more torque than size 23 motors but still mount like a NEMA23. The new models sport 100 MBit Ethernet. Control modes include pulse/ direction, velocity, streaming commands and stored programs....

Products : Electronics & Computers
Mercury-Free Nickel Zinc Batteries

VARTA Microbattery, White Plains, NY, announces new mercury-free primary Nickel Zinc (NiOOH) Battery Systems. VARTA Microbattery's nickel zinc cells are developed as an ideal cost-effective and highly reliable substitute to conventional primary silver oxide but ton cells and are manufactured with high quality...

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