News : Medical
Break Up to Make Up Stronger Materials

Scientists at Duke University, Durham, NC, report that microscopic stresses and tears in a new kind of man-made material could help the substance bulk up like an athlete building stronger muscles. They predict that the stress-induced strength from the new materials could be used to make better fluids or...

News : Photonics/Optics
Adding Color to 3D Medical Imaging

A team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) announced that they have developed the first technique to offer full color infrared tomography. They say that they combined Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR)...

News : Medical
Silver Printed Fabric for Wearable Electronics

Researchers at the National Physical Laboratory, Middlesex, UK, Electronics Interconnection group has developed a new method to produce conductive textiles. This new technique could make integrating electronics into all types of clothing simple and practical by enabling lightweight circuits to be...

News : Medical
Seeking Research to Support Astronaut Health

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute, (NSBRI) is soliciting research proposals to augment the project portfolios of its Cardiovascular Alterations, Human Factors and Performance, Musculoskeletal Alterations, Neurobehavioral and Psychosocial Factors, Sensorimotor Adaptations, and Smart...

News : Materials
Bio-Inspired Coating Creates Non-Stick Glass

A new transparent, bio-inspired coating makes ordinary glass tough, self-cleaning, and incredibly slippery. Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Boston, say that the new coating could be...

News : Medical
Speeding Medical Imaging with Auto Lubricant

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have built an experimental device that, they say, could speed up medical imaging using amorphous silicon and a surprising simple inexpensive ingredient—an engine lubricant called molybdenum disulfide, or MoS2, which has been sold in...

News : Medical
Computerized Methods to Diagnose and Treat Autism

A team of researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, and Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, says that they have developed a quantitative screening method to diagnose and track autism in children after age 3. The technology works by tracking a child’s random...

News : Software
3D Simulation Trains Surgical Residents

An interactive 3D simulation software platform gives surgical residents the unique opportunity to practice diagnostic and patient management skills, and then have their skills evaluated, according to a new study appearing in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Using an...

News : Software
Supercomputer Used to Create Giant Neuronal Network Simulation

Using the full computational power of the Japanese supercomputer, K Computer, researchers from the RIKEN HPCI Program for Computational Life Sciences in Kobe, the Okinawa Institute of Technology Graduate University (OIST) in Japan and Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany have carried...

R&D : Medical
Telescopic Contact Lens Could Help Patients with AMD

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 to change that is a...

R&D : 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...

News : Semiconductors & ICs
Guiding Nanowire Growth for Self-Integrated Circuits

Those scientists working with tiny components in nanoelectronics say that the nano-components are so small that arranging them with external tools is impossible. Their only solution is to create the proper conditions for them to assemble themselves. Previously, researchers had developed...

News : Medical
Ultrasound Patch Heals Venous Ulcers

In a small clinical study, researchers at Drexel University, Philadelphia, administered a new method to treat chronic wounds using a novel ultrasound applicator that can be worn like a bandage. The applicator delivers low-frequency, low-intensity ultrasound directly to wounds, and was found to significantly...

News : Electronics & Computers
Creating a ‘Bioartificial’ Kidney

Nephrologist William Fissell IV, MD, associate professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, is intent on creating and mass-producing an implantable bioartificial kidney for people with chronic kidney disease who would otherwise be forced onto dialysis.

News : Medical
Coating Helps Implants and Bone Bond Better

Engineers at The Ohio State University, Columbus, discovered that bone cells grow and reproduce faster on a textured surface than on a smooth one—and grow best when they can cling to a microscopic "shag carpet" made of tiny metal oxide wires. The discovery could someday help broken bones and joint...

News : Medical
Industry and University Partner to Improve Devices for Developing Countries

Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN, has entered into an innovative partnership with Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID) at the The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, agreeing to provide $200,000 a year for up to three years and skilled mentoring to help...

Features : Medical
SCOTUS Rules Out Gene Patents

In June, academic researchers and clinical laboratories seeking to make a mark in the emerging fields of molecular diagnostics and personalized medicine were buoyed by the long-awaited ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) v. Myriad Genetics Inc., (2013).

Features : Photonics/Optics
Computer-Aided Diagnosis and Cardiac Surgery

A newborn is diagnosed with a heart condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome in which the left ventricle of the heart is severely underdeveloped, and requires immediate surgery. While there are different surgical options to consider, parents and doctors face a daunting decision of selecting...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Tips for Selecting Insulating Materials for Medical Electronics

Insulating and jacketing material options for wire and cable are innumerable, even if the field is narrowed to those with some qualification for use in medical electronics. Material selection for medical electronics is a complicated decision that begins with defining...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
DFx: Designing for Success

What is DFx? DFx is an acronym used often in reference to concepts or guidelines involving design for manufacturability, test, and production readiness. In the world of innovative and complex medical devices, DFx can be an invaluable tool for meeting business objectives by ensuring an emphasis during development on...

Features : Medical
R&D Roundup: August

Student Device May Help Avoid Repeated Breast Cancer Surgeries

During a lumpectomy, surgeons can’t immediately tell whether all the cancer cells were removed. The excised tissue must be preserved and analyzed in a time-consuming process. And, because of this delay, one in five patients must undergo...

Products : Medical
First UL-Approved Autoclavable Battery for Surgical Tools

ConMed Linvatec, a leading global supplier of arthroscopic devices, multi-specialty endoscopic medical video systems, and powered surgical instruments, has developed the industry’s first UL-approved autoclavable battery. The Hall® Lithium Battery system, which powers surgical tools for...

Products : Medical
Fiber-Coupled Laser Technology

Z Laser, Freiburg, Germany, presents its newly developed ZFSM, which is offered as pure OEM solution with bare electronics module, a fixed fiber and attached optics module or comes as a housed laser source with driver electronics and standard fiber connection. It is especially suitable for industrial machine vision...

Products : Medical
Industry’s Strongest VOC-Free Flux Remover

MicroCare Corporation, New Britain, CT, launched its newest innovative VOC-exempt formula, UltraClean VOC-Free Flux Remover, a non-chlorinated, halogen-free cleaning fluid formulated to clean rosin fluxes, OA fluxes, synthetic fluxes, “no-clean” fluxes and hard-to-clean solder pastes used in the...

Products : Medical
Scalable Servo Drive-Based Solutions

Kollmorgen, Radford, VA, has a complete suite of high-performance and scalable motion solutions that enable OEMs to simplify design, reduce size, and improve performance of virtually any machine. Scalable solutions enable designers to leverage a single drive platform to satisfy unique motion needs, from...

Products : Medical
Medical Use Suitable Infrared LED Emitter

Larson Electronics, Kemp, TX, announced the release of a 12 watt infrared LED light emitter designed to provide output and operation suitable for medical applications. The LEDLB-4E-IR-M-110V Medical Infrared LED Light Bar provides those a powerful and effective source of infrared light that can operate...

Products : Medical
Teflon®-Coated Mandrels for Catheter Tubing

Applied Plastics Co., Inc., Norwood, MA, supplies Teflon-coated stainless steel or nitinol anti-stick forming mandrels that can be supplied cut-to-length for fuse welding and tipping operations. PTFE Natural® Extrusion Mandrels for producing small diameter catheter tubing allow more than...

Products : Medical
Encapsulated Potted Power Supply AC Adapter

GlobTek, Fairfield, NJ, announces its miniature, medical grade Encapsulated Potted Power Supply AC Adapter GT(M)91099 -P2-P3-F-FW is suitable for most applications requiring DC power, including medical devices and portable electronic devices. It has an input from 90 to 264VAC, 50 to 60Hz, and a factory...

Products : Medical
SureCon 360 Nano Connector

Omnetics Connector Corporation, Minneapolis, MN, the leading manufacturer of miniature high-rel connectors, announces its latest addition to the Nano 360 family, the SureCon 360, available in 6, 11, or 16 positions, with an IP67 rating, and is Medical grade ISO10993 biocompatible. The SureCon 360, is a waterproof...

Products : Medical
260 Series Brushless DC Pump

Thomas Division, Sheboygan, WI, introduces its 260 Series brushless DC WOB-L® air compressor and vacuum pump, designed for medical applications requiring a small, lightweight pump with variable output. The 260 Series pump is 4.12" × 4.63" × 3.02" and weighs 2.78 lbs. In addition, it features variable output (1,000...

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