News : Medical
Space Stethoscope Makes Sound Signals Clearer

A team of students at the Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering, Baltimore, MD, had the opportunity to design a new stethoscope to deliver more accurate heart and body sounds for NASA doctors who will be trying to assess astronauts’ health on long missions.

News : Medical
May Month-End Industry News

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News : Medical
Creating More Sensitive Robots

Artificial skins and new sensor technologies being developed by European scientists could help make robots more sensitive to tactile stimuli and improve their ability to communicate and cooperate with each other and with humans. The EU-funded project, “Skin-based technologies and capabilities for safe, autonomous...

News : Medical
Advanced Paper for Biomedical and Diagnostic Devices

By modifying the underlying network of cellulose fibers, etching off surface “fluff” and applying a thin chemical coating, researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, have created a new type of paper that repels a wide variety of liquids, including water and oil.

News : Medical
3D-Printed Bioresorbable Splint Saves Baby's Life

Ever since he was six weeks old, an Ohio infant with a condition called tracheobronchomalacia would stop breathing because part of his windpipe carrying air to his left lung would collapse, requiring emergency assistance. But, thanks to a team of doctors and engineers at the University of...

News : Medical
US Will Soon Match China on Manufacturing Costs

According to a report by AlixPartners, a business advisory firm, America is becoming more competitive in terms of manufacturing and will match China on the cost of manufacturing within two years. Their research reveals that, according to current trends such as wage inflation in China and exchange...

News : Medical
Making the Most of Outsourcing

When it comes to outsourcing many complex professional services, this type of work should not be viewed as a mere commodity, say researchers at Harvard Business School, reporting in the journal , Organization Science. Instead, they say, cultivating important person-to-person relationships with the vendor of...

News : Materials
New Biomaterial to Improve Medical Implants

Scientists at the University of Washington, Seattle, have created a synthetic substance that can fully resist the body’s natural attack response to foreign objects. They say that devices such as artificial heart valves, prostheses and breast implants could be coated with this polymer to prevent the...

News : Imaging
Creating 3D Shapes Using Hand Gestures

A new design tool that can interpret hand gestures, enables designers at Purdue University, West Lafayette IN, to create and modify three-dimensional shapes using only their hands as a "natural user interface" instead of using a keyboard and mouse. The tool, called Shape-It-Up, uses specialized computer...

News : Materials
Nanoscale Alloys for Medical Applications

Creating alloys at the nanometer scale is producing materials with properties unlike anything produced before says scientists at the University of Pittsburgh, who have demonstrated that these alloys possess the ability to emit such bright light they could have potential uses in medicine.

News : Medical
Pedestrian-Powered Medical Devices?

It could happen someday, say a group of mechanical engineering students at Rice University, Houston, TX. As a project required for graduation, four seniors created PediPower shoes that extract and store energy with every step to power portable electronics and, maybe even medical devices.

News : Medical
PICC Lines Double Risk of Blood Clots

Lauded for safety, ease, and patient convenience, peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) lines have become clinicians’ go-to for intravenous (IV) delivery of antibiotics, nutrition, chemotherapy, and other medications. But, compared to other central venous catheters (CVCs), PICCs more than double...

News : Materials
Glass Remains Solid Proved Using Amber

Does glass move over time? That’s the question tackled by a team of researchers at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, who say that glass remains in solid form, unless shattered, of course. The idea for this research came from a doctoral student's qualifying exam, said Gregory McKenna, a professor of chemical...

News : Electronics & Computers
Researchers Helping to Validate Spintronics

Scientists at the University of Delaware, Newark, say that they have confirmed the presence of a magnetic field generated by electrons, which scientists had theorized existed, but had never been proven until now. This finding, they say, could help to lay the groundwork for electronics of the future....

News : Medical
Portable Device to Rapidly Diagnose TB

A handheld diagnostic device that researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, first developed to diagnose cancer has been adapted to rapidly diagnose tuberculosis (TB) and other important infectious bacteria. The portable device combines microfluidic technology with nuclear magnetic resonance...

News : Medical
More Accurate Way to Image Lung Cancer Tumors

The Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida, both in Tampa, have collaborated with researchers in China, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany to develop a new computational method to assess lung cancer tumors using CT, PET, or MRI diagnostic technologies. The method,...

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May Mid-Month Industry News

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News : Medical
Standardizing Measurements for MEMS

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has introduced a long-awaited measurement tool to help device designers, manufacturers, and customers to see eye to eye on eight dimensional and material property measurements that are key to device performance.

MEMS, once considered a stepchild...

News : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Robotics Gain Insight from Seahorse Design

Inspired by the tail of a seahorse, which can be compressed to half its size without damage, scientists at the University of California, San Diego, are attempting to use similar engineering to create a flexible robotic gripper arm equipped with polymer muscles that could be used in medical devices. Led...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wireless Removable Tooth Tattoo Senses Health

Scientists at Princeton University in New Jersey used silk strands and tiny gold wires bundled with graphene to create a removable tattoo that adheres to dental enamel and could eventually be used to monitor a patient’s health with unprecedented sensitivity.

News : Connectivity
Great Future Foreseen for Wireless Body Sensors

According to a recent report from ABI Research, a market intelligence company specializing in global technology markets, while the market for disposable wireless Medical Body Area Network (MBAN) sensors within professional healthcare is in its earliest stages, the foundations to support adoption...

News : Medical
Developing Sensors to Assess Blast Effects on Soldiers

There are two parts to a blast created by an improvised explosive device: a shock wave traveling at supersonic speed, and compressed air, which travels in front of the shock wave. Both can cause considerable damage to the human body, but the exact effects are unclear. To prevent injuries...

News : Materials
Is Zinc Right for Bioabsorbable Stents?

Once implanted, coronary artery stents to prop open blood vessels usually remain in place for the rest of the patient’s life. The longer a stent is in place, the greater the risk of late-stage side effects. That's why researchers are trying to develop a bioabsorbable stent, one that will gradually and...

News : Materials
Studying Silicone Could Lead to Self-Healing Materials

Polymer scientists at Rice University, Houston, TX, discovered that the liquid crystal phase of silicone, which is partway between a solid and a liquid, becomes up to 90 percent stiffer when repeatedly compressed. Their research could lead to new strategies for self-healing materials or...

News : Medical
Orthotic & Prosthetic Companies to Aid Boston Marathon Attack Victims

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) launched its "Coalition to Walk and Run Again," an effort to aid uninsured and under-insured victims of the April 15th Boston Marathon terror attack. The bombing killed 3 people and left more than 200 injured, several...

Briefs : Medical
Choosing Chiller Pumps to Cool Medical Lasers

Laser systems continue to grow in application use throughout the medical industry. Applications for laser systems include diagnostic analysis systems, DNA sequencing systems, dental cleaning and surgery, skin care, eye surgery, tattoo removal, and much more. These systems commonly require cooling of...

Briefs : Imaging
Micro-Endoscope as Thin as a Human Hair

Engineers at Stanford University have developed and demonstrated a prototype single-fiber endoscope that, they say, quadruples the resolution over existing designs, which might lead to the development of needle-thin, minimally invasive endoscopes able to view features out of reach of today’s...

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