News : Medical
Defibrillator Setting Change Leads to Health Gains

A new study shows that many implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), which are designed to detect and correct dangerous heart rhythms, are programmed to too low a setting, delivering painful shocks for heart rhythms that aren’t dangerous. Making a simple change in the way physicians...

News : Electronics & Computers
Disposable MEMS Market Growing, Study Says

The market for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) used as pressure sensors in medical electronics is likely to grow by 7 percent this year, aided by the use of disposable devices as well as respiratory monitoring, according to iSuppli, El Segundo, CA, a global leader in technology value chain...

News : Materials
PVC Organizations Unite to Promote Medical Usage

In Brussels, Belgium, the PVCMed Alliance was launched to promote the use and value of PVC in healthcare applications. PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is the third-most widely produced plastic. The PVCMed Alliance is a coalition of PVC resin and plasticizer producers and PVC converters.


News : Medical
Pacemaker Powered by Heartbeat

Engineers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, tested an energy-harvesting device that uses piezoelectricity — an electrical charge generated from motion — to convert energy from a beating heart to provide enough electricity to power a pacemaker.

As reported in a study presented at the American...

News : Medical
Cleveland Clinic Names Top 10 Innovations for 2013

The Cleveland Clinic, a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center in Cleveland, OH, has announced its list of Top 10 Medical Innovations that will have a major impact on improving patient care within the next year. The list is made up of devices, including a handheld optical scan for...

News : Materials
Building Stronger Polymers

Within all polymers, there are structural flaws at the molecular level. In an ideal network, each polymer chain would bind only to another chain. In reality, though, many of the chains bind to themselves, forming floppy loops that can weaken the network.

A team of chemical engineers at Massachusetts Institute of...

News : Medical
FDA Sets New Review Timetables and Goals

The US Food and Drug Administration has set new review timeframes and performance goals for 510(k) premarket notification reviews of medical devices following Congressional approval of the Medical Device User Fee Amendments of 2012 (MDUFA III) earlier this year. By 2017, the agency intends to reduce the...

News : Medical
Nanofibrillar Cellulose Film for Medical Testing

Researchers at Aalto University, Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland, have developed a durable and affordable nanofibrillar cellulose(NFC) film platform to support medical testing. New environmentally friendly, reliable NFC platforms are more diverse than plastic films, they report.

The new type of...

News : Medical
New European Medical Device Regulations Overview

The long awaited proposed Regulations for Medical Devices (and active implantable medical devices) and IVDs were released by the EU Commission. A new free white paper from the Emergo Group, Austin, TX, which provides regulatory consulting, explains several detailed items in the proposed...

News : Medical
Quick Release Tape Won’t Harm Fragile Skin

Currently available commercial medical tapes work well to keep medical devices attached to the skin. But removing them can sometimes lead to skin tissue tearing, especially in babies and the elderly — those with the most fragile skin. Skin tears in babies and the elderly can range from skin...

News : Medical
Global Medtech Remains Positive Despite Economy

A newly released annual report from Ernst & Young, Pulse of the Industry, reveals that publicly traded medtech companies in the US and in Europe turned in a solid performance in 2011, with revenue growth outpacing 2010 rates and delivering a third consecutive year of double-digit net income...

News : Medical
Proteins, Not Torque Cause Surgical Screw Problems

For decades, overtightening was blamed for causing surgical screws and plates used in bone repair to irreversibly fuse together, making subsequent removal difficult for the surgeon and traumatic for the patient.

But a new study from the University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, OH,...

News : Medical
Exoskeleton Provides Hope for Paraplegics

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, somewhere between 236,000 to 327,000 people in the US are living with serious spinal cord injuries. About 155,000 have paraplegia. But being able to stand and walk again is something that may someday come to be realized, say engineers at...

Briefs : Medical
Developing Physiologic Models for Emergency Medical Procedures Under Microgravity

Several technological enhancements have been made to METI’s commercial Emergency Care Simulator (ECS) with regard to how microgravity affects human physiology. The ECS uses both a softwareonly lung simulation, and an integrated mannequin lung that uses a physical...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Lithium Batteries for Medical Applications

The element lithium possesses fundamental properties that make it ideal for use as the anode in both primary and rechargeable batteries. Vendors have paired the popular lithium anode with a variety...

While clear imaging is extremely important in diagnosing breast cancer from mammograms, there is also concern about exposing the patient to too much radiation from repeated...

Pulse oximetry has gained widespread clinical acceptance as a standard patient vital sign measurement because it can give clinicians an early warning of low arterial blood oxygen saturation...

Features : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Creating a Healthier Future

The 10th annual “Create the Future” Design Contest, attracted more than 950 innovative product ideas from engineers and students in 65 countries. The Medical category itself received 92 outstanding entries...

Features : Medical
Grand Prize Winner
Sensordrone Tricorder Platform for Consumers and Mobile Device Developers
Mark Wagner
Sensorcon, Inc., Buffalo, NY

The Sensordrone, an invention that dramatically extends the sensing capabilities of...

Features : Medical
Medical Category Winner
Prosthetic Leg Connector
Dave King
Kelowna, BC, Canada

The Medical winner was simply named Prosthetic Leg Connector. Its simplistic name belies the amount of thought and care that went into the...

Features : Medical
Honorable Mentions
Yuri Malina and Mert Iseri
Evanston, Illinois

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the best way to prevent the two million annual cases of hospital-acquired infections is by increasing...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Most Popular Entries
Virtual Walking Stick for the Visually Impaired
Jonathan Tolstedt and Maxwell Tolstedt
Fargo, ND

Current navigational aids for the visually impaired include global positioning systems (GPS) and other...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Wireless Power Solutions for Medical Technology

In today’s medical technology field, having a reliable and stable power source is a critical requirement for safe operation. Wireless power provides a unique advantage in that a device can...

The medical area has long required specialized materials be utilized to treat patients, and the processes of drug delivery and fluid handling are no exception. Hospitals across the...

Features : Electronics & Computers
High Power LED Chip Array Packaging

The last few years have seen the development of larger, higher power, higher luminescence light-emitting diode (LED) chips. Prior to this, LEDs were typically 0.020" x 0.020", came in various colors and...

When engineers at a Swiss medical device company began designing an implantable low-flow pump to treat the condition known as ascites, or peritoneal cavity fluid, they knew they were on...

Applications : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Benefits of LED Cured Adhesives in Medical Applications

Selecting an adhesive is often a difficult task because it involves give and take between the end-use and manufacturing requirements. When it comes to bonding applications in the...

Global population aging is unprecedented: the global population of children under age five is expected to fall by 49 million by midcentury, while the number of people...

Global Innovations : Medical
Seeing the Light
Bionic Vision Australia

The main cause of inherited blindness is retinitis pigmentosa, which affects 1.5 million people worldwide and is characterized by the progressive loss of vision....

Global Innovations : Materials
Harnessing Stem Cells for Orthopedic Implants
University of Glasgow

Researchers at the University of Glasgow’s Colleges of Science and Engineering and Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences in Scotland are...

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