Electrical implants that shut down excessive activity in brain cells hold great potential for treating epilepsy and chronic pain. Likewise, devices that enhance...

Global Innovations : Medical
Sensor Chip for Monitoring Tumors
Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Munich, Germany
www.tum.de

Medical engineers at Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) have developed an electronic sensor chip that could someday be implanted to...

The concept of tissue expansion for surgical reconstruction was first reported over 50 years ago, although the technique did not gain popular acceptance until the 1980s, when it was...

When you think of a beating heart, you might assume it beats at regular intervals, but in actuality, velocity, and pressure change with every beat, and the time interval between each beat is...

Products : Medical
Extruded Film and Rod

Foster Corporation (Putnam, CT) has introduced custom extruded film and rod from drug/polymer blends for implant, patch, and oral drug delivery applications. The company blends polymers with active pharmaceutical...

Products : Materials
Elastomers for Medical Tubing

Teknor Apex (Pawtucket, RI) has introduced a series of advanced medical-grade elastomers that provide a fully practical alternative to PVC for many tubing applications. The new Medalist® MD-500 Series compounds...

Products : Software
Motion Control Solution

The Simotion Scout, the engineering system used for configuring Simotion motion controllers from Siemens Industry (Atlanta, GA), has been updated with a range of usability improvements. Simotion is the scalable motion...

Polyzen (Raleigh, NC) provides medical product designers with an alternative to latex materials for the construction of low-pressure balloons. A series of polyurethane films can be thermoformed, then welded...

Products : Test & Measurement
Ultrasonic Cleaning Capabilities

ITW Highland Manufacturing (Waterbury, CT) offers in-house ultrasonic cleaning and testing capabilities to meet specifications for medical applications. Gravimetric, optical, and quantitative analysis of particle contamination is performed after cleaning parts. The gravimetric analysis employs filters, a cleaning...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Pierceable Membrane Cap

Sarstedt (Newton, NC) has introduced a screw cap with pierceable membrane for use with its range of 0.5 mL to 2 mL micro tubes. When used in combination with a screw cap micro tube, the membrane cap enables efficient...

Products : Packaging & Sterilization
Class 7 Cleanroom Packaging

Perfecseal (Oshkosh, WI) has certified its sterile medical pouch and bag manufacturing facility to ISO 14644-1 (1999) Class 7 cleanroom standards. Vision inspection systems have already been installed on several...

Products : Materials
ISO Certified Dry Lubricant Coating

The Duraglide® dry lubricant coatings from MicroCare Medical (New Britain, CT) are now ISO 10993 certified for topical use in clinical indications where the surface or lining may have been breached in order to evaluate local tissue responses. This test standard applies to materials that are solid and...

Medi-Solve Coatings (Natick, MA) has developed a way to mask a medical device during the coating process. Catheters and guidewires are typically coated at the end of the device manufacturing process;...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Successful Outsourcing from Start to Finish

Medical device OEMs face ongoing pressure to develop and commercialize innovative products faster, at lower costs, and in compliance with increasingly stringent regulatory standards. As in other...

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Research 'Sprints' to a Scalpel-Free Future

Could the demise of the scalpel be close at hand? Researchers in Europe are developing innovative micro-robotics technology could make surgeries less complicated, invasive, and costly — benefiting surgeons and patients alike.

News : Medical
Technology Eases Migraine Pain in the Deep Brain

Migraine pain sits at the upper end of the typical pain scale – an angry-red section often labeled “severe.” At this intensity, pain is debilitating. Yet many sufferers do not get relief from – or cannot tolerate – over-the-counter and commonly prescribed pain medications. Recently, a...

News : Medical
Wireless Energy-Transfer Device Developed for a Tiny Heart Pump

A team of Rice University students has developed a transcutaneous energy-transfer (TET) unit to power a minimally invasive ventricular assist device (VAD) being created by a Houston compay. The VAD is a tiny pump inserted into the aorta via a catheter that helps increase blood flow...

Videos
Hydrogels Collapse Into Complex Shapes for Drug Delivery

In recent years, researchers have investigated hydrogels' potential in drug delivery, engineering them into drug-carrying vehicles that rupture when exposed to certain environmental stimuli. However, it's difficult to predict just how hydrogels will rupture, and up until now it's been...

Videos
Bionic Leg Allows Amputee To Walk Faster

With support from the National Science Foundation and continued support from the National Institutes of Health, Vanderbilt University mechanical engineer Michael Goldfarb has spent several years developing a state-of-the-art prosthetic leg with powered knee and ankle joint, which operates with special...

Videos
Electronic Tattoo Monitors Brain, Heart, and Muscles

John Rogers and his team at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana have come up with a way to monitor the body electronically that really sticks. They have developed a small, flexible circuit device that sticks comfortably to the skin and is camouflaged as a temporary tattoo. It can read...

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Engineering Safer Drinking Water in Africa

For approximately 200 million people, many in Africa, high levels of naturally occurring fluoride in drinking water cause disfiguring and debilitating dental and skeletal disease. University of Oklahoma (OU) environmental scientist Laura Brunson returned from Ethiopia where, with support from the...

Videos
Breakthrough in Early Cancer Detection

With few early symptoms, ovarian cancer — like many cancers — can be hard to detect without invasive and expensive procedures. "Early detection is absolutely not only key but probably the only way for us to win the war on cancer," says Vadim Backman, who is a biomedical engineer at Northwestern...

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Mind-Reading Computer System May Help People with Locked-In Syndrome

An estimated 50,000 Americans suffer from locked-in syndrome, a condition in which people with normal cognitive brain activity suffer severe paralysis, often from injuries or an illness such as Lou Gehrig's disease. Boston University neuroscientist Frank Guenther works with the...

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Trapping Blood Clots to Treat Stroke

Strokes are primarily caused by blood clots in the blood vessels of the brain. A National Science Foundation-funded technology developed by Sacramento, CA-based company Insera Therapeutics is designed to efficiently trap and remove these clots - even in some of the tiniest blood vessels.

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Snake-Inspired Robots Ideal for Surgery

Researchers at Carnegie Melon University have developed snake-inspired robots to locate survivors in disaster situations, with help from the National Science Foundation. The team is also working on snake-like surgical devices that are ideal for complicated heart surgeries.

Videos
Better Understanding Proteins - In 3D

Proteins are the workhorses of cells. With support from the National Science Foundation, University of Arkansas biochemist James Hinton has been researching their structure and function for decades. In the 1990's, he had a vision to study these huge protein structures in 3D and now - in cooperation with the...

Videos
Smart Fibers

Clothes that could heat, cool, compute, and even monitor our health are explored. With help from the National Science foundation, a research team at MIT embeds semiconductors, insulators, and metal in a polymer.

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Finding A Remedy for Cybersickness

Cybersickness is a form of motion sickness that occurs in virtual reality environments. It's the same type of feeling some people get when they watch 3D movies or play 3D video games. With help from the National Science Foundation, researchers are tracking down the cause and may come up with a remedy.

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Personal Mobility and Manipulation Appliance

A new robotic wheelchair developed at the National Science Foundation is giving disabled people much more independence. The Personal Mobility and Manipulation Appliance, or PerMMA, is equipped with arms controlled by a joystick and an online assistant. It's enabling people to do small things, while...

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Innovative Medical Silk

The human body reacts well to silk, which is part of the reason why Tufts University researchers - funded by the National Science Foundation - are thinking of medical applications for it. See some of the possibilities they're exploring in this video.

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