News: Nanotechnology
NASA-Developed Nanotubes Show Promise for Cancer Treatment

Technology from NASA has benefited various commercial healthcare applications on earth, ranging from reducing chemotherapy's side effects to improving diagnostic imaging. In the latest achievement to join the list, it may also enhance an up-and-coming area of cancer treatment called...

News: Medical
Negative Pressure Device Shows Potential to Treat Traumatic Brain Injury

When the brain is injured by blunt force, explosion, or other trauma, the cells at the impact site are irreversibly damaged and die. In the area surrounding the sound, injured cells release toxic substances that cause the brain to swell and restrict blood flow and oxygen...

News: Medical
Tiny, Implanted Neutron Source May Facilitate In-Home Therapy

Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a new configuration for neutron generators by turning from conventional cylindrical tubes to flat geometry of computer chips. The most practical and near-term application would be a tiny medical neutron source implanted close...

News: Medical
Smartphone Device May Aid Oral Cancer Diagnosis

Oral cancer is the most common cancer in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and other parts of South Asia — and it accounts for more than 40 percent of cancer-related deaths in India. Detecting oral lesions at an earlier time increases survival rates for oral cancer. But with fewer than one dentist per...

News: Medical
New Coating May Extend Lifeline of Hip Implants

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, more than 231,000 total hip replacements are performed each year in the United States. However, in about 17 percent of patients who receive a total join replacement, the implant eventually loosens and needs to be replaced. As people are...

News: Medical
Ultra-Sensitive Biosensor Enables Point-of-Care Diagnostics

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have surpassed the fundamental limits of a conventional Field-Effect-Transistor (FET) by designing a Tunnel-FET (T-FET) sensor that is faster and four orders of magnitude more sensitive, opening doors to a new generation of ultra-sensitive biosensors that...

News: Medical
Fabrication Method May Improve Artificial Bone Scaffolds

Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new method for the fabrication of artificial bone scaffolds that can assess important pore design factors such as porosity and their role in new bone formation. Their method's capablities for in vivo control of different scale...

News: Medical
Designing a Better Cervical Collar for Accident Victims

Cervical collars were first developed during the Vietnam War to stabilize the heads and necks of accident victims, but research has shown that this device may be overdue for an update. Students at Rice University tested a currently used cervical collar and found that when a patient's neck...

News: Medical
Neurofeedback: Training the Brain to Play Doctor

Neurofeedback — a type of biofeedback in which a person becomes aware of the physiological state of their body, and can manipulate and control this at will — has been proven to be an effective form of therapy for a variety of conditions, such as migraine, epileptic seizures, and ADHD. For...

News: Medical
An Rx for Px Development

The key to creative design isn't necessarily coming up with something entirely new, but rather, being aware of what problems exist, and conceiving of solutions to those problems. And, according to technology design and development firm Cambridge Consultants, a focus on "Px" development — the art and science of...

News: Medical
Sea Creature Inspires Design of Disease-Detecting Robot

Biology, the study of life, can (and often does) breathe new life into engineering. In one recent example of the potential benefits of this sort of interdisciplinary collaboration, an international team of scientists is working toward the development of the "Cyberplasm," a tiny robot that...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New Thermal Management Strategies for Medical Devices

In an increasing number of medical device applications, thermal issues limit the overall performance and reliability of the system. Basic thermal management strategies such as liquid cold...

Briefs: Medical
Improving Balance Function Using Low Levels of Electrical Stimulation of the Balance Organs

Crewmembers returning from long-duration space flight face significant challenges due to the microgravity-induced inappropriate adaptations in balance/sensorimotor function. The Neuroscience Laboratory at JSC is developing a method based on stochastic...

Color is an important factor in many aspects of medical devices, from design to how the device is used and by whom. In 2010, the FDA and regulatory bodies around the world...

In this era of ever more stringent FDA oversight and regulations, the responsibility for vigilance falls on medical manufacturers and their manufacturing...

The EyeBrain Tracker (EBT) is an eyetracking medical device, which uses algorithms to accurately track eye movements for the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and...

With growing health awareness and the escalating cost of worldwide medical care, there is increasing emphasis on new and advanced technologies for disease prevention and early...

Most medical electronic systems now depend on combinations of hardware and software, forming elaborate mechatronic systems that both monitor and regulate patient...

Reliability test plans are critical to the success of any new electronic medical device or technology. The tests selected must be stressful enough to identify defects but...

Durability is a key measurement of prosthetic heart valve function. Assessment of fatigue life requires accurate estimates of the stresses induced during the cardiac cycle. Finite...

Just the mention of kidney stones can cause a person to cringe. They are often painful and sometimes difficult to remove, and 10 percent of the population...

The days of being blinded by glare from the sun, despite the $300 sunglasses straddling your face, may soon be over. Since 2003, Chris Mullin, PhD, and CEO of Dynamic Eye (Pittsburgh, PA), has...

Global Innovations: Design
Improving Wheelchair Ergonomics

Engineers at Empa, a Swiss interdisciplinary research and services institution, are working together with the firm «r going» to develop an ergonomic seat for electric wheelchairs that encourages the user to...

Products: Medical
Fluid Control Solutions

Gems Medical Sciences (Plainville, CT) offers ISO 13485 certified products for the specialized fluid control and handling requirements of the medical device, diagnostic, life science, and biotechnology market segments. The company recently announced the opening of a 4,000 sq. ft. Medical Processing Area in its...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Cable Carrier

A newly redesigned System E6 Energy Chain® cable carrier from igus (East Providence, RI) is suitable for applications requiring quiet, low-vibration cable management at high speeds and accelerations. The “polygon effect”...

Products: Motion Control
Integrated Motion Solution

Mdrive® integrated motor products from Schneider Electric Motion USA (Marlborough, CT) are now available for EtherNet/IP™ systems, allowing OEMs to simultaneously control and configure intelligent motion control...

Products: Motion Control
Stepper Motor

The IDEA stepper motor drive platform from Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions (Waterbury, CT) now has the capability of communication using an RS-485 data protocol. The RS-485 protocol is suitable for long data transmissions and...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Transient Voltage Suppressor Arrays

Microsemi (Aliso Viejo, CA) has introduced two new non-magnetic, 500-watt transient voltage suppressor (TVS) arrays. The devices were designed specifically for MRI machines to guard against circuit damage caused by electrostatic discharge, electrical fast transients, and the effects of secondary lighting. The...

Products: Motion Control
Servo Controller

Maxon Precision Motors (Fall River, MA) has introduced the ESCON 36/2 DC, a 4-quadrant PWM servo controller for use with DC motors up to 72 Watts. This digital current controller provides drift-free yet dynamic speed...

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