Briefs : Medical
Ferroelectric Switching in 2D Tungsten Produces Spontaneous Electrical Polarization
Ferroelectric Switching in 2D Tungsten Produces Spontaneous Electrical Polarization

The general public might think of the 21st century as an era of revolutionary technological platforms, such as smart-phones or social media. But for many...

Ferroelectric Switching in 2D Tungsten Produces Spontaneous Electrical Polarization
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sugar-Powered Sensor Detects, Prevents Disease
Sugar-Powered Sensor Detects, Prevents Disease

Researchers at Washington State University have developed an implantable, biofuel-powered sensor that runs on sugar and can monitor a body's biological signals to detect, prevent and diagnose...

Sugar-Powered Sensor Detects, Prevents Disease
Briefs : Medical
Imaging Innovation for Spinal Care
Imaging Innovation for Spinal Care

Motion capture (Mocap) is a technique used in the film industry to digitally track a human actor's movements and precisely transfer those motions to an animated figure. But it has other applications as...

Imaging Innovation for Spinal Care
R&D : Medical
Artificial Bone Helps Osteoarthritis Patients
Artificial Bone Helps Osteoarthritis Patients

Researchers are developing an artificial bone that can be used for treating of the most common joint disease — osteoarthritis. The bi-functional composite imitates the complex osteochondral...

Artificial Bone Helps Osteoarthritis Patients
R&D : Medical
Upon Inspection, Robots Pick Up and Understand Any Object
Upon Inspection, Robots Pick Up and Understand Any Object

A system lets robots inspect random objects and visually understand them enough to accomplish specific tasks without ever having seen them before. The system, called Dense Object Nets...

Upon Inspection, Robots Pick Up and Understand Any Object
R&D : Photonics/Optics
New Laser Pulses Faster Than Usual Ultrafast Light
New Laser Pulses Faster Than Usual Ultrafast Light

A new electro-optic laser imposes microwave electronic vibrations on a continuous-wave laser operating at optical frequencies, effectively carving pulses into the light. Probing biological...

New Laser Pulses Faster Than Usual Ultrafast Light
R&D : Medical
Quantum Dots Monitor Brain Activity
Quantum Dots Monitor Brain Activity

Luminescent quantum dots are finding new and exciting applications in current nano-science research, including improved solar energy collectors, LEDs, and quantum computers. A recent thrust from the U.S....

Quantum Dots Monitor Brain Activity
News : Materials
Mindray North America Selects Eastman Medical Polymers to Enhance Patient Monitors

In an effort to improve patient safety and device durability, Mindray has incorporated Eastman’s medical polymers into its current generation of patient monitors. Used in healthcare facilities throughout North America, the Passport Series of bedside monitors,...

INSIDER : Medical
New Noninvasive Blood Glucose Test Uses Laser Technology
New Noninvasive Blood Glucose Test Uses Laser Technology

An MIT-developed technology monitors blood glucose levels without needles or a finger prick. Early results show that the noninvasive technology measures blood glucose levels as...

New Noninvasive Blood Glucose Test Uses Laser Technology
INSIDER : Medical
Color-Changing Contact Lens Could Enhance Monitoring of Eye Treatments
Color-Changing Contact Lens Could Enhance Monitoring of Eye Treatments

A drug-delivering contact lens changes color as the medication is released into the eye. The researchers fabricated a color-sensitive contact lens using molecular...

Color-Changing Contact Lens Could Enhance Monitoring of Eye Treatments
INSIDER : Medical
Biodegradable Implant Speeds Nerve Regeneration
Biodegradable Implant Speeds Nerve Regeneration

Researchers have developed the first example of a bioresorbable electronic medicine: an implantable, biodegradable wireless device that speeds nerve regeneration and improves the healing of a...

Biodegradable Implant Speeds Nerve Regeneration
INSIDER : Materials
New Materials May Be Self-Sterilizing, Resistant to Pathogens
New Materials May Be Self-Sterilizing, Resistant to Pathogens

Researchers have successfully incorporated “photosensitizers” into a range of polymers, giving those materials the ability to render bacteria and viruses inactive using only...

New Materials May Be Self-Sterilizing, Resistant to Pathogens
News : Medical
NAM Publication Outlines Use of Procurement Requirements to Drive Interoperability in Healthcare

WASHINGTON – While healthcare has made great strides in recent years with the proliferation of electronic health records (EHRs), establishment of regional health information exchanges, and development of data exchange standards and interfaces,...

News : FDA/Regulatory
FDA to Address New “Quik” Review Program Pilot for Faster Review of Certain 510(k)s
FDA to Address New “Quik” Review Program Pilot for Faster Review of Certain 510(k)s

On October 10, 2018, FDA will host a webinar to share information and answer questions about the Quality in 510(k) (“Quik”) Review Program pilot....

FDA to Address New “Quik” Review Program Pilot for Faster Review of Certain 510(k)s
INSIDER : Imaging
Ultra-Thin “Meta-Lens” Enables Full-Color Imaging
Ultra-Thin “Meta-Lens” Enables Full-Color Imaging

Researchers have created the first flat lens capable of correctly focusing a large range of colors of any polarization to the same focal spot without the need for any additional elements....

Ultra-Thin “Meta-Lens” Enables Full-Color Imaging
INSIDER : Medical
Inexpensive TB Test Holds Promise for Low-Income Countries
Inexpensive TB Test Holds Promise for Low-Income Countries

A low-cost, easy-to-replicate test for tuberculosis might help developing nations better identify and treat the infectious and sometimes deadly disease, new research suggests. A...

Inexpensive TB Test Holds Promise for Low-Income Countries
INSIDER : Medical
Wearable Device Fights High Blood Pressure
Wearable Device Fights High Blood Pressure

A team has developed a wearable blood pressure monitor, designed to continuously monitor his blood pressure at home. The Tactile Blood Pressure Imager (TBPI) is worn on the wrist, over the radial...

Wearable Device Fights High Blood Pressure
INSIDER : Medical
3D-Printed Tracheal Splints Used in Groundbreaking Pediatric Surgery
3D-Printed Tracheal Splints Used in Groundbreaking Pediatric Surgery

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has performed Georgia’s first-ever procedure to place 3D-printed tracheal splints in a pediatric patient. Biomedical engineers at the...

3D-Printed Tracheal Splints Used in Groundbreaking Pediatric Surgery
From the Editor : Software
From the Editor — Apple’s Mobile Apps Break New Ground in Cloud of Controversy

In September, FDA granted de novo classification to two apps offered in the new Apple Watch Series 4, which the tech giant says have been “redesigned and re-engineered to help users stay connected, be more active, and manage their health in powerful new...

News : Medical
Orthopedic Implants May Kill Harmful Bacteria

Researchers are carrying out a range of groundbreaking experiments to test whether mimicking the nanopatterns of the dragonfly wing on orthopedic implants can kill harmful bacteria that cause infections.

News : Medical
MR Coil for High-Quality Imaging
MR Coil for High-Quality Imaging

Researchers have developed and tested an MR coil for high-quality imaging of the whole mouse. Such coils are required for preclinical studies of drugs, as well as for targeted examination of various body...

MR Coil for High-Quality Imaging
News : Medical
Integrated Sensor Could Monitor Brain Aneurysm Treatment
Integrated Sensor Could Monitor Brain Aneurysm Treatment

Implantation of a stent-like flow diverter can offer one option for less-invasive treatment of brain aneurysms — bulges in blood vessels — but the procedure requires frequent...

Integrated Sensor Could Monitor Brain Aneurysm Treatment
News : Medical
Nanosized Traps Diagnosing Bacterial Infections
Nanosized Traps Diagnosing Bacterial Infections

A new type of lab on a chip has the potential to become a clinical tool capable of detecting very small quantities of disease-causing bacteria in just minutes. The device is made of nanosized...

Nanosized Traps Diagnosing Bacterial Infections
News : Medical
Microscale Superlubricity Improves Electromechanical Devices
Microscale Superlubricity Improves Electromechanical Devices

Superlubricity — the state of ultra-low friction and wear — holds great promise for the reduction of frictional wear in mechanical and automatic devices.

Microscale Superlubricity Improves Electromechanical Devices
News : Medical
Flexible Microrobots for Medical Tasks
Flexible Microrobots for Medical Tasks

A team of researchers has developed an integrated fabrication process that enables the design of soft robots on the millimeter scale with micrometer-scale features. To demonstrate the capabilities of...

Flexible Microrobots for Medical Tasks
Features : Electronics & Computers
EMC for Medical Devices: EN/IEC 60601-1-2, 4th Edition
EMC for Medical Devices: EN/IEC 60601-1-2, 4th Edition

The fourth edition IEC/EN 60601-1-2 (4th Edition) will become a mandatory standard covering safety for medical devices on December 31, 2018.1,2 As with any new...

EMC for Medical Devices: EN/IEC 60601-1-2, 4th Edition
Features : Electronics & Computers
Miniature Connections Drive Advances in Emerging Neuro Technologies
Miniature Connections Drive Advances in Emerging Neuro Technologies

The value of neuromodulation devices is that they offer a “third option” in the treatment of neurological disorders — one that can provide drug-free relief from...

Miniature Connections Drive Advances in Emerging Neuro Technologies
Features : Materials
Increase Dental Implant Longevity with Bio-functional TiN and DLC Coatings
Increase Dental Implant Longevity with Bio-functional TiN and DLC Coatings

Artificial dental implants are the most reliable restoration option available for mature tooth loss. Despite their long potential lifespan, poor integration into the...

Increase Dental Implant Longevity with Bio-functional TiN and DLC Coatings
Features : Test & Measurement
Four-Step Plastic Testing Protocol: Making Informed Design and Material Decisions
Four-Step Plastic Testing Protocol: Making Informed Design and Material Decisions

Medical devices across the United States must not only keep pace with advances in technology but also with the increased use of harsh solvents and...

Four-Step Plastic Testing Protocol: Making Informed Design and Material Decisions
Technology Leaders : Design
Seven Steps to Successful Contract Manufacturing for the Medical Industry
Seven Steps to Successful Contract Manufacturing for the Medical Industry

Contract manufacturing, or outsourcing, has typically been associated with a company using an offshore manufacturer and lower labor rates to produce their products at...

Seven Steps to Successful Contract Manufacturing for the Medical Industry

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