INSIDER : Medical
Jellyfish-Inspired Electronic Skin Glows When It Gets Hurt

Electronic-skin technologies for prosthetics and robots can detect the slightest touch or breeze. But oddly, the sensors that make this possible do not respond effectively to a harmful blow. Now researchers report the development of a jellyfish-inspired electronic skin that glows when...

From the Editor : Medical
From the Editor: Making Sure Medical Devices Play Nice Together

In this world of increasingly smart technology, the one place that interconnectivity is critical is in healthcare. Patients and their care givers should be confident that the devices that are “talking” to one another are doing so safely and without error.

Features : Materials
Electroactive Material for Wound Healing
NASA Langley Research Center’s Technology Gateway
Hampton, VA

This technology uses electrical activity to facilitate the wound-healing process while protecting the wound. The bandage is made of an electroactive material that is stimulated by the heat of the body and the pressure of cell...

Features : Medical
2017 Winner Revolutionizes Arterial Suturing, Reducing Costs and Time in the OR

The 15th annual “Create the Future” Design Contest for engineers, students, and entrepreneurs worldwide, sponsored by COMSOL, Inc., and Mouser Electronics, drew 1,150 innovative product ideas from engineers and students in 65 countries. The Medical category...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Custom Engineered HV Power Supplies for High- Performance Applications

High-voltage power supplies (HVPSs) are required in multiple configurations and capabilities. The dimensions, type of enclosure, weight, input and outputs, thermal and electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding, cooling method, connectors, etc., can vary with each...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Advanced Machining and Automation Reduce Medical Device Tubing Costs
Advanced Machining and Automation Reduce Medical Device Tubing Costs

In order to stay competitive in today’s medical device marketplace, it is imperative that companies continually invest in the latest technologies to ensure that they...

Advanced Machining and Automation Reduce Medical Device Tubing Costs
Features : Medical
Molecular Thermostat Makes Heaters Simpler, Safer and More Stable

Many medical applications require heat for optimal performance. For patient comfort, effective treatment, and a variety of diagnostic processes, equipment and fluids must be raised to, or kept at, specific operating temperatures. Medical heating applications can have strict...

Features : FDA/Regulatory
Implementing IEC 62304 for Safe and Effective Medical Device Software, PART 2

The reliability of the embedded software used in medical devices and the risk associated with it has become a vital concern. IEC 62304, “Medical device software – Software life cycle processes,” has thus emerged as an internationally recognized mechanism for the...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Nd:YAG or Fiber Laser? Choosing the Best Option for Your Micro Welding Application
Nd:YAG or Fiber Laser? Choosing the Best Option for Your Micro Welding Application

Four lasers can be used for micro welding: pulsed neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG), continuous wave (CW) fiber, quasi continuous wave (QCW)...

Nd:YAG or Fiber Laser? Choosing the Best Option for Your Micro Welding Application
Briefs : Medical
3D-Printing Materials Offer Safer Option for Wound Care
3D-Printing Materials Offer Safer Option for Wound Care

Cellulose nanofibrils have properties that can improve the characteristics of bio-based 3D printing pastes. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing a 3D wound care...

3D-Printing Materials Offer Safer Option for Wound Care
Briefs : Test & Measurement
New Test Rapidly Diagnoses Zika
New Test Rapidly Diagnoses Zika

MIT researchers have developed a paper-based test that can diagnose Zika infection within 20 minutes. Unlike existing tests, the new diagnostic does not cross-react with Dengue virus, a close relative of the...

New Test Rapidly Diagnoses Zika
Briefs : Materials
Gecko-Inspired Adhesive Outperforms Current Methods
Gecko-Inspired Adhesive Outperforms Current Methods

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have developed a soft gripping system that uses differential air pressure and a gecko-inspired...

Gecko-Inspired Adhesive Outperforms Current Methods
Briefs : Markets
Low-Density Polymer Lightens the Load of Prosthetic Hand
Low-Density Polymer Lightens the Load of Prosthetic Hand

Researchers at the University of Southampton, UK, have chosen low-density thermopolymer to create various parts of the next generation of its innovative Southampton-Remedi prosthetic...

Low-Density Polymer Lightens the Load of Prosthetic Hand
Briefs : Medical
Helmet Smart Foam Signals Potential Concussions in Real Time
Helmet Smart Foam Signals Potential Concussions in Real Time

Most football fans have seen players get hit so hard they can barely walk back to the sideline. All too often in years past, those players were back on the field just a few plays...

Helmet Smart Foam Signals Potential Concussions in Real Time
Features : Medical
Choosing the Right Fluid Dispensing Pump

Choosing the right fluid dispensing pump for a given application is critical. Whether it’s accuracy and precision or the need to perform for millions of cycles, understanding the most suitable types of pumps available is the first step. This article describes several pumps commonly used for medical...

Features : Medical
Fluid Control: Valveless Design Offers Accuracy and Precision

Healthcare providers now, more than ever, make critical patient care decisions based on the test results obtained from medical diagnostic instrumentation. The accuracy, precision, and reliability of clinical chemistry and immunoassay analyzers not only rely on the inherent design and...

Features : Medical
Kid: A Telemedicine Solution for Retinopathy of Prematurity

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a disease that affects premature infants. It is the leading cause of childhood blindness. Although effective treatments exist, many infants are still at-risk due to the small window of time for detection. The current standard of care consists of...

Features : Medical
High-Visibility Biopsy Needles

Longer life expectancy in conjunction with improved knowledge of cancers has resulted in increased demands for core needle biopsies. Additionally, cancer diagnosis typically occurs earlier and hence biopsy specimens are required from smaller tissue masses.

Features : Medical
Quartet H2O LDD Actively Cooled Lateral Surgical Fiber Optic

Infrared surgical lasers, e.g., CTH:YAG @ 2100 nm and TM:YAG @ 2000 nm, are wonderful tools for minimally invasive surgery such as laser vaporization of hyperplastic prostate tissue (BPH), but they are completely incompatible with right angle, off-axis delivery. Fiber optics find great...

Features : Medical
Compact Device Can Detect Rheumatoid Arthritis
University of TwenteEnschede,
The Netherlands
www.utwente.nl/mira

According to a clinical study published in the scientific journal Photoacoustics, the University of Twente and various European partners have designed a device that shows the difference between healthy fingers and...

Products : Electronics & Computers
New Products and Services: November 2017 Medical Design Briefs

Power Supply

A 400-W power supply is now available from Integrated Power Designs, Wilkes-Barre, PA. The power supply comes with two to four outputs in a compact 4 × 7 × 1.5 in. package. High power density is achieved through the use of an interleaved boundary conduction...

News : Medical
Sterigenics Acquires Toxikon’s European Laboratory Business

Sterigenics International has acquired Toxikon Europe N.V., the European division of Toxikon Corporation, a Bedford, MA-based preclinical contract research organization. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

News : Medical
Illuminated Pajamas Treat Newborns

To treat newborns for treat, the babies lie in incubators. Irradiation with blue light in an incubator is necessary because toxic decomposition products of the blood pigment hemoglobin are deposited in the skin in newborns with jaundice. Researchers have significantly improved the not-so-child-friendly...

News : Medical
Nanogel Capsule Helps Cardiac Stem Cells

Cardiac stem cell therapy is a promising treatment for damaged hearts. However, researchers are still working on two major issues with the therapy – how to keep the stem cells in place and how to prevent rejection when the stem cells are not from the patient’s own body. A new approach may solve both...

News : Medical
Nanodiamonds Show Promise for Aiding Recovery from Root Canal

Researchers found in a clinical trial that nanodiamonds protected disinfected root canals after the nerve and pulp were removed, thereby improving the likelihood of a full recovery. The findings are a milestone for the use of nanodiamonds in humans.

News : Markets
Using Robots in Patient Rehabilitation

Researchers have begun to discover preferences in human-robot interactions and the need to personalize those encounters to fit both the human’s preferences and the designated task. The researchers tested user preferences when interacting with a robot on a joint movement task as a first step toward...

News : Medical
Self-Regulating Nanoparticles Could Treat Cancer

Scientists from the University of Surrey have developed ‘intelligent’ nanoparticles that heat up to a temperature high enough to kill cancerous cells — but which then self-regulate and lose heat before they get hot enough to harm healthy tissue.

News : Medical
Piezoelectrics Stretch Potential with Flexible Sticking

Researchers have demonstrated a new technique for making piezoelectric microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) by connecting a sample of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezoelectric thin films to flexible polymer substrates.

INSIDER : Medical
Gold ‘Nanoprobes’ Track Blood Flow in Tiny Vessels

Scientists have designed gold nanoparticles, no bigger than 100 nm, that can be coated and used to track blood flow in the smallest blood vessels in the body. By improving our understanding of blood flow in vivo, the nanoprobes represent an opportunity to help in the early diagnosis of...

INSIDER : Medical
Augmented Tongue Ultrasound for Speech Therapy

A team of researchers has developed a system that can display the movements of our own tongues in real time. Captured using an ultrasound probe placed under the jaw, these movements are processed by a machine learning algorithm that controls an “articulatory talking head.” As well as the face...

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