Keyword: Children

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R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
The garments will contain sealed, airtight regions that can inflate, making them temporarily rigid and providing the force for movement.
R&D: Medical

Researchers have developed a hand prosthesis powered and controlled by the user’s breathing. The simple, lightweight device offers an alternative to Bowden cable-driven body-powered...

Briefs: Wearables

A Baylor University researcher’s prototype smartphone app — designed to help parents detect early signs of various eye diseases in their children...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Duke University researchers have developed a handheld probe that can image individual photoreceptors in the eyes of infants. The technology, based on adaptive optics, will make it easier for...

R&D: Medical

Soft robotic actuators have recently emerged as an attractive alternative to more rigid components that have conventionally been used in biomedical devices. However,...

Global Innovations: AR/AI
Features: Medical

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...

Briefs: Medical

On the heels of winning $12 million in supplemental funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct a major, multicenter, national clinical trial of his iLet™ bionic pancreas,...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital researchers have developed a customizable soft robot that fits around a heart and helps it beat, potentially opening new treatment...

Briefs: Medical

For patients with second-degree burns, it’s not always the initial injury that hurts most. The daily, sometimes hours-long bandage changes can be the most excruciating...

From the Editor: Medical

As 2016 came to a close, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 392–26, and the Senate passed it by a vote of...

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control

Biomedical engineers from the University of Minnesota have created artificial blood vessels. If confirmed in humans, the grafts, bioengineered in the lab and tested in young lambs,...

Briefs: Software

Swing a baseball bat, eat with a fork and knife, steer a bike with both handles — without two hands, a child can’t do any of these ordinary activities that most children take...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

A Northwestern University research team has developed a 3D printable ink that produces a synthetic bone implant that rapidly induces bone regeneration and growth. This hyperelastic...

Briefs: Imaging

A new device developed by researchers at MIT and a physician at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center could greatly improve doctors’ ability to accurately diagnose ear infections. That...

Briefs: Medical

Children’s National Health System, Washington, DC

Surgeons and scientists at the Children’s National Health System’s Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical...

Briefs: Wearables

“Preterm labor is related to high morbidity, high mortality, and significant cost,” said Rubin Pillay, MD, PhD, assistant dean for global health innovation at the UAB School of Medicine. “If we...

R&D: Medical
Researchers Print Lifelike Ear Models

Children with under-formed or missing ears can undergo surgeries to fashion a new ear from rib cartilage. Aspiring surgeons, however, lack lifelike practice models. A University of Washington otolaryngology resident and bioengineering student 3D-printed a low-cost pediatric rib cartilage model that more...

Briefs: Medical

Physicians at Boston Children’s Hospital report that four children with life-threatening cerebrovascular malformations posing surgical challenges have benefited from surgeons having 3D-printed...

Briefs: Medical
Creating a custom wheelchair for siblings with neuromuscular disease.

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a debilitating neuromuscular disease. It involves motor nerve cells in the spinal cord,...

R&D: Medical
Auditory Implant Bypasses Inner Ear

A team of hearing and communication experts led by the Keck School of Medicine of USC successfully implanted an auditory brainstem implant (ABI) device in four children who previously could not hear.

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Making Heart Surgery Safer for Kids by Using 3D Printing

Surgeons at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles say that three-dimensional printing technology can make surgery safer for children with congenital heart disease, and reduce the duration and number of invasive procedures required. Richard Kim, MD, a cardiac surgeon recently used a 3D printed...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

New research in robotics to help with stroke rehabilitation, guide wheelchairs, and assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are some of the projects now being funded by the National...

R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition

A group of engineers and students at Kansas State University, Manhattan, is developing technology to improve the health and quality of life for children with severe developmental...

Briefs: Medical

Idiopathic scoliosis is defined as a lateral or rotational curvature of the spine that initially appears in children during the prepubescent ages of 8 to 13. It currently affects nearly 7 million...

Briefs: Medical

Accelerator physicists have been striving to discover ever more powerful ways to generate and steer particle beams for research into the physics, materials, and matter, including...

Briefs: Materials

Researchers at the Medical University of Vienna/AKH Vienna, Austria, say that they have been able to demonstrate that the use of helium ions in radiation therapy could provide accurate treatment...

R&D: Medical
Biosensor Could Help Detect Brain Injuries During Heart Surgery

A team of engineers and cardiology experts at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Children’s Center have teamed up to develop a biosensor that...

Briefs: Medical

A simple design for a new type of intravenous drip for use with children that took a team of student from Rice University, Houston, TX, two years to evolve took the top prize in the National...

Ask the Expert

Ralph Bright on the Power of Power Cords

Understanding power system components and how to connect them correctly is critical to meeting regulatory requirements and designing successful electrical products for worldwide markets. Interpower’s Ralph Bright defines these requirements and explains how to know which cord to select for your application.

Inside Story

Rapid Precision Prototyping Program Speeds Medtech Product Development

Rapid prototyping technologies play an important role in supporting new product development (NPD) by companies that are working to bring novel and innovative products to market. But in advanced industries where products often make use of multiple technologies, and where meeting a part’s exacting tolerances is essential, speed without precision is rarely enough. In such advanced manufacturing—including the medical device and surgical robotics industries — the ability to produce high-precision prototypes early in the development cycle can be critical for meeting design expectations and bringing finished products to market efficiently.