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R&D: Medical
Researchers have designed a lightweight helmet with tiny LEGO-size sensors that scan the brain while a person moves. The helmet is the first of its kind to accurately record magnetic fields generated by brain activity while people are in motion.
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R&D: Wearables
The tension-activated repair patches (TARPs) provide controlled release of an anti-inflammatory molecule called anakinra from microcapsules over time, which helped discs in a large animal model regain the tension they need to reverse herniation and prevent further degeneration.
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Features: AR/AI
As more organizations adopt the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), their cybersecurity strategies must adapt. IoT risks are significant, but other new technologies — namely, blockchain — offer security solutions.
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Features: Medical
In May 2023, a class of tiny, self-propelled robots were designed in the United States that can slip into a human body and may one day deliver prescribed drugs to hard-to-reach parts of the body. The team of developers at the University of Colorado Boulder aims to make the robot fully biodegradable one day, so that it eventually would dissolve in the body.
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Features: Wearables
MD&M West features products and insights across medical specialties such as medical devices, digital health, hospital equipment and supplies, cardiovascular solutions, pharmaceuticals, and much more. In her keynote, Jennifer Samproni will share her vision for the growing role that human machine interfaces (HMI) will play in the future of medical device innovation.
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Features: Wearables
As industry navigates technological frontiers, the collective goal is to enhance patient experiences, streamline processes, and make healthcare more accessible and equitable. This article explores key emerging trends that are not only improving patient engagement but are also set to redefine the future of healthcare.
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Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
See the product of the month: Advanced silicone molding services offered by AMETEK EMC.
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Products: Medical
See the new products and services, including precision injection molding from Medbio; Covestro's Makrolon 3638 polycarbonate; laser processing systems from Amada Weld Tech; biocompatible adhesives, sealants, and potting materials from EpoxySet; brushless ECX speed motors from maxon; and more.
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Products: Medical
See where the product focus is this month: power supplies, including power entry modules from Schurter, XP Power's AC-DC power modules, highly compact power supplies from Cosel Co. Ltd., and binder USA's coded panel-mount parts.
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Global Innovations: Medical

A new collaboration between The University of Manchester and CICECO-Aveiro Institute of Materials could transform the field of biomedical implants.

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From the Editor: Medical
There is sparce evidence in the health research literature to link health technology assessment (HTA) processes and outcomes (at a national, regional, or hospital level) with device purchasing decisions, according to ISPOR. Read on to learn new findings and more.
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Products: Software
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Features: Wearables
Multimodal assessment allows healthcare professionals to assess multiple domains of functioning, providing a comprehensive evaluation of the disease's impact on an individual.
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Features: AR/AI
This article delves into how the combined power of AI, wearables, and sensor data is redefining our understanding and management of mental health, paving the way for a more proactive, inclusive, and effective approach to mental well-being.
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Features: Connectivity
ISO 80369 Part 7, the long-awaited replacement to ISO 594, introduced a number of changes to the standard governing dimensions and performance requirements of Luer connectors.
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Features: Robotics, Automation & Control
With a focus on transformation, innovation, and portfolio management, Medtronic is well positioned for continued success and value creation in the dynamic medical technology landscape. Its commitment to shareholders, coupled with strategic guidance updates, underscores Medtronic's trajectory toward sustained growth and long-term value.
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Products: Wearables
See the new products and services, including an ultrathin cable module for single-use endoscopes from Omnivision, CUI Inc's dc-dc converter, Vision Engineering's stereo microscopes, Henkel's expanded portfolio for wearables, SupplyOne's packaging solutions, and more.
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Products: Connectivity
See the product of the month: Fischer Connectors' new low-voltage multipole connectors for medical devices, the First Mate Last Break (FMLB).
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Products: Medical
See the product focus this month, which is on motors and motion control, including Bison's enhanced washdown gearmotor line, Nippon Pulse's direct-drive AC servo motors, Portescap's brushless DC motors, and a new line of servomotors from Siemens.
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R&D: Materials
Scaffold insertion also appeared to be as safe as angioplasty, in terms of procedure-related complications.
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R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Researchers have laid the groundwork for a soft robotic tool and control system that could grant surgeons an unprecedented degree of maneuverability within the brain.
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R&D: Materials
Instead of using toxic chemicals or optical masks for patterning, a research team used laser direct patterning technology to form laser-induced graphene (LIG) on e-textiles and successfully manufactured graphene-based e-textiles.
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R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Researchers have invented sensor-based noninvasive medical devices to make the monitoring and treatment of certain physiological and psychological conditions timelier and more precise.
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R&D: Wearables
A cutting-edge technology known as acoustic touch helps people see using sound. The technology has the potential to transform the lives of those who are blind or have low vision.
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R&D: Wearables
A microprinter can print piezoelectric films 100 times faster for the production of MEMS for sensors, wearable, or implantable medical devices, offering the possibility to lower the mass production costs.
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From the Editor: Regulations/Standards
Analytics firm GlobalData has weighed in on the U.S. FDA's proposal to reclassify laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) as medical devices. FDA historically exercised enforcement discretion over LDTs, meaning that it did not actively regulate them like it does for other medical devices, so this is a significant regulatory change.
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Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Internet of Things has developed into an essential component of the medical manufacturing sector. The transformation IoT has brought about is both astonishing and inspiring. However, integrating IoT devices into medical manufacturing processes goes beyond following a trend.
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Features: Design
Experienced design teams that have the expertise in the regulatory aspect of device design during the R&D process (involving UX/UI design, human factors engineering, user research, prototyping) will be coveted, especially with the growth that is occurring in the home medical equipment market.
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Features: Medical
Selecting suitable bearings for medical devices is crucial in ensuring their reliability and performance. Factors such as material choice, lubrication, precision and noise levels, and protection from contamination should be carefully considered to meet the demanding requirements of the healthcare industry.
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Eric Dietsch on the Benefits of Nitinol Wire
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In collaboration with the Fort Wayne Metals Engineering team, Eric Dietsch focuses on supporting customers with material recommendations, product development, and education. Eric is available to help you and your company with any Nitinol-related questions or needs that you may have.

Inside Story

Selecting and Implementing Automation Solutions

Medical Manufacturing Technologies, Inc. (MMT), a leading global provider of medical device manufacturing solutions, acquired Ireland-based Somex Automation and Ward Automation Galway. Recognized for developing best-in-class custom automation and integration solutions encompassing the entire product lifecycle, from design and development through production, testing, and packaging, these brands have become the flagship offerings of MMT Automation. To find out more about selecting and implementing automation solutions, MDB recently spoke with Dave McMorrow, Technical Director, MMT Automation and Michael Wall, Technical Director, Somex Automation, an MMT company.

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