News : Electronics & Computers
Pacemaker Powered by Beating Heart

An interdisciplinary research team from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Arizona, Tucson, has developed a flexible medical implant that harvests energy from the beating heart, which, they say, could be used to power pacemakers,...

News : Medical
Diagnosing Asthma with a Drop of Blood

Using a single drop of blood, a team of engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has developed what they say is a faster, cheaper, and more accurate tool for diagnosing even mild cases of asthma.

News : Medical
Stretchable Antenna for Wearable Health Monitoring

Researchers at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, say that they have developed a new, stretchable antenna that can be incorporated into wearable technologies, such as health monitoring devices.

News : Medical
Epidural Stimulation Could Combat Paralysis

Exciting news was reported by an international team of life scientists at the University of Louisville, KY; UCLA, Los Angeles, CA; and the Pavlov Institute of Physiology, Saint Petersburg, Russia; who say that epidural electrical stimulation of the spinal cord has allowed four men who’ve been...

News : Electronics & Computers
Energy Generator Powered by Saliva

An international team of engineers from Penn state University, University Park, PA, and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, have discovered that saliva-powered micro-sized microbial fuel cells can produce minute amounts of energy—enough to run on-chip applications, they say. This...

News : Wearables
Elastic Patches for Wireless Health Monitoring

A team of engineers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, have demonstrated thin, soft stick-on patches that stretch and move with the skin and incorporate commercial, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics, can support sophisticated wireless...

News : Medical
April 2014 Mid-Month Industry News

Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

News : Photonics/Optics
New Lens Design Dramatically Improves Lithotripsy

A team of mechanical and materials engineers at Duke University, Durham, NC, have devised a way to improve the efficiency of lithotripsy—the crushing of kidney stones using focused shock waves. After decades of research, they say that all it took was cutting a groove near the perimeter of the...

News : Medical
Lasers Used to Pop Cancer-Killing ‘Chemo’ Balloons

Scientists at the University of Buffalo, NY, are exploring the use of PoP-liposomes or nanoballoons to get chemotherapy drugs where they need to go. They then blast the balloons with red lasers to release the drugs. They say this approach could make chemo more effective while reducing side...

News : Medical
New Surgical Guidance System for Minimally Invasive Surgery

A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, has designed a computerized imaging process to make minimally invasive surgery more accurate and streamlined using equipment already common in the operating room.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump May Help Certain Heart Patients

Physicians at the Medical College of Georgia and Georgia Regents University, Augusta, say that the intra-aortic balloon pump, one of the most frequently used mechanical circulatory assist devices in the world may have untapped potential. One of its many uses is helping ensure adequate...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sensor Belt Measures Longest ECG Ever

Patients with cardiac diseases may ignore symptoms for months before an emergency arises. Then, seconds count. A long-term recorded electrocardiogram (ECG) may help physicians determine if an emergency is pending. A sensor belt developed at Karlsruhe Institute...

News : Medical
Bionic Hand Allows Amputee Real-Time Sense of Touch

A team of researchers and engineers at the Swiss Ecole Poly technique Fédérale de Lausanne Center for Neuroprosthetics have developed a revolutionary sensory feedback that allowed an amputee named Dennis Aabo Sørensen to feel sensory-rich information, in real-time, using a prosthetic hand...

News : Medical
Self-Aligning Wires for Nanoelectronics

Miniaturization in microelectronics is beginning to reach its physical limits, say researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, who are seeking new methods for device fabrication.

News : Medical
Credit Card-Sized Device Could Diagnose Cancer in Minutes

University of Washington, Seattle, scientists and engineers are developing a low-cost device that could help pathologists diagnose pancreatic cancer earlier and faster. The prototype can perform the basic steps for processing a biopsy, relying on fluid transport to process the tissue,...

News : Medical
Pomegranate Inspires Battery Design

Researchers at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has invented an electrode designed like a pomegranate with silicon nanoparticles clustered like seeds in a tough carbon rind, that they say overcomes several obstacles to using silicon for a new generation...

News : Medical
Determining Risks of Nickel in the Heart

Materials scientists at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany, have examined implants made of nickel-titanium alloy in a long-term study to see whether the release of nickel is harmful. Nickel-titanium alloys are increasingly being used as material for cardiovascular implants in minimal...

News : Medical
Materials for a Modern World: How Trends Are Driving Advances in Thermoplastic Materials Science

The medical device market is undergoing an unprecedented period of growth due to a dramatic global population boom, an expanding middle class, and an aging population in select regions. These demographic factors are driving the growing demand for...

News : Materials
Cutting Edge Adhesives for Medical Electronic Devices

Medical electronic devices can run the gamut from imposing MRI and x-ray imaging machines to miniscule implantable circuits designed to detect physical conditions and deliver programmed therapy. As is the case with most electronic gadgets, there is a growing trend in medical electronics...

News : Medical
Lowering the Costs of Organ Cell Printing

A specialized 3D printing extruder developed by students at the University of Alabama in Huntsville could lower the costs of printing cellular structures for use in drug testing. Using the so-called CarmAl extruder (Carbohydrate Anhydrous Rapid Manufacturing Aluminum extruder), its controlling software,...

News : Medical
Mobile Phone App Provides Pocket Diagnostics

A new mobile phone application, developed by a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge, UK, that can turn any smartphone into a portable medical diagnostic device, could help make monitoring conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, and urinary tract infections much easier for both...

News : Medical
FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Humanitarian Device Exemption

The FDA has recently issued a draft guidance titled, "Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE): Questions and Answers." This draft guidance answers commonly asked questions about Humanitarian Use Devices (HUDs) and the Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) authorized under section 520(m) of the...

News : Medical
Biodegradable Materials Could Transform Electronics

Researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, led by Professor John Rogers, PhD, are taking on the challenge of health and sustainability issues simultaneously by developing a vast toolbox of materials—from magnesium and silicon to silk and even rice paper—to make...

News : Medical
3D X-ray Exposes Movements in Real Time

A team of researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany say that they have developed a technique to record 3D X-ray films showing internal movement dynamics in a spatially precise manner and, at the same time, in the temporal dimension. They applied this technique to image the moving hip...

News : Medical
Sensory Wristbands to Monitor Medical Conditions

Specialized wristbands, developed researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, can gauge a person’s emotional response to stimuli by tapping skin conductance, an indicator of the state of the sympathetic nervous system, which controls the body’s flight-or-fight response by ramping...

News : Medical
March 2014 Month-End Industry News

Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

News : Aerospace
Stanford Scientists Working to improve Astronauts' Heart Health

Astronauts in the Apollo program after just a few days in space, felt dizzy when standing. Tests revealed that each beat of their heart pumped less blood than it had before the mission. To better understand and improve astronaut safety, Stanford University student researchers are...

News : Electronics & Computers
A Graphene-Metal Sandwich Could Improve Electronics

Researchers have discovered that creating a graphene-copper-graphene “sandwich” enhances copper’s heat conducting properties, which could help in shrinking electronics. Engineers at the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Manchester, UK, in collaboration, found that...

News : Medical
Pressure Sensor for Bladder Control

Spinal injuries can damage the nerve supply to the bladder, meaning that people cannot tell when their bladder is full and needs to be emptied. This can create excessively high pressure on the bladder, which affects the kidneys and can lead to damage that may be life-threatening. Measuring this pressure is...

News : Medical
Understanding How Staph Adheres May Lead to Resistant Materials

The bacterium Staphylococcus Aureus is a common source of serious infections after surgeries involving prosthetic joints and artificial heart valves. So a search for bacteria-resistant materials is as an important line of defense. A team of scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National...

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