News : Materials
Coating Material May Prevent Blood Clots from Implants

A team of researchers from UCLA and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, has developed a material that could help prevent blood clots associated with catheters, heart valves, vascular grafts, and other implanted biomedical devices.

News : Medical
When Is an iPhone an Eye-Phone?

A team of researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, has developed two inexpensive adapters that enable a smartphone to capture high-quality images of the front and back of the eye. The adapters can allow anyone with minimal training to take a picture of the eye and share it securely...

News : Medical
March 2014 Mid-Month Industry News

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News : Medical
Robotic Drumming Prosthesis Aids Creativity and Control

Professor Gil Weinberg, founding director of the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, has created a robotic drumming prosthesisthat can be attached to amputees’s arms and powers two drumsticks. The first stick is controlled both physically by the musicians’ arms and electronically...

News : Medical
Bioplastic Could Transform Manufacturing

Researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Boston, MA, say that they have developed a method for large-scale manufacturing of everyday objects using a fully degradable bioplastic that’s been isolated from shrimp shells.

While the objects...

News : Medical
Electrical Stimulus Could Heal Chronic Wounds

A team of scientists at the University of Cincinnati, OH, says that an electrical stimulus can promote the growth of blood vessels and help to speed healing in diabetic ulcers and other hard-to-heal chronic wounds. Their research examines the best stimulus parameters, such as frequency and magnitude,...

News : Medical
Repairing Broken Bones with Silk Implants

When a surgeon needs to repair a broken bone requiring screws and plates to help bond the broken sections so the fracture to heal, the "fixation devices" are usually made of metal alloys. But metal devices may have potential disadvantages. Resorbable fixation devices, made of synthetic polymers, also...

News : Medical
New Technique to Treat Kidney Failure

A new technique to purify blood uses a nanofiber mesh, which could be useful as a cheap, wearable alternative to kidney dialysis, say a team of researchers at the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics, National Institute for Materials Science in Ibaraki, Japan. The mesh could be incorporated...

News : Medical
Space Research Institute Soliciting Fellowship Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute's (NSBRI) First Award Fellowship Program. Two-year fellowships are available to pursue research in any US laboratory conducting space-related biomedical or biotechnological research. NSBRI’s First...

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R&D Roundup: March 2014

Cyborgs Are Already Here

Cyborgs that combine machine systems with living organisms to have extraordinary abilities are already a reality say researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). This is especially true with medical implant technology.

News : Medical
3D Printing Creates Implantable Heart Device

Using an inexpensive 3D printer, biomedical engineers at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, say that they have developed a custom-fitted, implantable device with embedded sensors that could treat cardiac disorders.

News : Imaging
Twisting Sound to Improve Ultrasound Imaging

A team of scientists from Nanjing University in China and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is exploring the use of metamaterials to create devices that manipulate sound in versatile and unprecedented ways. This was reported in the journal, Applied Physics Letters.

News : Medical
Unique Optical Fibers Transmit High-Resolution Images

Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee first discovered a new way to propagate multiple beams of light through a single strand of optical fiber. Now, they say that their unique fiber architecture can transmit images of comparable or better quality than commercial endoscopy imaging...

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February 2014 Month-End Industry News

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News : Medical
Lowering the Costs of Organ Cell Printing

A specialized 3D printing extruder developed by a sophomore and collaborator at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) could lower the costs of printing cellular structures for use in drug testing. The so-called CarmAl extruder (Carbohydrate Anhydrous Rapid Manufacturing Aluminum extruder) its...

News : Materials
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 and have determined that the release of nickel from wires made of nickel-titanium alloys is very low. They found that the metal was also safe over longer...

News : Electronics & Computers
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
Wirelessly Rechargeable Cochlear implants

Cochlear implants, which electrically stimulate the auditory nerve, grant some hearing to those who might otherwise be deaf. One drawback has been that the devices require that a transmitter be affixed externally to the skull, with a wire snaking down to a joint microphone and power source that looks...

News : Electronics & Computers
Bionic Hand Allows Amputee Real-Time Sense of Touch

A team of researchers and engineers at the Swiss Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Center for Neuroprosthetics and SSSA (Italy) have developed a revolutionary sensory feedback that allowed an amputee named Dennis Aabo Sørensen to feel sensory-rich information, in real-time,...

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 instead of human hands to...

News : Photonics/Optics
New Laser Could Enable Breath Diagnostics

A team of physics researchers at the University of Adelaide, Australia, say that they have developed a new type of laser that will enable advances in areas as diverse as breath analysis for disease diagnosis and remote sensing of critical greenhouse gases.

News : Nanotechnology
Self-Aligning Wires for Nanoelectronics

Miniaturization in microelectronics is beginning to reach its physical limits, say researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, who are seeking new methods for device fabrication. They have discovered that one method may be the DNA...

News : Medical
Understanding How Piezoelectrics Work

Piezoelectrics, which can change mechanical stress to electricity and back again, are widely used in many fields, including computer hard drives, medical ultrasound, and sonar. Even so, understanding exactly they work is less widespread. A team of researchers at the National Institute of Standards and...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Student-Built Painting Robot Could Someday Aid Surgeons

Timothy Lee, a student at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, has built a robotic painting arm that can replicate the lines and shapes a surgeon makes with a scalpel using a paintbrush and canvas. His creative invention, a blend of art and science, could one day lend doctors a hand...

News : Electronics & Computers
Improving Safety of Lithium Ion Batteries

A team of Washington State University (WSU), Pullman, researchers has developed a gummy battery material that, they say, could dramatically improve the safety of lithium ion batteries.

News : Medical
Studying Complex Molecules with New Instrument

A team of graduate students along with a chemistry professor at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, say that they have invented a new scientific instrument—the world’s first fully automated dual-frequency, two-dimensional infrared spectrometer.

News : Medical
February 2014 Mid-Month Industry News

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News : Medical
Testing Head-Impact Sensors to Understand Concussions

Hot on the heels of the Super Bowl, comes new research from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, on concussions and head hits in football players and how the head reacts to impacts. Using crash test dummies wearing helmets and a laboratory drop tower, the researchers approximated the force...

News : Medical
Rating Differences in Injury Risk Between Football Helmets

When rhinos charge each other, their heavy skulls protect them from serious damage. But football players must rely on helmets that may not prevent concussion or other serious head injuries that may occur. To improve the odds of a safer helmet, researchers at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg,...

News : Medical
Diamonds and Silk Combine for New Imaging Tool

Silk and diamonds are the ingredients for a new kind of tiny glowing particle that could provide researchers with a novel technique for biological imaging and drug delivery. The particles, just tens of nanometers across, are made of nanodiamonds covered in silk.

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