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News : Electronics & Computers
Novel Biological Sources for Implantable Battery Materials

Where will the next source of electrode materials for batteries to power edible medical devices come from? Would you believe, from marine cuttlefish? Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, say that melanin pigments in cuttlefish ink provides the perfect chemistry and...

News : Medical
The Ten Biggest Medical Successes of 2013

Medical science had a banner year in 2013, including a development, according to Dr. Stephen Shrewsbury, that offers the first long-term proof that a much-discussed new medical technology can work, at least with one disease. Click the link to see the list.

News : Medical
Novel Medical Imaging Technique Developed

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed prototype calibration tools for an experimental medical imaging technique that offers new advantages in diagnosing and monitoring of certain cancers and possibly other medical conditions.

News : Materials
NIST Announces New Center for Materials Research

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) selected a consortium led by Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, to establish a new NIST-sponsored center of excellence for advanced materials research. The new Center for Hierarchical Materials Design (CHiMaD) also includes the...

News : Materials
Mighty Morphing Composite Material

Experiments by researchers at Rice University, Houston, TX, found that new biocompatible, stable, and inert materials they developed that start as flat slabs can morph into shapes that can be controlled by patterns written into their layers. Materials that can change their shape based on environmental...

News : Medical
Transistor for High-Performance Devices at Low Voltage

A team of scientists at Penn State, University Park, PA, say that a new type of transistor could make fast, low-power computing devices possible for energy-constrained applications such as implantable medical electronics, smart sensor networks, and ultra-mobile computing. Called a near...

News : Medical
December Mid-Month Industry News

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News : Medical
Continuous Patient Monitoring with “Diagnostic Skin”

The routine action of taking a person’s temperature belies the critical importance of obtaining accurate body temperature to assess the health of a patient. Subtle variations in body temperature can indicate potentially harmful conditions, and as such, a number of technologies have been...

News : Medical
X-Ray Technology for Soft Tissues

Traditional X-rays generally cannot image the body’s soft tissues, except with the use of contrast-enhancing agents that must be swallowed or injected, and their resolution is limited. But a new approach developed by researchers at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital could enable the most detailed images...

News : Medical
The Engineering Behind Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing is a method of making 3D objects by building up material, layer upon layer, using a digital design. And, the number of technologies customized and created using additive manufacturing processes is growing each year. But did you know that many of the foundational techniques for...

News : Electronics & Computers
How to Optimize Carbon Nanotube Arrays

When designing devices, engineers often must join together materials that expand and contract at different rates as temperatures change. Such thermal differences can cause problems if, for instance, a semiconductor chip is plugged into a socket that can’t expand and contract rapidly enough to maintain an...

News : Imaging
MEMS Silicon Chip Improves Diagnostic Imaging

Small optical devices can be valuable as diagnostic imaging tools within the body, for instance, as optical probes with a 360-degree view in the gastrointestinal tract. A new microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) silicon chip developed by researchers from the Agency for Science, Technology and...

News : Medical
Tongue Stud Used to Control Wheelchair

Powered wheelchair users, who are paralyzed from the neck down, can control their chair by sipping or puffing air into a straw mounted on their wheelchair to execute four basic commands that drive the chair. But, a new assistive technology, called the Tongue Drive System, can allow users to access...

News : Medical
Robotic Insertion of Needles and Catheters Developed

A robot, created by of a joint collaboration between researchers of the High School of Industrial Engineers of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in Spain and the Gliatech S.L Company, can be used to guide precise insertion of needles and catheters. It has a hybrid powerstrain...

News : Medical
Improving Motor Skills after Stroke

Using a novel rehabilitation device that converts an individual’s thoughts to electrical impulses to move upper extremities, stroke patients reported improvements in their motor function and ability to perform activities of daily living. A multidisciplinary team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison built...

News : Test & Measurement
Testing Plastics in Real Time

Plastics can be made scratch-proof and flame-proof, or given antibacterial properties through the addition of nano-sized additives mixed in with the pellets of plastic during the manufacturing process. However, the particle distribution within the plastic compound must be absolutely precise. A new device being...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sensor Screw for Precision Measurements

How can you measure forces acting between two components within a device without drilling holes or sticking on a sensor? Researchers at the Technischen Universität Darmstadt, Germany, have developed a simple solution: a screw with an integrated sensor.

News : Medical
Preventing Electromagnetic Attacks

Electromagnetic fields can interfere with or damage electronic devices. Electromagnetic radiation is invisible to people. A new measuring instrument being developed by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Muenchen, Germany, can help determine the strength, frequency, and direction of the attack.

News : FDA/Regulatory
New Proposed ASTM Standard

ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), West Conshohocken, PA, has proposed a new international standard to be used in the design, development, quality control, and comparison of a variety of collagen-based medical products, including surgical implants, delivery...

News : Materials
Proposed ASTM Standard on Collagen-Based Products

ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), West Conshohocken, PA, has proposed a new international standard to be used in the design, development, quality control, and comparison of a variety of collagen-based medical products, including surgical...

News : FDA/Regulatory
ANSI Launches Online Portal for Standards

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has launched the ANSI IBR Portal, an online tool for free, read-only access to voluntary consensus standards that have been incorporated by reference (IBR) into federal laws and regulations.

News : Materials
Scientists Invent Self-healing Battery Electrode

A team of researchers from Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have made the first battery electrode that heals itself, opening a new and potentially commercially viable path for making the next generation of lithium ion batteries.

News : Test & Measurement
Device to Measure Superconductors Breaks World Records

Scientists at the Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel, have taken a quantum leap toward understanding the exciting phenomenon of superconductivity. They have created the world’s smallest SQUID, a Superconducting QUantum Interference Device, used to measure magnetic fields, breaking the...

News : Medical
Designing Spacesuit Tools and Sensors to Keep Astronauts Healthy

A team of researchers at Kansas State University, Manhattan, are developing improvements for astronauts' outerwear. The team, which includes electrical and computer engineering professors and more than a dozen students, envisions a future spacesuit that could monitor astronauts'...

News : Medical
November 2013 Month-End Industry News

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

News : Research Lab
Collaboration to Advance Silicon Nanotech and Personal Healthcare

Researchers and physicians at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, will collaborate with the nanoelectronics R&D center Imec, Leuven, Belgium, to advance silicon applications in healthcare, beginning with development of a device to enable a broad range of clinical tests....

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
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 fingernail-sized biosensor that could alert doctors when serious brain injury occurs during heart surgery. By doing so, the device could help doctors...

News : Medical
Robotics Technology Advances Artificial Legs

Recent advances in robotics technology enables prosthetics that can dramatically improve the mobility of lower-limb amputees, allowing them to negotiate stairs and slopes and uneven ground, and significantly reducing their risk of falling, say a team of engineers at Vanderbilt University’s Center...

News : Medical
November Mid-Month Industry News

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

News : Medical
Building an MRI-Guided Robotic Heart Catheter

A team of researchers at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, have received a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for its project to perfect the technology to steer a robotic catheter through the heart’s beating chambers using the push and pull of magnetic fields...

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