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December Year-End Industry Update

We here at Medical Design Briefs wish for a year of safety, peace, and plenty for all, and a healthy and prosperous new year for you. We are sincerely grateful for the ability to serve you and wish you the very best for the coming year. Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Using Beam of Sound as a Scalpel?

Using a focused beam of sound as a scalpel? That's not as far off as it sounds, according to a group of University of Michigan at Ann Arbor engineering researchers, whose research shows that a carbon-nanotube-coated lens that they developed converts light to sound and can focus high-pressure sound waves to finer...

News: Medical
50 Tests from One Drop of Blood

A new device about the size of a business card, developed by scientists at the Methodist Hospital Research Institute and MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, could let health care providers perform up to 50 tests for insulin and other blood proteins, cholesterol, and even viral or bacterial infection all from...

News: Medical
Device Helps Disabled Children Access Tablets

Digital devices can provide games, e-books, and learning apps to everyone who can operate them. But what if you can't work even the easiest of controls? Engineers at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, are working with children who have limited mobility that makes it difficult for them to...

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Developing a Shared Medical Device Audit Program

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Australian Therapeutic Foods Administration (TGA), Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA), and the Canadian Health Products and Food Branch (Health Canada) have all signed on to a statement of cooperation to develop a single audit program for...

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Mind-Controlled Robot Arm Handles Routine Tasks

A team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh (UP) School of Medicine and UPMC (Medical Center) are working with a woman with longstanding quadriplegia to accomplish "ordinary" tasks that once seemed impossible. Together, they have demonstrated, for the first time, that a person with...

News: Medical
Top 10 Device Challenges for Hospital Staff

Healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals working in hospitals say their top challenge is the management of medical devices and systems on information technology networks, according to a new survey commissioned by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation...

News: Medical
Intuitive Control for Implantable Prosthetic Arm

A team of researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, say that they have created the world’s first implantable robotic arm controlled by thoughts.

Prosthetic leg technology has advanced rapidly in the past decade, but prosthetic arm advances have been much...

News: Medical
Implanted Brain 'Pacemaker' for Alzheimer's Disease

Recently, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD, surgically implanted a pacemaker-like device into the brain of a patient in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, the first such operation in the United States. The device, which provides deep brain stimulation and has been used...

News: Medical
December Mid-Month Industry Update

As we head into the holiday season, we want to take this opportunity to let you know how much we appreciate you, and to wish you every happiness at this festive time and throughout the coming New Year. Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

News: Medical
Porcupine Quills Aid Device Design

Once a porcupine’s quill penetrates your skin, it’s very difficult to remove. That’s the inspiration behind research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, to develop new types of adhesives, needles, and other medical devices.

In a new study,...

News: Medical
Microneedle Vaccine Could Boost Measles Immunization

Measles vaccines given using nearly painless microneedle patches can immunize against measles just as well as with conventional hypodermic needles, according to research done by the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In...

News: Nanotechnology
Creating 3D Nanostructures Using DNA ‘Bricks’

Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, Boston, MA, have created more than 100 3D nanostructures using DNA building blocks that function like Lego® bricks. This method is the next step toward using DNA nanotechnologies for sophisticated...

News: Materials
Degradation of Silicone-Urethane Medical Devices

As reported to the American Chemical Society (ACS), University of Minnesota researchers have discovered a previously unrecognized way that degradation can occur in silicone-urethane plastics often used in medical devices. Their study, published in ACS' journal Macromolecules, could have...

News: Medical
Survey Says: Buy American Made

More than 80 percent of US consumers and, even more surprising, more than 60 percent of Chinese consumers say that they are willing to pay more for products labeled “Made in USA” than for those labeled “Made in China,” according to new research released by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global...

News: Medical
Developing Propellant-Fueled Prostheses

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta; the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; and Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, announced a four-year joint project to develop a below-knee prosthesis capable of actively powering the ankle joint powered by a gas- or liquid-based...

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Monitoring Medical Vital Signs with Mini Sensors

Electrical engineers at Oregon State University, Corvallis, have developed new technology to monitor medical vital signs, with sensors so tiny and inexpensive they could fit onto a bandage, be manufactured in high volumes, and cost less than a quarter.

One potential application is heart...

News: Medical
Sensor Tattoo Measures Metabolic Stress

A medical sensor that adheres to the skin like a temporary tattoo could help doctors to detect metabolic problems in patients. Shaped like a smiley face, the entire sensor is a thin, flexible unit designed to conceal the electrodes.

Designed by researchers at the Department of Physical &...

News: Medical
Scanning Innovation May Improve Personalized Medicine

Combining medical imaging technologies, says Ge Wang, director of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's Center for Biomedical Imaging, Blacksburg, VA, could provide improved early disease screening, cancer staging, therapeutic assessment, and other aspects of personalized...

News: Medical
FDA Announces Public-Private Partnership to Speed Access to Device Technologies

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it is part of the first public-private partnership to promote medical device regulatory science with a focus on speeding the development, assessment, and review of new medical devices.

The new Medical...

News: Medical
Multi-Tasking Implantable Silk Optics

Bioengineers at Tufts University School of Engineering, Medford, MA, have demonstrated that silk-based implantable optics can enhance tissue imaging, administer heat, deliver and monitor drugs. In addition, the devices are biodegradable and biocompatible, harmlessly dissolving at predetermined rates and...

News: Medical
FDA Moves Up Deadline for UDI System

The US Food and Drug Administration released an amendment seeking to speed the deadlines for establishing a unique device identification (UDI) system, or numeric or alphanumeric code on certain medical devices. Specifically, the amendment would apply to “implantable, life-supporting, and life-sustaining”...

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November Month-End Industry News

Here’s hoping that your Thanksgiving holiday was festive and that everyone at your table found at least one reason to be thankful. Heading into December, here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

News: Medical
November Mid-Month Industry News

Our thoughts are with those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. The storm's destructive force was felt across the East Coast, but none were more directly impacted than those within the tri-state area—New Jersey, New York, Connecticut. We recognize that the storm's torrential rains, powerful...

News: Medical
Top 10 Healthtech Hazards Report

While health technology advances provide new ways to improve patient care, some may also create new opportunities for harm. To help minimize the risk of technology-related adverse events, the ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, has released its...

News: Medical
Defibrillator Setting Change Leads to Health Gains

A new study shows that many implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), which are designed to detect and correct dangerous heart rhythms, are programmed to too low a setting, delivering painful shocks for heart rhythms that aren’t dangerous. Making a simple change in the way physicians...

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Disposable MEMS Market Growing, Study Says

The market for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) used as pressure sensors in medical electronics is likely to grow by 7 percent this year, aided by the use of disposable devices as well as respiratory monitoring, according to iSuppli, El Segundo, CA, a global leader in technology value chain...

News: Materials
PVC Organizations Unite to Promote Medical Usage

In Brussels, Belgium, the PVCMed Alliance was launched to promote the use and value of PVC in healthcare applications. PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is the third-most widely produced plastic. The PVCMed Alliance is a coalition of PVC resin and plasticizer producers and PVC converters.

The...

News: Medical
Pacemaker Powered by Heartbeat

Engineers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, tested an energy-harvesting device that uses piezoelectricity — an electrical charge generated from motion — to convert energy from a beating heart to provide enough electricity to power a pacemaker.

As reported in a study presented at the American...

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