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Building Stronger Polymers

Within all polymers, there are structural flaws at the molecular level. In an ideal network, each polymer chain would bind only to another chain. In reality, though, many of the chains bind to themselves, forming floppy loops that can weaken the network.

A team of chemical engineers at Massachusetts Institute of...

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FDA Sets New Review Timetables and Goals

The US Food and Drug Administration has set new review timeframes and performance goals for 510(k) premarket notification reviews of medical devices following Congressional approval of the Medical Device User Fee Amendments of 2012 (MDUFA III) earlier this year. By 2017, the agency intends to reduce the...

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Nanofibrillar Cellulose Film for Medical Testing

Researchers at Aalto University, Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland, have developed a durable and affordable nanofibrillar cellulose(NFC) film platform to support medical testing. New environmentally friendly, reliable NFC platforms are more diverse than plastic films, they report.

The new type of...

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New European Medical Device Regulations Overview

The long awaited proposed Regulations for Medical Devices (and active implantable medical devices) and IVDs were released by the EU Commission. A new free white paper from the Emergo Group, Austin, TX, which provides regulatory consulting, explains several detailed items in the proposed...

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Quick Release Tape Won’t Harm Fragile Skin

Currently available commercial medical tapes work well to keep medical devices attached to the skin. But removing them can sometimes lead to skin tissue tearing, especially in babies and the elderly — those with the most fragile skin. Skin tears in babies and the elderly can range from skin...

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Global Medtech Remains Positive Despite Economy

A newly released annual report from Ernst & Young, Pulse of the Industry, reveals that publicly traded medtech companies in the US and in Europe turned in a solid performance in 2011, with revenue growth outpacing 2010 rates and delivering a third consecutive year of double-digit net income...

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Proteins, Not Torque Cause Surgical Screw Problems

For decades, overtightening was blamed for causing surgical screws and plates used in bone repair to irreversibly fuse together, making subsequent removal difficult for the surgeon and traumatic for the patient.

But a new study from the University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, OH,...

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Exoskeleton Provides Hope for Paraplegics

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, somewhere between 236,000 to 327,000 people in the US are living with serious spinal cord injuries. About 155,000 have paraplegia. But being able to stand and walk again is something that may someday come to be realized, say engineers at...

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October Month-End News from Industry

Happy Halloween! Here is the latest news from the medical products community.

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Bringing New Life to the Study of Diseases in Old Bones

It's almost Halloween and, to honor that, there’s news that researchers at The University of Manchester in the UK have demonstrated that a technology that can analyze millions of gene sequences can quickly and accurately identify diseases even in old skeletons.

The scientists used...

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Breast Cancer Scans with 25X Less Radiation

Great news for the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Scientists say that they have developed a technology to produce 3D X-ray breast images with a radiation dose much lower than the currently used 2D radiography. This new method enables the production of 3D diagnostic computed tomography (CT)...

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$2 Million Prize to Cure Blindness by 2020

Singer Art Garfunkel, Sanford Greenberg, chairman of the Wilmer Eye Institute's Board of Governors, and Jerry I. Speyer, a New York-based real estate tycoon, have joined in donating $2 million in gold bullion to inspire researchers to cure blindness by 2020, establishing through Johns Hopkins Medicine,...

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First Annual International Day of Radiology Celebrated

Today, November 8th, marks the first International Day of Radiology, marking the anniversary of the discovery by German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895 of the electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range commonly known as X-rays. It celebrates the tremendous advances in patient care...

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Using Lean Manufacturing to Save Stroke Victims

Using “lean” manufacturing principles to speed up treatment times for stroke victims may improve the effectiveness of a clot-busting protein used to treat to treat and reduce brain injury after embolic or thrombotic strokes, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s...

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Retina Scan to Predict MS Brain Damage

A five-minute eye scan using optical coherence tomography (OCT) to scan nerves deep in the back of the eye, can be used to accurately determine brain damage in people with the autoimmune disorder multiple sclerosis (MS). It can also be used to predict how quickly the disease is progressing, say researchers...

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FDA Seeks Comments on Draft Guidance for eCopy for Device Submissions

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance entitled "eCopy Program for Medical Device Submissions,'' for industry and FDA staff. The purpose of the draft guidance is to explain the new electronic copy (eCopy) program for medical...

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Developing Tiny Robot to Remove Brain Tumors

A team of scientists from the University of Maryland, College Park, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, were awarded a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue their work on developing a small robot that may someday air neurosurgeons in removing difficult-to-reach...

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iPad Helps Researchers Visualize Cardiac Images

A team of researchers from Duke University, Durham, NC, speaking at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2012 annual meeting revealed that they have created an advanced tool to permit trainees in transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) to use an Apple iPad to obtain real-time instruction in viewing and interpreting...

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Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy Simulation App

A study presented by Raymond Glassenberg, MD, from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, during the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2012 annual meeting demonstrated that an iPhone application called iLarynx™ he created was extremely effective at simulating a fiberoptic bronchoscopy.


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Eliminating Bacteria from Medical Textiles

Researchers in the Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology Group of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya BarcelonaTech (UPC), in Barcelona, Spain, have improved the antimicrobial properties of medical textiles using an enzymatic pre-treatment combined with simultaneous deposition of nanoparticles...

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Developing an Artificial Implantable Cornea

Disease and damage to the cornea can cause blindness. While corneal transplants could save sight, donor corneas may be hard to come by, and may not be tolerated. A safe artificial cornea could be a solution to saving the vision of those affected.

In cooperation with the Aachen Centre of...

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NASA Robotic Exoskeleton Could Aid Those on Earth

A technology derived from NASA’s Robonaut 2 project could help astronauts stay fit in space and may someday aid paraplegics in walking on Earth. Working with the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Pensacola, FL, and engineers from Oceaneering Space Systems of Houston, NASA...

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New Method of Lung Imaging Could Improve COPD Treatment

A team of researchers from the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, has used a technique called parametric response mapping (PRM) to analyze scans of the lungs of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, known as COPD. By analyzing the computed tomography (CT) scans...

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October Mid-Month Industry News

Heading into Fall, here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Click the link for more.

Leadership News

Z-Laser , Freiburg, Germany, a manufacturer of laser modules and laser projection systems, has named Stefan Randak as its new CEO. Kurt-Michael Zimmermann , founder and...

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Nanotech Research Centers on Health Monitoring

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, will lead a national nanotechnology research effort to create self-powered medical monitoring devices to help people monitor their own health.

The National Science Foundation Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of...

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Plain Paper-based Diagnostic Testing

Manufacturers are always trying to find ways to make things better, faster, and cheaper. In a search to find new ways to make medical tests meet that criteria, a University of Washington, Seattle, bioengineer developed a way to make plain paper stick to medically interesting molecules that may be used to...

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First Medical Device Reprocessing Training Program

Clemson University, Clemson, SC, has established the first program to train engineers to recycle and reprocess medical devices. Medical device reprocessing was identified as a core component of green technology, so in response, the university’s Biomedical Engineering Innovation Campus...

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New Optical Mammography Technology

Medical Design Briefs News Online is kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with new optical imaging technology developed at Tufts University School of Engineering, Medford, MA, that may provide doctors with new ways of both identifying breast cancer and monitoring individual patients' response to initial...

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Testing Lung Function with a Smartphone

Asthma? There’s an app for that. Currently, those who suffer from asthma or other chronic lung problems only get a measure of their lung function at the doctor’s office a few times a year by blowing into a specialized piece of equipment – the spirometer. But, more frequent testing at home could...

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