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New Report on Disposable Medical Sensors Market

A new report forecasting the growth of the Disposable Medical Devices Sensors Market to 2018 has been issued that says that the global disposable devices sensors market is technology driven and marked by the "threat of obsolescence," wherein technologies and their adoption change very rapidly. The...

News : Materials
Center for the Polyurethanes Industry Seeking Papers

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council has issued a call for papers and posters to be presented at the 2014 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, which will take place September 22-24, 2014 at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, Texas.

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Launch of the World Plastics Council

Top executives from plastics resin producers gathered during the 2013 K Fair, in DuŸsseldorf, Germany, the world's largest plastics industry exhibition, and agreed to launch the World Plastics Council, to be the voice of global plastics manufacturers and to facilitate a united approach to address global...

News : Electronics & Computers
Soluble Polymer Allows Writing in Liquid with Light

Researchers from the Laboratory of Polymer Chemistry in the University of Helsinki’s Department of Chemistry in Finland have managed to draw in an alcohol-based solution using laser light. The research was published in the journal, Macromolecules.

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Breathalyzer to Monitor Blood Glucose in Diabetics

A researcher at Western New England University, Springfield, MA, has created a novel hand-held, noninvasive monitoring device that uses multilayer nanotechnology to detect acetone has been shown to correlate with blood-glucose levels in the breath of diabetics. Ronny Priefer, PhD, created the...

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Printing Inkjet-Based Circuits

A team of researchers from Georgia Tech, the University of Tokyo, and Microsoft Research have developed a novel method to rapidly and inexpensively make electrical circuits by printing them with commodity inkjet printers and off-the-shelf materials. For about $300 in equipment costs, anyone can produce working...

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New Microbeam Emitter Shrinks Radiation Therapy

Microbeam radiation therapy (MRT) provides tremendous promise for cancer patients due to its ability to destroy tumor cells while protecting surrounding healthy tissue. Yet its clinical use has been limited by the size of the massive electron accelerators called synchrotrons needed to generate the...

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Long-Term Nanotube-Based Sensor Implants

Nitric oxide (NO) carries messages within the brain and coordinates immune system functions. It appears to have contradictory roles in cancer progression, and researchers at MIT in Cambridge, MA, are working to understand this better by creating a new tool to measure it in the body in real time. They have...

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Riboflavin Can Be Used to 3D Print Medical Implants

A team of scientists from North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Laser Zentrum Hannover have discovered that a naturally-occurring compound called riboflavin, which is better known as vitamin B2, can be incorporated into 3D printing processes to...

News : Imaging
Using Light to Image Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and cancer deaths among women worldwide. Routine screening can increase breast cancer survival by detecting the disease early when it is most treatable. A new imaging tool, called a photoacoustic mammoscope, being developed by a team of researchers at the...

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Metamaterial May Improve Depression

A new headpiece for brain stimulation technique, designed by engineers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, may considerably improve treatment of tough cases of depression. Computer simulations have shown that the device—a square array of 64 circular metallic coils—could help researchers and doctors...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Providing Surgical Robots with New Intelligence

Providing surgical robots with a new type of machine intelligence to make them easier and more intuitive for surgeons to operate is the goal of a major new five-year grant from the National Science Foundation given to a collaboration of research teams at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN;...

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Anklebot: A Robotic Walking Coach

The ankle is a complex joint, supported by muscle, tendon, and bones, and maintaining stability and locomotion. Characterizing how it works, however, is not so straightforward says a group of researchers from the Newman Laboratory for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation at MIT, Cambridge, MA.

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October Month-End Industry News

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

News : Materials
Creating a Cookbook of Alloys for Bone Implants

Researchers at The Ohio State University (OSU), Columbus, and their partners are building a database of new titanium alloys that, they say, will be used to reduce the stress that pins, plates, and other medical implants put on healthy bones. A recent $1 million grant from the National Science...

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Using NIR Light to Treat MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) involves an immune system attack against the central nervous system and causes progressive paralysis by destroying nerve cells and the spinal cord. It interrupts vision, balance, and even thinking. Although there is still no cure, there are some medications and alternative treatments that may...

News : Materials
4D Printing Technology for Composite Materials

A team of engineers at the University of Colorado at Boulder say that they have successfully added a fourth dimension to their printing technology, opening up exciting possibilities for the creation and use of adaptive, composite materials in manufacturing, packaging, and biomedical...

News : Materials
Slug Glue May One Day Replace Sutures

While sutures have evolved over millennia, and catgut gave way to synthetics for stitching up injuries and surgical wounds, the basic process of suturing tissue remains the same. However, the method may finally have become outdated, say a team of researchers at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

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Contact Geometry Determines Adhesion Strength

Researchers at Kiel University, Kiel, Germany, have been studying the role of adhesion in nature, which allows insects and lizards to climb walls, plants to twine up structures, and even bacteria cling to surfaces. During evolution, many of these develop mushroom-shaped adhesive structures and...

News : Medical
Surgically Treating Vertebral Fractures Proves Safer and Cheaper

According to a study of 69,000 Medicare patient records led by researchers at The Johns Hopkins Hospital's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Spine Outcomes Research Center, people with spine compression fractures who undergo operations to strengthen back bones with cement...

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Developing a Mobile Seizure Alert System

Approximately two million people, including 400,000 children, in the US are being treated for epilepsy, and, despite treatment, one-third continue to have seizures. In response, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC, one of the world’s leading research institutes, is working to develop a...

News : Electronics & Computers
Restoring Sense of Touch to Laparoscopic Surgeons

A small, wireless capsule has been developed by a team of doctors and engineers at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, that, they say, can restore the sense of touch that surgeons are losing as they shift increasingly from open to laparoscopy or minimally invasive surgery.

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An Artificial Leg that Moves Naturally

While most artificial feet and limbs work well to restore mobility to people who have lost a leg, few provide a natural gait. As a result, more than half of all amputees suffer a fall every year, compared to about one-third of people over age 65. To find a better way of restoring natural motion to...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Narrow-Spectrum UV Light Could Reduce Infections

A study by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), New York, NY, researchers suggests that narrow-spectrum ultraviolet (UV) light could dramatically reduce surgical infections without damaging human tissue.

News : Medical
New Prosthetic Blueprint Restores Touch

New research at the University of Chicago is laying the groundwork for touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs that one day could convey real-time sensory information to amputees via a direct interface with the brain.

News : Medical
Building Neuro-Inspired Chips

The world’s largest smartphone chipmaker, Qualcomm, says it wants to start helping partners manufacture a radically different kind of a chip—a neuro-inspired chip that mimics the neural structures and processing methods found in the brain. This approach could enable machines to perform complex tasks while...

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October Mid-Month Industry News

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

News : Medical
Improving Reactions to Device Implants

A team of scientists at the University of Texas at Arlington used mathematical modeling to develop a computer simulation that they hope will one day improve the treatment of dangerous reactions to medical implants such as stents, catheters, and artificial joints.

News : Medical
Spider's Silk Could Aid Medical Implants

The silk of the venomous brown recluse spider could be the key to creating new super-sticky films and wafer-thin electronics and sensors for medical implants that are highly compatible with the human body. So says a team of scientists from Oxford University, UK, and The College of William and Mary,...

News : Medical
FDA Hampered by Federal Government Shutdown

An indefinite shutdown of the US government has caused the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to severely limit its activities related to new medical device registrations. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services as well as an email from the FDA, the agency will have no legal...

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