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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 &...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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Cleveland Clinic Names Top 10 Innovations for 2013

The Cleveland Clinic, a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center in Cleveland, OH, has announced its list of Top 10 Medical Innovations that will have a major impact on improving patient care within the next year. The list is made up of devices, including a handheld optical scan for...

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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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