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News : Medical
That Luxurious Feeling of Silk for Your Wearable Sensors

Scientists are on the cusp of using silk, one of the world’s most coveted fabrics, to develop a more sensitive and flexible generation of wearable body sensors that monitor a slew of body functions in real time. Traditional body sensors, which are usually made with semiconductors, have...

News : Medical
Tissue Repair, With a Single Touch

Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State’s College of Engineering have developed a new kind of TNT — a "Tissue Nanotransfection" device that generates specific cell types for treatment within a patient’s own body. The “cuff-link”-sized technology supports the...

News : Medical
New 3D printing method promises superior medical implants for millions

For the millions of people every year who have or need medical devices implanted, a new advancement in 3D printing technology developed at the University of Florida promises significantly quicker implantation of devices that are stronger, less expensive, more flexible, and...

News : Medical
Study points way to better implantable medical devices

Medical devices implanted in the body for drug delivery, sensing, or tissue regeneration usually come under fire from the host's immune system. Defense cells work to isolate material they consider foreign to the body, building up a wall of dense scar tissue around the devices, which...

News : Medical
Flexible glass made for tiny medical devices

Brigham Young University researchers have developed new glass technology that could add a new level of flexibility to the microscopic world of medical devices.

News : Medical
Smart Pump: Small but Powerful

In the future, a smart phone with an inbuilt gas sensor could be used to warn of heavy exposure. To help the sensor respond quickly and provide accurate measurements, researchers have developed a powerful micro diaphragm pump for delivering ambient air to the sensor.

INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Smaller, Smarter, Softer Robotic Arm for Endoscopic Surgery

Researchers have developed a hybrid rigid-soft robotic arm for endoscopes with integrated sensing, flexibility, and multiple degrees of freedom. This arm — built using a manufacturing paradigm based on pop-up fabrication and soft lithography — lies flat on an endoscope until it...

News : Medical
Breaking the Brain’s Sound Barrier

Getting sound waves through the skull and into the brain is no easy task. To address this problem, a team of researchers has developed a ceramic skull implant through which doctors can deliver ultrasound treatments on demand and on a recurring basis.

News : Medical
MedAccred Makes Its Mark

The industry was buzzing when Stryker announced in July that it would require its future suppliers of critical manufacturing processes to be accredited by MedAccred, a medical supply chain oversight program formed in 2010 by the Performance Review Institute.

News : Materials
Using Spider Silk, Surgeon Hits a Nerve

Christine Radtke, a Professor for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Austria’s MedUni Vienna/Vienna General Hospital, has 21 spiders. The silk obtained from the Tanzanian golden orb-weavers offers Radtke and her team a valuable material to repair nerve and tissue.

News : Medical
NPI/Medical Invests Over $1 million in Molding, Quality Equipment

NPI/Medical, Ansonia, CT, has has invested more than $1 million in molding and quality equipment in the past few months to enable accelerated product development and faster speed-to-market for its medical device, life sciences, and healthcare customers, according to the...

News : Medical
Qosina Acquires Alpha Industries

Qosina Corporation has acquired Alpha Industries, Inc., a disposable component manufacturer headquartered in Clearwater, FL. The entire range of Alpha Industries’ plastic forceps, clamps, and bowls are now available on qosina.com as an extension to its existing inventory stock components.

News : Wearables
Ear-Worn Sensor Monitors Body Temp in Real Time

Researchers have developed a 3D printed sensor worn on the ear that measures one of the most basic medical indicators of health in real time: core body temperature.

News : Medical
New Gel Coatings May Lead to Better Catheters

A new gel-like material can be coated onto standard plastic or rubber devices, providing a softer, more slippery exterior that can significantly ease a patient’s discomfort. The coating can even be tailored to monitor and treat signs of infection.

News : Medical
This Breath Test Could Save Your Life

Researchers have developed a sensor that can diagnose certain diseases by analyzing exhaled breath. The technology, which uses protein-encapsulated nanocatalysts, enables early monitoring of various diseases through pattern recognition of biomarker gases related to diseases in human breath.

News : Medical
Medical Development Group and Tech Briefs Media Announce Partnership, Launch Event

Tech Briefs Media Group (TBMG) and Medical Development Group (MDGBoston) have formed a partnership to benefit the medical technology community. The two groups will jointly produce a full-day medical technology conference next year in Boston. In addition, MDGBoston...

News : Energy
Screen-Printed Batteries Could Power Disposable Medical Devices

Ultra-thin, flexible screen-printed batteries for cheap portable devices and intermittent renewable energy are closer to reality. The solid-state batteries are a thin, flexible format—printed in a roll-to-roll process—that can be adapted to almost any shape. Potential...

News : Medical
3D Printed Heart Valves Mimic Qualities of Real Valves

Standard medical imaging and new 3D printing technologies are being used to create patient-specific heart valve models that mimic the physiological qualities of the real valves. Their aim is to improve the success rate of transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR) by picking the right...

News : Medical
Tiny Embedded Electrodes Give Big Boost to Prosthetic Limbs

A new microelectrode array clearly recorded multiple nerve signals simultaneously, demonstrating the device’s success in a medium-sized animal for the first time. The electrode was embedded in a dog’s sciatic nerve. Researchers are seeking to tap into nerve signals using microscopic...

News : Medical
Your Cyberattack Wake-Up Call

We’ve been hacked. Forbes reports that the WannaCry ransomware did, in fact, infect a Bayer Medrad radiology power injector in U.S. hospitals. Thankfully, no safety-related functions were affected directly, but what about next time?

News : Medical
Cutting Down on Cancer Surgeries

Engineers have developed an imaging technology that could help surgeons removing breast cancer lumps confirm that they have cut out the entire tumor — reducing the need for additional surgeries.

News : Medical
Waterproof Wheelchair Runs on Compressed Air

A new waterproof motorized wheelchair uses high-pressured air as an energy source instead of heavy batteries and electronics. The chair weighs about 80 lb overall and takes just 10 minutes to recharge, compared with eight hours to charge an electric mobility device.

R&D : Medical
Pad Combines Pressure and Gel to Heal Scars

An innovative pad combines both reinforcing pressure and occlusion to treat hypertrophic scars from burns, surgeries, and trauma. The Smart Scar-Care pad showed good performance in reducing pigmentation and vascularity, improving elasticity and preventing dehydration in a clinical trial. Patients...

News : Medical
Graphene-Based Sensor Could Improve Treatment of Asthma

Scientists have created a graphene-based sensor that could lead to earlier detection of looming asthma attacks and improve the management of asthma and other respiratory diseases, preventing hospitalizations and deaths. The sensor paves the way for the development of wearable devices that...

News : Photonics/Optics
Handheld Laser Probe Detects Cancer in Real Time
Handheld Laser Probe Detects Cancer in Real Time

An optical probe that detects cancerous brain cells in real time is impressive enough. Scientists in Montreal say they’ve developed one that is “infallible.”

Handheld Laser Probe Detects Cancer in Real Time
News : Medical
New Chemical Method Could Revolutionize Graphene

Scientists have discovered a new chemical method that enables graphene to be incorporated into a wide range of applications while maintaining its ultrafast electronics. Graphene, a lightweight, thin, flexible material, can be used to enhance the strength and speed of various medical processes, as...

News : Medical
Photoacoustic Imaging Aims to Ensure Surgeons Completely Remove Cancer

Researchers report that they have developed a technology to scan a tumor sample and produce images detailed and accurate enough to be used to check whether a tumor has been completely removed. Called photoacoustic imaging, the new technology takes less time than standard...

News : Medical
Sensors and Smartphones — Simpler, More Affordable Detection of Diseases

When it comes to testing for cancer, traditional sensors can help. The challenges are that they often are bulky, expensive, nonintuitive, and complicated. Now, one team reports that portable pressure-based detectors coupled with smartphone software could provide a...

News : Medical
Energy Harvester Uses Only Body Heat to Power Wearables

Engineers have designed a flexible thermoelectric energy harvester that has the potential to rival the effectiveness of existing power wearable electronic devices using body heat as the only source of energy.

News : Medical
Rapid Screening Test Helps Find Superbug

A new test helps quickly identify people who may be infected with the superbug MRSA when admitted to hospital. Currently, when patients are admitted to hospital they are tested for MRSA — a form of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria that is resistant to a number of antibiotics. Such so-called superbugs...

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