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Researchers Transmit Real-Time Video Through Animal Tissue

Using samples of store-bought meat, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated the possibility of real-time video-rate data transmission through tissue. The development supports in-body ultrasonic communications with implanted medical devices.

News : Materials
Controlling Bacterial Growth on Catheter Surface

A team of researchers from the University of New Mexico, Duke University, and the University of Florida say that they have uncovered a new technique to trap, kill, and release bacteria from a surface, such as bacterial growth on a urinary catheter. They explained that they used cationic polymers...

News : Medical
April 2016 Mid-Month Industry News

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News : Electronics & Computers
Miniaturized Electronic Devices as Medical Therapeutics

Ada Poon, an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, is pioneering research to develop electronic therapies to heal the body from within, working to add control and feedback for a closed-loop system that could improve therapeutic outcomes. These new electronic...

News : Medical
Flexible Additive Manufacturing Method for Medical Components

A flexible additive manufacturing method from the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems allows researchers to produce bone implants, dentures, surgical tools, or microreactors in a variety of designs.

News : Medical
Electrical Stimulation of Deep Brain Structures Eases Chronic Pain

A University of Texas at Arlington research team has developed an alternative treatment for opioid addiction. Electrical stimulation of a deep, middle brain structure blocks pain signals at the spinal cord level without drug intervention.

News : Medical
Surgical 'Pen' Prints Human Stem Cells

Australian researchers have used a handheld 3D printing pen to "draw" human stem cells in freeform patterns. The instrument delivers a cell survival rate in excess of 97%.

Features : FDA/Regulatory
Changes at FDA and New Publication Launch

By the time you read this, Robert M. Califf, MD, a recognized global leader in cardiology, clinical research, and medical economics, will have been installed as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new Commissioner of Food and Drugs. As the top official of the FDA, he is committed to strengthening...

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March 2016 Month-End Industry News

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News : Medical
Researchers Improve Prosthetic Touch Capabilities

A team at University of California, Santa Barbara created a device that simulates the forces felt by the hand when touching an object. Information from the UCSB study will be used to provide prosthetic hand wearers with more natural touch feedback and a greater range of functionality.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Polymer Nanobrush Repels Dirt

Drexel University researchers have developed a new method for making polymer nanobrushes. The technology can be used in various medical applications, including coating, biomedical, sensing, and catalysis processes.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
New 'Box' Sterilizes Surgical Instruments

A mobile container from Rice University sterilizes surgical instruments in low-resource settings. The "Sterile Box," built into a standard 20-foot steel shipping container, houses a water system for decontamination and a solar-powered autoclave for steam sterilization.

News : Medical
Researchers Create Artificial Microvessels

A team from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill created artificial microvasculature. The microvessel technology will help to create new tissues and provide an important tool for evaluating new therapies.

News : Medical
Nanoelectronic Device Supports MEG Brain Scanners

A nanoelectronic device designed at Royal Holloway University of London will enable a new generation of magnetoencephalography (MEG) brain scanners. The HyQUID®, a magnetic field detector, retains the high sensitivity of the generic Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID).

News : Medical
Bacteria-Powered Microbots Detect Obstacles

Using an algorithm developed by Drexel University researchers, new bacteria-powered microrobots spot obstacles and adjust course when needed. Like boats carried by a current, the microbots can be pushed in any direction by electric fields.

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March 2016 Mid-Month Industry News

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NASA Adds Flywheel to Heart Pump Motor

When children are born with a missing heart ventricle, doctors can perform a Fontan surgical procedure; the operation creates a passive circulation network to replace the blood pumping function. Inefficiency in circulation, however, often increases over time. A heart pump motor, using NASA Glenn Research...

News : Medical
Artificial Fingertip Helps Amputee Sense Textures

Using an artificial fingertip surgically connected to nerves in the upper arm, an amputee felt smoothness and roughness textures in real time. The technology, developed by a team at Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), does not require surgery.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Origami-Inspired Devices Support Minimally Invasive Surgery

Brigham Young University (BYU) researchers have engineered new minimally invasive surgery concepts that eliminate the need for pin joints and other parts, instead relying on the deflection inherent in origami to create motion.

News : Medical
Engineers Develop 'Person-on-a-Chip'

Researchers at University of Toronto Engineering have developed a platform for growing realistic human heart and liver tissue outside the body. The AngioChip could help drug companies discover and prevent negative side effects.

News : Medical
FDA Seeks Comments on Refurbishing of Medical Devices

The FDA is seeking comments from the medical device industry and healthcare community that refurbish, recondition, rebuild, remarket, remanufacture, service, and repair medical devices.

News : Medical
2D Semiconducting Material Supports Electronic Implants

University of Utah engineers have discovered a 2D semiconducting material that could lead to much faster electronics. The technology potentially allows medical devices, such as electronic implants, to run longer on a single battery charge.

News : Medical
Transition Planning for ISO 13485:2016

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Geneva, Switzerland, late last month released its long-awaited revision to ISO 13485, the global standard for medical device quality management systems (QMS), which was revised to respond to the latest developments in quality management, technology,...

News : Medical
New Imaging Technique Eliminates Radiation Exposure

A University of Missouri School of Medicine researcher has evaluated technology that may be used to replace fluoroscopy, eliminating the need for X-ray during cardiac ablation procedures.

News : Medical
Mind-Controlled Arm Moves Individual ‘Fingers’

A mind-controlled prosthetic arm developed by Johns Hopkins researchers allows wearers to move individual digits independently of each other. The proof-of-concept device represents an advance in technologies to restore refined hand function to those who have lost arms to injury or disease, say...

Features : Medical
2015 Products of the Year Named and Your Turn to Create the Future

In December, we asked Medical Design Briefs readers to select one product from our 12 Products of the Month that they thought was the most significant new introduction to the design engineering community in 2015. Thanks to all of our readers who voted. This year, our two winners...

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February 2016 Month-End Industry News

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News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Imaging System Features 'Optical Brush'

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab have developed a new imaging device that consists of a loose bundle of optical fibers; no lenses or protective housing are needed. Tight bundles of the fibers could yield endoscopes with narrower diameters.

News : Medical
3D-Printing Technique Customizes Heart Disease Treatment

University of Melbourne doctors and engineers have printed 3D models for patients with heart disease. The photos are taken from a camera thinner than a human hair. Cardiologists use the data to analyze blood flood and the precise structure of the artery.

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