News: Medical
Advancing Nonlinear Optical Systems

A research team at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has created a new nonlinear metasurface, or meta mirror, that may help advance the miniaturization of laser systems for biomedical research and other applications.

News: Medical
July 2014 Mid-Month Industry News

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News: Medical
New Tool Helps Guide Brain Surgery

A study conducted by Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, successfully used a new tool to help brain surgeons test and more precisely remove cancerous tissue during surgery.

News: Nanotechnology
Shrinking the Gap in Nanowire Technology

A team of engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are using Shrinky Dinks material, a polystyrene that shrinks under high heat, to close the gap between nanowires in an array to make them useful for high-performance electronics applications. The group published its technique in the...

News: Imaging
Touchless Technology in the OR

A collaborative team of UK scientists from the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University, along with Microsoft Research, Guy's Hospital, St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, and King's College London has done pioneering research in touchless technology for vascular surgery.

News: Medical
NASA Robot Inspires Exoskeletons and Rehabilitative Therapy

Robonaut, a human-like robot designed by NASA and General Motors, which was developed to serve astronauts in space, has been on the International Space Station since February 2011. Researchers have tested the robot’s ability to perform dull or dangerous tasks that free up human crew...

News: Medical
Stretchy Yarn Made of Graphene

A collaboration between researchers at Penn State University, and Shinshu University in Japan say that they have developed a simple, scalable method of making graphene oxide (GO) fibers that are strong, stretchable, and can be easily crolled into yarn with strengths approximating that of Kevlar.

News: Medical
Blood Processor Device Could Treat Sepsis

A team of engineers at Oregon State University (OSU), Corvallis, say that they have developed a new technology that could revolutionize treatment and prevention of sepsis. Commonly called “blood poisoning,” sepsis can quickly grow from a modest infection into a whole-body inflammation, which can lead...

News: Medical
Low-Cost Optical Imaging Can Evaluate Concussions

Portable, optical brain imaging for concussion was evaluated by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences. They say this is the first step toward demonstrating its use on patients.

A team of scientists at MIT has developed a new sensor that, they say, can enable long-term monitoring of oxygen levels in cancerous tumors, which may advance diagnosis and treatment.

The US Defense Advanced Re search Projects Agency (DARPA) launched its Revolutionizing Prosthetics program to advance the field of modular upper-limb prosthetics. Its goal was to gain FDA...

A team of researchers at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, have developed a brain-scanning technology that tracks what the brain is actively doing by shining dozens...

A device created by engineering students at Rice University, Houston, TX, the DeXcellence platform, uses a small peg packed with electronics to tell a nearby computer, tablet, or other...

Researchers at Indiana University, Bloomington, have discovered new early-warning signs of the potential sight loss associated with diabetes. In studying early signs in volunteer research...

A team of scientists from The University of Texas, Dallas, have created biologically adaptive transistor devices are soft when implanted in the body yet can reshape and grip 3D objects, such as large...

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Elastic Technology Creates ‘Soft’ Machines

A team of engineers at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, say they have developed a technique that could produce “soft machines” made of elastic materials and liquid metals for potential applications in robotics, medical devices, and consumer electronics.

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Manufacturing 3D Metal Parts Efficiently

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA, say they have developed a more efficient approach to a challenging problem in additive manufacturing, using selective laser melting (SLM), choosing appropriate process parameters that result in parts having the desired...

News: Medical
Engineering Systems for Special Needs Children

A group of engineers and students at Kansas State University, Manhattan, is developing technology to improve the health and quality of life for children with severe developmental disabilities.

News: Medical
June 2014 Month-End Industry News

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News: Materials
Hybrid Circuit Uses Nanotube Transistors

A group of engineers at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, Los Angeles, say that they are developing a flexible, energy-efficient hybrid circuit combining carbon nanotube thin film transistors with other thin film transistors. This hybrid, they say, could take the place...

News: Electronics & Computers
Permanent Eye Sensor Could Track and Monitor Glaucoma

A team of engineers at the University of Washington, Seattle, have designed a low-power sensor that could be placed permanently in a person’s eye to track changes in eye pressure. The sensor would be placed during cataract surgery and would detect pressure changes instantaneously, then...

News: Medical
Treating PTSD with Removable Brain Implant

Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) recently received $5.6 million from the Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop an implantable neural interface that can record and stimulate neurons within the brain to treat neuropsychiatric...

News: Software
Medical Imaging Software Helps Diagnose Lung Cancer

Scientists at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, are developing imaging software that, they say, could give radiologists a tool to measure the growth of nodules in patients at risk of lung cancer. In a two-year study, Nathan Cahill, an associate professor in RIT’s School of...

News: Government
FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Cybersecurity

Recognizing that the need for effective cybersecurity to ensure medical device functionality has become more important with the increasing use of wireless, Internet- and network-connected devices, and the frequent electronic exchange of medical device-related health information, the FDA has issued a...

News: Imaging
Improving MRI with Nanoscale Composites

A team of researchers from Rice University, Houston, TX, and The Methodist Hospital Research Institute say that submicroscopic particles containing even smaller particles of iron oxide could make magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) a far more powerful tool to detect and fight disease. They created composite...

News: Medical
Bionic Pancreas Provides Dramatic Results in Clinical Trials with Type 1 Diabetics

A team of researchers from Boston University and Massachusetts General Hospital report their study results in a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine, that reveals that the latest version of a bionic pancreas device was successfully tested in type...

News: Medical
FDA Issues First Phase of GUDID Guidance

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued the first phase of its Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID): Guidance for Industry on June 11, 2014. To quickly provide industry with information critical to successful use of the GUDID, the FDA is issuing the GUDID Guidance in two...

News: Medical
June 2014 Mid-Month Industry News

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News: Electronics & Computers
Printing Electronic Circuits and Sensors Directly onto 3D Surfaces

Digital printing technologies play an important role in microelectronics, microsystems engineering, and sensor systems. Recently, scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Bremen, Germany, have discovered that they can use...

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