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News: Medical
Improving Retinal Prostheses and Artificial Vision

Researchers at Stanford University say that they used electrical stimulation of retinal cells to produce the same patterns of activity that occur when the retina sees a moving object. They say that this is a step toward restoring natural, high-fidelity vision to blind people.

News: Photonics/Optics
Making Laser-Like Beams with 250x Less Power

Using precarious particles called polaritons that straddle the worlds of light and matter, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, researchers have demonstrated a new, practical and potentially more efficient way to make a coherent laser-like beam. They say that their first-time polariton laser is fueled...

News: Medical
Students Design Defibrillator Vest

A team of biomedical engineering students at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, designed a lightweight, easy-to-conceal shirt-like garment to deliver life-saving shocks to patients experiencing serious heart problems. The students say their design improves upon a wearable defibrillator system that is...

News: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Nature-Inspired Model for Low-Friction Bearings

The natural mechanical properties of natural joints are considered unrivalled. Cartilage is coated with a special layer of lubrication that allows joints to move virtually friction-free, even under high pressure. Using simulations on supercomputers, scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich in...

News: Medical
Further Progress Toward Detecting Glucose Levels in Saliva

A team of engineers at Brown University, Providence, RI, say that they have developed a new biochip sensor that that can selectively measure glucose concentrations in a complex fluid like saliva. This an important step toward a device that could enable diabetics to test their glucose...

News: Materials
Wormlike Motion Lets Hydrogels Swim

Inspired by earthworms, which use peristaltic locomotion to wriggle, an engineering student at the University of Cincinnati's College of Engineering and Applied Science used a worm’s contracting and expanding motion to provide a way for gels to freely swim in liquids.

News: Medical
Implantable Electronic Gripping Devices

A team of scientists from the University of Texas, Dallas, along with colleagues at the University of Tokyo, Japan, have created biologically adaptive transistor devices that have the ability to become soft when implanted inside the body yet can reshape themselves and deploy to grip 3D objects, such as...

News: Materials
Introducing the Bionic Man

The NIH’s Bionic Man site helps viewers visually explore some of the latest bioengineering creations from research funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. From prosthetics to artificial kidneys, these technologies are changing lives now and in the future.

News: Nanotechnology
World’s Smallest, Fastest Nanomotor Created

A team of engineers at The University of Texas at Austin say that they have built the smallest, fastest, and longest-running synthetic motor to date. This nanomotor, which could fit inside a human cell, is an important step toward developing miniature machines that could one day move through the body...

News: Medical
Making Augmented Reality Easier on the Eyes

Augmented reality is quickly becoming more integrated into everyday usage, such as smartphone apps that can identify landmarks, constellations, and more. Head-worn goggles, like Google Glass can superimpose computer-generated images onto your direct view of the physical world. But, moving your eyes...

News: Electronics & Computers
Chip Could Eliminate Need for Magnets in Imaging

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD, say that they have built and demonstrated a chip-scale device that both produces and detects a specialized gas used in biomedical analysis and medical imaging. The new microfluidic chip produces polarized...

Exciting news was reported by an international team of scientists at the University of Louisville, KY; UCLA, Los Angeles, CA; and the Pavlov Institute of Physiology, Saint Petersburg, Russia; who...

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Elastic Patches for Wireless Health Monitoring

A team of engineers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, developed stick-on patches that incorporate off-the-shelf chip-based...

A team of mechanical and materials engineers at Duke University, Durham, NC, has devised a way to improve the efficiency of lithotripsy to crush kidney stones using focused shockwaves.

Scientists at the University of Buffalo, NY, are exploring the use of PoP-liposomes or nanoballoons to get chemotherapy drugs where they need to go. They then blast the balloons with red...

An interdisciplinary research team led by Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, has developed a flexible medical implant that harvests energy from the beating heart, which, they say, could be used to power...

Researchers at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, say they have developed a new, stretchable antenna that can be incorporated into wearable health monitoring devices. The team focused on...

News: Medical
May 2014 Month-End Industry News

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News: Medical
‘Smart’ Peg Tests Palsy Patients’ Dexterity

While it may look like a game board and users may find it fun to use, there is a serious intent behind a device created by engineering students at Rice University, Houston, TX, to test the abilities of cerebral palsy patients. The DeXcellence platform uses a small peg comfortable enough for a...

News: Medical
Advanced Electromechanical Arm Earns FDA Approval

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) launched its Revolutionizing Prosthetics program to advance the field of modular upper-limb prosthetics and committed to making the significant research and development investment required. Its goal was to gain FDA approval for an advanced...

News: Imaging
LED-Based Neuroimaging Improves Active Brain Scanning

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 of tiny LED lights on the head. This new generation of neuroimaging, they say, compares favorably to...

News: Medical
Implantable Cuff to Lower Blood Pressure

A team of microsystems engineers and neurosurgeons at the University of Freiburg in Germany are working to develop a new implantable cuff equipped with electrodes that, they say, can lower blood pressure without causing side effects. While doctors usually prescribe drugs against high blood pressure, in...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Super Fast Robotic Arm Catches Moving Objects

A robot developed by researchers at the at the Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory (LASA) at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland) can react on the spot, grasping flying objects thrown at it with complex shapes and trajectories in less than five hundredths of a...

News: Medical
May 2014 Mid-Month Industry News

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News: Medical
Remotely Monitoring ICD Patients Lowers Death Risk

A clinical study at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, found that patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) have significantly lower risk of death and re-hospitalization if they are followed using an automatic, wireless remote monitoring system. The researcher...

News: Medical
Students Print Prosthetic Arm for Teen

Three biomedical engineering seniors in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, MO used a 3D printer to design and create a robotic prosthetic arm out of bright pink plastic for a teenage girl for a total cost of $200, a fraction of the price of standard...

News: Medical
Single-Use Medical Timer Can Help Nurses, Patients

A biomedical engineer from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, has come up with a solution to help nurses manage time and alert them when to administer a drug or unhook a medical device.

News: Electronics & Computers
New Chemistry Enables Longer-Lived Batteries

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee say they have developed a new type of battery chemistry aimed at producing batteries that last longer than previously thought possible.

News: Medical
Detecting Concussions in Real Time

A team of engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, say they have developed a wireless health-monitoring system that could continuously monitor an entire team of football players for physiological signs of concussion. The system includes a dry, textile-based nanosensor and...

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