News: Motion Control
Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump May Help Certain Heart Patients

Physicians at the Medical College of Georgia and Georgia Regents University, Augusta, say that the intra-aortic balloon pump, one of the most frequently used mechanical circulatory assist devices in the world may have untapped potential. One of its many uses is helping ensure adequate...

A team of researchers and engineers at the Swiss Ecole Poly technique Fédérale de Lausanne Center for Neuroprosthetics have developed a revolutionary sensory feedback that allowed an...

Miniaturization in microelectronics is beginning to reach its physical limits, say researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, who are...

University of Washington, Seattle, scientists and engineers are developing a low-cost device that could help pathologists diagnose pancreatic cancer earlier and faster. The prototype...

Researchers at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has invented an electrode designed like a pomegranate with silicon nanoparticles clustered like...

Materials scientists at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany, have examined implants made of nickel-titanium alloy in a long-term study to see whether the release of nickel is harmful....

A specialized 3D printing extruder developed by students at the University of Alabama in Huntsville could lower the costs of printing cellular structures for use in drug testing. Using the so-called...

News: Medical
Mobile Phone App Provides Pocket Diagnostics

A new mobile phone application, developed by a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge, UK, that can turn any smartphone into a portable medical diagnostic device, could help make monitoring conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, and urinary tract infections much easier for both...

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FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Humanitarian Device Exemption

The FDA has recently issued a draft guidance titled, "Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE): Questions and Answers." This draft guidance answers commonly asked questions about Humanitarian Use Devices (HUDs) and the Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) authorized under section 520(m) of the...

News: Medical
Biodegradable Materials Could Transform Electronics

Researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, led by Professor John Rogers, PhD, are taking on the challenge of health and sustainability issues simultaneously by developing a vast toolbox of materials—from magnesium and silicon to silk and even rice paper—to make...

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3D X-ray Exposes Movements in Real Time

A team of researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany say that they have developed a technique to record 3D X-ray films showing internal movement dynamics in a spatially precise manner and, at the same time, in the temporal dimension. They applied this technique to image the moving hip...

News: Medical
Sensory Wristbands to Monitor Medical Conditions

Specialized wristbands, developed researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, can gauge a person’s emotional response to stimuli by tapping skin conductance, an indicator of the state of the sympathetic nervous system, which controls the body’s flight-or-fight response by ramping...

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News: Medical
Stanford Scientists Working to improve Astronauts' Heart Health

Astronauts in the Apollo program after just a few days in space, felt dizzy when standing. Tests revealed that each beat of their heart pumped less blood than it had before the mission. To better understand and improve astronaut safety, Stanford University student researchers are...

News: Medical
A Graphene-Metal Sandwich Could Improve Electronics

Researchers have discovered that creating a graphene-copper-graphene “sandwich” enhances copper’s heat conducting properties, which could help in shrinking electronics. Engineers at the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Manchester, UK, in collaboration, found that...

News: Medical
Pressure Sensor for Bladder Control

Spinal injuries can damage the nerve supply to the bladder, meaning that people cannot tell when their bladder is full and needs to be emptied. This can create excessively high pressure on the bladder, which affects the kidneys and can lead to damage that may be life-threatening. Measuring this pressure is...

News: Medical
Understanding How Staph Adheres May Lead to Resistant Materials

The bacterium Staphylococcus Aureus is a common source of serious infections after surgeries involving prosthetic joints and artificial heart valves. So a search for bacteria-resistant materials is as an important line of defense. A team of scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National...

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Coating Material May Prevent Blood Clots from Implants

A team of researchers from UCLA and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, has developed a material that could help prevent blood clots associated with catheters, heart valves, vascular grafts, and other implanted biomedical devices.

News: Photonics/Optics
When Is an iPhone an Eye-Phone?

A team of researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, has developed two inexpensive adapters that enable a smartphone to capture high-quality images of the front and back of the eye. The adapters can allow anyone with minimal training to take a picture of the eye and share it securely...

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March 2014 Mid-Month Industry News

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News: Medical
Robotic Drumming Prosthesis Aids Creativity and Control

Professor Gil Weinberg, founding director of the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, has created a robotic drumming prosthesisthat can be attached to amputees’s arms and powers two drumsticks. The first stick is controlled both physically by the musicians’ arms and electronically...

News: Materials
Bioplastic Could Transform Manufacturing

Researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Boston, MA, say that they have developed a method for large-scale manufacturing of everyday objects using a fully degradable bioplastic that’s been isolated from shrimp shells.

While the objects exhibit many of the...

News: Medical
Electrical Stimulus Could Heal Chronic Wounds

A team of scientists at the University of Cincinnati, OH, says that an electrical stimulus can promote the growth of blood vessels and help to speed healing in diabetic ulcers and other hard-to-heal chronic wounds. Their research examines the best stimulus parameters, such as frequency and magnitude,...

News: Medical
Repairing Broken Bones with Silk Implants

When a surgeon needs to repair a broken bone requiring screws and plates to help bond the broken sections so the fracture to heal, the "fixation devices" are usually made of metal alloys. But metal devices may have potential disadvantages. Resorbable fixation devices, made of synthetic polymers, also...

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New Technique to Treat Kidney Failure

A new technique to purify blood uses a nanofiber mesh, which could be useful as a cheap, wearable alternative to kidney dialysis, say a team of researchers at the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics, National Institute for Materials Science in Ibaraki, Japan. The mesh could be incorporated...

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Space Research Institute Soliciting Fellowship Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute's (NSBRI) First Award Fellowship Program. Two-year fellowships are available to pursue research in any US laboratory conducting space-related biomedical or biotechnological research. NSBRI’s First...

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing Creates Implantable Heart Device

Using an inexpensive 3D printer, biomedical engineers at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, say that they have developed a custom-fitted, implantable device with embedded sensors that could treat cardiac disorders.

News: Medical
Twisting Sound to Improve Ultrasound Imaging

A team of scientists from Nanjing University in China and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is exploring the use of metamaterials to create devices that manipulate sound in versatile and unprecedented ways. This was reported in the journal, Applied Physics Letters.

News: Imaging
Unique Optical Fibers Transmit High-Resolution Images

Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee first discovered a new way to propagate multiple beams of light through a single strand of optical fiber. Now, they say that their unique fiber architecture can transmit images of comparable or better quality than commercial endoscopy imaging...

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Dan Sanchez on How to Improve Extruded Components

Improving extruded components requires careful attention to a number of factors, including dimensional tolerance, material selection, and processing. Trelleborg’s Dan Sanchez provides detailed insights into each of these considerations to help you advance your device innovations while reducing costs and speeding time to market.

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