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Briefs : Medical
Low-Field MRI Improves Lung, Cardiac Imaging
Low-Field MRI Improves Lung, Cardiac Imaging

National Institutes of Health researchers, along with researchers at Siemens, have developed a high-performance, low-magnetic-field MRI system that vastly improves image quality of the lungs and...

Low-Field MRI Improves Lung, Cardiac Imaging
Briefs : Medical
Double-Sided Tape for Tissues Could Replace Surgical Sutures
Double-Sided Tape for Tissues Could Replace Surgical Sutures

Inspired by a sticky substance that spiders use to catch their prey, MIT engineers have designed a double-sided tape that can rapidly seal tissues together.

Double-Sided Tape for Tissues Could Replace Surgical Sutures
Briefs : Medical
Good Design Controls Are Critical to Avoiding FDA Issues
Good Design Controls Are Critical to Avoiding FDA Issues

Medical device companies recognize that having an emphasis on design controls helps to assure good design and engineering practices that yield high-quality solutions. This is critical...

Good Design Controls Are Critical to Avoiding FDA Issues
Briefs : Medical
New Silk Materials Can Wrinkle into Detailed Patterns, Then Unwrinkle to Be “Reprinted”
New Silk Materials Can Wrinkle into Detailed Patterns, Then Unwrinkle to Be “Reprinted”

Researchers at Tufts University School of Engineering have developed silk materials that can wrinkle into highly detailed patterns — including...

New Silk Materials Can Wrinkle into Detailed Patterns, Then Unwrinkle to Be “Reprinted”
Briefs : Wearables
Prototype Smartphone App Can Help Parents Detect Early Signs of Eye Disorders in Children
Prototype Smartphone App Can Help Parents Detect Early Signs of Eye Disorders in Children

A Baylor University researcher’s prototype smartphone app — designed to help parents detect early signs of various eye diseases in their children...

Prototype Smartphone App Can Help Parents Detect Early Signs of Eye Disorders in Children
Briefs : Medical
Implantable Cancer Traps Could Provide Earlier Diagnosis, Help Monitor Treatment
Implantable Cancer Traps Could Provide Earlier Diagnosis, Help Monitor Treatment

Invasive procedures to biopsy tissue from cancer-tainted organs could be replaced by simply taking samples from a tiny “decoy” implanted just beneath the...

Implantable Cancer Traps Could Provide Earlier Diagnosis, Help Monitor Treatment
Briefs : Medical
Bioelectronic Implant Could Prevent Opioid Deaths
Bioelectronic Implant Could Prevent Opioid Deaths

Researchers are developing a novel, implantable device that can sense the effects of a potentially fatal level of ingested opioids and then automatically and immediately deliver a life-saving...

Bioelectronic Implant Could Prevent Opioid Deaths
Briefs : Medical
Novel Applications of Electrospinning Could Improve Devices
Novel Applications of Electrospinning Could Improve Devices

When you visit Andrew Steckl’s lab at the University of Cincinnati, you see a nondescript glass box that weaves together different fibers. He sees endless possibility.

Novel Applications of Electrospinning Could Improve Devices
Briefs : Medical
Scientists Create Pancreas on a Chip
Scientists Create Pancreas on a Chip

By combining two powerful technologies, scientists are taking diabetes research to a whole new level. In a study led by Harvard University’s Kevin Kit Parker and published in the journal Lab on a Chip,...

Scientists Create Pancreas on a Chip
Briefs : Medical
Controlling Wheelchairs with a Wearable Brain-Machine Interface
Controlling Wheelchairs with a Wearable Brain-Machine Interface

Combining new classes of nanomembrane electrodes with flexible electronics and a deep learning algorithm could help disabled people wirelessly control an electric wheelchair,...

Controlling Wheelchairs with a Wearable Brain-Machine Interface
Briefs : Medical
A Fast, Simple Sampling Method for Characterizing Volatile Organic Compounds Emitted from Medical Devices
A Fast, Simple Sampling Method for Characterizing Volatile Organic Compounds Emitted from Medical Devices

In 2018, an update on regulations for respiratory medical devices meant that volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from the devices...

A Fast, Simple Sampling Method for Characterizing Volatile Organic Compounds Emitted from Medical Devices
Briefs : Medical
A Smart Artificial Hand for Amputees Merges User and Robotic Control
A Smart Artificial Hand for Amputees Merges User and Robotic Control

EPFL scientists are developing new approaches for improved control of robotic hands — in particular for amputees — that combines individual finger control and...

A Smart Artificial Hand for Amputees Merges User and Robotic Control
Briefs : Medical
Researchers Develop Eco-Friendly Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives
Researchers Develop Eco-Friendly Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives

Chemical engineering researchers at Oregon State University have developed a vegetable-oil-based adhesive that could provide an eco-friendly option in making items such as...

Researchers Develop Eco-Friendly Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Prosthetic Arm Can Move and Feel
Prosthetic Arm Can Move and Feel

Keven Walgamott had a good “feeling” about picking up the egg without crushing it.

Prosthetic Arm Can Move and Feel
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Closing the Terahertz Gap: Tiny Laser Is Important Step Toward New Sensors
Closing the Terahertz Gap: Tiny Laser Is Important Step Toward New Sensors

In a major step toward developing portable scanners that can rapidly measure molecules in pharmaceuticals or classify tissue in patients’ skin, researchers have...

Closing the Terahertz Gap: Tiny Laser Is Important Step Toward New Sensors
Briefs : Medical
Less Training Needed for Brain-Machine Interfaces
Less Training Needed for Brain-Machine Interfaces

Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) are rarely found outside of medical clinics, where the disabled receive hours or days of training in order to operate wheelchairs with their minds. Now the...

Less Training Needed for Brain-Machine Interfaces
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Smart Brain Stimulators: Next-Generation Parkinson's Disease Therapy
Smart Brain Stimulators: Next-Generation Parkinson's Disease Therapy

Researchers at the University of Houston have found neuro biomarkers for Parkinson's disease that can help create the next generation of “smart” deep brain stimulators,...

Smart Brain Stimulators: Next-Generation Parkinson's Disease Therapy
Briefs : Packaging & Sterilization
Ultraviolet Rays Quickly Bash Bacteria on Mobile Devices
Ultraviolet Rays Quickly Bash Bacteria on Mobile Devices

Ultraviolet light has been used for more than 30 years as a source of disinfectant. A newly introduced product uses the technology to eliminate bacteria on cell phones, tablets and...

Ultraviolet Rays Quickly Bash Bacteria on Mobile Devices
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing Process Maximizes Performance for Paek Parts
3D Printing Process Maximizes Performance for Paek Parts

To help customers with an accelerated route to market for 3D printed polyaryletherketone (PAEK) parts, UK-based Victrex has developed differentiated 3D printing [additive manufacturing...

3D Printing Process Maximizes Performance for Paek Parts
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Future of 3D Printing: From Prototyping to Production
The Future of 3D Printing: From Prototyping to Production

Additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing, has been evolving for the last 30 years. Now it’s set to enter the mainstream, and evolving technology including new printers...

The Future of 3D Printing: From Prototyping to Production
Briefs : Medical
High-Volume Electrospinning Production Platform for Medical Devices
High-Volume Electrospinning Production Platform for Medical Devices

A newly developed platform has been designed for large-scale industrial manufacturing of reproducible and scalable fiber-based scaffolds for Class I, II and III medical...

High-Volume Electrospinning Production Platform for Medical Devices
Briefs : Medical
NIST Research Sparks New Insights on Laser Welding
NIST Research Sparks New Insights on Laser Welding

On its surface, the work is deceptively simple: Shoot a high-power laser beam onto a piece of metal for a fraction of a second and see what happens. But researchers say the physics of laser...

NIST Research Sparks New Insights on Laser Welding
Briefs : Medical
Cancer Device Determines Whether Targeted Chemotherapy Is Working
Cancer Device Determines Whether Targeted Chemotherapy Is Working

Rutgers University researchers have created a device that can determine whether targeted chemotherapy drugs are working on individual cancer patients. The portable device,...

Cancer Device Determines Whether Targeted Chemotherapy Is Working
Briefs : Wearables
3D Printed Pill Samples Gut Microbiome to Aid Diagnosis and Treatment
3D Printed Pill Samples Gut Microbiome to Aid Diagnosis and Treatment

A research team led by Tufts University engineers has developed a 3D printed pill that samples bacteria found in the gut — known as the microbiome — as it passes...

3D Printed Pill Samples Gut Microbiome to Aid Diagnosis and Treatment
Briefs : AR/AI
Senior Virtual Assistant Mitigates Impact of Dementia and Delirium
Senior Virtual Assistant Mitigates Impact of Dementia and Delirium

An estimated 50 million people worldwide are living with dementia, resulting in more than $1 trillion each year in healthcare costs. Artificial emotional intelligence (AEI)...

Senior Virtual Assistant Mitigates Impact of Dementia and Delirium
Briefs : Medical
Tiny Vibration-Powered Robots Can Work Together
Tiny Vibration-Powered Robots Can Work Together

Researchers have created a new type of tiny 3D printed robot that moves by harnessing vibration from piezoelectric actuators, ultrasound sources, or even tiny speakers. Swarms of these...

Tiny Vibration-Powered Robots Can Work Together
Briefs : Medical
Tiny Biodegradable Circuits Release Painkillers Inside the Body
Tiny Biodegradable Circuits Release Painkillers Inside the Body

Patients fitted with an orthopedic prosthetic commonly experience a period of intense pain after surgery. In an effort to control the pain, surgeons inject painkillers into the...

Tiny Biodegradable Circuits Release Painkillers Inside the Body

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