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Briefs : IoMT
Reliable Structures and Wearable Systems Call for Multiphysics Simulation

The increasing demand for miniaturized electronics and Internet of Things (IoT) devices has created new challenges for the specialists who design microdevices such as...

Briefs : Materials
New Polymer Heart Valves Improve Patient Outcomes

NIBIB-funded engineers are designing and testing aortic heart valve replacements made of polymers rather than animal heart tissues. The goal is to optimize performance of these valves in an...

Briefs : Medical
Why Reel-to-Reel Molding Might Be Right for Medical Components

Reel-to-reel insert molding can prove a more efficient process for design engineers when it comes to lowering assembly costs. The process is best suited for products that require dimensional stability and need to function in harsh environments, such as drug-delivery device parts and...

Briefs : Materials
Enhancing Electrode Properties with Laser Restructuring

The materials that go into medical devices — particularly implantable electrical devices — have to strike a unique balance of properties. Once you consider biocompatibility and all...

Briefs : Medical
Fast, Flexible Ionic Transistors for Bioelectronic Devices

Many major advances in medicine, especially in neurology, have been sparked by recent advances in electronic systems that can acquire, process, and interact with biological...

Briefs : Medical
Researchers Develop Long-Lasting Disposable Health Patch

Researchers have created a health patch that offers unprecedented comfort and a long battery life, previously unseen in this type of device. The patch can also be manufactured at a...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Microfluidics Device Can Detect Cancer Cells in Blood

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Queensland University of Technology of Australia have developed a device that can isolate individual cancer cells from patient...

Briefs : Markets
Smart Knee Implants Could Reduce Number of Knee Replacement Surgeries

Smart knee implants may soon be a reality thanks to research done by Binghamton University, Stony Brook University, and the University of Western Ontario.

Briefs : Medical
Finger Support Could Help Regain Motor Function

A Kennesaw State University engineering professor and her team of students have developed a new finger support that could ultimately help those suffering from finger deformities regain motor...

Briefs : Medical
3D Printed Implant Promotes Nerve Cell Growth to Treat Spinal Cord Injury

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Institute of Engineering in Medicine have used rapid 3D printing technologies to create a...

Briefs : Medical
3D Nanoprinting Strategy Opens Door to Revolution in Medicine, Robotics

Engineers at the University of Maryland (UMD) have created the first 3D printed fluid circuit element so tiny that 10 could rest on the width of a human hair. The diode...

Briefs : Communications
Wireless Sensor Monitors Blood Flow after Surgery

A new device developed by Stanford University researchers could make it easier for doctors to monitor the success of blood vessel surgery. The sensor, detailed in a paper published in Nature...

Briefs : Materials
Artificial Skin Could Give Superhuman Perception

A new type of sensor could lead to artificial skin that someday helps burn victims ‘feel’ and safeguards the rest of us, University of Connecticut researchers suggest in a paper in...

Briefs : Materials
Process Developed to 3D Print Piezoelectric Materials

The piezoelectric materials that inhabit everything from our cell phones to musical greeting cards may be getting an upgrade thanks to work discussed in the journal Nature Materials....

Briefs : Medical
Low-Cost Sensors Have High Impact on Productivity

An intelligent, low-cost tooling insert, embedded with smart sensors, has been developed to deliver in-process condition monitoring that reduces machining stoppages and improves productivity...

Briefs : Medical
Research Explores Internal Flow Behavior in Additive Manufacturing, Welding of Metals

Arc welding and additive manufacturing are hugely important for creating large metal components relatively inexpensively and quickly. New research by a...

Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Electronic Glove Gives Robotic Hand Sense of Touch

Stanford engineers have developed an electronic glove containing sensors that could one day give robotic hands the sort of dexterity that humans take for granted.

Briefs : Materials
Using Graphene to Detect ALS and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases

The wonders of graphene are numerous. It can enable flexible electronic components, enhance solar cell capacity, filter the finest subatomic particles, and revolutionize...

Briefs : Medical
Predicting Leaky Heart Valves with 3D Printing

More than one in eight people aged 75 and older in the United States develop moderate-to-severe blockage of the aortic valve in their hearts, usually caused by calcified deposits that build up...

Briefs : Imaging
Noninvasive Technology Detects When Nerve Cells Fire

Researchers at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, have created a noninvasive technology that detects when nerve cells fire based on changes in shape. The method could be used to observe...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Miniaturizing Smart Wearables for Fitness and Activity Tracking

Traditionally, small chip antennas used in Bluetooth-enabled devices have required a designated ground “keep out” area to minimize interference from other components and...

Briefs : Medical
Promising Diagnostic Tool for Alzheimer's Disease Identified

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have identified in live human brains new radioactive “tracer” molecules that bind to and “light up” tau tangles, a protein associated...

Briefs : Medical
Paving the Way: An Accelerator on a Microchip

Particle accelerators are usually large and costly, but that will soon change if researchers have their way. The Accelerator on a Chip International Program (AChIP), funded by the Gordon and...

Briefs : Medical
New Device Widens Light Beams by 400 Times

By using light waves instead of electric current to transmit data, photonic chips — circuits for light — have advanced fundamental research in many areas from timekeeping to telecommunications....

Briefs : Medical
Human Images from World's First Total-Body Medical Scanner Unveiled

EXPLORER, the world's first medical imaging scanner that can capture a 3D picture of the whole human body at once, has produced its first scans.

Briefs : Medical
Brain-Computer Interface Enables People with Paralysis to Control Tablet Devices

Tablets and other mobile computing devices are part of everyday life, but using them can be difficult for people with paralysis. New research from the BrainGate...

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