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8 New EMC Requirements for Medical Devices

February 10, 2015 11:52 am | by Bruce Fagley, TÜV Rheinland, EMC Technical Manager | Blogs | Comments

The fourth edition of the IEC 60601-1-2:2014 standard is out, introducing significant technical changes in electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements and tests for medical equipment and systems. The revision mandates compliance of new...

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Flexible Electronic Film Could Enable New Wearable Devices

February 10, 2015 11:36 am | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

Electronic devices have shrunk rapidly in the past decades, but most remain as stiff as the same sort of devices were in the 1950s -- a drawback if you want to wrap your phone around your wrist when you go for a jog or fold your computer to fit...

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Photos of the Day: Providing Prosthetic Hands with Sense of Touch

February 10, 2015 11:18 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Despite recent advances in technology for upper-limb prostheses, artificial arms and hands are still unable to provide users with sensory feedback, such as the “feel” of things being touched or awareness of limb position and movement. Without...

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3 Innovations in Next-Generation Prosthetics

February 10, 2015 11:17 am | by NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | News | Comments

Three groups of researchers who have received support from the National Institutes of Health will obtain funding from the President's BRAIN Initiative to improve artificial limb technology. The new awards will be funded and administered by the...

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Injectable Nanoparticles Can Restore Normal Oxygen Levels

February 10, 2015 11:03 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Injectable nanoparticles that could protect an injured person from further damage due to oxidative stress have proven to be astoundingly effective in tests to study their mechanism. Scientists at Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine...

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HotSpot: New Sensor Magnetizes Users’ Senses

February 10, 2015 10:53 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Scientists from Germany and Japan have developed a new magnetic sensor, which is thin, robust and pliable enough to be smoothly adapted to human skin. This electronic skin features a magneto-sensory system that equips the recipient with... 

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Simple Blood Test Can Predict Risk of Dementia

February 10, 2015 10:48 am | by University of Copenhagen - The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences | News | Comments

Scientists at Rigshopitalet, Herlev Hospital and the University of Copenhagen identify a new biomarker that can predict the risk of developing dementia by way of a simple blood test. In the long term, this could mean better prevention and thus at...

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Using Google Glass to Improve Patient-Physician Relationship

February 10, 2015 10:36 am | by Tracie White, Stanford University | News | Comments

Firsthand experience working in hospitals and clinics helped inspire third-year Stanford medical student Pelu Tran to explore a potential career path in the world of high-tech startups. Tran began to realize just how much the daily grind...

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Photos of the Day: A Pediatric Diabetes Game Changer

February 10, 2015 10:26 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | News | Comments

With a $1.8-million, three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, UC Santa Barbara chemical engineers Frank Doyle and Eyal Dassau and Yale University's Dr. Stuart Weinzimer could make hands-on care of Type 1 Diabetes a thing of the...

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NIH Funds Research on a Pediatric Artificial Pancreas

February 10, 2015 10:25 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | News | Comments

Anyone who lives with Type 1 diabetes is all too familiar with the sheer amount of effort -- and often round-the-clock attention -- required to manage the disease. Food intake is closely monitored, as is physical activity, and the period between...

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Neural Implant Enables Amputees to Move and Feel Prosthetic Hand

February 10, 2015 9:45 am | by University of Utah | News | Comments

University of Utah researchers have received $1.4 million to further develop an implantable neural interface that will allow an amputee to move an advanced prosthetic hand with just his or her thoughts. The neural interface will also convey...

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Robotic Sock Promotes Blood Circulation and Prevents Clots

February 10, 2015 9:33 am | by National University of Singapore | News | Comments

Patients who are bedridden or unable to move their legs are often at risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), a potentially life-threatening condition caused by blood clots forming along the lower extremity veins of the legs. A team of...

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Overcoming Battery Limitations to Conserve Power

February 10, 2015 8:51 am | by Walt Maclay, President, Voler Systems | Blogs | Comments

Gone are the days when laptops drive the definition of low-power. Suppliers rely more and more on consultants to provide specific skills needed to design today’s exploding array of battery operated devices including wearable devices, home health...

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Fixing Broken Hearts through Engineering

February 9, 2015 4:23 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

This year, more than half a million Americans will be diagnosed with advanced heart failure, and of those, less than 4,000—roughly seven out of every 1,000—will receive a transplant. The incredibly limited availability of hearts leaves thousands...

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May the Force Be with You in Developing 6 Medical Devices from Star Wars

February 9, 2015 4:06 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Continuing on with my beloved theme of innovative medtech making its debut in classic sci-fi, this past weekend I sat down with a few friends and embarked on the seven-hour journey of watching the original Star Wars trilogy. (This is a tri-yearly...

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