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Google Developing Surgical Robots

March 27, 2015 | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Google-brand robots may one day be the most high-tech item in the operating room. Johnson & Johnson announced a partnership with Google on March 26 in which Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon will work alongside Google developing an advanced...

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Recipe for Antibacterial Plastic: Add Egg Whites

March 30, 2015 8:59 am | by University of Georgia | News | Comments

Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures...

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Shape-Shifting Sensor Reports Conditions from Deep in the Body

March 30, 2015 8:52 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have devised and demonstrated a new, shape-shifting probe, about one-hundredth as wide as a human hair, which is...

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High-Frequency Surpasses Traditional Spinal Cord Stimulation

March 29, 2015 10:00 am | by American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) | News | Comments

The first-ever randomized, controlled trial to compare spinal cord stimulation (SCS) technologies found that high-frequency SCS using 10 kHz (HF10) exceeded lower-frequency, traditional SCS in response rate and pain relief. Further, this was...

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Medtronic Completes Acquisition of Sophono

March 29, 2015 8:30 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Sophono, Inc., a privately held developer and manufacturer of innovative magnetic hearing implants in Boulder, Colorado. This acquisition enables Medtronic's Ear Nose...

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Prototyping Processes are Becoming More Acceptable for Use in the Final Product

March 29, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Farm Design, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Using simulation and design software complements the building of physical prototypes. Both are critical to the development process. The typical cycles of designing, building, and testing are facilitated by having more rigorous engineering...

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Next-Generation Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacements Will Drive Rapid Market Growth

March 28, 2015 10:00 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

The global market value for transcatheter heart valves will expand at an impressive Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 19.7%, from almost $881 million in 2013 to around $3.02 billion by 2020, according to research and consulting firm...

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As 3D Printing Technology Grows, Its Applications Will Explode

March 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Proto Labs, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Sophisticated design software is a powerful tool most often used in conjunction with physical prototypes, and not as a replacement. Simulation software can provide engineering insight, but a physical part allows for real-world testing and may...

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FDA Approves Blood Pump System for High-Risk Cardiac Procedures

March 28, 2015 8:30 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the Impella 2.5 System, a miniature blood pump system intended to help certain patients maintain stable heart function and circulation during certain high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention...

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DIA 2015

March 27, 2015 2:24 pm | Events

We want to make your DIA 2015 51st Annual Meeting experience a breeze. Navigating through more than 245 educational offerings across 20 tracks can be overwhelming to select the offerings that best fit your needs. We have provided you a tailored schedule for Medical Devices...

Maker of Tainted Medical Scopes Issues New Cleaning Guide

March 27, 2015 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of medical scopes that have been linked to two recent "superbug" outbreaks at California hospitals has issued new cleaning instructions for the devices amid scrutiny from regulators, lawmakers and medical professionals. Olympus...

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Eight-Channel Arbitrary Waveform Generator

March 27, 2015 1:02 pm | by Teseq | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq introduces an eight-channel arbitrary waveform generator for automotive testing. The ARB 5500 fits inside the transient generator and features memory for over 64,000 standard waveform segments as well as 1 GB of Clone memory for user-defined shapes. This is enough memory...

Catheter Sensor

March 27, 2015 12:34 pm | by Silicon Microstructures, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SMI (Silicon Microstructures, Inc.), a global MEMS pressure sensor company, today announced it has launched the SM1120 MEMS based ultra-miniature pressure sensor designed especially for the 1-French catheter market. The microsensor profile at only 220um x 75um provides...

Crystal Oscillators

March 27, 2015 12:11 pm | by Fox Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Fox Electronics, a global supplier of frequency control solutions and an IDT company, has greatly expanded its line of off-the-shelf 3.3V crystal oscillators (XO) available directly from its distributors. The stocked options now include standard packages offered in several different frequencies...

6 Mantras for Medical Device Manufacturers

March 27, 2015 11:32 am | by Bart Reitter, Director, QAD Life Sciences | Articles | Comments

If the physician’s maxim is Primum non nocere – first, do no harm – then a similar phrase can be applied to medical device manufacturers: produce safe, high-quality products with a reasonable return on investment. Lengthier and less succinct...

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Pilot Study of a Neuromodulation System for Overactive Bladder

March 27, 2015 11:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bioness, Inc. announced today that four (4) patients have successfully been implanted with the StimRouter Neuromodulation System, for an ongoing Canadian pilot study to evaluate device use in the treatment of overactive bladder symptoms…

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