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NFC Power in a Pin-Sized Package

October 23, 2014 | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

In a recent blog, I highlighted a rapidly charging battery technology that was being developed for electric vehicles, but would certainly have applications in the medical device space as well. Unfortunately, that technology is not here yet, and...

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Why Micron-Scale Flex Circuits Can Perform Where Other Circuits Can’t

October 24, 2014 8:30 am | by Metrigraphics | Metrigraphics, LLC | Articles | Comments

When that call comes in there are only a few companies in the world who can handle it. In fact, the circuits often have feature sizes ranging from three to ten microns and can consist of six or more layers. At Metrigraphics, we call them ultra-miniature...

Don't Leave It Until the Last Minute

October 24, 2014 8:30 am | by Scott Levy, Senior Packaging Editor, DDL Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The “Just-in-Time” mentality that has become more pervasive within the medical device industry has also resulted in many more package validation testing projects being rushed and left to the last minute. This situation can pose a significant...

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BLDC Flat Motors

October 24, 2014 5:43 am | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Where high precision is essential and space is tight, BLDC flat motors of the DF45 series from Nanotec, headquartered in Feldkirchen near Munich/Germany, are the solution of choice. These 16-pin outrunners have a standard diameter of 45 mm, and size L has a length of 27 mm and a nominal output of 65 watts. Nanotec has now expanded the series to include sizes S and M with outer lengths of 18 mm...

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Examining Medical Device Regulation and Innovation

October 23, 2014 4:25 pm | by California Healthcare Institute | News | Comments

California Healthcare Institute (CHI) today unveiled a report that provides a comprehensive overview of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) medical device review times. Working with the FDA, CHI examined a number of issues that directly...

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MusicGlove: Hand Rehabilitation Through Music and Gaming

October 23, 2014 4:19 pm | by Flint Rehabilitation Devices | News | Comments

Flint Rehabilitation Devices today introduced MusicGlove (#musicglove), the world’s first FDA approved, clinically validated hand rehabilitation (#rehabilitation) device that uses music and gaming to make therapy (#therapy) fun and effective...

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Compact White Light LED Source for Fluorescence Imaging Applications

October 23, 2014 10:50 am | by MDT Staff | Excelitas Technologies Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Excelitas Technologies Corp., a global technology leader focused on delivering innovative, high-performance, market-driven photonics solutions today announced the X-Cite 110LED – a new compact white light LED source for fluorescence imaging applications...

Diagnosing Fungal Pneumonia with a Breath Test

October 23, 2014 10:45 am | by Infectious Diseases Society of America | News | Comments

Many different microbes can cause pneumonia, and treatment may be delayed or off target if doctors cannot tell which bug is the culprit. A novel approach—analyzing a patient's breath for key chemical compounds made by the infecting microbe...

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A Virtually Effortless Doctor's Visit

October 23, 2014 10:19 am | by Sam Brusco, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

The doctor is in! Virtually, that is, in the confines of your phone or computer screen. Companies like HealthTap are now providing virtual house calls to patients who may not be able to schedule a same day appointment. These companies...

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Design of Medical Devices Conference

October 23, 2014 9:49 am | Events

The University of Minnesota’s Medical Devices Center (part of the Institute for Engineering in Medicine), the College of Science and Engineering, and the Academic Health Center presents the 14th Annual Design of Medical Devices Conference...

Relieving Headaches with Vagus Nerve Stimulation

October 23, 2014 9:45 am | by Vane Percy & Roberts | News | Comments

Preliminary results of an open-label trial carried in the journal of Headache and Pain reported that a single treatment with electroCore’s hand held non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation (nVNS) device gammaCore, completely resolved 44.8% of...

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Slowing Down Molecules for Fast, Less Costly Diagnosis

October 23, 2014 9:34 am | by University of Limerick | News | Comments

UL research solves major scientific challenge which unlocks potential for rapid diagnostics tools. Research from the University of Limerick has unlocked a major scientific challenge which has exciting potential for point of care medical tests...

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Bioengineering Intestinal Tissue to Treat Gastrointestinal Diseases

October 23, 2014 9:27 am | by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital | News | Comments

Researchers have successfully transplanted “organoids” of functioning human intestinal tissue grown from pluripotent stem cells in a lab dish into mice – creating an unprecedented model for studying diseases of the intestine. Reporting their...

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Testing Blood With a Skin Patch

October 23, 2014 9:07 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Drawing blood and testing it is standard practice for many medical diagnostics. As a less painful alternative, scientists are developing skin patches that could one day replace the syringe. In the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry, one team...

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Monitoring Bacterial Infections in Real-Time

October 23, 2014 9:00 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Combining a PET scanner with a new chemical tracer that selectively tags specific types of bacteria, Johns Hopkins researchers working with mice report they have devised a way to detect and monitor in real time infections with dangerous Gram-negative...

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FDA Addresses Device Recall vs. Enhancement Question

October 23, 2014 8:52 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

What’s the difference between a medical device recall and medical device enhancement? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has an answer. In a final guidance document released earlier this month, the FDA spells out the difference between...

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