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Century Medical Submits Cardica MicroCutter XCHANGE™ 30 Cartridge for Japanese Approval

August 12, 2013 8:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Cardica, Inc. and Century Medical, Inc. today announced that Century Medical filed for regulatory approval of Cardica's MicroCutter XCHANGE™ 30 cutting and stapling cartridge in Japan. The submission to the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) includes design, validation and verification data for the MicroCutter XCHANGE 30 cartridges.

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Cyborg Parts

August 12, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Lab-made organs could do more than just serve as ready options for patients in need: with the right blend of biology and materials science, they might even be able endow people with superhuman abilities. That’s what researchers at Princeton University see as the future of tissue engineering, and they believe 3-D printing is the way there.

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Captive Panel Screws Minimize Parts Count

August 9, 2013 5:52 pm | by MDT Staff | Pennengineering | Product Releases | Comments

PEM Types PF50 and PF60 self-clinching captive panel screws keep hardware parts count to a minimum by integrating a captive screw in a spring-loaded assembly to promote easy and efficient handling and installation. 

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Strong, Improved Delta Robot Handles up to 100 Cycles Per Minute

August 9, 2013 5:45 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ABB Robotics has added an 8 kg model to its IRB 360 FlexPicker line, supplementing the existing 1 kg and 3 kg models and expanding the high speed picking and packing performance of the most widely used Delta robot in the industry to heavier items.

Nylon Foam Sheets Mold Into Simple or Highly-Complex Shapes

August 9, 2013 5:35 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pres-On is bringing manufacturers a cost-effective alternative to silicone foam with its N3000, a lightweight, closed cell, cross linked foam based on Nylon 6. It is offered in 39" x 78" sheets in thicknesses ranging from 1/16-inch to 1/2-inch, and can be specified with or without an acrylic adhesive.

Evaluation Platform Enables Designers to Evaluate MCUs Safety Features

August 9, 2013 5:17 pm | by MDT Staff | Texas Instruments Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) has welcomed the newest member to its popular microcontroller (MCU) LaunchPad ecosystem. At $19.99, the Hercules LaunchPad is the lowest cost evaluation platform for Hercules MCUs and provides an entry-level option enabling developers to gain familiarity with TI Hercules MCUs and evaluate the MCUs’ performance and safety features.

Filtering Out All the ‘Noise’

August 9, 2013 3:51 pm | by Bob Ydens, President, EMI Solutions | Articles | Comments

As processing speeds in electronics continue to rise and packaging continues to shrink, sensitive internal components are located closer and closer together. Higher clock speeds coupled with increased density of components leads to increasing amounts of electromagnetic interference and radio frequency interference noise.

Diagnostic Image Viewers Are Not All Created Equal

August 9, 2013 3:12 pm | by Pierre Lemire, President and CTO, Calgary Scientific | Blogs | Comments

Today, a diagnosis is now possible even if the medical professional isn't at their workstation, or even in the hospital at all. In fact, diagnostic images can be securely reviewed over smartphones, tablets, and laptops from any location in the world. The benefits of this flexibility are endless.

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New Implantable Device Can Manipulate and Record Brain Activity

August 9, 2013 3:00 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A new brain implant that can record neural activity while it simultaneously delivers electric current has been implanted into a patient for the first time. The new device from Medtronic, a Minneapolis-based medical device company, can also adjust its electrical output in response to the changing conditions of the brain.

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Another Class I recall for CareFusion's Alaris pump

August 9, 2013 2:29 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The FDA sent out the highest-risk recall notice for the an infusion pump made by CareFusion, the most recent warning to customers involving the company's Alaris product line. Following customer reports of an "error" message on the pump's PC computer system, the company issued a warning notice, which the FDA followed-up with a Class I recall, reserved for device malfunctions that have the potential cause serious harm or death.

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Medicomp Introducing New Wireless Cardiac Technology

August 9, 2013 2:10 pm | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

Medicomp, Inc. introduces the SAVI Air, the only Wireless Event Monitor to offer beat-to-beat analysis of the entire ECG, a patented feature previously unavailable to healthcare. Prior to the release of the SAVI Air, wireless event monitors relied on algorithms that could only analyze limited aspects of the ECG, therefore increasing the risk of missing significant arrhythmias.

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FDA approves LDR's cervical disc replacement device

August 9, 2013 1:29 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Austin, Tex.-based LDR landed its 1st FDA approval for its Mobi-C device, a cervical disc replacement for patients with degenerative disc disease. The privately held company, which was founded in France but is headquartered in Texas, is marketing the product as better alternative to a last-resort procedure called anterior cervical discectomy fusion, which fuses the vertebra to ease painful symptoms of a herniated disk.

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Johnson & Johnson can exclude recall evidence in DePuy ASR bellwether lawsuit

August 9, 2013 1:13 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Evidence of the recall of the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant can be excluded from a bellwether trial over the device, a federal judge ruled last month. Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics division pulled the DePuy ASR device from the market in 2010, prompting thousands of personal injury lawsuits across the country.

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Abbott’s Investigational Absorb Bioresorbable Scaffold Recognized in R&D 100

August 9, 2013 12:31 pm | by Abbott | News | Comments

Abbott’s investigational Absorb™ Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold was recently named one of R&D Magazine’s 2013 top 100 technologies as part of its 51st annual R&D 100 Awards. Absorb joins a number of innovative technologies being honored by the awards, which recognize the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year.

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Scientists Watch Live Brain Cell Circuits Spark and Fire

August 9, 2013 12:25 pm | by NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | News | Comments

Scientists used fruit flies to show for the first time that a new class of genetically engineered proteins can be used to watch nerve cell electrical activity in live brains. The results, published in Cell, suggest these proteins may be a promising new tool for mapping brain cell activity in multiple animals and for studying how neurological disorders disrupt normal nerve cell signaling.

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