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Auto Lubricant Could Rev Up Medical Imaging

August 5, 2013 12:37 pm | by Sarah Yang, University of California, Berkeley | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have built a device that could speed up medical imaging without breaking the bank. The key ingredient? An engine lubricant called molybdenum disulfide, or MoS2, which has been sold in auto parts shops for decades.

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Dentsply's Q2 earnings rise despite flat sales

August 5, 2013 12:30 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Dentsply International managed to boost its 2nd-quarter profits despite flat sales, saying headwinds in Europe will push down its earnings for the rest of the year. York, Pa.-based Dentsply posted profits of $87.2 million, or 60¢ per share, on sales of $761.0 million for the 3 months ended June 30. That represents bottom-line growth of 8.0% on a 0.3% sales decline.

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TAVI: Edwards wins FDA approval to begin clinical studies of next-gen Sapien 3 valve

August 5, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medical device giant Edwards Lifesciences is powering forward with its solo-hold on the U.S. market for transcatheter aortic valve implantation systems, now preparing to launch an Investigational Device Exemption clinical trial of its next-generation Sapien 3 TAVI device.

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Not only Bone Density, but also Quality of Bone Predicts Fracture Risk

August 5, 2013 12:28 pm | by University of Eastern Finland | News | Comments

In a study carried out at the University of Eastern Finland, bone histomorphometry and infrared spectroscopy revealed abnormal bone properties in children with vertebral fractures and in children after solid organ transplantation. Bone compositional changes in children with vertebral fractures and after different types of organ transplantation have not been reported previously.

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Report: ICU Medical enters exclusive talks on private-equity buyout

August 5, 2013 12:02 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

ICU Medical is in exclusive talks with a Chicago-based private equity shop, GTCR LLC, about a leveraged buyout, unnamed sources told Bloomberg BusinessWeek. The private equity firm has raised up to $750 million to back the takeover, according to a person "familiar with the matter," the magazine reported.

Alere™ MobileLink Receives FDA Clearance

August 5, 2013 11:38 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Alere Connect has been granted a 510(k) market clearance by the U.S. FDA for the Alere MobileLink.  The new product offering is one of Alere's connected device technologies designed to empower patients by allowing self-testing at home and delivering data quickly and seamlessly to clinical systems accessed by their healthcare providers.

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Catching Cancer Early by Chasing It

August 5, 2013 11:01 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Reaching a clinic in time to receive an early diagnosis for cancer -- when the disease is most treatable -- is a global problem. And now a team of Chinese researchers proposes a global solution: have a user-friendly diagnostic device travel to the patient, anywhere in the world.

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Novel 3D Simulation Technology Helps Surgical Residents Train More Effectively

August 5, 2013 10:58 am | by American College of Surgeons | News | Comments

A novel interactive 3Dimensional (3D) simulation platform offers surgical residents a unique opportunity to hone their diagnostic and patient management skills, and then have those skills accurately evaluated according to a new study appearing in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

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Researchers Create 'Soft Robotic' Devices Using Water-Based Gels

August 5, 2013 10:55 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for creating devices out of a water-based hydrogel material that can be patterned, folded and used to manipulate objects. The technique holds promise for use in "soft robotics" and biomedical applications.

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Coating Turns Ordinary Glass into Super Glass

August 5, 2013 10:48 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

A new transparent, bioinspired coating makes ordinary glass tough, self-cleaning and incredibly slippery, a team from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) reported online in the July 31 edition of Nature Communications.

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High Efficiency 22mm ECS Brushless Slotless Motor

August 4, 2013 8:28 pm | by MDT Staff | Portescap | Product Releases | Comments

Portescap has introduced the 22ECS brushless motor. Designed to deliver exceptional efficiency in high speed applications, the 22ECS runs up to 30 percent cooler than similar motors, at speeds greater than 50K RPM.

Mechanical Linear Motion Solution

August 4, 2013 8:22 pm | by MDT Staff | Thomson Industries | Product Releases | Comments

Thomson introduces Glide Screw- a new mechanical linear motion solution that combines the features of a linear bearing and a lead screw into a single, compact package.

More Color for Fiber-Coupled Modules Portfolio

August 4, 2013 8:14 pm | by MDT Staff | Dilas Diode Laser, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

DILAS now delivers 10W output power from a multi-single emitter based 450nm, 400-micron, 0.22NA, fiber-coupled module developed for cinema projection and medical applications.

More Creative Freedom for Designers: Semi-finished Materials

August 4, 2013 8:06 pm | by MDT Staff | Igus Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

With 80,000 machine components available from stock, polymer specialist igus offers the right part for almost any application. Now design, maintenance and mechanical engineers who make special parts themselves can order the company’s high-performance plastics as bar stock.

ConforMIS Achieves Significant Funding Milestone with $167.7 Million in Series E Financing

August 2, 2013 3:42 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

ConforMIS, Inc., a privately held medical device company pioneering patient-specific orthopedic implants, announced today it has expanded its Series E financing to $167.7 million with participation from top-tier Sovereign Wealth Funds, Government Investment Funds and Private Equity Funds in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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