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Microporous Polymers Die Cut Sheets, Rods, Tubes

June 17, 2013 5:32 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Custom die cut microporous PTFE, polyethylene, and polypropylene polymers for a wide variety of barrier, filtration, and vacuum, applications are available from Interstate Specialty Products. ISP Microporous Polymers feature a three-dimensional pore structure that comes in a wide range of pore sizes from 1 to 195 microns.

Regulatory Inspections: The Good, Bad, and Ugly Experiences

June 17, 2013 3:41 pm | by Vesna Janic, Director of QA/RA, StarFish Medical | Blogs | Comments

For all of us in Quality Assurance departments, on-site inspections are a regular occurrence. Our Quality Management System may be subject not only to the scrutiny of FDA Investigators, Health Canada Inspectors, and ISO Auditors, but also to the audits and inspections conducted by our clients.

It Begins and Ends with Testing

June 17, 2013 3:32 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | WuXi AppTec | Articles | Comments

Regardless of the indication, the technology, or the manufacturing process, all medical devices face thorough testing regimens to ensure they function as designed. There’s no room for error with any medical device, whether a low-tech orthopedic knee brace or a life saving pacemaker. The patient relying on the device they are using needs it to work perfectly.

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New Surgery Alternative Removes Suspicious Polyps, Keeps Colon Intact

June 17, 2013 12:54 pm | by Rachel Champeau, University of California, Los Angeles Health Sciences | News | Comments

Millions of people each year have polyps successfully removed during colonoscopies. But when a suspicious polyp is bigger than a marble or in a hard-to-reach location, patients are referred for surgery to remove a portion of their colon — even if doctors aren't sure whether the polyp is cancerous or not.

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Medical Assessment in the Blink of an Eye

June 17, 2013 12:41 pm | by Joan Robinson, Springer | News | Comments

Have you ever thought that you knew something about the world in the blink of an eye? This restaurant is not the right place for dinner. That person could be The One. It turns out that radiologists can do this with mammograms, the x-ray images used for breast cancer screening.

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Is There an Invisible Tug-of-War Behind Bad Hearts & Power Outages?

June 17, 2013 12:35 pm | by Morgan Kelly, Office of Communications, Princeton University | News | Comments

Systems such as a beating heart or a power grid that depend on the synchronized movement of their parts could fall prey to an invisible and chaotic tug-of-war known as a "chimera." A chimera state arises among identical, rhythmically moving components — known as oscillators — when a few of those parts spontaneously fall out of sync while the rest remain synchronized.

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UC Research Examines How Technology Can Break Down Barriers for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students

June 17, 2013 12:05 pm | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

A small, pilot study is examining how mobile technology might support deaf and hard-of-hearing college students when an interpreter can’t physically be present at the time the services are requested. The first phase of the UC research project involved a college student taking a course in a large, auditorium-style classroom.

Russian Tycoon Wants to Move Mind to Machine

June 17, 2013 11:58 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Can the City That Never Sleeps become the City That Never Dies? A Russian multimillionaire thinks so. Dmitry Itskov gathered some of humanity's best brains — and a few robots — in New York City on Saturday to discuss how humans can get their minds to outlive their bodies.  

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Is There an Invisible Tug-Of-War Behind Bad Hearts and Power Outages?

June 17, 2013 11:53 am | by Princeton University | News | Comments

Systems such as a beating heart or a power grid that depend on the synchronized movement of their parts could fall prey to an invisible and chaotic tug-of-war known as a "chimera." Sharing its name with the fire-breathing, zoologically patchy creature of Greek mythology, a chimera state arises among identical, rhythmically moving components...

Printing Artificial Bone

June 17, 2013 11:16 am | by Denise Brehm, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers working to design new materials that are durable, lightweight and environmentally sustainable are increasingly looking to natural composites, such as bone, for inspiration: Bone is strong and tough because its two constituent materials, soft collagen protein and stiff hydroxyapatite mineral, are arranged in complex hierarchical patterns that change at every scale of the composite, from the micro up to the macro.

Diabetics Who Use Meters to Monitor Their Glucose Have Better Control Over Disease

June 17, 2013 11:07 am | by Renatt Brodsky, Mount Sinai School of Medicine | News | Comments

Mount Sinai researchers will demonstrate new data on diabetes self-management, as well as the role of prostastic acid phosphatase (PAP) in Prostate Cancer (PCa) bone metastases; identify new molecules that can stimulate the thyroid gland; reveal the prevalence of primary aldosteronism (PA) in an urban population; and show how thyroid autoimmunity may be triggered by endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress.

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Boston Hospital to Offer Hand Transplants for Kids

June 17, 2013 10:55 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A Boston hospital is starting the world's first hand transplant program for children, and doctors say it won't be long until face transplants and other radical operations to improve appearance and quality of life are offered to kids, too.

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To Ease Shortage Of Organs, Grow Them In A Lab?

June 17, 2013 10:38 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Growing lungs and other organs for transplant is still in the future, but scientists are working toward that goal. In North Carolina, a 3-D printer builds prototype kidneys. In several labs, scientists study how to build on the internal scaffolding of hearts, lungs, livers and kidneys of people and pigs to make custom-made implants.

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HeartWare Receives Conditional Approval From FDA to Enroll Supplemental Patient Cohort in Destination Therapy Trial

June 17, 2013 8:50 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

HeartWare International has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted conditional approval to an IDE (Investigational Device Exemption) Supplement that allows HeartWare to commence enrollment in an additional patient cohort for ENDURANCE, the Company's pivotal, Destination Therapy clinical study.

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Horizontal Flow Wrapper

June 14, 2013 5:25 pm | by MDT Staff | Campbell Wrapper Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

The Campbell Pioneer Horizontal Flow Wrapper features a sanitary modular design with cantilevered components. Cutting head, film, and infeed servo motors with timing belt drives provide reliable, maintenance-free operation. The Allen-Bradley ControlLogix 5000 Series PLC provides exceptional control of machine functions.

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