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Stretchable Conductors for Gentler Medical Devices

July 26, 2013 9:38 am | by University of Michigan | Videos | Comments

Polyurethane studded with gold nanoparticles can conduct electricity even when stretched, Michigan engineers have discovered. This feat could pave the way for flexible electronics and gentler medical devices. The nanoparticles start out randomly arranged, but they drift into wire-like formations as the material is stretched.

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A Better Tool for Minimally Invasive Surgery

July 26, 2013 9:34 am | by University of Michigan | Videos | Comments

U-M engineers have developed a new robotic tool which will make performing minimally invasive surgery cheaper and easier, but provides higher functionality over existing low-cost tools. The tool, called Flex Dex, acts as an extension of the surgeon's arm, allowing the doctor to control it with just a turn of the wrist.

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Vascular Solutions posts profits, boosts guidance estimates

July 25, 2013 6:05 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Vascular Solutions' Q2 earnings landed exactly within analyst expectations, ending the company's long streak of beating the Street. Despite driving profits up almost 20% and boosting guidance estimates to reflect healthy revenue, Wall Street responded by sending share prices down 0.7% by the end of the day.

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Sidewinder Current Sensor Has Unique Non-round Shape

July 25, 2013 5:30 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation has announced a unique new addition to the Sidewinder AC current sensor line, the PA3207NL. This non-round sensor specifically fits the standard 0.750"x0.093" buss bar of an ANSI 2S smart meter, making the design of the meter base simpler and the assembly easier.

Cepheid Receives FDA Market Authorization for Xpert MTB/RIF

July 25, 2013 5:29 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Cepheid today announced it has received market authorization from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for its Xpert MTB/RIF test. The review decision was based on the de novo 510(k) review process, which allows novel products without predicates to be down-classified and brought to market.

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Removable SD Memory Card Saves Up to 5.9 MM Readings

July 25, 2013 5:22 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Control Company’s Traceable, Memory-Card Refrigerator/Freezer Thermometer saves readings from once a minute to once every 720 minutes on removable, supplied, standard SD memory card—identical to types used in digital cameras.

Newest Smaller Laser Diode Module Boasts Rugged Design

July 25, 2013 5:15 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

BEA Lasers, responding to the growing demand for rugged, small industrial laser components, has announced their newest laser diode module. The mini SEN laser’s compact size and rugged design make this unit desirable in many industries including: semiconductor manufacturing, textiles, fastener positioning, 3D printers and many other light industrial assemblies.

Rotary Position Sensors with Exceptional Rotational Life

July 25, 2013 5:11 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

TT electronics’ Sensing and Control Division is introducing a series of new non-contacting rotary position sensors offering exceptional performance for up to 100 million revolutions. Designed to operate reliably in demanding conditions, the MagnePot series is available with sensing angles between 35o and 360o.

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Fidelity buys into the Boston Scientific comeback story in a big way

July 25, 2013 4:36 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Fidelity bought into the Boston Scientific comeback in a big way, revealing in a regulatory filing a nearly 10.5% stake in the medical device company. With its investment, Fidelity supplants Dodge & Cox., as Boston Scientific's largest institutional shareholder.

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Q2 profits surge for Edwards Lifesciences

July 25, 2013 4:31 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Edwards Lifesciences posted surging 2nd-quarter profits on modest sales growth, saying sales of its flagship Sapien heart valve reached $90 million for the quarter. The Irvine, Calif.-based medical device company reported profits of $94.1 million, or 82¢ per share, on sales of $517.2 million for the 3 months ended June 30...

EnteroMedics Announces PMA Application for VBLOC Therapy in Obesity Accepted for Review and Filing by FDA

July 25, 2013 4:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EnteroMedics Inc., the developer of medical devices using neuroblocking technology to treat obesity, metabolic diseases and other gastrointestinal disorders, today announced that the U.S. FDA has accepted for filing the Company's Premarket Approval application for approval of the Maestro® Rechargeable System's VBLOC® vagal blocking therapy as a treatment for obesity.

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New Blood Clot Removal System Successfully Restores Blood Flow

July 25, 2013 3:47 pm | by Cardiovascular Institute of the South | News | Comments

Dr. Nick Cavros, interventional cardiologist with Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) at Lafayette General Medical Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, used a new hand-held mechanical aspiration system to remove blood clots and increase blood flow.

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Officials Offer Update on Vermont Health Connect

July 25, 2013 2:45 pm | by Dave Gram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three top Vermont officials expressed confidence Thursday that the state will be ready to launch the health insurance marketplace being set up under the federal Affordable Care Act on its scheduled startup date of Oct. 1.     

A Big Data Approach to Personalized Healthcare

July 25, 2013 2:26 pm | by Nitesh Chawla, University of Notre Dame | News | Comments

University of Notre Dame researchers have developed a computer-aided method that uses electronic medical records to offer the promise of rapid advances toward personalized health care, disease management and wellness.      

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Crafting Body Parts with 3D Printing

July 25, 2013 2:21 pm | by stripeschannel | Videos | Comments

At the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, custom prosthetic attachments, cranial-facial implants, and surgical models are constantly being churned out, layer by layer, in an additive manufacturing process commonly referred to as 3D printing.

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