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Medical Implants, Ultra-Low Power Sensors, and Energy Harvesting

May 5, 2014 8:10 am | by Rich Miron, Digi-Key Technical Content Team | Texas Instruments Inc., Digi-Key | Articles | Comments

Medical implants have considerable potential for energy harvesting with the body itself providing the energy source. Today’s ultra-low power circuits and sensors are accelerating efforts to exploit energy harvesting with the objective being...

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Enabling the Treatment of a Moving Internal Organ Using Sound Waves

May 2, 2014 2:03 pm | by Focused Ultrasound Foundation | News | Comments

A European collaborative group has begun a translational research project to develop a clinical system that would enable the treatment of a moving internal organ, such as the liver, using focused beams of ultrasound. The TRANS-FUSIMO...   

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Studies Identify Spinal Cord Neurons that Control Skilled Limb Movement

May 2, 2014 1:57 pm | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

Researchers have identified two types of neurons that enable the spinal cord to control skilled forelimb movement. The first is a group of excitatory interneurons that are needed to make accurate and precise movements; the second is a group...

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Smartphone Apps Help Doctors Manage Pain Patients

May 2, 2014 1:54 pm | by American Pain Society | News | Comments

Mobile medicine is helping chronic pain patients cope with and manage their condition thanks to new smartphone apps, which can track patients from a distance and monitor pain, mood, physical activity, drug side effects, and treatment compliance...

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World's Smallest, Leadless Heart Pacemaker Implanted at Ohio State

May 2, 2014 12:37 pm | by Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | News | Comments

It’s about the size of a large vitamin pill and, for the first time in Ohio, the smallest heart pacemaker available is being tested at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Doctors at Ohio State’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital...

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Meaghan’s Minute: Long-Life Hearing Aid Batteries

May 2, 2014 12:18 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Memory Protection Devices, Inc. | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, VARTA Microbattery has developed new hearing aid batteries with unprecedented lifespans that allow for high-power uses, like audio streaming. More than 150 researchers...

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Video Game Processors Improve Cancer Patient Care

May 2, 2014 11:56 am | by UT Southwestern Medical Center | News | Comments

Medical physicists at UT Southwestern Medical Center are finding new ways to use the speed of video game processors to promote research that is aimed at improving patient care. In recent years, video game processors, known as graphic...  

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Students Step Up for Physically Challenged Children

May 2, 2014 11:50 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

Five Rice University freshmen stepped up to a challenge — literally — when they designed a device for physical therapists who help children with balance issues. The StepUp Floor Ladder is a simple frame with movable rungs that tests children...

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Researchers Find the Accelerator for Molecular Machines

May 2, 2014 11:14 am | by University of Southern Denmark | News | Comments

How hard can it be to make a wheel rotate in a machine? Very hard actually, when the wheel sits in one of those nano-small molecular machines that are predicted to be running our future machines. But before the molecular machines become... 

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Delving Deep into the Brain

May 2, 2014 11:07 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Launched in 2013, the national BRAIN Initiative aims to revolutionize our understanding of cognition by mapping the activity of every neuron in the human brain, revealing how brain circuits interact to create memories, learn new skills... 

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Infographic: My Boss Is Going to Get Somebody Killed

May 2, 2014 11:00 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

As a general rule, engineers tend to be a calculated, conservative bunch. They approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern...

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Scientists Create Take-Home Fertility Test for Men

May 2, 2014 10:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two former Sandia National Laboratories scientists have come up with what they say is a take-home fertility test for men, the Albuquerque Journal reported Friday. Researchers Greg Sommer and Ulrich Schaff have created a portable test kit for...

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Man Without a Human Heart Completes 4.2-Mile Walk

May 2, 2014 10:46 am | by SynCardia | News | Comments

Randy Shepherd’s 4.2-mile walk in Pat’s Run April 26, 2014, in the Phoenix area was more than a test of his endurance. It was part of his training for the most crucial event of his life — a heart transplant. Last June 20, Shepherd, 40, had...

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Photos of the Day: Walking Without a Heart

May 2, 2014 10:46 am | by SynCardia | News | Comments

Randy and Tiffany Shepherd share smiles before walking in Pat's Run. Randy made history that day by becoming the first SynCardia Total Artificial Heart patient to enter and complete the 4.2-mile course. Doctors at the University of Arizona...

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RF & Waterproof Connectors

May 2, 2014 8:11 am | by MDT Staff | Intelliconnect Usa, Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd, the UK based specialist manufacturer of RF and waterproof connectors offers a wide range of connectors suitable for use in diagnostic, treatment and wearable medical device technologies...

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