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Modular Connector Solutions

March 24, 2015 12:50 pm | by ODU-USA, Inc. | ODU-USA, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ODU, a designer and manufacturer of high performance modular connector solutions and cable assemblies, is now offering the entire compressed air and fluid range of ODU-MAC with higher flow rates and/or high operating pressure for a wide range of medical, industrial and measurement...

Understanding Differences in 'Reprocessing Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff'

March 24, 2015 11:26 am | by Emily Mitzel, B.S. M.S. RM (NRCM), Healthcare Reprocessing Expert, Nelson Laboratories | Nelson Laboratories, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The FDA’s new guidance document, Reprocessing Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff issued March 17, 2015, outlines a summary of changes to the FDA’s May 11, 2011 reprocessing draft guidance. Based on the content and addition of Appendix E, this...

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3D Printing Ushers in a New Age for Prototyping

March 24, 2015 10:49 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | GW Plastics, Inc., Stratasys, Inc., Proto Labs, Inc., Insight Product Development, Farm Design, Inc. | Articles | Comments

By providing engineers with a physical sample of a part or device design, prototypes offer a glimpse at the final look of a product. They enable someone to handle the design, get an idea of weight and “feel,” use for evaluating packaging options...

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Husband and Wife Receive First Stroke-Preventing Implant...A Decade Apart

March 24, 2015 9:57 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

It’s been nearly a decade since Gheorghe Sandru received the heart implant that changed his life. Sandru, 85, was the first patient enrolled in a Cedars-Sinai clinical trial for a tiny implant known as the WATCHMAN Device. It reduces the risk...

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Tiny 'Glass Bubbles' Show Promising Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

March 24, 2015 9:48 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

Scientists at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have combined their nanotechnology expertise to create a new treatment that may solve some of the problems of using chemotherapy to treat pancreatic...

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Blood Test Identifies Post-Heart Surgery Stroke Risk

March 24, 2015 9:42 am | by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center | News | Comments

The results of a blood test done immediately after heart surgery can be a meaningful indicator of postoperative stroke risk, a study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has found. An acutely elevated level of blood urea nitrogen...

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Deep Brain Stimulation Eases Parkinson's Pain

March 24, 2015 9:35 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

Patients with Parkinson disease who experienced pain before undergoing subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN DBS) had that pain improved or eliminated at eight years after surgery, although the majority of patients developed new...

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Blood Test for Cancer Cells Provides Early Treatment Failure Warning

March 24, 2015 9:23 am | by Institute of Cancer Research | News | Comments

A blood test that measures the number of cells shed from prostate tumors into the bloodstream can act as an early warning sign that treatment is not working, a major new study shows. Researchers showed that measuring the numbers of circulating...

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Growing 3D 'Lungs-in-a-Dish'

March 24, 2015 9:07 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

Scientists have coaxed stem cells to grow the first three-dimensional mini lungs. Previous research has focused on deriving lung tissue from flat cell systems or growing cells onto scaffolds made from donated organs. In a study published...

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A Robot Hand with Smart Metal 'Muscles'

March 24, 2015 9:01 am | by University Saarland | News | Comments

Engineers at Saarland University have taken a leaf out of nature’s book by equipping an artificial hand with muscles made from shape-memory wire. The new technology enables the fabrication of flexible and lightweight robot hands for industrial...

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Improving Cellular Response to Intervertebral Fusion Surgery Materials

March 24, 2015 8:40 am | by Peter Ullrich, CEO, Titan Spine | Blogs | Comments

Intervertebral fusion surgery poses a uniquely challenging situation in the spinal medical device market. Ultimately, it is the only place in the body where physicians aim to hold apart two bones (the vertebral bodies) and then induce them to fuse...

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Glass Optical Fibers

March 23, 2015 4:50 pm | by SCHOTT North America | Product Releases | Comments

The technology group SCHOTT will showcase its portfolio of glass optical fibers for medical applications at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting in Las Vegas on March 25-27, 2015 (booth #6749). Among those components on display...

Human Brain Inspires Wearable Micro-Sensors

March 23, 2015 4:07 pm | by New Mexico State University | News | Comments

Wei Tang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at New Mexico State University, is taking a cue from nature to devise the next generation of integrated low-power, wearable micro-devices. The human brain inspired his...

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Language Video Technology Improves Communication with Hearing-Impaired

March 23, 2015 4:03 pm | by Harris Health System | News | Comments

Harris Health System is now using sign language video technology to better communicate with its hearing-impaired and hard-of-hearing patients. Connecting patients with physicians and nurses in a timely and convenient manner is one of the driving...

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Shining a New Light on Erectile Dysfunction

March 23, 2015 3:52 pm | by ETH Zurich | News | Comments

Erectile dysfunction is a taboo subject among men. No one likes to talk about it. But the fact is that as men age, an increasing number will suffer from erectile dysfunction. From the age of 30, the number of men who have unsatisfactory erections...

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