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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.

IV Flow Regulator

June 14, 2013 5:17 pm | by MDT Staff | Qosina | Product Releases | Comments

Qosina is now offering an IV Flow Regulator (Part #21293) with an easy-to-turn ridged dial that facilitates quick and accurate flow rate adjustment. Latex-free and DEHP-free, the ivory ABS regulator features a clear silicone gasket. The clearly marked blue flow indicators (5 to 250 ml/ hour) ensure a more reliable infusion rate than other gravity driven components.

250W Convection-Cooled Power Supply

June 14, 2013 5:11 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation has announced the release of TDK-Lambda’s new CUS250LD series low profile AC-DC power supplies. These single-output supplies provide 250-watts of output power with convection cooling (no fans required). 

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Catheter Adhesive Provides Cure Confirmation and Ease of Post-Cure Inspection

June 14, 2013 4:59 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

214-CTH-UR-SC is the first Dymax adhesive to be formulated with both Ultra-Red and patented See-Cure technologies. It’s designed for use in catheter assembly and offers excellent bond strength to a variety of plastics including Nylon 12 and PEBA. While in its uncured state, this See-Cure adhesive is blue in color for easy verification of placement.

Leak Testing Misinformation Is Widespread in the Medical Device Industry

June 14, 2013 3:18 pm | by Joe Pustka, Director Applications Engineering, Uson L.P. | Uson, L.P. | Blogs | Comments

Here at Uson, we are obsessed with leak testing methods. One problem that we see often, particularly in the medical device industry, is the widespread belief that one type of leak test method is inherently better for nearly all applications. This is simply not true and the misinformation seems to have taken on a life of its own.

Bioabsorbable Polymers Will Offer New Possibilities for Drug Delivery

June 14, 2013 3:14 pm | by Uwe Winzen, Ph.D., Global Marketing Manager, Lubrizol LifeScience Polymers | Articles | Comments

A new formulation of synthetic, biochemically absorbable polymers is creating opportunities in the medical device and pharmaceutical fields. These “bioabsorbable polymers” are materials designed to dissolve into compounds that the body can safely absorb or eliminate.

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New Nanoneedle Helping Scientists Uncover Secrets Under the Skin

June 14, 2013 9:22 am | by University of Bath | News | Comments

Researchers in the University’s Physics and Pharmacy & Pharmacology Departments are using a pioneering technique to study the properties and characteristics of our skin, in tests that could pave the way for new treatments for dermatitis, and for an improved understanding of the skin ageing process.

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New Array Measures Vibrations Across Skin May Help Engineers Design Tactile Displays

June 14, 2013 9:16 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

In the near future, a buzz in your belt or a pulse from your jacket may give you instructions on how to navigate your surroundings. Think of it as tactile Morse code: vibrations from a wearable, GPS-linked device that tell you to turn right or left, or stop, depending on the pattern of pulses you feel. Such a device could free drivers from having to look at maps, and could also serve as a tactile guide for the visually and hearing impaired.

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Autonomous, Energy-Scavenging, Micro Devices Serve as Biomedical Monitors

June 14, 2013 9:10 am | by SPIE | News | Comments

Out in the wilds or anywhere off the grid, sophisticated instruments small enough to fit in a shirt pocket will one day scavenge power from sunlight, body heat, or other sources to monitor water quality or bridge safety or function as wearable biomedical monitors, enabling analysis in the field rather than bringing samples and data back to the lab.

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Testing Method Promising for Spinal Cord Injuries, Multiple Sclerosis

June 14, 2013 9:00 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

A medical test previously developed to measure a toxin found in tobacco smokers has been adapted to measure the same toxin in people suffering from spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis, offering a potential tool to reduce symptoms.

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