In a first-of-its-kind operation in the United States, a team of doctors at Duke University Hospital helped create a bioengineered blood vessel and transplanted it into the arm of a patient with end-stage kidney disease. The procedure, the first U.S. clinical trial to test the safety and effectiveness of the bioengineered blood vessel, is a milestone in the field of tissue engineering.
Diastolic heart failure is responsible for more than half of all cardiac failure. The condition is usually treated with drugs, but now, a new device being tested in the Czech Republic could provide more effective treatment for millions of sufferers.
The surgeon who more than two decades ago pioneered deep brain stimulation surgery in the United States to treat people with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders has now developed a new way to perform the surgery — which allows for more accurate placement of the brain electrodes and likely is safer for patients.
NJIT Assistant Professor Mei Liu, PhD, a computer scientist, has recently shown in a new study that electronic medical records can validate previously reported adverse drug reactions and report new ones. "EMRs have created an unprecedented resource for observational studies since they contain not only detailed patient information, but also large amounts of longitudinal clinical data," she said.
ICP Medical LLC has recently announced a partnership with Timestrip, makers of a time monitoring device. The technology will be utilized in ICP Medical LLC’s line of privacy curtains used in healthcare facilities nationwide. The Timestrip’s color-coded label monitors elapsed time and indicates when curtains should be replaced.
Inspiro Medical recently completed a successful clinical trial for Inspiromatic, its innovative, breath-synchronized, active dry powder inhaler. The study aimed to objectively assess, in a randomized, crossover, double blind study, the efficacy and safety profiles of formoterol (bronchodilator) treatment via the Inspiromatic in asthmatic children, compared to its delivery via a competitive inhaler already on the market.
IBM and Brightlight today announced that Seattle Children’s Hospital is using IBM Big Data technology to improve treatment of its young patients. With over 350,000 patient visits annually and thousands of data points associated with each patient, Seattle Children’s Hospital can run queries on patient data in seconds, rather than minutes, to provide quicker, more effective care and diagnosis.
Composite clad metal wire that can be formulated to improve the performance characteristics of precious metal solid wire at a small fraction the cost is available from Anomet Products. Anomet Precious Metal Clad Wire can be formulated to accentuate specific performance characteristics such as strength, radiopacity and corrosion-, contact-, or temperature-resistance.
Bunting Magnetics has introduced a new line of high-intensity separation conveyors. The first public showing of the product line will be in Booth 4667 at WasteExpo 2013 in New Orleans, May 21-23. Bunting Product Manager said: “These new separation conveyors are designed to provide extremely high magnetic fields..."
MEN Micro now offers a low power, rugged SBC that incorporates flexible I/O for demanding graphics environments. Using an Intel Atom processor running at 1.6 GHz, the new SC27 is compact, powerful and able to withstand harsh environments.
UltraVolt has announced today the expansion of its popular line of precision high-voltage amplifiers - the HVA Series - capable of operating in DC, reversible, and amplifier modes. The new line of precision high-voltage amplifiers, the 10HVA-20HVA Series, is available with unipolar or bipolar output at 0 to 10kV, 15kV and 20kV.
Eastman’s Gopal Saraiya, global segment leader of medical devices at Eastman Chemical Company, took time to address a number of questions related to the use of materials in medical device development. He was included in the staff written article, “Materials Impact Medical Device Design Trends.” Following are all of the responses he provided.
The portable medical devices industry is a fast growing world. With the advent of various smart technology and wireless capabilities, this medical field has become one of the most intriguing with the promise of great potential for future healthcare.
Most often, it seems medical device manufacturers are deciding between machining and molding for their component fabrication needs. However, there are alternatives that should be explored. Stamping offers an array of excellent advantages for designers who need micro parts made from metal materials.
Human factors engineering, as applied to the design of medical devices, has never been as important as it is today, especially since the release of the U.S. FDA’s draft guidance document Applying Human Factors and Usability Engineering to Optimize Medical Device Design. With the rise of mobile health apps, human factors engineering principles will become even more vital to the success of this industry and to the safety of the patients.