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Compounds Improve Catheter Manufacturing in Low Durometer Polymers

June 20, 2013 5:28 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Foster Corporation has introduced ProPell thermoplastic polyurethane and polyether block amide compounds for improved manufacturing and handling of medical catheters. These new compounds dramatically reduce tackiness and friction in soft, flexible polymers while maintaining other physical properties of the unmodified polymers.

Accurate and Quiet OXCO

June 20, 2013 5:22 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Connor-Winfield’s newest OXCO, the OX200-SC is our most quiet, accurate and stable 10.0 MHz OCXO. The OX200-SC is designed for use in applications such as IP Backhaul using IEEE1588 PTP Master Clock that requires very high frequency stability, very tight initial calibration and very low aging.

Innovation Drives Pump Technology to Meet Today’s Medical Designs

June 20, 2013 5:12 pm | by Dave Vanderbeck, Business Development Manager, KNF Neuberger | KNF Neuberger, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Given the number of device applications that involve the transfer of a gas or liquid, it is no wonder pump technology is such a significant part of many healthcare-related products. In addition, pumps are not exempt from the trends of miniaturization and cost reduction. As such, this article takes a look at how today’s medical device demands are being answered by advanced pump technology.

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Commander HD Wheel Offers Resiliant Design for Ultra Heavy Loads

June 20, 2013 5:10 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Colson Caster has announced its newest line of heavy duty wheels for mass distribution: the Commander HD. The innovative wheel is designed for superior performance in some of the most abusive applications and environments where high-load requirements and impact resistance are a must.

FDA Approves New Silicone Breast Implant from J&J

June 20, 2013 4:53 pm | by Matthew Perrone - AP Health Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration said last Friday it approved a next-generation silicone breast implant from Johnson & Johnson unit Mentor. The company's MemoryShape breast implant uses a cross-linking gel design that the FDA says is firmer than previous implants.

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Synergy Biomedical Launches BioSphere Putty, a Next Generation Bioactive Bone Graft

June 20, 2013 3:38 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Synergy Biomedical, LLC has announced that it has recently received FDA clearance and will be launching its first bone graft product, BioSphere™ Putty. Utilizing a specialized form of 45S5 bioactive glass with a unique sphere shape and a narrow size range, BioSphere™ Putty provides an optimized bone graft material that outperforms other bioactive products.

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Managing Expectations in Medical Device Development, Part 1

June 20, 2013 1:58 pm | by Vincent Crabtree, Ph.D., Project Manager, StarFish Medical | Blogs | Comments

Around 15 years ago, I was fortunate enough to study for a Ph.D. with an Entrepreneurial Professor. Five years later, after working on a few healthcare-related projects, we were then fortunate enough to snag an ambitious MBA graduate with an executive retail background, looking for a new challenge, and gained support of doctors.

Google Glass Meets “Smart” Health

June 20, 2013 1:33 pm | by Stephanie Carmichael, ECN Contributor | Blogs | Comments

“Smart” eyewear has just collided with smart vision correction — and no, I’m not talking about the prescription-based versions of Google Glass that are in development. Researchers have taken the concept of Google Glass and applied it to soft contact lenses.

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Array Measures Vibrations Across Skin, Helps Engineers Design Tactile Displays

June 20, 2013 1:29 pm | by Andrew Carleen, MIT | 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.

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FDA Grants Prostate IDE Approval for NanoKnife System

June 20, 2013 12:43 pm | by AngioDynamics | News | Comments

AngioDynamics (Nasdaq:ANGO) has announced the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) approval to conduct a clinical study of the NanoKnife System for the ablation of focal prostate cancer.

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Nerve Interface for Direct Sensory Feedback

June 20, 2013 12:20 pm | by DARPA | Videos | Comments

Researchers used a flat interface nerve electrode to demonstrate direct sensory feedback. By interfacing with residual nerves in the patient's partial limb, some sense of touch by the fingers is restored. Unlike visual feedback, direct sensory feedback allows patients to move a hand without keeping their eyes on it—enabling simple tasks, like rummaging through a bag for small items, not possible with today's prosthetics.

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New Risk Assessment Tool to Predict Stroke in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

June 20, 2013 10:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

A more accurate and reliable stroke prediction model has been developed to help physicians decide whether to start blood-thinning treatment for patients with atrial fibrillation, as described in the current online issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Sorin Group Announces First U.S. Implant of PARADYM RF SonR CRT-D for RESPOND CRT IDE Clinical Trial

June 20, 2013 10:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Sorin Group (MIL:SRN), a global medical device company and leader in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, announces the first U.S. implant of its PARADYM SonR CRT System for the RESPOND CRT IDE Clinical Trial. Dr. B. A. Smith, Electrophysiologist, Piedmont Heart Institute, Atlanta, GA, performed the procedure on May 30.

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Realistic 3D Tumour Through Tissue Engineering Using Silk Scaffolds

June 20, 2013 9:47 am | by National University of Singapore | News | Comments

A team of NUS researchers from the Departments of Bioengineering and Orthopaedic Surgery has developed a highly realistic three-dimensional (3D) tumour model. As it replicates the conditions in the body, it is able to track the effectiveness and progress of drug therapy.

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Seeing the Human Pulse

June 20, 2013 9:35 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a new algorithm that can accurately measure the heart rates of people depicted in ordinary digital video by analyzing imperceptibly small head movements that accompany the rush of blood caused by the heart’s contractions.

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