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Researchers Design Sensitive New Microphone Modeled on Fly Ear

June 3, 2013 9:43 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Using the sensitive ears of a parasitic fly for inspiration, a group of researchers has created a new type of microphone that achieves better acoustical performance than what is currently available in hearing aids. The scientists will present their results at the 21st International Congress on Acoustics, held June 2-7 in Montreal.

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Solta Medical Announces Isolaz 2 Acne System

June 3, 2013 8:55 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

Solta Medical, Inc., the global market leader in aesthetic skin treatments, today announced Isolaz ® 2, the next generation acne therapy device. Isolaz 2 effectively targets the root causes of acne through a unique, clinically proven combination of vacuum extraction for deep pore purification, broadband light to destroy...

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Vasomedical to Raise Awareness about EECP@ Therapy as an Effective Treatment for Heart Disease in Diabetic Patients

June 3, 2013 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Heart Association (AHA) Heart Disease and Stroke 2013 Statistical Update reported that 19.7 million Americans over the age of twenty have physician-diagnosed diabetes, and there are an additional eight million Americans with undiagnosed diabetes. The top causes of disability and...

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Medtronic Reaches Major Milestone in Clinical Program for 'IN.PACT Admiral' Drug-Eluting Balloon

June 3, 2013 7:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Continuing to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to advancing interventional treatments of peripheral artery disease and the evidence to support their adoption, Medtronic, Inc. announced today that enough patients have been enrolled in its clinical studies of the IN.PACT Admiral drug-eluting balloon to support the company's U.S. regulatory approval submission of the novel angioplasty device.

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Evaluation of Automatic Class III Designation (De Novo) Decision: K121291 added

June 3, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act of 1997 (FDAMA) added the "De Novo" classification option as an alternate pathway to classify certain new devices that had automatically been placed in Class III due to lack of a predicate. The De Novo process applies to low and moderate risk devices that have been classified as class III because they were found not substantially equivalent (NSE) to existing devices.

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Consumer Updates - WANTED: Consumers to Report Problems

June 3, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

A new consumer-friendly form is now available for making reports to MedWatch, the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) on-line system for collecting information about serious problems with drugs, medical devices and other FDA-regulated products.

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3-D Printing Goes from Sci-Fi Fantasy to Reality

June 2, 2013 9:37 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Invisalign, a San Jose company, uses 3-D printing to make each mouthful of customized, transparent braces. Mackenzies Chocolates, a confectioner in Santa Cruz, uses a 3-D printer to pump out chocolate molds. And earlier this year, Cornell University researchers used a 3-D printer, along with injections of a special collagen gel, to create a human-shaped ear.

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Custom-Designed Photo-Etched Lead Frames

May 31, 2013 5:21 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Photofabrication Engineering (PEI) has expanded its manufacturing capabilities for custom-designed, photochemically-etched surface-mount and insert-mount lead frames for integrated circuit manufacturing. These lead frames are used in a wide variety of applications...

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World’s Highest dB Output in a Small Package

May 31, 2013 5:13 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Transducers USA has announced the release of their new sounder, producing the world’s highest dB output in a package of matchbook size. The sound level of Transducers USA’s new model TRPS-07 is ideal for a product whose sound output level will override any other possible sounds that may be within its area.

Torque Inserts Deliver Ideal Pivoting Capabilities

May 31, 2013 5:02 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Reell torque inserts have introduced a new category of torque control hinges delivering exceptional pivoting capabilities without the standard appearance of conventional hinges. Depending on model, the torque inserts uniquely press-fit into a variety of materials via a keyed cavity or can be plastic over-molded.

Spinning Clinch Bolts Enable Captivated Screw to Spin

May 31, 2013 4:54 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

PEM spinning clinch bolts for use in thin metal sheets introduce one-piece captive screw solutions whose controlled clinching action during installation permanently captivates the screw while allowing it to spin freely in the sheet.

Distributing Healthcare

May 31, 2013 3:20 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

One of the most interesting things about my position is seeing the changes in one of the most dynamic industries around—the medical device industry (and, in a broader sense, the healthcare industry). In my 13+ years of reporting on this industry, I’ve seen many changes and technological advances. It truly is remarkable to think about how far certain sectors of the industry have come in what is really a very short period of time.

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The Science of Ceramics in Hip Joint Replacements

May 31, 2013 2:56 pm | by Yannick Galais, Commercial Manager, Morgan Advanced Materials | Articles | Comments

Ceramic materials have been used for artificial joints since the 1970s, yet the need for smaller medical implants with more complicated structures has created exciting new opportunities for those manufacturing ceramic solutions for the medical market. As a result, detailed and complex ceramic components are becoming increasingly specified for a wide range of applications.

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FDA Clears Medical Device Developed by OHSU and AMES Technology for Muscle and Joint Rehabilitation

May 31, 2013 2:11 pm | by Oregon Health & Science University | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration today granted 510(k) clearance to a muscle and joint rehabilitation medical device developed by OHSU Scientist Dr. Paul Cordo, Ph.D., and AMES Technology, Inc. AMES is an Oregon Health & Science University spinoff company established to transform Dr. Cordo's OHSU research findings into a rehabilitation medical device for use in hospitals and clinics.

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Cochlear Americas Receives FDA Approval for the First and Only Ear Level Accessory for Waterproof Hearing with Cochlear Implants

May 31, 2013 1:07 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Cochlear Americas, the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, announced today that the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a one-of-a-kind Aqua Accessory compatible with the Cochlear Nucleus 5 Sound Processor. The Aqua Accessory is a custom cover with a double zip lock seal designed to hold the processor and coil inside, and can be worn behind the ear in the normal position.

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