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Gentle Touch and the Bionic Eye

May 2, 2013 12:20 pm | by Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

Normal vision is essentially a spatial sense that often relies upon touch and movement during and after development, there is often a correlation between how an object looks and how it feels. Moreover, as a child's senses develop, there is cross-referencing between the various senses.

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Seahorse's Armor Gives Engineers Insight into Robotics Designs

May 2, 2013 12:18 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

The tail of a seahorse can be compressed to about half its size before permanent damage occurs, engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have found. The tail’s flexibility is due to its structure, made up of bony, armored plates, which slide past each other. Researchers are hoping to use a similar structure to create a flexible robotic arm equipped with muscles made out of polymer, which could be used in medical devices.

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Printable 'Bionic' Ear Melds Electronics and Biology

May 2, 2013 11:59 am | by Princeton University, Engineering School | News | Comments

Scientists at Princeton University used off-the-shelf printing tools to create a functional ear that can "hear" radio frequencies far beyond the range of normal human capability. The researchers' primary purpose was to explore an efficient and versatile means to merge electronics with tissue.

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New Imaging Technique to Visualize Bio-Metals and Molecules Simultaneously

May 2, 2013 11:53 am | by RIKEN | News | Comments

Metal elements and molecules interact in the body but visualizing them together has always been a challenge. Researchers from the RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies in Japan have developed a new molecular imaging technology that enables them to visualize bio-metals and bio-molecules simultaneously in a live mouse.

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Olympus Introduces World's Only Fully Rotatable HD Bronchoscopes

May 2, 2013 11:44 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Olympus, a precision technology leader in designing and delivering innovative Medical and Surgical solutions, among other core businesses, announced today the commercial availability of its 510(k) cleared BF-190 bronchoscopes. The new BF-190 bronchoscopes offer unparalleled maneuverability and flexibility through the combination of their unique Rotary Function and wider tip angulation...

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United Medical Devices Wins Verdict Against Playsafe

May 2, 2013 11:37 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- This past Monday April 29th, a Santa Monica jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of United Medical Devices and against Playsafe, LLC.  United Medical Devices had retained Playsafe as a distributor for brand condoms in various territories...

CMTP Issues Guidance for Clinical Utility Studies of Molecular Diagnostics in Oncology

May 2, 2013 11:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Center for Medical Technology Policy (CMTP) has issued an Effectiveness Guidance Document (EGD) for molecular diagnostics tests in oncology that provides specific study design recommendations for researchers and test developers to evaluate the impact of  their tests on patient health...

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Physical by Smartphone Becoming Real Possibility

May 2, 2013 3:35 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

It's not a "Star Trek" tricorder, but by hooking a variety of gadgets onto a smartphone you could almost get a complete physical — without the paper gown or even a visit to the doctor's office. Blood pressure? Just plug the arm cuff into the phone for a quick reading. Heart OK? Put your fingers...

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Study Demonstrates Significant Pain Reduction with DFINE Star Tumor Ablation System in Spinal Metastases

May 1, 2013 4:40 pm | by DFINE, Inc. | News | Comments

DFINE, Inc., the developer of minimally invasive radiofrequency (RF) targeted therapies for the treatment of vertebral pathologies, released study results highlighting the clinical benefits of advanced Targeted-Radiofrequency Ablation™ (t-RFA) therapy for the management of patients experiencing painful spinal lesions.

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May Is the Ideal Time to "Window Shop" for Hearing

May 1, 2013 4:40 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of Better Hearing and Speech Month, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is encouraging people with questions about their hearing to take advantage of the warm days of spring and go out and "window shop" by visiting a...

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Benefits of Using Hologic's Breast Tomosynthesis Mammography Technology Supported in Published Italian Study

May 1, 2013 4:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hologic, Inc. (Hologic or the Company) (NASDAQ: HOLX), a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of premium diagnostics products, medical imaging systems and surgical products with an emphasis on serving the healthcare needs of women, today announced the publication of the final results...

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New Capacitive Level Sensor for Non-Contact Detection of Challenging Fluids

May 1, 2013 3:30 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The new CAP-100 Series Capacitive Liquid Level Sensors from Gems Sensors & Controls offers accurate level sensing through the walls of a wide variety of bottle types including plastic, glass, and fiberglass. These compact sensors are ideally suited for medical applications such as waste, reagent, buffer or diluent as well as dark, sticky or viscous fluids.

Beyond 'Glocalization': Securing the Future for Medical Technology Innovation

May 1, 2013 3:08 pm | by Milind Purandare, Industry Principal, Medical Devices, Infosys | Blogs | Comments

It is a well-known fact that innovation is the true lifeblood of a medical device company. In an industry where approximately 80 percent of revenue for a medical device company comes from products introduced in the last five years, strategic growth requires continuous and efficient innovation.

Hypodermic Needles for Inclusion in Custom Kits

May 1, 2013 3:05 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

B. Braun OEM now offers hypodermic needles and Safecan Safety Introducer Needles, for inclusion in custom kits. The hypodermic needles are available in a wide range of gauges and lengths. They feature a smooth surface with a light silicone coating and a sharp, tri-beveled profile designed to promote ease of penetration.

Virtual Patient Advocate Delivers Preconception Care to Improve Pregnancy Outcomes

May 1, 2013 2:42 pm | by Boston University Medical Center | News | Comments

Results of a pilot study suggest that a virtual patient advocate (VPA) could help influence positive changes and help women have healthier pregnancies. Developed at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Northeastern University, "Gabby" is an innovative tool developed to deliver preconception care (PCC).

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