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Copper Surfaces Reduce the Rate of Health Care-Acquired Infections

April 9, 2013 11:49 am | by Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America | News | Comments

Placement of copper objects in intensive care unit (ICU) hospital rooms reduced the number of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) in patients by more than half, according to a new study published in the May issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, in a special topic issue focused on the role of the environment in infection prevention.

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Additive Manufacturing Changes Everything

April 9, 2013 11:18 am | by University of Connecticut | Videos | Comments

The University of Connecticut and Pratt & Whitney have created one of the most advanced additive manufacturing laboratories in the country. The new Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center at UConn is the first additive manufacturing facility in the Northeast to work with metals rather than plastics.

Real-Time Navigation of Left Ventricular Leads

April 9, 2013 10:50 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) has announced market release of the CardioGuide Implant System, a novel real-time navigation system for cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers and defibrillators (CRT-P and CRT-D), in the United States and Canada.

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Regaining Proper Hearing at Last

April 9, 2013 10:38 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Around 17 million people in Germany suffer from impaired hearing. For many of them, their hearing is so damaged that a standard hearing aid is no longer enough. A new device will improve patients’ hearing and can be implanted during outpatient surgery.

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The Most Advanced Additive Manufacturing Laboratories in the U.S.

April 9, 2013 9:57 am | by Colin Poitras, University of Connecticut | News | Comments

Over time, the Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center at UConn is expected to elevate Connecticut industries' production capabilities, reduce manufacturing times, eliminate material waste and allow for the creation of a new generation of intricate, light-weight, and durable custom products.

Photos of the Day: Robotic Surgeons, All Hype?

April 9, 2013 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Surgeons say the advantages of the system include allowing them to operate sitting down, using small robotic hands with no tremor. But critics say a big increase in robot operations nationwide is due to heavy marketing and hype, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking into problems and deaths that may be linked with robotic surgery.

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Robot Hot Among Surgeons; FDA Investigates

April 9, 2013 9:12 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The biggest thing in operating rooms these days is a million-dollar, multi-armed robot named da Vinci, used in nearly 400,000 surgeries nationwide last year — triple the number just four years earlier. But now the high-tech helper is under scrutiny over reports of problems, including several deaths that may be linked with it and the high cost of using the robotic system.

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Meeting Announcement: May 21-22, 2013 Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee

April 9, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

On May 21, 2013, the committee will discuss and make recommendations regarding the classification of one of the remaining preamendments class III devices, shortwave diathermy for all other uses except for the treatment of malignancies.  The class III shortwave diathermy is a device that applies electromagnetic energy to the body in a radiofrequency band ranging between 13 megahertz to 27.12 megahertz

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AdvaMed 2013: The MedTech Conference

April 8, 2013 3:37 pm | by MDT Staff | Events

AdvaMed 2013 is the leading MedTech conference in North America, bringing more than 1,000 companies together in a uniquely multifaceted environment for business development, capital formation, innovative technology showcasing, world-class educational opportunities and networking.

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Demonstration: Adaptive Material Inspired by Tears

April 8, 2013 3:33 pm | by Kristen Kusek, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | Videos | Comments

As demonstrated in these videos, sitting at rest, the adaptive and multifunctional material is smooth, clear and flat; droplets of water or oil on its omniphobic surface flow freely down its surface. Stretching or bending it makes the fluid surface rougher. The rough surface is opaque, and also confers the ability to precisely control the movement of water or oil droplets.

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Technique Finds Software Bugs in Surgical Robots

April 8, 2013 1:38 pm | by Byron Spice, Carnegie Mellon | News | Comments

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have demonstrated that methods for reliably detecting software bugs and ultimately verifying software safety can be applied successfully to this breed of robot.

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IP67-Rated Nano Connector

April 8, 2013 11:52 am | by MDT Staff | Omnetics Connector Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

These connectors are available in 6, 11 or 16 positions, with an IP67 rating and 3 different cables options, Military (UL94 V-O material), Medical (ISO10993 biocompatible), and standard grade.

Adhesive Force Differences Enable Separation of Stem Cells

April 8, 2013 11:50 am | by John Toon, Georgia Tech | News | Comments

A new separation process that depends on an easily-distinguished physical difference in adhesive forces among cells could help expand production of stem cells generated through cell reprogramming. By facilitating new research, the separation process could also lead to improvements in the reprogramming technique itself and help scientists model certain disease processes.

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Researchers Design New Adaptive Material Inspired by Tears

April 8, 2013 11:42 am | by Kristen Kusek, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

Imagine a tent that blocks light on a dry and sunny day, and becomes transparent and water-repellent on a dim, rainy day. Or highly precise, self-adjusting contact lenses that also clean themselves. Or pipelines that can optimize the rate of flow depending on the volume of fluid coming through them and the environmental conditions outside.

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Linear Rail with Integrated Drive

April 8, 2013 11:25 am | by MDT Staff | Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

The BGS06 linear rail with the integrated IDEA Drive is a versatile system utilizing the popular size 17 single stack or double stack stepper motor linear actuator with an integrated and fully programmable stepper motor controller.

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