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Chips that Mimic the Brain

July 23, 2013 10:08 am | by University of Zurich | News | Comments

No computer works as efficiently as the human brain – so much so that building an artificial brain is the goal of many scientists. Neuroinformatics researchers from the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich have now made a breakthrough in this direction by understanding how to configure so-called neuromorphic chips to imitate the brain's information processing abilities in real-time.

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BMC Surgeon Recommends Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Be Abandoned

July 23, 2013 10:04 am | by Boston University Medical Center | News | Comments

In a Special Report in the current issue of Circulation, Boston Medical Center cardiothoracic surgeon Harold Lazar, MD, has found that off-pump coronary artery bypass graft (OPCAB) surgery has failed to show any significant improvement in short-term morbidity or mortality as compared to the traditional on-pump coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.

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Brookhaven Medical Makes $5 Million Investment In CreatiVasc Medical’s New Dialysis Device and System

July 23, 2013 10:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Brookhaven Medical, Inc., an Atlanta based medical device company with interests in dialysis devices and advanced wound care, announced today that it has made a strategic investment of up to $5 million into CreatiVasc Medical, Inc. of Greenville, South Carolina.

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Children with Ear Deformity May Need Intervention to Improve School Performance

July 23, 2013 9:50 am | by Washington University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Children born with a complete absence of the external ear canal, even if only one ear is affected, are more likely than their peers to struggle in school, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.   

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Soluble Systems drums up $3.5M from dozens of investors

July 23, 2013 9:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Wound care company Soluble Systems wrapped up a $3.5 million private equity funding round, raising most of the cash from existing company insiders, board members and executives. Of the total 57 investors, only 10 are 1st-timers and the remaining are current stakeholders who chose to up the ante in the most recent round.

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Temperature-Resistant Microchip to be Used for UDI Compliance for Implantables

July 23, 2013 8:30 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Digital Angel Corporation, following its recent share exchange with VeriTeQ Acquisition Corporation, announced that VeriTeQ filed a provisional patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in September 2012 for a microchip that is able to withstand high temperatures in order to make it compatible with the sterilization processes involved in the manufacturing of implantable medical devices.

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The healthcare IT applications of Google Glass

July 23, 2013 8:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Last week I had the opportunity to test Google Glass. It's basically an Android smartphone (without the cellular transmitter) capable of running Android apps, built into a pair of glasses. The small prism "screen" displays video at half HD resolution.

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Final Touch Print & Apply Labeler

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

NJM Packaging has introduced the new Model 402 Final Touch Print & Apply Labeler at its Pack Expo Las Vegas booth #1714. Succeeding NJM’s popular, field-proven Model 400, the new 402 offers a more simple operation with fewer moving parts, a smaller footprint and an affordable price point while maintaining rugged reliability.

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World’s Most Powerful Form C Reed Switch

July 22, 2013 5:14 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

HSI Sensing’s (Hermetic Switch, Inc.) quality line of high-power, high-voltage reed switches—engineered for the unique demands of fluid processing applications—now includes the world’s highest-power Form C reed switch.

IEC 60601-2-34 Issue 3: Changes to Recovery Test

July 22, 2013 2:11 pm | by Jeff Lind, CEO & Jose Cabanillas, Hardware Engineer, Compliance West USA | Compliance West USA | Articles | Comments

The IEC has made a change to the Recovery Test, 60601-2-34. Issue 3 offers modifications that make it more beneficial for engineers as a custom test system is no longer required for this specific test. This article reviews the full breadth of the test and how it can impact medical device manufacturers.

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Encouraging Patient Compliance Through the Device

July 22, 2013 2:02 pm | by Yusuf Shirazi, Founder & CEO, Usability.Pro | Usability. Pro | Blogs | Comments

Encouraging compliance is a critically important—and often overlooked—aspect of a product’s design. Compliance is relegated to a discussion between patient and caregiver, but I believe the device should play an active role. First, the user experience must be friendly.

ResMed takes on another potential infringer

July 22, 2013 1:08 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

San Diego respiratory devices maker ResMed filed a new complaint with the International Trade Commission, this time against Chinese medtech company BMC Medical Co. and its U.S. subsidiary 3B Products. ResMed had previously filed a lawsuit against BMC and 3B, accusing the duo of infringing on patents for CPAP devices, a nasal mask and a nasal pillow interface.

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Reflectance Medical Receives FDA Clearance for Mobile Careguide™ 3100 With The First-ever Noninvasive pH Sensor

July 22, 2013 12:22 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Reflectance Medical, a developer of innovative noninvasive medical sensors, announced today that it received 510(k) clearance for the battery-powered Multi-Parameter Mobile CareGuide™ 3100 which simultaneously and continually measures muscle oxygen saturation (SmO2) and pH (pHm).

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Fundamentals of Hot Air Tipping

July 22, 2013 12:18 pm | by Beahm Designs | Events

Join our online tutorial on Thursday, July 30th, 11:00 PST to learn how to use hot air tipping methodology to achieve enhanced functionality, considerable cost benefits, and measurable results. This FREE 20-minute webinar will review the fundamentals of hot air tipping.

Cook Medical Introduces Tissue Repair Technology

July 22, 2013 12:03 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Cook Medical launched a new treatment option today for rhinologists who treat patients that suffer from difficult-to-heal conditions in the nasal passages. The Biodesign ENT Repair Graft acts as an adjunct to aid in the natural healing process following nasal and sinus mucosal surgery.

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