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First Clinical Diagnostic Test for Lupus

March 19, 2015 12:25 pm | by IES Diagnostics, Inc. | News | Comments

IES Diagnostics, Inc. has identified the body’s unique, specific immune response (immune signature) for systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus), a chronic autoimmune disease affecting more than five million people. With this knowledge, IES...

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Models Add Efficiency to Bioabsorbable Implant Development

March 19, 2015 11:01 am | by Abhay Bulsari, Owner/Technical Manager, Nonlinear Solutions Oy; Kimmo Lähteenkorva, R&D Manager, ConMed Corp.; and Esa Suokas and Mikko Huttunen, Senior Scientists, ConMed Linvatec Biomaterials Oy | Articles | Comments

Product development of orthopedic bioabsorbable implants requires the knowledge of the dynamics of bioabsorption. Bioabsorption is simulated in vitro by hydrolysis experiments. Several variables including shear and bending strength, mass...

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Infographic: Component Obsolescence in Medical Device Development

March 19, 2015 10:34 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske, & Eileen Whitmore | News | Comments

Once a medical device development project moves past a certain point, going back and making a change such as replacing a component due to it being phased out can be costly for the OEM. If the device has gone through regulatory review, it can add significant...

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Lack of Interoperability Contributes to Medical Errors

March 19, 2015 10:04 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

For years, healthcare technology professionals and patient safety organizations have decried the lack of medical device interoperability in hospitals. Now, another voice, nursing, is echoing the call for better interoperability, saying a lack...

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Photos of the Day: Fighting Malaria with MRI

March 19, 2015 9:54 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

For the past three decades, osteopathic physician and malaria expert, Dr. Terrie Taylor, has made an annual pilgrimage from Michigan to Malawi in pursuit of an answer to a deadly puzzle. Each year, malaria claims the lives of 575,000 children...

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Robot Demonstrates Effect of Body Posture on Infant Learning

March 19, 2015 9:37 am | by Indiana University | News | Comments

An Indiana University cognitive scientist and collaborators have found that posture is critical in the early stages of acquiring new knowledge. The study, conducted by Linda Smith, a professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences'...

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mHealth App Ideal for Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Prevention

March 19, 2015 9:31 am | by The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth | News | Comments

Interviewing women at a breast-imaging center in an urban safety net institution before and after they used a "mHealth" mobile health app on a tablet, Elissa Ozanne, PhD from Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center and colleagues concluded that...

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Cell-Friendly Surface Reduces Breast Implant Rejection Risk

March 19, 2015 9:13 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Scientists at The University of Manchester have created an enhanced surface for silicone breast implants which could reduce complications and make them less likely to be rejected by the body. In the US alone almost 400,000 cosmetic breast...

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'Buckybombs' Trigger Tiny Explosions to Kill Cancer Cells

March 19, 2015 9:08 am | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

In 1996, a trio of scientists won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for their discovery of Buckminsterfullerene - soccer-ball-shaped spheres of 60 joined carbon atoms that exhibit special physical properties. Now, 20 years later, scientists have...

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Growing ‘Mini-Lungs’ to Aid Cystic Fibrosis Study

March 19, 2015 9:02 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have successfully created ‘mini-lungs’ using stem cells derived from skin cells of patients with cystic fibrosis, and have shown that these can be used to test potential new drugs for this debilitating...

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Consider the Patient to Ensure Safety in Device Development

March 19, 2015 8:30 am | by Deborah Kacera, Regulatory and Industry Strategist, Pilgrim Quality Solutions | Pilgrim Quality Solutions | Blogs | Comments

It will be no surprise that the most critical consideration to ensuring patient safety when developing a medical device is to consider the patient: who are they, who will be using the device, how will they interact with the device, and what’s...

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Focus On 'Why?' Instead of Just 'How' for Device Design

March 19, 2015 8:30 am | by Ed Trevis, President and CEO, Corvalent | Blogs | Comments

Every facet of the process – from circuit board design and assembly to on-site implementation of fully developed medical equipment – can affect the patient experience. Because of this, design strategies that consider long lifecycle and consistent...

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Non-Flammable Molding Compound

March 18, 2015 9:03 pm | by Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America’s Vyloglass a new type of thermosetting dry-type polyester molding compound that is non-flammable and resistant to electric spark; providing a high safety level reaching UL-94 class V-0 flame retardance rating. Nonflammable – Does not burn in spite of being...

Anxiously Awaiting a Device to Calm Down

March 18, 2015 4:11 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Sporadic bouts of anxiety aren’t really considered a medical condition – but if you’re anxious enough, it can sure feel like an illness! Your heart starts racing, breathing turns short and shallow, and the world moves a little too quickly for comfort...

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Strain Gauge Interface Module

March 18, 2015 4:05 pm | by Ametek | Product Releases | Comments

The Strain Gauge Interface Module (SGIM) from AMETEK Solartron Metrology allows a wide range of strain gauges and load cells to interface with the Solartron Orbit3 digital measurement system. The versatile strain gauge interface module is compatible with a wide range of strain transducers...

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