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Respiration Monitoring Enabled with Radio Frequency Tech

July 30, 2015 | by Kjetil Meisal, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Novelda AS | Comments

Respiration rate and respiration patterns are considered vital indicators for many medical conditions and they require accurate, dependable monitoring data. Respiration rate — the number of breaths a person takes per minute — is best measured when...

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Take a Deep Breath with a New, Gentle Inhaler

July 28, 2015 11:27 am | by Luis Tissone, Director of Life Sciences, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions | Trelleborg Sealing Solutions | Comments

With metered-dose inhalers, prevision is paramount, in terms of both medication delivery and the technology involved in creating the product. A device from Boehringer Ingelheim is a leap forward on both scores. Anyone who’s ever taken medication...

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Medical and Pharmaceutical Packaging Benefits with Drug Master Files

July 24, 2015 11:36 am | by Sarah Skidmore, Marketing Manager, Plastics Color Corporation | Comments

Manufacturers that use custom polymer solutions, compounds, colorants, and plastic additive masterbatches in the medical or pharmaceutical markets may benefit greatly by using a Drug Master File (DMF). DMFs are important because they contain...

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The Highest Level of Imaging Resolution Yet

July 13, 2015 2:54 pm | by Rebecca Rudolph, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

First, there were high definition (HD) monitors. Then, there were innovations in three-dimensional (3D) imaging, and now 4K monitors are delivering a new level of clarify to the medical community. As per usual, these monitors were released to the...

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Light as a Universal Tool in the Field of Medicine Technology

July 13, 2015 10:25 am | by Klaus Jopp, Technical Writer | Comments

For many years, light has been an essential aid in the field of medicine. Photonic procedures today in the fields of endoscopy, laser surgery, lab-on-a-chip systems, biomedical optical sensors, as well as other fields, are indispensable...

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3 Cybersecurity Considerations for Medical Wearable Device Users

July 10, 2015 9:50 am | by Anura Fernando, Principal Engineer, UL Medical Software and Systems Interoperability | Comments

The lack of even the most basic cybersecurity measures can result in life-threatening consequences for patients or crippling critical infrastructure effects for healthcare providers. The wireless ecosystem of medical wearables is particularly...

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Interoperability: 4 Keys to Safe Successful Wearable Technology Use

July 9, 2015 3:03 pm | by Anura Fernando, Principal Engineer, UL Medical Software and Systems Interoperability | Comments

Interoperability succeeds when interconnected devices, including wearables, effectively connect, exchange data, and function with each other by reading or sending data accurately in real time, and in some cases, carrying out an action based...

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Congress Seeks to Encourage Innovation, Modernize Healthcare

July 9, 2015 11:06 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Comments

“Science and technology have made tremendous advances in recent years, but our regulatory system has not kept pace with the innovation that is happening both in labs and in Silicon Valley,” says Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) in an opinion piece...

4 Physical Safety Considerations of Medical Wearable Devices

July 8, 2015 10:33 am | by Anura Fernando, Principal Engineer, UL Medical Software and Systems Interoperability | Comments

Since medical or wellness wearable devices may be in close contact with patients’ bodies for extended periods of time, physical harm is a concern, and if developed without sufficient risk analysis from the start, wearables can carry these...

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Pinpointing the Onset of Metastasis

June 29, 2015 3:46 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor, R&D | Comments

Within the oncology community, a debate is raging about two controversial topics. The first is overdiagnosis. According to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal, some leading cancer experts say that zealous screening is finding ever-smaller...

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Securing Medical Devices, Solving the Challenge of the Weakest Link

June 26, 2015 9:40 am | by Alan Grau, President and Co-Founder, Icon Labs | Comments

Despite the fact that patient privacy and data security has been a top priority for the medical industry since the passage of the HIPPA data privacy act in 1996, hackers continue to find ways to infiltrate hospital networks and steal patient data...

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Intragastric Balloon Proves Positive Weight Loss Results

June 25, 2015 3:38 pm | by Rebecca Rudolph, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

As a gastroenterologist and advanced endoscopist, Dr. Barham Abu Dayyeh said when he chose his specialty, it was because he saw how much he could help people. With about a third of the country being labeled as obese by the Centers of Disease...

Zipping Up Incisions Faster

June 24, 2015 3:58 pm | by Rebecca Rudolph, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

After working with 40 patients, researchers have submitted their abstract on the Zip Surgical Skin Closure Device, calling it an easy, quick-to-use incision closure system, said Principal Investigator Dr. Ulrika Birgersdotter-Green, professor of...

Design for Manufacturability: The Bridge Between Design and Manufacturing

June 24, 2015 10:54 am | by Sardar R. Mostafa, Project Leader/Product Development Engineer, Xeridiem Medical Devices | Comments

It’s exciting to design a new product. It’s both fulfilling and rewarding to witness an idea turning into a tangible design. An intangible concept is taking shape into the 3D design world. At some point, the idea needs to be checked for the innovative...

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Biosensor Gives Blood Test Results in Minutes

June 23, 2015 9:47 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Of the patients told to get a blood test, about 30-40 percent of them don’t. Then, of the patients who do get a blood test done, up to 60 percent of the time the patient never hears the results, reported Steve Lufkin, CEO of vantix DIAGNOSTICS...

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Pairing Wireless Medical Devices

June 22, 2015 10:49 am | by Paul Plitzuweit, Senior Product Manager, Datakey, ATEK Access Technologies | Comments

Designing a product that will use wireless communications can pose many design challenges. These challenges take on added significance when the wireless product is a medical device. With the proliferation of wireless medical devices in-and-around...

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