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Researcher 3D Prints LED onto Contact Lens

December 16, 2014 11:15 am | by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications, Princeton | News | Comments

As part of a project demonstrating new 3D printing techniques, Princeton researchers have embedded tiny light-emitting diodes into a standard contact lens, allowing the device to project beams of colored light. Michael McAlpine, the lead researcher...

Smart Materials Help to Reduce Brain Damage Risk

December 15, 2014 11:32 am | by Nottingham Trent University | News | Comments

Inventors at Nottingham Trent University are using smart materials to develop a low-cost...

Engineering Newswire 116: World's Smallest Form B Reed Switch

November 19, 2014 10:14 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re showing off the world’s smallest reed switch, flying atom...

Revolution in Reed Switch Technology

November 19, 2014 9:52 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

Many medical applications, such as pacemakers and hearing aids, require reliable, battery saving...

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Helping the Hearing Impaired Hear TV Better Without Turning Up Volume for All

November 17, 2014 9:37 am | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Families often watch TV together, but what happens when one member has hearing difficulties? Usually the result is a compromise on listening volume that doesn't really satisfy anyone. To solve this problem, a University of Southampton researcher...

Photos of the Day: How 3D Printing Is Changing the Medical World

November 13, 2014 10:48 am | by Juste Semetaite, CGTrader | News | Comments

Technology-inspired discoveries that have a substantial effect on improving and significantly extending human life are just starting to enter the realm of everyday discussions. It’s no secret that some of these new-found revolutionary solutions are meeting resistance...

Why 3D Printing is a Real Game Changer in Modern Medicine

November 13, 2014 9:59 am | by Juste Semetaite, CGTrader | Blogs | Comments

No one wants to live fast and die young anymore. The new cult that’s spun the society into an obsessive quest for the modern elixir of extended life is the beating heart of the 21st century. It is, of course, the all-consuming desire to reverse...

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Detecting Cancer with a Sponge on a String

November 5, 2014 3:43 pm | by Cancer Research UK | News | Comments

Swallowing a sponge on a string could replace traditional endoscopy as an equally effective but less invasive way of diagnosing a condition that can be a forerunner of oesophageal cancer. The results of a Cancer Research UK trial involving more than...

Developing Devices for Disabled Patients with FDA Encouragement

November 4, 2014 2:15 pm | by William Maisel, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Center Director for Science, FDA, and Chief Scientist CDRH | Blogs | Comments

For people with disabilities, medical devices can offer a vital and potentially life-changing option. Take, for example, a patient who has had his arms amputated. Medications can treat phantom pain, but they can’t help that patient pick up a glass...

A Safer, More Reliable Oxygen-Delivery Device

November 4, 2014 11:15 am | by Wake Forest Innovations | News | Comments

A new oxygen-delivery device with the potential to replace an apparatus that has been standard medical equipment for more than 60 years has been invented by R. Patrick Yeatts, M.D., an oculoplastic surgeon at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center...

When Hearing Aid Users Listen to Music, Less Is More

October 27, 2014 3:31 pm | by University of Colorado at Boulder | News | Comments

The type of sound processing that modern hearings aids provide to make speech more understandable for wearers may also make music enjoyment more difficult, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder. The findings, published in the journal Ear and Hearing, suggest...

Reversing Blindness and Eliminating Deafness

October 24, 2014 10:59 am | by Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

The Bertarelli Program in Translational Neuroscience and Neuroengineering, a collaborative program between Harvard Medical School and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, has announced a new set of grants worth...

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Growing an Esophagus

October 17, 2014 11:05 am | by Children's Hospital Los Angeles | News | Comments

In a first step toward future human therapies, researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles have shown that esophageal tissue can be grown in vivo from both human and mouse cells. The study has been published...

Photos of the Day: Hearing with Google Glass

October 3, 2014 12:06 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Captioning on Glass allows a person to speak into a phone. The text is then displayed on Glass. "Glass has its own microphone, but it's designed for the wearer," said Professor Thad Starner, who is also a technical lead for Glass. "The mobile...

Google Glass Software Provides Captions for Hard-of-Hearing Users

October 3, 2014 12:06 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A team of Georgia Institute of Technology researchers has created speech-to-text software for Google Glass that helps hard-of-hearing users with everyday conversations. A hard-of-hearing person wears Glass while a second person speaks directly...

After Watching Disturbing Video, CPAP Usage Soars

September 26, 2014 9:40 am | by National Jewish Health | News | Comments

Like more than 20 million other Americans, John Brugger has been diagnosed with sleep apnea. He snored, tossed and turned and struggled to breathe during the night, which often left him not only exhausted the next day but also raised his risk...

Tonsil Stem Cells Could Someday Help Repair Liver Damage Without Surgery

September 24, 2014 2:01 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The liver provides critical functions, such as ridding the body of toxins. Its failure can be deadly, and there are few options for fixing it. But scientists now report in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces a way to potentially...

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'Smart Material' Chin Strap Harvests Energy from Chewing

September 17, 2014 11:52 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A chin strap that can harvest energy from jaw movements has been created by a group of researchers in Canada. It is hoped that the device can generate electricity from eating, chewing and talking, and power a number of small-scale implantable...

AT&S, Soundchip, and STMicroelectronics Craft Innovative Bionic Ear

September 16, 2014 10:07 am | by AT&S, Soundchip, STMicroelectronics | News | Comments

AT&S, a leader in advanced packaging solutions, Soundchip SA, a Swiss-based innovator in wearable sound technology, and STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications...

Cynosure Acquires Assets of RF Medical Device Manufacturer Ellman International

September 8, 2014 8:51 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Cynosure, Inc., a leader in laser- and light-based aesthetic treatments for non-invasive and minimally invasive applications, today announced that it has acquired the assets of Ellman International, Inc. for approximately $13.2 million in...

APEX and ResMed Resolve Patent Disputes

September 5, 2014 2:35 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

ResMed Inc. and APEX Medical Corp. have agreed to a confidential settlement resolving their outstanding patent disputes. Under the agreement, APEX has the right to sell and import globally its Wizard masks, as well as its XT and iCH flow generators...

FDA Clears Tinnitus Therapy System for Mobile Devices

September 4, 2014 10:11 am | by Otoharmonics | News | Comments

For use in temporarily relieving the symptoms of tinnitus, the Levo System is a personalized, neuroscience-based sound therapy. Leveraging the brain’s natural cognitive abilities, Levo identifies and maps an individual’s unique sound print...

Vygon Group Buys Medwin

September 2, 2014 11:19 am | by Andrew Lloyd & Associates | News | Comments

Vygon, the specialist single-use medical devices group, today announces its acquisition of Medwin, a company company based in southern France, specialized in enteral nutrition (feeding pumps) and related accessories. The financial terms of the...

Protein Glue Shows Potential for Use with Biomaterials

September 2, 2014 10:30 am | by ResearchSEA | News | Comments

A paper published in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials have shown that a synthetic protein called AGMA1 has the potential to promote the adhesion of brain cells in a laboratory setting. It is also cheaper and easier to produce...

Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgical Navigation Systems

September 2, 2014 10:08 am | by BCC Research | News | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report, Surgical Navigation Systems: Technologies and Global Markets, the global market for surgical navigation systems was valued at $419.7 million in 2013. Driven by the need for replacement of existing...

Testing Epoxy Fluxes for Hearing Aid Miniaturization

August 20, 2014 3:02 pm | by Tom Adams, Consultant, Sonoscan, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Breakthroughs in circuitry design have made adding new features easier than miniaturizing the hearing aid as a whole. This article follows the progress - as yet not entirely fulfilled - of one major hearing aid manufacturer in shrinking the...

'Tickling' Your Ear Could Be Good for Your Heart

August 20, 2014 11:07 am | by University of Leeds | News | Comments

Stimulating nerves in your ear could improve the health of your heart, researchers have discovered. A team at the University of Leeds used a standard TENS machine like those designed to relieve labour pains to apply electrical pulses to the...

Hospital Implants New Hybrid Cochlear Implant in Patient Who Lost High Frequency Hearing

August 7, 2014 5:09 pm | by University Hospitals Case Medical Center | News | Comments

University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center is the first in Cleveland to implant a new type of cochlear device for adults who have lost the high frequency range of their hearing, but have retained the low frequencies with or without a hearing...

Researchers Develop Biomarker for Early Detection of Esophageal Cancer

August 7, 2014 5:06 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

A research team led by Allegheny Health Network surgical oncologist Blair Jobe, MD, has developed and validated a four-protein serum biomarker panel that holds significant promise for early detection of esophageal cancer, a relatively rare...

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