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3D Printing a Healthcare Revolution

May 20, 2014 2:22 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

3D printing is one of those truly disruptive technologies that comes along very rarely. It is remarkable how many different industry sectors it can touch and impact significantly. Healthcare is just one area where it is making a difference...

Photos of the Day: AI Glasses for the Blind

May 20, 2014 9:58 am | by Investigación y Desarrollo | News | Comments

The navigation device consists of glasses with stereo sound sensors, GPS technology and a tablet, which guides the blind person to a specific point and avoids hitting static or moving obstacles, also recognizes money bills of various...  

Assessing FDA’s Crackdown of 23andMe

May 19, 2014 9:14 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last November, FDA ordered 23andMe (Mountain View, CA) to discontinue offering its direct-to-consumer DNA testing service, which provided individuals with assessments of their genetic risk for nearly 200 diseases. Many had praised 23andMe’s...

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Photos of the Day: IBM Research Discovers New Class of Polymers (Infographic)

May 16, 2014 11:08 am | by IBM | News | Comments

Polymers are in most everything, yet this is the first new family of polymers created in decades. Scientists from IBM Research have successfully demonstrated these new polymers to have the following properties: Stronger than bone, lightweight...

6 Hidden Factors that Drive Commercially Successful mHealth App Publishing

May 15, 2014 10:26 am | by research2guidance | News | Comments

There are above the line factors that contribute to successful mHealth app publishing. These include getting featured on an app store, great design, usability and functionality of an app and highly visible advertisement campaigns. The success...

The Pulse: Patient Records Tattoo and Monitoring Metabolism

May 14, 2014 10:29 am | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on the Pulse, we’re getting invisible tattoos containing our health information, using glucometers to track our response to food and exercise, helping patients with sleep apnea get untroubled rest, and developing the next generation...

Photos of the Day: Pegging Down a Cerebral Palsy Test

May 13, 2014 11:25 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

The DeXcellence device invented by senior engineering students at Rice University tracks the dexterity of cerebral palsy patients through their ability to move a Bluetooth-enabled cylinder through a series of tasks. The peg can be tracked...

Photos of the Day: Revolutionizing Prosthetics

May 12, 2014 11:18 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA launched the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program with a radical goal: gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for an advanced electromechanical prosthetic upper limb with near-natural control that enhances independence...

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Trends in the U.S. IVD Market: Diseases and Testing Venues

May 12, 2014 9:06 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

My blog last week looked at a report released by Kalorama Information entitled, “The United States Market For In Vitro Diagnostic Tests.” This report examines the current state of the U.S. IVD market, analyzes the various emerging trends...

Photos of the Day: Body Parts 3D Printed by Masters

May 9, 2014 2:58 pm | by Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

Professor Dietmar Hutmacher holds a 3D printed breast scaffold. QUT's biofabrication research is well-advanced in printing 3D custom-made scaffolds using bio-ink infused with the patient's stem cells to enable the body to grow a new breast...

Photos of the Day: Pink Prosthetics

May 9, 2014 11:46 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Washington University in St. Louis seniors Kranti Peddada, Kendall Gretsch and Henry Lather designed and built a robotic prosthetic arm for 13-year-old Sydney Kendall. Sydney requested that her new arm be pink. Total cost: $200, a fraction...

Photos of the Day: 'Smart' Hydrogel Makes Room for Bone

May 7, 2014 12:10 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Brendan Watson, a graduate student at Rice University, led a project to create a hydrogel bioscaffold that is liquid at room temperature and instantly solidifies as it approaches body temperature. A second process allows the hydrogel to break...

Photos of the Day: Prototypes Solve Real-World Problems

May 6, 2014 10:14 am | by Drexel University | News | Comments

Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from asthma. When Osman Cueto was five years old, he found out he was one of them. So, this past fall, when Cueto was asked to design a product that would help solve a real-world problem, it didn’t ...

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Trends in the U.S. IVD Market: Healthcare System Utilization and Aging Demographics

May 5, 2014 8:58 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Kalorama Information (New York) recently released a report entitled, “The United States Market For In Vitro Diagnostic Tests.” This report examines the current state of the U.S. IVD market, analyzes the various emerging trends in the market...

Infographic: My Boss Is Going to Get Somebody Killed

May 2, 2014 11:00 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

As a general rule, engineers tend to be a calculated, conservative bunch. They approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern...

Photos of the Day: Walking Without a Heart

May 2, 2014 10:46 am | by SynCardia | News | Comments

Randy and Tiffany Shepherd share smiles before walking in Pat's Run. Randy made history that day by becoming the first SynCardia Total Artificial Heart patient to enter and complete the 4.2-mile course. Doctors at the University of Arizona...

Photos of the Day: Health Monitoring Jewelry

May 1, 2014 10:35 am | by Clemson University | News | Comments

Amulet Computational Jewelry for Healthcare: A wristband that securely manages one’s health and wellness devices, including those that can measure physical activity and monitor overall body health. The researchers are engineering tools and...

The Pulse: Reinventing the Wheel & Capturing Infections with Decoys

April 30, 2014 12:03 pm | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we’re making a wheel-based suspension to traverse hard impacts, using a nanosponge to absorb toxins, inventing a $500 portable ventilator, and 3D printing kidneys for practicing surgery.      

13 Contract Manufacturer’s Testing Guidelines

April 29, 2014 4:00 pm | by Jeff Lind, President, Compliance West | Compliance West USA | Articles | Comments

As more tasks are being pushed to manufacturing partners by OEMs, testing to industry Standards is becoming the responsibility of outsourcing providers. While this article is written as a guide for service partners, it also serves as a... 

Photos of the Day: Brain-Based Circuit Board

April 29, 2014 11:29 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Stanford bioengineers have developed faster, more energy-efficient microchips based on the human brain – 9,000 times faster and using significantly less power than a typical PC. This offers greater possibilities for advances in robotics and...

Overcoming Regulatory Challenges in Companion Diagnostics

April 28, 2014 10:07 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

For my occasional series of blogs examining various facets of the companion diagnostics market, I asked some IVD regulatory experts to share their thoughts and opinions on the current regulations for companion diagnostics. The following...

Photos of the Day: Delivering Fat Efficiently

April 28, 2014 7:49 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

The Nutriflow device invented by Rice University students assures the flow of all of the nutrients in mothers' milk to premature infants by flapping the bag containing the milk to keep it mixed and flowing to ensure nutrients don't attach...

Photos of the Day: Are Engineers Really Qualified? (Infographic)

April 25, 2014 10:22 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

As the world of technology advances quickly, engineers are forced to adapt to a fast-changing landscape and sometimes skills and talents may diminish. New hires may have a degree, but do they really know how to engineer? With the industry...

Photos of the Day: Implanting a Heart...Virtually

April 24, 2014 10:43 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

ASU engineer David Frakes examines a 3D print of an optimized, patient-specific artificial heart that was virtually implanted into a pediatric patient. Frakes has been working with technology developed by the Tucson-based company SynCardia...

Photos of the Day: Restoring Sight in Michigan

April 23, 2014 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Roger Pontz wears special glasses that house a small video camera and transmitter. The glasses are part of a system developed by a California company that wirelessly transmits images from the camera, converted into a series of electrical...

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