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Infographic: What Engineers Think About Retirement

August 7, 2014 8:14 am | by Kasey Panetta & Eileen Whitmore, ECN Magazine | News | Comments

Retirement, that Golden Age of relaxation and hard-earned rest where you get to prop up your feet on the porch and yell at the neighborhood kids to get off your lawn. ECN wanted to know what engineers had planned for...    

Photos of the Day: Monitoring Disease Through Vapors

August 7, 2014 8:12 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

A new sensor, which can detect airborne chemicals either exhaled or released through the skin, would likely be the first wearable to pick up a broad array of chemical, rather than physical, attributes. U-M researchers are working with the National...

Photos of the Day: The Boy and the Bionic Hand

August 6, 2014 10:08 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Lyman Connor, a GE engineer who writes software for turbines and power plants, has always been a tinkerer. Among the tools in his garage is a 3D printer, which he decided to use to build a low-cost bionic hand. High-end electronic limbs use...

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Photos of the Day: Bottling Ultrasound Imaging

August 5, 2014 11:08 am | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a technique for generating acoustic bottles in open air that can bend the paths of sound waves along prescribed convex...

Breaking Down the Regulation of LDTs: Moving Forward

August 4, 2014 3:29 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The letter stated that in order to move toward equal regulation, FDA should share its thinking on what it believes LDT regulation under FDCA should look like in practice, or how it plans to deregulate IVDs, by releasing its draft guidance...

The LDT Letter Battle

July 28, 2014 9:30 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Earlier this month, five democratic U.S. Senators sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regarding the regulation of laboratory-developed tests (LDT). In this letter, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal...

The Pulse: Reading Minds with Google Glass and Walking with Toyota

July 23, 2014 3:11 pm | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on the Pulse, we’re using an open source app to read minds with Google Glass, using Toyota robots to help disabled people walk again, performing an endoscopy with a smartphone, and zinging around on a lightweight mobility chair...

10 Tips for Designing Medical Components with Aluminum

July 21, 2014 11:41 am | by Gordon Knott, Alexandria Industries | Articles | Comments

To better control the increasing product development costs without sacrificing quality, medical device OEMs are turning to aluminum instead of other more costly materials to manufacture both their new and existing components. The following...

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Breaking Down the Regulation of LDTs: Access to Innovative IVDs

July 21, 2014 9:10 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

During the past few weeks, I’ve been reporting on a letter that Bradley M. Thompson, JD, and James A. Boiani, JD, attorneys at Epstein Becker Green, recently sent to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. The attorneys sent this letter on behalf...

Photos of the Day: Seven Fingers Are Better than Five

July 18, 2014 10:47 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand. The device, worn around one’s wrist, works essentially like two extra fingers adjacent to the pinky and thumb. A novel control algorithm enables...

Photos of the Day: Antimicrobial Clay

July 17, 2014 11:33 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Are the best medicines hidden in the Earth? French green clays are used for healing Buruli ulcers. Lynda Williams, a biogeochemist at Arizona State University and colleague Keith Morrison set out to identify naturally-occurring antibacterial...

Photos of the Day: Making a Mental Match

July 16, 2014 1:52 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Georgia Tech has created a functional MRI-compatible rehab device for stroke patients that creates a long latency stretch reflex at the exact time as a brain signal. A pneumatic actuator tendon hammer hits a person's wrist while a transcranial...

Photos of the Day: Squishy Surgical Robots

July 14, 2014 12:12 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

Working with robotics company Boston Dynamics, the researchers began developing the material as part of the Chemical Robots program of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The agency was interested in “squishy” robots...

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Merck Committed to Companion Diagnostics

July 11, 2014 4:27 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

During the past month and a half, pharmaceutical giant Merck has been actively forming partnerships with IVD manufacturers to develop companion diagnostics for their drugs. The following is a rundown of these recent alliances. At the end of...

Photos of the Day: Angry Birds, Robots, and Rehab

July 11, 2014 10:29 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A robot plays Angry Birds using a tablet. Researchers see their system as a future rehabilitation tool for children with cognitive and motor-skill disabilities. Kids teach the robot how to play Angry Birds, dragging their finger on the tablet...

Photos of the Day: Implant to Restore Memories

July 9, 2014 9:13 am | by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | News | Comments

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will develop an implantable neural device with the ability to record and stimulate neurons within the brain to help restore memory. The research builds on the understanding that memory is a process in which...

Photos of the Day: Fingertip Reading Device for the Blind

July 8, 2014 10:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Reading is as easy as pointing the finger at text. Special software tracks the finger movement, identifies words and processes the information. The device has vibration motors that alert readers when they stray from the script, said Roy...

Breaking Down the Regulation of LDTs: Public Health, First Amendment, and Innovation

July 7, 2014 11:52 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to the letter, for the past 38 years, the FDAs of seven Presidential administrations have failed to confront the problem of the existence of dual regulatory systems for IVDs and LDTs. To compensate for this, the agency has attempted...

Infographic: Insulin Pumps Beat Injections in Type 2 Diabetes Management

July 7, 2014 11:17 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

In the OpT2mise trial, those using insulin pumps achieved a mean A1C (average blood glucose) reduction of 1.1 percent compared to only a 0.4 percent reduction by those using multiple daily injections. This improvement in glucose control was...

Photos of the Day: Take a Look at the Future of Brain Imaging

July 7, 2014 9:57 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Three decades ago, engineers at GE research labs in Niskayuna, NY, built one of the first magnetic resonance machines and peered inside a colleague’s head. The result was the world’s first MRI image of the human brain. “This was an exciting...

Photos of the Day: Speak with Your Eyes

July 1, 2014 10:20 am | by LusoVU-USA | News | Comments

Eyespeak is the first autonomous system with an augmented reality interface by eye-tracking that enables the possibility of communicating through the user’s eyes, in any position and orientation of the user's head. It will consist of a pair...

Photos of the Day: Bio-Bots Could Stroll Through the Body

June 30, 2014 4:09 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Tiny walking “bio-bots” are powered by muscle cells and controlled by an electric field. The new bio-bots are powered by a strip of skeletal muscle cells that can be triggered by an electric pulse. This gives the researchers a simple way to control the...

Six Steps That Optimize Your Medical Device for Manufacture

June 30, 2014 2:55 pm | by Mark Drlik, Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager, StarFish Medical | Blogs | Comments

Many medical device manufacturing pitfalls come with the territory. Physical architecture, vendor selection, and even basic details like specifying the labels and fasteners on a part can raise costs or lower reliability. Follow the six steps...

Trends and Developments in the European Companion Diagnostics Market

June 27, 2014 4:04 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Frost & Sullivan recently released a report entitled, “Western European Companion Diagnostics Market.” This study provides a global outlook of the companion diagnostics market, specifically focusing on Western Europe. The report discusses...

2014/2015 Buyers' Guide Digital Edition

June 26, 2014 4:57 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

The MDT Buyers' Guide is a comprehensive directory that includes an array of technology and service categories critical to designers and manufacturers of medical devices. From products to services, the Guide covers a full range of resources needed...

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