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Model and Simulate Connected Medical Device Design

May 14, 2015 8:30 am | by Arvind Ananthan, Medical Devices Industry Manager, MathWorks | Blogs | Comments

Capturing accurate requirements and specifications of the device, coming up with a robust design, and implementing it in software without errors that compromise the safety and efficacy for the patients are critical for developing reliable...

App Helps Control Asthma

May 13, 2015 3:28 pm | by American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) | News | Comments

The adage, “There’s an app for that” is even more true in light of an app that sends an alert to your allergist’s office when your asthma may be out of control. An article in the May issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific...

MedTech Innovation Everywhere, Even in Space

May 12, 2015 11:55 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

The coming demise of innovation in the medtech space has been extensively covered by an array of speakers, bloggers, and industry experts. Most often, the 2.3% excise tax on medical device sales is targeted as a primary reason. The FDA is also...

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E-Skin and Pocket-Sized Diagnostic Machines Give Patients the Power Back

May 12, 2015 10:40 am | by Elsevier | News | Comments

Wearable E-skin that can measure heart rate and blood pressure, and paper diagnostic machines the size of a credit card that can give instant readings on blood and saliva samples are two new bio-sensing technologies presented at Elsevier’s 4th...

3D Microbattery for Large-Scale on-Chip Integration

May 12, 2015 9:32 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

By combining 3D holographic lithography and 2D photolithography, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated a high-performance 3D microbattery suitable for large-scale on-chip integration with microelectronic...

Putting Diabetics' Best Foot Forward with 'Smart Socks'

May 11, 2015 3:54 pm | by Dr. Bernhard Brunner, Project Manager, Center Smart Materials CeSMa, Fraunhofer ISC | Blogs | Comments

There is a new class of mechanical sensors which can be used to measure deformations, forces and pressures. Because of their high elasticity and their soft and flexible characteristic the sensors are especially suitable for integration into woven...

Computer Simulation Accurately Replicated Real-Life Trauma Outcomes

May 11, 2015 1:11 pm | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

A computer simulation, or “in silico” model, of the body’s inflammatory response to traumatic injury accurately replicated known individual outcomes and predicted population results counter to expectations, according to a study recently...

Graphene Holds Key to Unlocking Creation of Wearable Electronic Devices

May 11, 2015 1:03 pm | by University of Exeter | News | Comments

Ground-breaking research has successfully created the world's first truly electronic textile, using the wonder material Graphene. An international team of scientists, including Professor Monica Craciun from the University of Exeter, have...

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Need Medical Attention? Doctor Drones to the Rescue!

May 8, 2015 4:32 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

When you’re experiencing a medical emergency, you unfortunately can’t look to the skies to see Superman swooping in to save the day. What you may soon see, however, is an emergency medical drone that’s able to carry needed equipment to a victim and...

Wearable Technology Helps Reduce C-Sections, Speed Labor

May 8, 2015 10:46 am | by Desert Valley Medical Center | News | Comments

Desert Valley Medical Center, named a Top 100 Hospitals in the Nation five times, is the first U.S. hospital to deploy the wireless Leaf Patient Monitoring System in its Labor and Delivery rooms to help reduce the duration of labor and risk of...

Robotic Project to Assist the Elderly

May 7, 2015 3:30 pm | by American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev | News | Comments

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers received a grant for a project to advance assistive robotics that will help the elderly complete everyday tasks. The goal of the project, "Follow Me: Proxemics and Responsiveness for Following...

Mobile Tracking App May Help to Meet Vitamin D Requirements

May 7, 2015 9:53 am | by Elsevier Health Sciences | News | Comments

Vitamin D is essential for the maintenance of bone health and may be implicated in other chronic diseases, as well as immunity, but adults in Canada are consistently deficient in dietary vitamin D, by nearly 400 international units per day (IU/d) on...

5 Ways to Build Proactive Preventive Maintenance Programs

May 6, 2015 10:22 am | by Joanna Rotter, Content Marketing Manager, MSI Data | Blogs | Comments

As technology advancements improve visibility into medical equipment performance, equipment manufacturers have found that customer expectations are also rising. Customers expect more than just a piece of equipment. Now they want strong service...

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Infographic: Home Healthcare Technology

May 6, 2015 10:10 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske & Larry Corby, Digital Artist | News | Comments

The trend of medical technology moving out of the hospitals and doctor's offices and into patients' homes has been going on for several years now, but has been increasing rather quickly more recently. As such, challenges are emerging for medical device...

Closed-Loop Artificial Pancreas for Diabetes Patients

May 6, 2015 9:23 am | by Yale University | Videos | Comments

In an ongoing Yale School of Medicine research project, a combined insulin pump and automated glucose monitor allows diabetes patients more freedom from continually monitoring their glucose status through food logs and blood tests...

A Wi-Fi Enabled, Robotic Condom

May 5, 2015 4:03 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

CirQ’s smart-material based, printable electronic tag can be attached to the base of pretty much any standard condom. It helps the wearer combat erectile dysfunction (ED) by sensing blood flow, and either constricts (pleasurably, they claim...

High-Tech Sensors Help Kids Keep Eye on Aging Parents

May 5, 2015 11:56 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook. The couple's...

Chest Strap Heart Rate Monitor

May 5, 2015 11:54 am | by Empa | News | Comments

The demand for ECG monitoring systems is increasing, and not just because hospitals and rehabilitation clinics are interested in such instruments for the long-term monitoring of patients’ hearts and circulatory systems. In addition, the trend towards...

Bluetooth-Enabled Blood Pressure Monitor and Scale

May 5, 2015 9:32 am | by Omron Healthcare Inc. | News | Comments

Omron Healthcare Inc., the leader in home blood pressure monitoring, announced today the launch of a new blood pressure monitor and scale with connectivity via smartphone, tablet, or other gateway devices for telemedicine and telehealth...

Pressure-Monitoring Stockings Prevent Wounds in Diabetics

May 5, 2015 9:20 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Diabetics often have little feeling in their feet and don’t perceive the body’s pressure or temperature signals there. This can result in unnoticed wounds that then develop into abscesses. Many diabetics have to have toes or feet amputated...

Big Data Is Here, but What Do We Do With It?

May 4, 2015 12:32 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Patient data is being collected by an assortment of people, companies, and organizations, and in many cases, the data is not being shared with anyone else. This is due to a number of reasons — competitive advantages, privacy issues, or lack of compatibility between systems to do so efficiently...

The Apple Watch Doesn't Approve of Tattoos

May 4, 2015 10:51 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | News | Comments

Apple Watch users with wrist or arm sleeve tattoos are encountering issues with the connectivity of the watch’s plethysmograph sensor – the technology it uses to read the user’s heart rate. The ink’s pigmentation is interfering with the...

Fall Detector for Older Adults Outside Their Homes

May 4, 2015 9:49 am | by University of Maine | News | Comments

University of Maine seniors in the New Media Department are developing a fall detection device for older adults to use outside their homes. Benjamin Herold-­Porter of Biddeford, Maine, and Heather Anderson of Jonesboro, Maine, have created a...

World's Smallest and Most Powerful Micro Motors

May 4, 2015 9:41 am | by Toyohashi University of Technology | News | Comments

Micro actuators are needed for numerous applications, ranging from mobile and wearable devices to minimally invasive medical devices. However, the limitations associated with their fabrication have restricted their deployment at the one-millimeter...

'Smart Care' Apartment Aims to Improve Health Care for Seniors

May 1, 2015 3:31 pm | by University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

University of Texas at Arlington nursing and engineering researchers will unveil a model "Smart Care" apartment next month that is infused with intelligent care technology designed to reduce risks encountered by older adults and those with...

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