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Electromagnetic Rail Launchers Among 5 Patents This Week

May 22, 2015 12:28 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

According to the patent, the new design seeks to increase a rail launcher's energy efficiency and compactness, as well as to allow the use of proven and simple technology components ...

Tiny Device Could Save Lives on Battlefield

May 22, 2015 12:09 pm | by David Vergun, U.S. Army | News | Comments

Getting rapid treatment for wounds or injuries suffered on the battlefield can mean the...

Exercise Device Designed for People with Paraplegia

May 22, 2015 12:02 pm | by Northeastern University | News | Comments

Five North­eastern Uni­ver­sity student-researchers have retro­fitted a rowing machine with an...

Paralyzed Man Uses Thoughts to Control Robotic Arm

May 22, 2015 9:03 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A man paralyzed by gunshot more than a decade ago can shake hands, drink beer and play "rock,...

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Controlling a Robotic Arm with a Patient's Intentions

May 21, 2015 2:51 pm | by California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Neural prosthetic devices implanted in the brain's movement center, the motor cortex, can allow patients with amputations or paralysis to control the movement of a robotic limb - one that can be either connected to or ...

My Daughter, My Wife, Our Robot & the Quest for Immortality

May 21, 2015 9:25 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

The founder of Sirius XM satellite radio, Martine Rothblatt now heads up a drug company that makes life-saving medicines for rare diseases (including one drug that saved her own daughter's life). Meanwhile she is working ...

New Portable Device Could Test How 'Squishy' Cancerous Tumors Are

May 20, 2015 12:53 pm | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

Tumors come in all shapes, sizes ... and squishiness. And it turns out that matters, if you want to know how to treat them. USC engineers have created a backpack-sized instrument that can ...

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Designing Better Medical Implants

May 18, 2015 1:24 pm | by Massachusetss Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Biomedical devices that can be implanted in the body for drug delivery, tissue engineering, or sensing can help improve treatment for many diseases. However, such devices are often susceptible to ...

Exploring a New Frontier of Cyber-Physical Systems: The Human Body

May 18, 2015 11:05 am | by The National Science Foundation | News | Comments

The National Science Foundation has announced two, five-year, center-scale awards totaling $8.75 million to advance the state-of-the-art in medical and cyber-physical systems ...

Soft-Tissue Engineering for Hard-Working Cartilage

May 18, 2015 11:01 am | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

An international study published in the journal Nature Communications points the way toward wider, more effective use of biocompatible materials in repairing human tissues. Focusing on the difficult case of ...

In the NFL, Helmet Sensors Are a Sensitive Issue

May 18, 2015 8:47 am | by Brett Martel, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

When big-money NFL careers are at stake, the use of impact-measuring sensors in football helmets isn't as routine as one might expect. The NFL Players Association's Mackey-White Committee, which spearheads ...

Octopus Arm Inspires Future Surgical Tool

May 15, 2015 12:10 pm | by IOP Publishing | News | Comments

A robotic arm that can bend, stretch and squeeze through cluttered environments has been created by a group of researchers from Italy. Inspired by the eight arms of the octopus, the device has ...

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World's First Mercury-Free Film-Type UV Light Source

May 15, 2015 11:48 am | by Kobe University | News | Comments

The Kobe University Graduate School of Engineering and the Graduate School of Medicine have jointly developed the world's first new mercury-free light source that produces ultraviolet radiation for medical applications ...

Brainstorm: Wearables

May 13, 2015 4:18 pm | by PD&D Staff | Blogs | Comments

We’re at the start of a wearable electronics revolution that will bring new meaning to personal connectivity. We’re going to be sharing more information with friends, with medical professionals, and perhaps even with ...

When Wearables Actually Work

May 13, 2015 2:51 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

This month’s Brainstorm asks what design changes must be made in order for wearables to become adopted by the general population. The consensus? Smaller, longer lasting batteries. While I don’t contest ...

Lab Day to Showcase Latest Battlefield Tech

May 13, 2015 2:10 pm | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

The Pentagon Courtyard and south parking areas will be abuzz with the Army's latest research and technology and weapons systems exhibits and displays, May 14. Throughout Lab Day, all of the Army's displays will ...

5 Tech Trends to Watch in Home Health Care

May 13, 2015 10:13 am | by Alex Smith, Freelance Writer | Articles | Comments

According to the CDC, there are approximately 1.5 million Americans receiving home health care services. While many of these individuals are patients who have been discharged from the hospital recently and need extra ...

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Exoskeleton That Helps Paralyzed Walk Faces Barrier

May 12, 2015 10:15 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Yuichi Imahata's 9-year-old daughter is thrilled her dad stands tall above her head. It's an experience that is new to her. Imahata, 31, has been using a wheelchair to get around for seven years after ...

Intelligent Screwdriver for Safer Surgery

May 11, 2015 9:47 am | by Trelleborg Sealing Solutions | Articles | Comments

The last place that anyone wants to be is on an operating table. If we are, it is good to know that the latest technology is being used to make the procedure safer and quicker. Pro-Dex Inc., a U.S.-based designer, developer and ...

Teleoperated Surgical Robot Hacked to Reveal Security Flaws

May 8, 2015 1:22 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

To make cars as safe as possible, we crash them into walls to pinpoint weaknesses and better protect the people who use them. That's the idea behind a series of experiments conducted by a University of Washington ...

3D Printed Throat Implants Save the Lives of 3 Infants

May 7, 2015 2:33 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

Tracheobronchomalacia (TBM) is a rare condition that occurs when the walls of the airway are weak potentially causing the airway to become narrow or collapse. This can result in side effects such as an inability to absorb ...

New Laser Process Custom Shapes Optical Fibers

May 7, 2015 2:00 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Modern medicine relies on optical fibers to cauterize unhealthy veins in a minimally invasive way. Now, Fraunhofer researchers have developed a laser processing method that facilitates automated series manufacture of these ...

Device Created for Faster Skin Biopsies without Anesthesia

May 7, 2015 1:47 pm | by Carlos III University of Madrid | News | Comments

Currently a skin biopsy involves cutting the base layer of the skin manually, removing it with forceps and sewing up the incision with one or two stitches. Thanks to the new automatic device, a simple click will be enough ...

Smartphone Microscope Detects Parasites in Blood

May 7, 2015 9:35 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Prick a finger and have the blood checked for parasites — by smartphone? Scientists are turning those ubiquitous phones into microscopes and other medical tools that could help fight diseases in remote parts of the world ...

Thermometer-Like Device Could Help Diagnose Heart Attacks

May 6, 2015 12:26 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Diagnosing a heart attack can require multiple tests using expensive equipment. But not everyone has access to such techniques, especially in remote or low-income areas. Now scientists have developed a simple, thermometer-like ...

Pressure-Monitoring Stockings to Prevent Wounds in Diabetics

May 6, 2015 12:06 pm | 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 ...

Chest Strap for Long-Term Heart Rate Monitoring

May 5, 2015 12:15 pm | by Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (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 ...

High-Tech Sensors Help Kids Keep Eye on Aging Parents

May 5, 2015 10:22 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 ...

Can We Create New Senses for Humans?

May 5, 2015 9:10 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

As humans, we can perceive less than a ten-trillionth of all light waves. “Our experience of reality,” says neuroscientist David Eagleman, “is constrained by our biology.” He wants to change that. His research into our brain ...

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