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Bionic Ankle 'Emulates Nature'

April 17, 2014 1:23 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT | News | Comments

These days, Hugh Herr, an associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT, gets about 100 emails daily from people across the world interested in his bionic limbs. Messages pour in from amputees seeking prostheses and ...   

Potential Use of Google Glass in Surgical Settings

April 16, 2014 1:04 pm | by Elsevier | News | Comments

Personal portable information technology is advancing at a breathtaking speed. Google has...

Drone Hinders Medical Chopper According to Police

April 15, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A man is facing charges after deputies say he was flying a video camera-equipped drone that...

Medical-Grade Silicone Tubing

April 14, 2014 1:30 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Medical-grade silicone tubing and reinforced hose from tubing manufacturer NewAge Industries...

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New Tech Could Lead to Night Vision Contact Lenses

April 14, 2014 1:00 pm | by Kate McAlpine, University of Michigan | News | Comments

An ultrathin light detector that can sense wavelengths our eyes can't see has the potential to put heat vision technology into a contact lens, its University of Michigan developers say. The U-M researchers have built the first room-temperature light detector that can ...

A New Thermoelectric Generator on Glass Fabric

April 11, 2014 11:48 am | by Lan Yoon, KAIST | News | Comments

Wearable computers or devices have been hailed as the next generation of mobile electronic gadgets, from smart watches to smart glasses to smart pacemakers. For electronics to be worn by a user, they must be ...       

The Sore Problem of Prosthetic Limbs

April 11, 2014 11:13 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

What drove David Sengeh to create a more comfortable prosthetic limb? He grew up in Sierra Leone, and too many of the people he loves are missing limbs after the brutal civil war there. When he noticed that people who had prosthetics weren’t actually ...


Lab-Grown Nostrils, Vaginas Working Well

April 11, 2014 9:15 am | by Malcolm Ritter & Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two new studies describe the latest achievements in growing body parts in a lab and transplanting them into people, this time with nostrils and vaginas. Windpipes, bladders, blood vessels and other structures have previously been created in ...

Advances in Thick-Gauge Thermoplastic Parts for Medical Equipment Design

April 10, 2014 4:02 pm | by Kintz Plastics | Articles | Comments

Although technology is the star in medical devices from MRI and blood analysis machines to CT and PET scan equipment, it could not function without the custom covers, panels, housings, enclosures and other parts that provide ...   

Researchers Try 3D Printer to Build Human Heart

April 10, 2014 9:10 am | by Dylan Lovan, Associated Press | News | Comments

It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3D printer. Ultimately, the goal is to create a new heart for a patient with their own cells that could be transplanted. It is an ambitious project to first, make a ...

Using Google Glass to Map the Future of Medical Testing

April 9, 2014 11:37 am | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

A team of researchers at UCLA has transformed Google Glass into a powerful, wearable medical testing laboratory. Aydogan Ozcan and his team developed an application that reads dozens of different types of diagnostic tests for malaria ... 

High-Tech Items Giving Deaf-Blind Online Access

April 8, 2014 9:48 am | by Frank Eltman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tanisha Verdejo loves to surf the Internet for shopping deals. She chats on Facebook, learns about new recipes and enjoys sending emails to friends and family. Verdejo, who can't see or hear, could do none of that a year ago ...   


Electrical Device Helps Paralyzed Men Move Legs

April 8, 2014 9:43 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man's spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they've done the same with three other patients, suggesting their original success was no fluke ... 

Lab-Made Organs Include Tear Ducts, Blood Vessels & Windpipes

April 8, 2014 9:39 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells. It is among several labs around the world, including in the U.S., that are working on the ...

Photos of the Day: Growing Custom Organs in the Lab

April 8, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

While only a handful of patients have received the British lab-made organs so far— including tear ducts, blood vessels and windpipes — researchers hope they will soon be able to transplant more types of body parts into patients, including what ...

Stick-On Electronic Patches for Health Monitoring

April 4, 2014 1:01 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Wearing a fitness tracker on your wrist or clipped to your belt is so 2013. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University have demonstrated thin, soft stick-on patches that stretch and move with the ...

Engineering Update: Secret Pentagon Spacecraft Stays in Orbit for 469 Days

April 4, 2014 12:03 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In December of 2012, the Pentagon launched the X-37B unmanned spacecraft into orbit, where it remained for more than 469 days, breaking its own longevity record. Since the X-37 has always been shrouded in secrecy, savvy observers posited all sorts of potential applications ...


Fighting Cancer with Lasers and Nanoballoons That Pop

April 3, 2014 1:10 pm | by Cory Nealon, University at Buffalo | News | Comments

Chemotherapeutic drugs excel at fighting cancer, but they're not so efficient at getting where they need to go. They often interact with blood, bone marrow, and other healthy bodily systems. This dilutes the drugs and causes unwanted side effects. Now, researchers are developing ...

Intuitive Surgical Climbs on New da Vinci Approval

April 1, 2014 4:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Intuitive Surgical climbed Tuesday after the company said regulators approved a new version of its da Vinci robotic surgical system. Intuitive Surgical said the Food and Drug Administration cleared ...         

Leak Detector for Medical Applications

March 31, 2014 3:24 pm | by PD&D | Product Releases | Comments

Pfeiffer Vacuum has introduced the ASM 340 leak detector for medical applications. The ASM 340 compensates for component temperature variations and elastomeric creep and ...

Study Backs Nonsurgical Heart Valve Fix

March 31, 2014 11:23 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A new study gives a big boost to fixing a bad aortic valve, the heart's main gate, without open-heart surgery. Survival rates were better one year later for people who had a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead. The results prompted some doctors to ...

Ducati Wirelessly Integrates Airbag Riding Jackets

March 28, 2014 2:06 pm | by Ducati | News | Comments

Italy's iconic motorcycle manufacturer, Ducati, has introduced the Multistrada D-Air model, featuring a fully integrated, intelligent system of sensors wirelessly connected to Ducati Apparel airbag jackets by Dainese. Marking a ‘world's first' in the motorcycle industry and combining ...

IBM’s Watson Takes on Brain Cancer

March 28, 2014 1:53 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

New York Genome Center and IBM are collaborating to analyze genetic data to accelerate the race to personalized, life-saving treatment for brain cancer patients. IBM's Watson cognitive computing system will be designed to analyze the genomic data from ...

Guidance System Could Improve Minimally Invasive Surgery

March 28, 2014 1:47 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins researchers have devised a computerized process that could make minimally invasive surgery more accurate and streamlined using equipment already common in the operating room. The researchers say ...      

New Bionics That Let Us Run, Climb & Dance

March 28, 2014 10:23 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature's own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in ...

Surrogate Organ System Developed for Toxicity Testing

March 27, 2014 12:38 pm | by Los Alamos National Laboratory | News | Comments

Creating surrogate human organs, coupled with insights from highly sensitive mass spectrometry technologies, a new project is on the brink of revolutionizing the way we screen new drugs and toxic agents. ATHENA, the Advanced Tissue-engineered Human Ectypal Network Analyzer project team, is developing ...

Engineering Newswire 83: Half Drone, Half Satellite, StratoBus Prototype

March 27, 2014 10:01 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re creating nanoscale fingerprints, building a fully-functional desktop human, and building a fleet of half drone, half satellite StratoBuses ...            

Solar-Powered Toilet Unveiled in India

March 26, 2014 1:42 pm | by University of Colorado Boulder | News | Comments

A revolutionary University of Colorado Boulder toilet fueled by the sun that is being developed to help some of the 2.5 billion people around the world lacking safe and sustainable sanitation will be unveiled ...      

Nanotube Coating Helps Shrink Mass Spectrometers

March 26, 2014 11:45 am | by Elizabeth K. Gardner, Purdue University | News | Comments

Nanotechnology is advancing tools likened to Star Trek's "tricorder" that perform on-the-spot chemical analysis for a range of applications including medical testing, explosives detection and food safety. Researchers found that ...   

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