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Software Analyzes Human Genomes Faster Than Ever

January 30, 2015 10:36 am | by Nationwide Children's Hospital | News | Comments

Investigators at Nationwide Children's Hospital have developed an analysis "pipeline" that slashes the time it takes to search a person's genome for disease-causing variations from weeks to hours. An article describing the ultra-fast, highly ...

Medical Device Tax Led to Thousands of Job Cuts

January 30, 2015 9:47 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Group | News | Comments

A recent survey conducted by a medical technology trade group blames a tax on medical devices...

The Emerging Multibillion Dollar Cybernetic Brain Revolution

January 30, 2015 9:39 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Where does the human end and the machine begin? In the era of neuroprosthetics, tiny electronic...

Where GE Ventures Sees the Next Big Ideas

January 30, 2015 9:33 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Like many inventors, Thomas Edison started out as a teenage tinkerer with empty pockets. But his...

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3D-Printed Heart Helps Treat Child’s Rare Condition

January 30, 2015 9:28 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A 3D-printed heart made a complex surgery safer for a child patient in Los Angeles. Dr. Richard Kim, a cardiac surgeon at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, used the printed model to strategize how best to treat Esther Perez, a young ...  

Engineering Newswire 125: Vampire-Bat Inspired Drone Walks & Flies

January 29, 2015 10:52 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re flying – and walking – with vampire-bat inspired drones, showing off Russia’s new ATV riding cyborg, and taking stomach acid powered joyrides in mouse stomachs ...        

Why I Make Robots the Size of a Grain of Rice

January 29, 2015 10:52 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

By studying the movement and bodies of insects such as ants, Sarah Bergbreiter and her team build incredibly robust, super teeny, mechanical versions of creepy crawlies … and then they add rockets. See their jaw-dropping developments in ...


State Declares Electronic Cigarettes a Health Threat

January 29, 2015 9:30 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as ...  

U.S. Issues New Requirements to Improve Defibrillator Safety

January 28, 2015 4:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of heart-zapping defibrillators to submit more data on the emergency care devices after years of recalls and manufacturing problems ...         

Researchers 3D Print Cartilage to Repair Tracheal Damage

January 28, 2015 10:53 am | by North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System | News | Comments

Investigators at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have made a medical breakthrough using 3D printing on a MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer to create cartilage designed for tracheal repair or replacement. The results were ...

Man with Carmat Artificial Heart Released from Hospital

January 27, 2015 12:40 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A man equipped with the lightest and most advanced total artificial heart in the world was released from Nantes University Hospital earlier this year and has returned home, said Carmat, the designer and developer of the electric heart. The patient has ...

6 Things to Consider as the Internet of Things Intersects Medical Devices

January 27, 2015 9:38 am | by Dave Franchino, President, Design Concepts | Articles | Comments

We’re on the verge of a fascinating intersection — perhaps collision — as the world of Internet of Things (IoT) technology begins to deeply encroach into the world of medical device development. We’ve all experienced the remarkable impact of ...


Canadian Space Tech to Help Sick Children

January 26, 2015 4:42 pm | by Canadian Space Agency | News | Comments

Not much rivals the dexterity of a good surgeon's hands. But humans being humans, fatigue or even tremors after a long day at the hospital can make things challenging, especially when operating on small children ...     

This Neurostimulator Makes People Cry

January 26, 2015 12:59 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Articles | Comments

A Stanford University fellow developed implantable neurostimulators to create tears for people who suffer from dry eye. The devices, a little larger than a fingernail, work in pairs. One is inserted into the mucous membrane in the ...  

Scientists 'Bend' Elastic Waves with New Metamaterials

January 26, 2015 12:26 pm | by University of Missouri-Columbia | News | Comments

Sound waves passing through the air, objects that break a body of water and cause ripples, or shockwaves from earthquakes all are considered "elastic" waves. These waves travel at the surface or through a material without causing any permanent ...

Infrared Imaging Technique Operates at High Temperatures

January 26, 2015 12:07 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

From aerial surveillance to cancer detection, mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) radiation has a wide range of applications. And as the uses for high-sensitivity, high-resolution imaging continue to expand, MWIR sources are becoming more ... 

New Headset Controls Wireless Devices with Brain Activity

January 26, 2015 10:07 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

As proposed, the six-armed, 32-channel headset, called Flexctrl brain, will use electroencephalography (EEG) measurement to make a connection between the wearer and their smartphone. Free applications included with the device will enable ...


January/February: Designing a Personal Robot

January 26, 2015 9:17 am | by PD&D Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

In this edition of PD&D, we are designing robots for the home, printing sensors on a variety of fabrics, and incorporating the IoT into medical devices. Also, in this month’s Brainstorm we ask industry experts about the future of ...

Creating a Smarter Connection Between Man & Machine

January 23, 2015 2:17 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

As smart technology becomes more and more common in the medical field, new materials are developed to facilitate connection between the body and the devices that help it thrive. A new conductive coating could enable electrode ...   

Boeing's Winglets, Sandia's Robot Hands Among 5 Patents This Week

January 22, 2015 3:47 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

In other patent news this week, a self-tightening shoe and adjustable flossing mouthpieces are making mornings easier. A mobile celebration device has also been approved in time for the weekend, or if you can’t make it that long ...  

Law Firm Expands Takata Airbag Safety Recall Investigation

January 21, 2015 11:01 am | by Hagens Berman | News | Comments

Attorneys at national consumer-rights law firm, Hagens Berman, already representing dozens of plaintiffs with Honda vehicles in class-action lawsuits against Takata, have expanded their national investigation regarding the Takata airbag safety ...

Sick Leave, Cybersecurity May Be Addressed during State of the Union

January 20, 2015 1:58 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Articles | Comments

Sick leave, cybersecurity may be on the schedule for State of the Union New Jersey is one of only three states to offer paid sick leave – which President Barack Obama will address at the State of the Union tonight, along with net neutrality ...

Portable Stimulator Being Tested on Parkinson's Patients

January 20, 2015 12:31 pm | by University of Gothenburg | News | Comments

Parkinson's disease is a slowly degenerative neurological disease that is expressed as impaired motor control, tremors, stiffness and, in later stages, problems with balance. The symptoms are caused by a lack of the signal substance ...  

Wearable Sensor Clears Path to Long-Term EKG

January 20, 2015 12:22 pm | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new, wearable sensor that uses silver nanowires to monitor electrophysiological signals, such as electrocardiography (EKG) or electromyography (EMG). The new sensor is as ...

New Fibers Can Deliver Many Simultaneous Stimuli

January 20, 2015 10:44 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The human brain’s complexity makes it extremely challenging to study — not only because of its sheer size, but also because of the variety of signaling methods it uses simultaneously. Conventional neural probes are designed to record a single ...

Photos of the Day: 3D Images of the Sliced Human Body

January 16, 2015 10:08 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Computed Tomography (CT) scanners are often the first imaging technology many patients encounter when doctors suspect serious disease or injury. The machines use a narrow beam of X-rays processed by a computer to create slices ...  

Extra-Short Nanowires Best for Brain

January 15, 2015 4:26 pm | by Lund University | News | Comments

If in the future electrodes are inserted into the human brain - either for research purposes or to treat diseases - it may be appropriate to give them a 'coat' of nanowires that could make them less irritating for the brain tissue ...  

Diaper Tech Goes from Baby's Bottom to Research Lab

January 15, 2015 4:21 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

This idea is not just in its infancy, it's literally in diapers. A new trick for revealing tiny details under a microscope draws on a technology that helps make disposable diapers so absorbent ...        

Gold Nanoparticles Show Promise for Early Detection of Heart Attacks

January 15, 2015 4:20 pm | by New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering | News | Comments

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering professors have been collaborating with researchers from Peking University on a new test strip that is demonstrating great potential for the early detection of certain heart attacks ...    

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