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WSU Innovation Improves Drowsy Driver Detection

April 24, 2014 1:27 pm | by Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane | News | Comments

Researchers at Washington State University Spokane have developed a new way to detect when drivers are about to nod off behind the wheel. Their recently patented technology is based on ...           

Turning Smart Phones into Microscopes

April 24, 2014 1:16 pm | by Australian National University | News | Comments

Australian researchers have invented a simple and cheap way of making a high-powered lens that...

Ultrasound Device May Detect Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke

April 24, 2014 12:46 pm | by Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel...

Engineering Newswire 87: Combat Drone Flies with Twin Fighter & Business Jet

April 24, 2014 10:56 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re driving BMW’s latest concept car, redesigning human legs to...

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New Tricks for Old Dogs: Veterinary Surgical Hip Replacement

April 24, 2014 10:37 am | by GKS Services | Articles | Comments

With an eye to its teaching mission and updated methods, one company wanted to create a comprehensive training video for its hip replacement surgery procedure. In the past, they had relied on hard copy manuals and PowerPoint presentations to ...

Tech Beams Gene Therapy into Ears, Improves Hearing

April 24, 2014 8:58 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing. The approach reported ...  

Michigan Man Among 1st to Get 'Bionic Eye'

April 23, 2014 9:09 am | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the ...   


Medical Approved 2 W DC/DC Converters

April 22, 2014 1:27 pm | by PD&D Staff | Micropower Direct | Product Releases | Comments

MicroPower Direct has announced the MG200MHI series of compact, 2W DC/DC converters fully approved to both EN 60950 and EN 60601. They are specifically designed to meet the stringent isolation, reinforced insulation, and ...

SMARTT e-Patch Moves Public Health Forward

April 22, 2014 12:54 pm | by Rhenovia Pharma | News | Comments

Rhenovia Pharma, a biotechnology company specialized in the application of biosimulation to the research and development of new medicinal products, has created the SMARTT e-Patch project, which has ...        

Tracking Oxygen in the Body

April 22, 2014 11:44 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Unlike healthy cells, cancer cells thrive when deprived of oxygen. Tumors in low-oxygen environments tend to be more resistant to therapy and spread more aggressively to other parts of the body. Measuring tumors’ oxygen levels could help ...

Space-Tested Concept Advances Infectious Disease Diagnoses

April 21, 2014 12:43 pm | by Laura Niles, NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

A new medical-testing device is being prepped to enter the battle against infectious disease. This instrument could improve diagnosis of certain diseases in remote areas, thanks in part to knowledge gained from a series of investigations aboard the International Space Station on the ...

MRI, on a Molecular Scale

April 21, 2014 12:34 pm | by Peter Reuell, Harvard University | News | Comments

A team of researchers have developed a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system that can produce nano-scale images, and may one day allow researchers to peer into the atomic structure of ...          


Envisioning an Analog Path to Simulating Human Brain

April 21, 2014 12:20 pm | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

In the field of neuromorphic engineering, researchers study computing techniques that could someday mimic human cognition. Electrical engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology recently published a “roadmap” that details innovative analog-based techniques that could ...

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 recently introduced Glass, a device that is worn like conventional glasses, but that combines a computerized central processing unit, touchpad, display ...

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 hindered the landing of a medical helicopter at an accident scene. Kele Stanley, of Springfield, said he's been unfairly charged and would have landed it immediately if he ...

Medical-Grade Silicone Tubing

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

Medical-grade silicone tubing and reinforced hose from tubing manufacturer NewAge Industries handles a wide variety of applications. Its flexibility and temperature range make it ...


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 ...

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