Archive for July, 2008

The Kanzius Machine: A New Weapon against Cancer?

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

The Kanzius machine is designed to kill cancer cells while sparing healthy tissue. Here, adenocarcinoma is shown at 400x magnification. Earlier this year, the US television show 60 Minutes on the CBS network aired a report on John Kanzius, who has invented a device for treating cancer noninvasively. After the program ...

Braille and Healthcare Packaging

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

The reading system that Frenchman Louis Braille devised in 1821 dramatically changed the life of the blind and visually impaired. The code's tactile features enabled them to read with their hands - after they had learned the Braille alphabet. Louis Braille based his research on an earlier form of the ...

MHRA Publishes Guidance on UK Clinical Investigations

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, the UK competent authority, has published an updated version of guidance relating to clinical investigations. The document applies to manufacturers that intend to carry out clinical investigations in the United Kingdom. The document covers all aspects of performing and reporting clinical investigations in the United ...

Feelin’ It–Haptic Technology Accelerates Implant Development

Friday, July 25th, 2008

A 3D modeling system that applies haptic technology recently made quite an impression at a conference on Advanced Digital Technology for Head and Reconstruction. Developed by SensAble Technologies, the device enables the rapid and accurate production of custom body parts from soft-tissue implants for eye sockets to titanium dental inlays. The ...

New Technology About to Enter Antimicrobial Materials Market

Friday, July 25th, 2008

The drive to find solutions to hospital-acquired infections has a new impetus with a technology developed by an Israeli company that is now offered for licence. Two years ago scientists at Sure International (formerly BioActivity Ltd), based in Rehovot, Israel, made a discovery in the laboratory that could be valuable in ...

Using a Natural Approach to Combat Infections

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Despite vast sums of money being spent to combat them, hospital-acquired infections continue to afflict millions of people annually. The problem has been made worse by widespread use of antibiotics over the years, which have made hospitals breeding grounds for especially virulent bacterial strains. Often present in the air, such ...

A First Time for Everything

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Twenty-two years in the business to business publishing industry, and this is a first for me. My first ever blog entry! Not technically informative or even directly industry related I am afraid, but an exciting moment for me nonetheless and one that I would encourage anyone reading this to participate in. ...

A Million (Colour) Impressions

Monday, July 21st, 2008

At the Medical Moulding & Extrusion Conference in Cologne, Germany, last month I learned about plasticizers, PVC, DEHP, TEHTM, polyolefins, and more. Aside from how DEHP-plasticized PVC influences the blood, its negative health effects, and how difficult it is to replace, I heard about something else relating to plastics that ...

Direct Manufacturing Research Center to be Launched in Germany

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Direct manufacturing is primarily being used for prototyping and has not yet gained widespread use in series production. To change that and advance technological progress, a centre dedicated to the development of direct manufacturing processes and systems will open in Germany in the fall of this year.  Boeing, EOS Electro Optical Systems, Evonik Industries, ...

NSAI Wants Med-Tech Industry to Help Heal Ailing Celtic Tiger

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

First, the bad news: It seems that Ireland's phenomenal run of economic growth may be on its last legs, at least for a while. A report issued by the Economic Social Research Institute at the end of June predicts the first fall in output since 1983. It's been one hell ...