Archive for August, 2008

Designers Required to Defeat Human Ageing!

Friday, August 29th, 2008

If medical device designers had any doubts about the need to apply their expertise to innovative products for use by “seniors,” these should be allayed by new statistics from Eurostat. Eurostat’s latest report tells us that by 2060 there will be three times as many people aged 80 or more in ...

Engineering New Uses for Gold

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

MIT researchers are working on ways to modify these gold nanorods so they could be used as drug delivery or anti-tumor devices. Image Courtesy of Andy Wijaya Gold nanorods have shown promise in a number of medical applications. For instance, researchers have determined that the tiny gold particles could be used to ...

US FDA to Hold Nanotechnology Meeting

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

US FDA will hold a public meeting to gather information related to the implementation of recommendations of the Nanotechnology Task Force Report. The event is scheduled for 8 September in Rockville, MD, USA. There will be several breakout sessions during the day, one of which will focus on medical devices ...

Electronics Manufacturing Services for Medical Devices at COMPAMED

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

The IVAM Product Market "High-tech for Medical Devices" will cover a new subject at this year's COMPAMED, which takes place 19 to 21 November in Düsseldorf, Germany. IVAM Microtechnology Network will launch its "Electronics Manufacturing Services for Medical Devices" (EMS) at the show. EMS is currently a key topic in the ...

European Commission Launches Online Project

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

The European Commission will have spent more than €50 billion between 2007 and 2013 funding research under the 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7), and it wants to see some results. More specifically, it wants to see them . . . online. On 21 August, the EC launched a pilot project that ...

Magnetic Sensor Fits Inside 19-Gauge Biopsy Needle

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

A company has succeeded in shrinking the size of a six-degrees-of-freedom magnetic sensor to 0.90 mm diam without sacrificing tracking parameters. The sensor is small enough to comfortably fit inside the hollow tube of a 19-gauge biopsy needle, according to Ascension Technology Corp. (Burlington, VT, USA). The 3D Guidance medSAFE magnetic ...

A Burgeoning Market and Plans for a US Joint Orthopaedic Device Registry

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

After publication of a study that the demand in United States (US) for orthopaedic implants is to grow by 8.9% per annum to be valued at US$22 billion in 2012 (source Freedonia), it has also been reported that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is developing a programme that would ...

Researchers Use Viruses to Build Microbattery Components

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Tweezers hold the device used to test new microbattery component. The cause of everything from the common cold to AIDS, viruses have a deservedly dreadful reputation. But a research team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; Cambridge, MA, USA) may have found the one viral strain to good use: The researchers ...

New Approach to Stenting

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

The first heart stent was invented in 1969 by Charles Theodore Dotter, experimenting on the peripheral arteries of a dog. But it was not until 1986 that the first human coronary heart stent implantation was performed, by Jacques Puel in France. Since then, the popularity of stents for treating blocked ...

Silver Experiences Medical Renaissance

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Silver has been known since ancient times - but not just to make jewelry, tableware, utensils, or silver coins. The metal has also been used as an antiseptic and disinfectant. More than 2000 years ago, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, wrote that silver had beneficial healing and anti-disease properties. ...

New Nanomaterial Makes Plastic Stiffer, Lighter, And Stronger

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

A researcher at Michigan State University in the United States and his students have developed a nanomaterial that makes plastic stiffer, lighter, and stronger, reports ScienceDaily. Potential applications include more-durable medical equipment along with fuel-efficient airplanes. The material - xGnP Exfoliated Graphite NanoPlatelets – will be instrumental in the development of ...

How Bioresorbable Interference Screws Entered My Life

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

When you're the editor of a medical device manufacturing publication, you don't really want to sample the products that are typically covered in the pages of your magazine. No offense, but I prefer to engage with catheters, say, on an intellectual level rather than in situ. Of course, stuff--for want ...