Archive for October, 2008

Fujifilm Partners with Workflow Management Firm PharmaPros

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Fujifilm and PharmaPros have collaborated to develop an image acquisition and tracking system that will be used to collect image data and track image quality. Based on the Dataflow Manager system from PharmaPros, the system will serve as a portal through which Fujifilm teams in different locations can manage studies ...

London Physicians Collaborate with Digital Animation Firm to Develop 3-D Virtual Heart

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

[caption id="attachment_1530" align="alignright" width="275" caption="The HeartWorks 3-D digital heart is said to be the most realistic cardiac model ever developed."][/caption] The brainchild of physicians at London's Heart Hospital and the digital-animation firm Glassworks, HeartWorks is an animated, anatomically correct, three-dimensional simulated heart that is reportedly the most accurate heart model ever ...

Study to Assess Effects of Genetic Testing on Behaviour

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Scripps Translational Science Institute aims to find out if participating in personal genomic testing will improve health by motivating people to make positive lifestyle changes. The study will offer genetic scans to up to 10000 employees, family members and friends of non-profit Scripps Health Systems, based in San Diego, California, ...

FDA Takes Global Approach

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Making good on a commitment to expand its staff presence in foreign countries, US FDA has announced plans to place more than 60 food and drug regulators worldwide over the next year. The first overseas office will be opened in Beijing before the end of the year, according to US ...

Tiny Tweezers Made of DNA Catch and Release Objects on Demand

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Researchers in China reportedly have developed DNA "tweezers" capable of grasping and releasing objects on demand. Although similar devices have been fabricated from DNA, these are the first tweezers that can be controlled like their larger cousins. Microsurgery is one of the potential applications. Other tweezers have been developed that can ...

Z?n Hearing Aid Wins Two Design Awards

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

[caption id="attachment_1422" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The Zon hearing aid is the recipient of the People’s Design Award and the Spark Design Award."][/caption] The Z?n Hearing Aid, which was designed by Stuart Karten Design for Starkey Laboratories, has been honoured with two prestigious design awards: the People's Design Award, presented by the Smithsonian's ...

New Health Care RFID Test Protocols To Be Developed

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

A radio frequency identification (RFID) experts group is to develop a definitive set of test protocols for testing RF emitters in the clinical setting. The work is being undertaken by AIM Global, the industry association for automatic identification and data collection technologies. The organisation believes that those involved with radio frequency ...

Battery Powered Skin Patch Keeps Muscles Healthy

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

The patch is designed to fit under plaster casts or bandages to stimulate muscles and prevent muscle atrophy when people cannot exercise because of broken bones, other injuries or surgery. The patches were developed by researchers at Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel. The Myospare percutaneous electrical stimulator passes a small electrical ...

Robust Growth Forecast for Radiation Therapy Equipment Market

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Emerging demand from Asia/Pacific, Eastern Europe, and Latin America will drive growth in the global market for radiation therapy equipment, according to HealthImaging.com citing a report from Global Industry Analysts (GIA). The market is projected to reach US$3.9 billion by 2015. An aging population, increasing life expectancies, and rising incidence ...

Programmable, Implantable Stimulation System for Device Research and Development

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

A programmable, implantable stimulation system has been introduced for use in the research and development of neural stimulation therapies. The system designed by Texcel promises great benefits for medical researchers and medical device developers. According to Director of Business Development Keith Checca, the StimX system’s programmable stimulation parameters will “dramatically reduce ...

Engineers Sought for Free Training on Ceramic Nanocomposites

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Ceramic nanocomposites are some of the most promising materials for an increasing number of applications, including coatings for knee and hip implants. The range of applications is developing rapidly and some are already being used in industrial processes. Free training in ceramic nanocomposites is being offered by experts of the ...

Will the Medical Device Market Ride Out Economic Crisis?

Friday, October 24th, 2008

The global stock markets took another beating on Friday, 24 October, but those active in the medical device industry still may have reason to be optimistic. The Millennium Research Group recently released its latest editions of its Industry Quarterly publications, which focused on recent trends in the cardiovascular, endoscopy, orthopedics, ...