Archive for December, 2008

Researchers Craft Optic Sensors from Silk

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Scientists at Tufts University are working to build implantable, biodegradable optical sensors out of silk. "We are taking the native material from the coccoons and reforming it into clear optical materials," explains Fiorenzo Omenetto, associate professor of biomedical engineering and physics at Tufts. The strongest known natural fibre, silk is ...

Seasonal Wishes: A Productive 2009

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

It is the season to spread some cheer and good wishes, which is perhaps not so easy given the current gloomy economic times. What do we typically wish for others (and ourselves) at this time of year: health, wealth and happiness? I certainly wish you health in 2009, particularly as I read ...

Using Cell Phones for Health Monitoring

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

[caption id="attachment_3301" align="alignleft" width="350" caption="The prototype depicted above demonstrates that health-monitoring capabilities can be added to a cell phone without affecting its ability to function normally. Image courtesy of UCLA"][/caption] Researchers at UCLA have developed a prototype cell phone that can monitor the health of HIV and malaria patients. Based on ...

Sandvik Breaks into Sustainability Top 10

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Materials supplier Sandvik (Sandviken, Sweden) has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and pan-European Dow Jones STOXX Sustainability Index. This puts Sandvik in the top 10% of global companies combining financial profitability with concern for environmental and social affairs. Both indices are reviewed annually and are based on ...

Top 10 Health Technology Hazards of 2008

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

There are many opportunities for the medical device industry to make hospitals safer places for patients. Evidence of this is found in the ECRI Institute's 2008 list of the 10 most dangerous health technology hazards facing hospitals. The list, which is updated annually, is based on problems reported to and ...

Prototype Blood Scanner Enables Early Cancer Detection

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

A prototype blood scanner detects cancer-associated biomarkers using the same magnetic phenomenon that allows hard drives to read and write data. Developed at Stanford University, the system is reportedly tens to hundreds of times more sensitive than existing commercial devices, which would enable it to detect cancer at a very ...

It’s a First: Dialysis Bag Receives Environmental Certification

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

The Nordic Swan ecolabel chiefly concerns the safety of product additives such as di(2-ethylhexyl) (DEHP) phthalate and the difficulties of handling PVC as a waste material. Swan labelled devices cannot be made from PVC or contain endocrine disruptors and persistent, biocumulative and toxic substances. The first medical device to be ...

German Parliament Sides with Medical Innovation

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

[caption id="attachment_3194" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Joachim M. Schmitt, BVMed director general and board member."][/caption] The German parliament has made it easier for hospitals to request reimbursement for innovative medical technologies, BVMed announced in a press release. The passage of the Hospital Financing Reform Act (Krankenhausfinanzierungsreformgesetz, KHRG) on Friday introduces a measure ...

Setting New Quality Standards for Medical Technology

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Taking part in the new quality initiative "Services in EMS" of the ZVEI Association for Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS), MAZet GmbH is optimizing its comprehensive design services for medical technology. MAZet develops and manufactures innovative electronics and software. For instance, the company developed the electronics for the latest generation of ...

Coated Stents Better in the Short Term

Friday, December 19th, 2008

A new study shows that angioplasty patients who receive drug-eluting stents (DES) do better one year after surgery than those with bare metal stents, according to an article in U.S. News & World Report. However, patients with the coated stents face a greater risk of undergoing additional surgery within three ...

Calling All Regulatory Affairs Staff With Device Classification Problems

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Quality First International (QFI) wants manufacturers to share their experiences of problems involving the classification of medical devices under Directive 93/42/EEC. In particular, it would like to obtain information on cases where the Competent Authority or Notified Body has disagreed with the Class of a medical device determined by the ...

France-Based MEMS Manufacturer Expands to Serve US Market

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Tronics Microsystems S.A. (Crolles France) is bringing its microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) development and manufacturing expertise to North America. At the new 140,000-sq-ft facility in Richardson, TX, Tronics MEMS Inc. will focus on the prototyping and high-volume production of custom MEMS components. An on-site 20,000-sq-ft Class 100 cleanroom is currently in operation; ...