Archive for February, 2009

Body–Brain Interface System

Friday, February 27th, 2009

The system developed by Dr Paul Gnanayutham of University of Portsmouth, UK, uses patients’ brain waves and eye and muscular movements (together termed biopotentials) to move a cursor on a computer. The targets to which a person can point the cursor at on the prototype device include “yes,” “no,”’ “thank ...

Canadian Prototype Delivers More Effective Radiation Therapy

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Mutual interferences (magnetic and radio frequency fields) make linear accelerator (linac) and magnetic resonance (MR) systems “allergic” to each other, an obstacle previously thought to be insurmountable. Dr Gino Fallone, the Director of Medical Physics at the Cross Cancer Institute and Professor of Oncology at the University of Alberta, Canada, ...

Stem Cell Research Scientists Call for Faster Experimentation

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Controversial scientific experimentation has been given a recent boost by President Obama, who as one of his first acts on taking office relaxed federal restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. A conference being held on 4 March 2009 in Oxford, UK, designed to energise research in the UK will include a ...

Developing the Next-Generation Artificial Heart

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_4744" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The above image is an illustration of continuous flow heart pump from MicroMed. "][/caption] Though several implantable artificial hearts have been developed over the past decades, they have generally been bulky and often unreliable. To develop a next-generation artificial heart, the National Institutes of Health is funding ...

Medisize Expands Capacity in Finland

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

To accommodate its growing production of insulin pen components, Medisize is expanding capacity at its plant in Kontiolahti, Finland. The full-service contract manufacturer for the medical device and diagnostics industry has been manufacturing the components for pharmaceutical company sanofi-aventis at the plant in Kontiolahti. Given the successful production of Medisize's insulin pen components ...

Time To Get Up Front and Personal With Your Suppliers

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

MEDTEC UK, the only UK trade show dedicated to medical device design and manufacturing, returns to the NEC, Birmingham, in March. This two-day event on 25 and 26 March 2009 brings together the UK’s largest concentration of specialist providers of materials, components and technologies used in the manufacture of finished ...

Is Your Site Mobile-Phone Friendly? Should It Be? (Psst, Answer Yes)

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

I wanted to pass along an interesting, albeit small, piece of research we did among our clients this week, writes Chris Schor, Director of Marketing at Emergo. We asked our 1000+ clients, all of whom are medical device and IVD companies, if they use their mobile phones to access information ...

All They Are Saying Is Give E-Health a Chance

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

You may have heard a lot of talk about e-health the last few days. That's not surprising given the three-day ministerial conference on this very topic that convened in Prague on 18 February, which also prompted some sidebar discussions. So, does this ramped-up rhetoric presage progress in the real world? Don't hold ...

A Paradigm Shift in MRI Detection?

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Researchers from the Institute of Biomedical Technology at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich have developed a new detection technique that could improve patient comfort during MRI scans. The scientists predict that the development will enable the diameter of MRI scanning tubes to be expanded approximately 15-20 centimeters. "[That] ...

Medical Manufacturing Trade Show MD&M West Posts Record Attendance

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but there’s no denying the facts: the medical technology industry is weathering the economic downturn remarkably well thus far. Fresh evidence comes from the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West 2009 Conference and Exposition, which was held 10–12 February in ...

Using Surface Engineering to Control Biofilms

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_4522" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The above images shows a Staphylococcus aureus biofilm on the surface of a catheter. Image courtesy of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention"][/caption] Scientists at Syracuse University have made gains in understanding bacterial biofilm formation by researching bacterial growth on patterned gold surfaces. Assistant professors ...

Orthopaedics With a Little Vitamin E

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

GUR ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) from Ticona has been used for surgical orthopaedic implants since the 1960s. “Now, with the addition of a homogeneous content of 1000 parts per million of vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) as a stabiliser amount, these new grades — GUR 1020-E and 1050-E — should allow ...