Archive for July, 2012

Innovative Polymers Compounds Obtains ISO 13485 Accreditation

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Innovative Polymers Compounds (IPC; Kilbeggan, Ireland) recently announced it has received ISO 13485 accreditation, making it the only accredited independent compounding company in Europe dedicated to providing polymer compounds for use in medical device applications, according to a press release published on the Irish Medical Devices Association's website.

NanotechItaly to Highlight Applications in Healthcare, Materials and Electronics

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

NanotechItaly, an international conference to promote nanotechnology, will take place 21 to 23 November 2012 in Venice. The event will present the latest developments and trends in R&D, applications and worldwide governance, and will provide the opportunity for discussion among representatives of industry, public research and governmental bodies. During the convention, Italian and ...

Clemson Researchers Develop Knee Simulator to Identify Ways to Improve UKA Implant Design

Monday, July 30th, 2012

A PhD-bound bioengineering student researcher at Clemson University (Clemson, SC, USA) and his team have constructed a knee simulator designed to capture the key motion characteristics of a normal knee with artificial bones and implant. The goal of the project is to determine the effects of alignment and ligament configurations ...

Medtech Week Recap: Prosthetic Legs Take Centre Stage in 2012 Summer Olympics Debate

Monday, July 30th, 2012

In 2007, a German report led to the International Association of Athletics Federations banning the runner Oscar Pistorius from participating in the Olympics. The report found that his two prosthetic legs gave him an advantage because they absorb levels of stress that his ...

Vibrating Glove Helps Patients with Spinal Cord Injury Improve Motor Abilities

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Music's contributions to healthcare goes beyond the calming and uplifting effects it can have on patients. The vibrations of music have been used to power medical implants and other devices. Now researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have created a glove that uses music to improve sensation of patients with ...

WEEE2 Directive Puts Medical Device Industry on Notice

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Medical equipment has been largely exempt from meeting the recovery and recycling targets of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive, but those days are numbered. The long-awaited revision of the directive, dubbed WEEE2, was published in the Official Journal on 24 July 2012. It contains a number of ...

CSEM Develops Transceiver that Expands Long-life, Miniaturisation Expectations for Implantable Devices

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Switzerland's CSEM has developed an ultra-low power 2.4-GHz transceiver platform. The IcyTRX platform consumes less than 10 mW, making it suitable for Bluetooth low energy, WirelessHART and IEEE802.15.4 applications. Medical implants and body-sensor networks, which require miniaturised components with extended battery life, are among the products that will benefit from ...

Algorithms Enable Remote Diagnostics, at First Blush

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

You may blush because you are embarrassed, but software algorithms developed by MIT computer scientists see beyond the emotions. The redness of your face can be an indicator of your pulse, and it can be measured remotely via video, reports Technology Review.

New International Standard Assures Consistent and Proper Labelling of Medical Devices

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

The British Standards Institution BSI has published a new international standard to promote global consistency and help drive innovation in the labelling of medical devices. The BS EN ISO 15223-1 supersedes the well-respected European standard, BS EN 980:2008, which will consequently be withdrawn on 31 January 2013. The publication of ...

Medical Polymer-Based Nanocomposites Could Revolutionise Surgical Implants

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

From medical implants to new drug treatments, nanotechnology is the big hope for the future of healthcare but how to manufacture and scale up the production of nanoparticles and nanocomposites from an engineering point of view remains a major challenge. Scientists at The University of Nottingham believe that they could ...

Development of Artificial Jellyfish May Contribute to Understanding of Human Tissue Engineering

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

[caption id="attachment_28447" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Artificial jellyfish developed by researchers at Harvard University and California Institute of Technology"][/caption] US researchers have created a tissue-engineered jellyfish, Medusoid, that serves as a proof of concept for reverse engineering of muscular organs and simple life forms, according to a Harvard University press release. Since the ...

Highly Selective Synthetic Pores May Kill Tumours

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

[caption id="attachment_28434" align="aligncenter" width="576" caption="Atomic force microscopy images of artificial ion channels. The images are of the same sample, with increasing magnification. Photo courtesy Bing Gong, University at Buffalo "][/caption] From the wire: A team of international researchers has developed synthetic pores that mimic the activity of cellular ion channels. They ...