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Seeing Nanoparticles in 3D Within Animal Tissues

Understanding the pharmacokinetics and distribution of nanoparticles has always been challenging. Researchers can quantify accumulation at the organ level, but at the expense of cellular detail. Or they can quantify accumulation at the cellular level, but at the expense of 3D tissue architecture detail. Show More Summary

Super Accurate Opto-Microfluidic Chip to Measure Glucose in Sweat

At the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Zhejiang University in China, researchers have developed a highly sensitive glucometer integrated inside an opto-microfluidic device. Electrochemical sensors can be used instead of optical components, but they’re subject to interference and can produce inconsistent results. Show More Summary

Device Captures Circulating Tumor Cells, Keeps Them Alive for Testing

Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) that dislodge from a primary tumor and travel through the blood stream can spread the disease, but can also be valuable for monitoring how a therapy is working. There are now quite a few devices out there...Show More Summary

Catheter Coating Detects Infections, Notifies Clinicians

Urinary catheter infections are a notorious bane for clinicians taking care of patients with indwelling catheters. Those on long term management are forced to take antibiotics to prevent infections, while infections still occur, blocking the catheter’s lumen and causing a variety of side effects. Show More Summary

Hardware-In-The-Loop Helps to Develop New Medical Devices

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart, Germany have been working on translating hardware-in-the-loop development approaches, the same ones used extensively in the auto industry, to create new medical devices. Show More Summary

Cellphone-sized Device for PCR Testing of Ebola

An international team of researchers has created a device about the size of a cell phone that can rapidly detect Ebola within samples of blood. It is a miniaturized single-step reverse-transcription PCR machine that detects Ebola RNA in about forty minutes. Show More Summary

Accuryn Smart Urimeter Measures Variety of Parameters

Potrero Medical, a San Francisco firm, landed FDA clearance for its Accuryn monitor that uses a sensor-equipped catheter to provide real time data on patient urine output, intra-abdominal pressure, and temperature. Filtering the intra-abdominal pressure data can provide the patient’s heart rate, respiratory rate, and relative stroke volume. Show More Summary

AtriCure’s AtriClip PRO2 Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion System FDA Cleared

AtriCure obtained FDA clearance for the company’s AtriClip PRO2 Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Exclusion System. The tool is used to resect the LAA during the open procedures. The device can be used with either the left or right hand, helping to improve ease of access to the relevant anatomy. Show More Summary

DNA Strings Turned Into Molecular Thermometers

At the University of Montreal scientists have created a DNA-based thermometer that is so tiny that it can be inserted into cells to read the temperature inside. The inspiration came from seeing naturally occurring molecules being used to sense the temperature in the biological world. Show More Summary

Melomind Headphones with Integrated EEG to Help You Relax

Consumer electroencephalography (EEG) has been entering the non-clinical space for a few years now, with few actual useful applications to show for itself. A nifty new product hopes to read your brainwaves and generate soundscapes that help you relax and calm down. Show More Summary

Boston Sci’s ImageReady MRI-Safe Pacemakers and Leads FDA Approved

Boston Scientific landed FDA approval for its ImageReady pacing system that includes the ACCOLADE MRI AND ESSENTIO MRI pacemakers and the INGEVITY MRI leads. As the names imply, the devices are safe for use within an MRI scanner (up to 1.5 Tesla) as long as certain precautions are taken. Show More Summary

Intuity Medical’s All-In-One Glucometer FDA Cleared

Intuity Medical, a company based in Sunnyvale, California, won FDA clearance to introduce its POGO Automatic glucose monitoring system in the U.S. This is really the first all-in-one system that unites finger pricking, blood collection, and testing into a single device. Show More Summary

High Processing Powered Flexible Electronics for Next Gen Wearables

A team headed by researchers at University of Wisconsin-Madison, has come up with a way of embedding fast transistors and integrating wireless technology into highly flexible plastic sheets. The technology should apparently be easy to...Show More Summary

Nephotron, a Budget Friendly Dialyzer Reprocessor

Greyfalcon Healthcare, a company based in Bangalore, India, has released its first product, the Android-powered Nephotron dialyzer reprocessing system. It processes two dialyzers within about ten minutes and is controlled using the top-mounted 7? Android tablet that talks to the machine via Bluetooth wireless. Show More Summary

New Coating Prevents Bacterial Biofilm Formation on Medical Devices

At the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), Israel, researchers have developed a new coating for medical implants that prevents the formation of bacterial biofilms on metal surfaces. Biofilms are particularly difficult to get rid of and are one of the main reasons for ortho implant revision surgeries. Show More Summary

Integrated Printed Sensors Turn Clothes Into Body Monitors

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Würzburg, Germany have developed new printable sensors that can be integrated into clothing items to track physical activity and other health parameters. The firstShow More Summary

Activated Molecules Kill Tumor Cells Only Where Light Shines

Researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany and University of Kiev, Ukraine have developed a new photodynamic substance that may be useful for attacking tumors. Photodynamic therapy typically involves using light to create free radicals out of oxygen. Show More Summary

Highly Stretchable Elastomer May be Candidate for Artificial Muscles

Researchers from Stanford University developed a new silicone rubber elastomer, based on a poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS)-derivative. The material can be stretched to 45 times its original length, a characteristic that the team attributed to the constant breaking and reforming of metal-ligand coordination bonds throughout stretching. Show More Summary

Tiny Sensor Detects Cancer Cells Through Multiple Channels at The Same Time

While microfluidic devices that can help detect disease biomarkers can get pretty small, they often require a microscope to read the results, negating the size advantage. Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed an electronic sensor that can detect cancer cells flowing through many channels of a microfluidic device simultaneously. Show More Summary

Hologic Releases Affirm Prone Breast Biopsy System in U.S.

Hologic won FDA clearance and is releasing its Affirm prone biopsy guidance system, a product already approved in Europe. The system provides both 2D and 3D image guidance for performing breast biopsies. The system has a relatively wide field of view to more easily access suspect lesions found during 3D mammography exams. Show More Summary

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