3D-printed microfish deliver drugs & remove toxins
Using an innovative 3D printing technology they previously developed, nanoengineers from UC San Diego have manufactured multipurpose fish-shaped microrobots - called microfish - that swim around efficiently in liquids, are chemically powered by hydrogen peroxide and magnetically controlled. According to the researchers, these proof-of-concept synthetic microfish will inspire a new generation of 'smart' microrobots that have diverse capabilities s...
3D-printed guide helps regrow complex nerves
A national team of researchers has developed a first-of-its-kind, 3D-printed guide that helps regrow both the sensory and motor functions of complex nerves after injury. The groundbreaking research has the potential to help more than 200,000 people annually who experience nerve injuries or disease. Collaborators on the project are from the University of Minnesota, Virginia Tech, University of Maryland, Princeton University and Johns Hopkins Unive...
Artificial intelligence could help cure breast cancer
Western University researchers are working on a way to use artificial intelligence to predict a patient’s response to two common chemotherapy medications used to treat breast cancer, paclitaxel and gemcitabine. Peter Rogan, PhD, and a team of researchers, including Stephanie Dorman, PhD, and Katherina Baranova, BMSc, at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, are hoping to one day remove the guesswork from breast cancer...
Ultrasound cleaning shakes off infection risk
Researchers from the University of Southampton have demonstrated how a pioneering ultrasonic device can significantly improve the cleaning of medical instruments and reduce contamination and risk of infection. StarStream, invented and patented by the University of Southampton and in commercial production by Ultrawave Ltd., makes water more efficient for cleaning by creating tiny bubbles which automatically scrub surfaces.
Accelerometer meets FDA Class III implant device standards
STMicroelectronics has introduced the MIS2DH ULP 3-axis accelerometer designed for medical applications, including U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Class III implantable devices. ST has experience in developing custom motion sensors for leading medical manufacturers, and the MIS2DH distills this expertise into a product that can enable functions such as activity monitoring and posture sensing, for a wide range of medical applicat...
Tissue-engineered 'liver' enables fast drug testing
Scientists have developed a new technique that produces a user friendly, low cost, tissue-engineered pseudo-organ, publishing the results in the journal Biofabrication. The chip-based model produces a faithful mimic of the in vivo liver inside a scalable fluid-handling device, demonstrating proof of principle for toxicology tests and opening up potential use in drug testing and personalised medicine.
External power supplies solve healthcare power risks
Designed to meet the unique power supply requirements of home healthcare equipment, SL Power Electronics announces its newest family of medical-grade external power supplies. The 60W ME60 series is also approved to IEC 60601-1-2 Fourth edition EMC requirements; AAMI ES/CSA C22.2/EN/IEC60601-1, third edition with 2xMOPP; and U.S. Department of Energy’s Level VI efficiency requirements.
Hacked software could save the NHS millions
Switching from 'one size fits all' to a personalised approach based on free open source kitchen design software could dramatically slash the annual cost of adapting the homes of elderly patients on their discharge from hospital. Research from occupational therapy and computer science academics from Brunel University London shows that more than half of the costly equipment from shower chairs to grab rails installed in their homes for such patients...
Paralysis sufferers communicate with breath signals
A recent device, which is believed to be the worlds first of its kind, has been developed by academics from Loughborough University. The device transforms paralysis sufferers' breath into words, helping them to communicate. The tool analyses changes in the users breathing patterns and coverts the 'breath signals' into words. To do this the tool uses pattern recognition software and an ADC. A speech synthesiser then reads the words aloud.
RTP Company provides tribology data for medical device material selection
RTP Company now offers tribology data from an innovative new friction test to help designers of drug delivery devices select the best possible material for single-use applications.