Sugar-coated nanosheets to selectively target pathogens
Researchers have developed a process for creating ultrathin, self-assembling sheets of synthetic materials that can function like designer flypaper in selectively binding with viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. In this way the new platform, developed by a team led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), could potentially be used to inactivate or detect pathogens.
Enclosed filter enhances quality of API for kidney dialysis
Amazon Filters has supplied a leading pharmaceutical company with SupaPore PPG pleated depth filter cartridges to enable them to achieve a safe, enclosed point-of-use filter on their nitrogen gas distribution line used in the production of an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) for kidney dialysis treatments. The existing nitrogen filters used in the production facility were in the form of a capsule assembly which was considered a potenti...
Dexcom G6 CGM receives FDA approval
Dexcom has announced that the FDA has granted a De Novo request for the Dexcom G6 CGM System, the newest generation of CGM for people with diabetes ages 2 and up. The Dexcom G6 is indicated by the FDA for use as both a standalone CGM and for integration into automated insulin dosing (AID) systems. The powerful and revolutionary new Dexcom G6 is the first CGM to receive this classification by the FDA.
ConfidenHT System receives CE Mark
Pythagoras Medical, a cutting edge medical device company established by Rainbow Medical, has announced that its ConfidenHT System has received a European CE Mark. ConfidenHT is a novel system for patients with resistant hypertension, which improves the efficacy of renal denervation (RDN) procedures. ConfidenHT provides real-time guidance to physicians by identifying ablation "hot spots", verifying ablation effectiveness and identi...
Medical devices are copping a new material
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognised copper as the world’s leading anti-bacterial metal. This has led to a number of uses and opportunities for copper in medical applications. Here, Melissa Albeck, CEO of materials comparison website Matmatch, explains the benefits of using copper in comparison to other materials on the market. When you think of a typical hospital environment, you’ll probably think of a steril...
Kirigami inspires better bandages
Scraped up knees and elbows are tricky places to securely apply a bandage. More often than not, the adhesive will peel away from the skin with just a few bends of the affected joint. Now MIT engineers have come up with a stickier solution, in the form of a thin, lightweight, rubber-like film. The adhesive film can stick to highly deformable regions of the body, such as the knee and elbow, and maintain its hold even after 100 bending cycles.
Method for 3D bio-fabrication based on bacterial cellulose
Bacterial cellulose (BC) nanofibres are promising building blocks for the development of sustainable materials with the potential to outperform conventional synthetic materials. BC, one of the purest forms of nanocellulose, is produced at the interface between the culture medium and air, where the aerobic bacteria have access to oxygen.
Ultrathin endoscope captures neurons firing in the brain
Researchers have developed an endoscope as thin as a human hair that can image the activity of neurons in the brains of living mice. Because it is so thin, the endoscope can reach deep into the brain, giving researchers access to areas that cannot be seen with microscopes or other types of endoscopes.
Unlocking the secrets of the human brain with honeybees
It has been discovered by researchers from the University of Sheffield that looking at honeybees in a colony in the same way as neurons in a brain could help us better understand the basic mechanisms of human behaviour.
Brain scanner allows patients to move freely
A new generation of brain scanner, that can be worn like a helmet allowing patients to move naturally whilst being scanned, has been developed by researchers at the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre, University of Nottingham and the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, UCL. It is part of a five-year Wellcome funded project which has the potential to revolutionise the world of human brain imaging.