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Medical device regulation in the EU and US needs urgent reform, say experts
Medical devices approved first in the European Union (EU) are associated with a greater rate of safety issues, finds a study published by The BMJ today. (2016-06-28)

The use of canes and other mobility devices is on the rise among older adults
About one-quarter of adults aged 65 years and older used mobility devices -- such as canes, walkers, and wheelchairs -- in 2011, and about a third of these reported using multiple devices. (2015-05-06)

More UK regulation of total hip replacement devices needed to prevent unnecessary surgery
A new study from the University of Warwick is calling for more UK compulsory regulation of devices used in hip replacements to reduce the need for further traumatic and expensive surgery. (2015-03-10)

Cyberheart research begins with virtual models, mathematics and NSF support
The NSF is supporting the early development of medical and cyber-physical systems that fuse software and hardware and go beyond today's pacemakers. Rochester Institute of Technology professor Elizabeth Cherry is on the multidisciplinary team, spanning seven universities and centers, developing the 'Cyberheart' platform for virtual, patient-specific human heart models and associated device therapies. (2015-05-18)

Could handheld electronic devices contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome?
In a study of 48 university students, intensive users of electronic devices reported more wrist/hand pain than non-intensive users. (2017-06-21)

New plastic electrochromic devices
The NANOEFFECT 'Nanocomposites with High Colouration Efficiency for Electrochromic Smart Plastic Devices' project, led by the Fraunhofer-Institut Silicatforschung (ISC), is designing new electrochromic devices that are totally plastic and flexible, capable of changing colour on the simple application of an electric current. (2005-11-21)

Do wearable baby monitors offer parents real peace of mind?
Wearable devices for infants offer to give parents peace of mind, but are they being lulled into a false sense of security, asks an article in the BMJ this week? (2014-11-18)

A 'USB' for medical diagnosis?
Biomedical engineers at UC Davis have developed a plug-in interface for the microfluidic chips that will form the basis of the next generation of compact medical devices. They hope that the (2010-11-29)

Do You Hear What I Hear?
Proprietary technology developed by the Naval Medical Research Laboratory in Pensacola, Fla., will result in more effective hearing protection devices for Service personnel exposed to high-level, on-the-job noise. (1999-03-01)

Clemson introduces first medical device reprocessing certificate program
Engineers train to recycle medical devices. (2012-10-02)

Study exposes need for pediatric cardiac devices
Nearly two-thirds of children who undergo routine interventional cardiology procedures -- those involving a catheter to treat structural disorders of the heart -- may be receiving treatment with a device that's being used for an off-label application. This finding underscores the need for the appropriate agencies to include pediatric applications when reviewing and approving cardiac device processes in the United States. (2009-03-30)

New technique boosts high-power potential for gallium nitride electronics
Gallium nitride (GaN) material holds promise for emerging high-power devices that are more energy efficient than existing technologies -- but these GaN devices traditionally break down when exposed to high voltages. Now researchers at North Carolina State University have solved the problem, introducing a buffer that allows the GaN devices to handle 10 times greater power. (2011-02-02)

Nanotechnology: The big future of tiny medicine
The symposium will examine the use of nano-and micro-fabrication tools and explore techniques for clinical and basic life sciences research, including the development of drug delivery systems, biosensors and fluidic devices, implantable devices, and tissue scaffolds with applications in medical diagnostics and imaging, treatment of cancer and other degenerative diseases, and in orthopedics and wound repair. (2008-09-23)

Researcher finds faster, cheaper way to cool electronic devices
A North Carolina State University researcher has developed a more efficient, less expensive way of cooling electronic devices - particularly devices that generate a lot of heat, such as lasers and power devices. (2012-04-09)

Really, what is the internet of things?
The Internet of Things, IoT, the cloud, big data...buzzwords for the modern age. But, asks Won Kim, Jaehyuk Choi and colleagues in the Department of Software at Gachon University, in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea: Is the IoT actually anything new and how does it work? Writing in the International Journal of Web and Grid Services, the team offer some answers and a high-level view of the IoT from the perspective of its architecture. (2015-11-13)

On the edge of graphene
Researchers at the National Physical Laboratory have discovered that the conductivity at the edges of graphene devices is different to that of the central material. (2014-08-15)

Smartphones and tablets and adolescents: Small size, big problems?
Research has shown that when children watch too much television, their risk of obesity increases. However, more and more screen time is coming from other devices, like tablets and smartphones, and the impact of these devices has not been researched as much. In a new study scheduled for publication in the Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found that children who reported spending more time on screen devices and watching television engaged in behaviors that can lead to obesity. (2016-12-14)

Flawed data behind regulation of high-risk women's health devices
Some high-risk medical devices used in obstetrics and gynecology were approved by the FDA based on flawed data and were not effective in clinical trials, according to a recent study. The investigators assessed the regulation of women's health devices approved by the FDA in the last 15 years. The agency's approvals should be based on clinical studies more rigorous than currently required, both before and after the devices go to market, the authors said. (2016-05-20)

Sex and height might influence neck posture when viewing electronic handheld devices
Sex and height appear to influence how people flex their neck when viewing handheld devices, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Arkansas. (2019-09-04)

Radiology programs would benefit from incorporating tablet devices into education of residents
Radiology programs and their residents would benefit from incorporating tablet devices, like the iPad, into residency education, according to a study in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. (2012-06-01)

Surgical implants coated with one of 'nature's antibiotics' could prevent infection: UBC study
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have discovered a mimic of one of (2009-01-29)

New organic material unlocks faster and more flexible electronic devices
Mobile phones and other electronic devices made from an organic material that is thin, bendable and more powerful are now a step closer thanks to new research led by scientists at The Australian University (ANU). (2020-07-15)

One size does not fit all for knee replacements and other medical devices
Undergoing a knee replacement involves sophisticated medical equipment, but innovative prosthetic design may not offer the same benefits for all knee replacement recipients, Yale School of Medicine researchers report in a perspective article in the Oct. 20 issue of New England Journal of Medicine. (2011-10-19)

Tanning devices may contribute to incidence of common skin cancers
The use of artificial tanning devices such as tanning lamps and tanning beds may contribute to the incidence of two common types of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, a new study suggests. The findings appear in the Feb. 6 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (2002-02-05)

Going green in the hospital
Wider adoption of the practice of recycling medical equipment -- including laparoscopic ports and durable cutting tools typically tossed out after a single use -- could save hospitals hundreds of millions of dollars annually and curb trash at medical centers, the second-largest waste producers in the United States after the food industry. (2010-02-24)

Simple idea could revolutionise safety devices
A simple but clever idea by a University of Bath engineer could revolutionise the way that safety devices across the world are constructed. (2005-09-07)

University of Minnesota's 6th annual Design of Medical Devices Conference to be held April 17-19
The University of Minnesota's Sixth Annual Design of Medical Devices Conference will be held April 17-19, at the Radisson University Hotel, 615 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. The conference, designed to attract top leaders from industry and academia, will address major trends related to medical device design, policy, engineering, education and commercialization. (2007-03-21)

Electrochemical Society names NJIT electrical engineer Fellow For Achievement
Durga Misra, Ph.D., a professor in the electrical and computer engineering department at New Jersey Institute of Technology, was named a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society. Misra is one of 14 newly selected fellows in 2006 recognized for their individual contributions and leadership in the achievement of science and technology in the area of solid-state sciences and electrochemistry. (2006-10-31)

Senior doctors expose 'scandal' of pacemaker battery life
The battery life of implantable heart monitors must be improved to reduce the need for replacement and the risks this carries for patients, argue two senior doctors in The BMJ today. (2016-02-04)

New ways to see light and store information
Researchers from the University of Cologne, Jilin University and the University of Nottingham have developed a method to significantly prolong the lives of charges in organic electronic devices. (2015-04-13)

New technology offers hope of safe MRI exams
As the diagnostic capability of MRI continues to advance, and as the availability of MRI machines increases worldwide, so should the availability of implantable devices that are MRI safe. This advance is urgently needed says one executive. (2007-04-04)

Industry sponsorship leads to bias in reported findings of clinical trials
Studies reporting the results of industry sponsored clinical trials present a more favorable picture of the effects of drugs and medical devices than those reporting on non-industry sponsored trials, according to a new Cochrane systematic review. The researchers call for a rethink of the way that industry bias is handled in medical guidelines and reviews. (2012-12-11)

Global tracking devices negatively affect the survival rate of sage-grouses
A new study in The Condor: Ornithological Applications finds that currently-available global positioning system (GPS) tracking devices, previously thought to not alter animal survival rates, can decrease greater sage-grouse survival. (2019-08-13)

Heart catheters do not benefit patients
Doctors should probably stop using pulmonary artery catheters because they do not benefit patients, say doctors from Australia in this week's BMJ. (2006-11-02)

Children dependent on life support vulnerable to loss of electrical power
Children dependent on electrically powered medical devices for life support and maintenance are vulnerable to an unexpected loss of power - and their parents are ill-prepared to deal with it, according to an abstract presented Sunday, Oct. 16, at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in Boston. (2011-10-16)

$6.5M nanomedicine center includes Yale engineer
David A. LaVan, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and member of Yale's Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program, is among the recipients of a special $6.5 million center grant from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health, intended to rapidly launch revolutionary ideas in the use of nanomedicine and serve as the centerpiece of its Nanomedicine Roadmap Initiative. (2005-10-14)

Blood flow measurements in microfluidic devices fabricated by a micromilling technique
The researchers show the ability of a micromilling machine to manufacture microchannels down to 30 μm and also the ability of a microfluidic device to perform partial separation of red blood cells from plasma. (2016-04-13)

Study shows MRIs are safe for patients with wide variety of pacemakers, defibrillators
Magnetic resonance imaging appears to be safe for patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices, even for chest imaging, according to a new study. (2017-09-29)

New standards to improve measurements of microdevices
Three new standards are under development to improve microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), such as the microaccelerometers that activate automotive airbags. NIST researchers along with their colleagues at several companies, are completing experiments that validate the new standards, which will be used to measure more accurately several characteristics of materials used in constructing MEMS devices. (2004-07-16)

An epidemic of epipens
Researchers at the University of Birmingham have found that prescriptions of adrenaline autoinjectors (commonly called 'epipens') for children with allergies have increased markedly in the last decade, with nearly four devices a year provided per child. (2017-03-15)

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