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At ETH Zurich in Switzerland, researchers have developed tiny new biodegradable sensors that can measure the temperature of things they're embedded in. The technology is primarily designed to help monitor food safety, but will certainly also be useful for keeping track of temperature sensitive medications and medical devices. The core goal of the research project was to avoid using toxic precious metals that are typically used in such devices. The researchers instead used very thin, wound threads of a mix of magnesium, silicon dioxide, and nitride for electrical conductivity, all...
Dräger is now making available in the United States its Babyleo TN500 IncuWarmer beds. These devices keep a careful control of the temperature inside the infant warmer/incubator and can be used in open and closed care, as well as during transitions. Florida Hospital in Orlando is now the first facility in the U.S. to begin using the new beds. It has three different heating units, including a convective heater, a dual radiant warmer, and a heater inside the mattress. The three head delivery modes help to control the temperature and work...
Believe it or not, the way we blink our eyelids can be influenced by neurologic conditions, autoimmune diseases, and other factors. In order to take advantage of this knowledge, though, one needs a device that can accurately measure the movement of the eyelids. At Technion-Israel Institute of Technology researchers have designed just such an apparatus, which relies on a magnetic field sensor to detect eyelid dynamics. The device, which resembles something a mad movie scientist would wear, works with standard refraction glasses that ophthalmologists use. The person whose blinking is being...
Imec, a nanotechnology and digital technology research institution in Belgium, has developed the world's densest neural probe. The ability to build ever more complex and capable brain-computer interfaces and neural implants requires being able to interface with as many neurons as possible. The new neural probe is so densely packed with electrodes that individual neurons can be read and stimulated using the new device. "Our goal was to fabricate a brain probe that would enable a breakthrough in the level of detail by which micro circuits of the brain cortex...
Interstitial fluid, which resembles blood plasma and that is reachable near the surface of the skin, contains many biomarkers, including sodium, potassium, and proteins, associated with normal body function, as well as those related to certain diseases. Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories and University of New Mexico have working on a new microneedle patch that can draw large quantities of interstitial fluid for laboratory testing. Additionally, there's room for sensors to be integrated into the patch for point-of-care biomarker detection. Each of the microneedles on the patch feeds into a tiny tube where...
At the University of Michigan researchers have developed a technique for printing drug compounds directly onto skin patches, ingestable strips, and just about any other drug delivery device. Multiple drugs can be combined together to be able to produce patient-specific regimens, which would be produced inside a pharmacy, clinic, or hospital. Using a method called organic vapor-jet printing, a drug in the form of a powder is heated into a gas and combined with an inert gas. The combination of the two gasses is directed in a fine stream onto...
The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has just been announced, and Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young are the winners. The scientists explained the workings of the circadian rhythm, a mechanism that is present in plants and animals. Seemingly and forever, the whole living world automatically adjusts to the changes in light and dark as the Earth spins around its axis, but the "whys" and "hows" of this process were only discovered in the 80s and 90s. [caption id="attachment_1297135" align="alignright" width="400"] The figure shows the...
A collaboration between scientists at Harvard and MIT has developed a tattoo ink that can be programmed to change color in response to changes in concentration of different biomarkers. For example, rising glucose levels turn the tattoo from green to brown. Unlike typical body monitoring devices, the team's "biosensitive ink" has the benefit of not relying on electricity, being always "on" whether the patient remembers to use it or not, and not having to draw bodily fluids to get a reading. The ink is designed to interact with the interstitial fluid that...
We are entering a new era in health care, where innovative technologies are frequently developed and introduced to health care workers. One of the most groundbreaking developments has been the use of robots to assist surgeons with complicated procedures. However, optimal training of physicians is crucial to ensure this technology is utilized in a safe and effective manner. Since robot-assisted surgeries can place human lives at stake, no one can argue that simulation is one of the safest most ethical training methods. One of the leaders in robotic surgery simulation...
Masimo is now making fully available its RAS-45 acoustic respiration sensor that works with the company's rainbow Acoustic Monitoring platform and that is compatible with both adult and pediatric patients. It performs the same as the RAS-125c sensor, but being considerably smaller and featuring a more flexible adhesive, it is easier to put on and more comfortable to wear, particularly for children and adults with stubby necks. The sensor provides continuous respiratory rate, its waveform, as well as the ability to actually listen to the sounds being detected directly from the sensor....
CardioFocus, a company out of Marlborough, Massachusetts, won the European CE Mark to introduce its new HeartLight Excalibur Balloon for treatment of atrial fibrillation. The device is based on the company's previously FDA approved HeartLight ablation system, but is designed to make procedures easier and faster by improving the compliance of the balloon and by being able to ablate larger tissue targets than before. The company's HeartLight technology is used during pulmonary vein isolation procedures, using the balloon to isolate the target area and providing the physician with a direct view of the...

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