Medical

Biodegradable polymer may replace glass optical fiber for medical applications

By Faye Oney / October 17, 2017

Researchers from Penn State University have developed a flexible optical fiber that can deliver light into the body for diagnosing disease or viewing tissue damage. It is also biodegradable, offering a number of applications for the medical industry.

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Long-range backscatter system enables devices to communicate longer distances with less power

By Faye Oney / September 29, 2017

Researchers have found a way to send and receive signals between electronic devices over long distances. Long-range backscatter is a low-cost process that uses low power and represents a breakthrough for many applications, including flexible medical devices.

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Video: Silica layer enables tuning of structural colors for biocompatible pigments that don’t fade in tattoos, paints, foods, and more

By April Gocha / September 20, 2017

Researchers report a simple method to manufacture biocompatible structural colors using only melanin and silica. The silica shell provides a buffer layer of tunable thickness that allows customization of the particular color, offering the potential to fabricate a new breed of long-lasting pigments that don’t fade.

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Medical device tax impacts medical device manufacturers

By Faye Oney / September 15, 2017

The two-year moratorium on the 2.3% medical device excise tax expires on December 31, 2017. If lawmakers repeal the tax in the next few months, it could spur research and development plus job growth in the medical device industry.

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A window to the brain: Biocompatible ceramics open clear options for ultrasonic brain treatment

By April Gocha / August 29, 2017

An international group of researchers has a clear idea for a solution to deliver noninvasive ultrasound brain treatment to patients—a transparent ceramic window implanted into the skull that would allow continued ultrasonic therapy delivered directly to the brain.

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Running the air conditioner can help filter nanoparticles out of your car’s inside air

By April Gocha / August 15, 2017

The air around major roadways is rife with particulate air pollution. However, new research from Washington University suggests there is a simple fix to help keep the air you breathe inside your car a little cleaner—and it only requires the click of a switch.

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Graphene temporary tattoos offer potential for mobile health monitoring, human machine interfaces, and more

By April Gocha / August 8, 2017

A team at the University of Texas at Austin has developed a wearable electronic sensor that incorporates wonder material graphene, allowing the temporary tattoo-like sensor to measure electrical activity from the heart, muscles, brain, and more.

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Adonte works on brain drug pump

Research Experience for Undergraduates program enables engineering student to contribute skills to neural research

By Faye Oney / August 8, 2017

A mechanical engineering major is working in MIT’s Summer Scholars Program to create tiny brain implants that could deliver drugs to the brain to treat disorders. The program is part of the NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates.

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Bioactive glass enriched with fluoride, phosphates could be next material to treat dental caries

By Faye Oney / July 21, 2017

Researchers in Europe have discovered that bioactive glass enriched with fluoride and phosphates are more effective than Bioglass 45S5 in accelerating remineralization of dentin—leading to the possibility of its inclusion in new restorative dental materials.

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Video: Biosensing tattoos react to chemical information in body fluid

By Faye Oney / July 5, 2017

Can a tattoo monitor glucose levels? Researchers have developed biosensing tattoo ink that identifies metabolic processes through reactions in interstitial fluid—which could eventually provide data on an individual’s medical condition.

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