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How To Make Almost Anything – Exclusive Interview with Dr. Neil Gershenfeld, MIT Center for Bits and Atoms
How To Make Almost Anything – Exclusive Interview with Dr. Neil Gershenfeld, MIT Center for Bits and Atoms

clockTuesday November 24, 2020

Dassault Systèmes’ annual Science in The Age of Experience Conference has become one of my favorite conferences. It is a platform for thoughtful and innovative discussion centered around how science affects so many aspects of our lives, as well as an intermingling of distinguished scientists, engineers, and other professionals from all walks of life and […]

Hydrogel Contact Lens Measures Biomarkers in Tears
Hydrogel Contact Lens Measures Biomarkers in Tears

clockTuesday November 24, 2020

Researchers at the Terasaki Institute in Los Angeles have developed a prototype of a contact lens that can assist with tear sampling for diagnostic purposes, and to also improve tear flow to potentially prevent dry eye disease. The hydrogel lens contains microchannels through which tears can travel and testing chambers where electrochemical and colorimetric tests […]

Highly Realistic 3D Printed Human Hearts
Highly Realistic 3D Printed Human Hearts

clockMonday November 23, 2020

Physical models of organs and tissues have many uses in clinical medicine, particularly when preparing for challenging surgeries. Naturally, the heart is commonly modeled using 3D printing to most closely mimic the nuances of unique patient anatomies. This is useful when preparing for procedures such as mitral valve repairs, but typically this is accomplished using […]

OtoSet Automatic Ear Cleaning Device FDA Cleared
OtoSet Automatic Ear Cleaning Device FDA Cleared

clockThursday November 19, 2020

SafKan Health, a firm based in Tucson, Arizona, won FDA clearance and is about to release its OtoSet automated ear cleaning system. Designed to address impacted earwax, which affects millions of people and often causes hearing loss, the OtoSet is a pair of headphones with irrigation and suction tips on the inside. These spray water […]

Symani Microsurgical System Cleared in Europe
Symani Microsurgical System Cleared in Europe

clockWednesday November 18, 2020

Medical Microinstruments (MMI), a company based outside of Pisa, Italy, won the European CE Mark of approval for its Symani robotic surgical system. The product provides 7-20X scaling of hand movements, automatically removing tremors to allow for safe microsurgical and supermicrosurgical procedures. It is hoped that this impressive new device can help to improve how […]

Red Blood Cells Deliver Nanoparticles to Provoke Immune Response to Lung Metastases
Red Blood Cells Deliver Nanoparticles to Provoke Immune Response to Lung Metastases

clockTuesday November 17, 2020

Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have developed a way to deliver immune-stimulating agents to lung metastases. Their system involves nanoparticles loaded with an immune-stimulating agent that are attached to red blood cells. When injected into the blood stream, the red blood cells shed the nanoparticles as they squeeze through the narrow capillaries of the lungs, […]

Implantable Bladder Wrap for Improved Urinary Control
Implantable Bladder Wrap for Improved Urinary Control

clockMonday November 16, 2020

Researchers at Penn State have developed an implantable device that coils around the bladder to detect when the bladder is full and assist with emptying it by contracting on-demand. The device is intended to treat underactive bladder, a condition in which incomplete bladder emptying leads to irregular and uncomfortable urination. “Researchers have been interested in […]

Stretchable Fiber-Optic Sensors for Skin-Like Sensation
Stretchable Fiber-Optic Sensors for Skin-Like Sensation

clockFriday November 13, 2020

Researchers at Cornell University have developed stretchable sensors that can detect sensations such as strain, pressure, and bending, much like human skin. Deformation is measured through changes in optical paths within the flexible fiber optic sensors. By providing a sense of ‘touch’, the sensors could provide additional functionality for medical soft robots or prostheses and […]

FDA Clears Most Powerful Clinical MRI
FDA Clears Most Powerful Clinical MRI

clockThursday November 12, 2020

GE Healthcare won FDA clearance for its SIGNA 7.0T MRI scanner, currently the most powerful device available for clinical applications. A high end scanner’s magnetic field typically tops out at 3 Tesla, but the new device goes all the way up to 7 Tesla to provide an unprecedented look at highly detailed anatomy. Certainly intended […]

Rapid Identification of Antibiotic-Resistant Infections: Interview with Jong Lee, CEO at Day Zero Diagnostics
Rapid Identification of Antibiotic-Resistant Infections: Interview with Jong Lee, CEO at Day Zero Diagnostics

clockWednesday November 11, 2020

Antibiotic resistance is a growing concern, with some predictions suggesting that routine surgery could be unacceptably risky in a future where many antibiotics have become obsolete. Part of the problem lies in the time it takes clinicians to diagnose an antibiotic-resistant infection. Current techniques involve lab technicians culturing a bacterial sample until it can be […]

Elastomeric Respirator Mask Senses Fit and Filter Saturation
Elastomeric Respirator Mask Senses Fit and Filter Saturation

clockWednesday November 11, 2020

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed a new respirator, conceived as an improvement on standard N95 masks. The transparent respirator contains sensors that allow users to know if the mask is fitting snugly and alerts them when the filters need to be replaced. The mask, called the transparent, […]