Design & Development News

  1. Pitt Awarded $34M To Develop Wearable Artificial Lung
    3/19/2017

    Each year, nearly 350,000 Americans die of some form of lung disease, with another 150,000 patients needing short- and long-term care. Unfortunately, current breathing-support technologies are cumbersome, often requiring patients to be bedridden and sedated.

  2. Wearable, MR-Quality Imaging Technology That Could Lead To… Telepathy?
    3/17/2017

    Advances in medical imaging could miniaturize MRI-quality technology to the size of a wearable, says tech innovator and co-founder of Openwater Mary Lou Jepsen. 

  3. Surgical Robot For Cochlear Implantation Allows “Instrument Flight” To Inner Ear
    3/17/2017

    A team of surgeons and engineers of Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, and the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, University of Bern (Switzerland), have developed a high-precision surgical robot for cochlear implantation.

  4. Oral Delivery System Could Remove Needles From Vaccines
    3/14/2017

    A novel oral delivery system could one day offer an alternative to injectable vaccines with a pill-sized device that releases a jet stream of water and vaccine molecules into the inner skin of the cheek.

  5. fNIRS-Based Wearable Allows “Locked-In” ALS Pateints To Communicate “Yes” And “No”
    3/13/2017

    Functional near infrared spectroscopic (fNIRS) imaging (pronounced f-nears) has led to a breakthrough in communication with ALS patients who are "Locked-In," meaning they are in advanced stages of the disease where the brain is conscious and functioning, but they are unable to move any muscles, including the eyes.

  6. Could Mini Robots Evolve MRI From Diagnostic Tool To Therapeutic Option?
    3/10/2017

    Engineers at the University of Houston (UH) are working on a millirobot prototype that can navigate the body with the assistance of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner — technology that would both steer the robots and image the body simultaneously.

  7. Protecting Implantable Medical Devices From Malware, Side-Channel Attacks
    3/10/2017

    University of Arizona researchers are trying to shore up implantable medical devices' defenses against cybersecurity threats by developing technologies to better detect malware and thwart side-channel attacks.

  8. MIT’s Electrode Array Can Monitor Dopamine Levels Long-Term
    3/8/2017

    Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed an electrode array that allows for long-term monitoring of dopamine in the brain, which could shed light on diseases like Parkinson’s and depression, and lead to more effective treatments.

  9. Nanobiodevice Enables Ultrafast Detection Of Cancer Biomarker
    3/8/2017

    Like DNA, ribonucleic acid (RNA) is a type of polymeric biomolecule essential for life, playing important roles in gene processing. Short lengths of RNA called microRNA are more stable than longer RNA chains, and are found in common bodily fluids.

  10. FDA Clears First Robotic System For Dental Implant Procedures
    3/7/2017

    The FDA has approved “game-changing” technology that provides pre-operative and intra-operative guidance for surgeons performing dental implant procedures.