Super-strong surgical tape detaches on demand

Removable adhesive could make it easier for surgeons to close up internal wounds.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
June 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: medicine research medical-devices mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf civil-and-environmental-engineering

Tiny brain stim implant doesn’t need batteries or wires

A new device the size of a grain of rice could electrically stimulate the brain. It could potentially help treat depression, Parkinson's, and more.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: brains materials-science medical-devices magnetism health-and-medicine implants

Barrier box makes intubation safer for hospital workers

Health workers could get some more protection against droplets as they fight against the COVID-19 pandemic with a clear barrier box.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
May 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 physicians hospitals medical-devices nurses health-and-medicine

Sensor could warn of gout attacks

"We wanted to create a technology that is reliable and user-friendly so that patients can easily self-monitor their blood urate levels."

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sensors medical-devices health-and-medicine feet joints

Watch: DIY ventilator uses hardware store parts

A ventilator prototype that uses low-cost off the shelf parts could help alleviate concerns about shortages of medical equipment.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
April 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 lungs hospitals medical-devices featured health-and-medicine ventilator

4 ways engineers aim to save lives during COVID-19

Engineers are solving problems with testing and treatment for COVID-19, including designing new medical equipment and better nasal swabs.

Kat McAlpine-Boston • futurity
April 20, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: covid-19 medical-devices health-and-medicine medical-tests

Coronavirus: inside story of how Mercedes F1 and academics fast-tracked life saving breathing aid

In under 10 days, engineers from UCL and Mercedes F1 reverse-engineered a product, produced a new design, tested it, got regulatory approval and started production.

Clare Elwell, Professor of Medical Physics, Vice Dean for Impact, UCL Engineering, UCL • conversation
April 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: engineering covid-19 coronavirus manufacturing ventilators medical-devices ucl

The history of ventilators is a ‘remarkable journey’

From gigantic iron lungs to today's sophisticated systems, ventilators have been saving lives for decades in pandemics from polio to COVID-19.

Bob Marcotte-U. Rochester • futurity
April 13, 2020 ~13 min

Tags: covid-19 history lungs medical-devices health-and-medicine ventilator

Gamma radiation found ineffective in sterilizing N95 masks

Nuclear scientists and biomedical researchers team up to investigate whether treatment with gamma radiation could make N95 masks more reusable.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
April 10, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: medicine covid-19 pandemic health-care research medical-devices school-of-engineering harvard-mit-health-sciences-and-technology collaboration materials-science-and-engineering health-sciences-and-technology institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes nuclear-science-and-engineering

Simple changes turn sleep apnea machines into ventilators

Freely available designs to turn sleep apnea machines into life-saving ventilators could help address nation-wide shortages in the fight against COVID-19.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
April 10, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 hospitals medical-devices health-and-medicine sleep-apnea ventilator

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