How a fish is providing insight into epilepsy treatment

Researchers from the University of Texas have used the biologics of an African fish to create new insights into treatments for diseases like epilepsy. Some fish use electrical charges to sense the world around them while communicating with other members of its species, according to the researchers. The electrical signals only last a few tenths

Advanced Thermal Solutions expands heat pipe line

Advanced Thermal Solutions announced that it is expanding its line of high-performance, off-the-shelf, flat and round heat pipes. ATS heat pipes are used in thermal management of electronics . The company’s high-performance copper heat pipes with grooved or sintered, copper powder wick structures are specifically used for cooling a number of applications in the medical,

This new material could eliminate motors and actuators in robots and medical devices

Researchers at the University of Hong Kong have developed a new material that eliminates the need for motors and actuators to be used in robots, medical devices, prosthetic muscles, exoskeletons and more. The new actuating material is made from nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxides and is powered by visible light, electricity and other stimuli. The material actuation is

Panasonic touts high temperature Nickel Metal Hydride battery

Panasonic is touting it high temperature, long life type battery the Nickel Metal Hydride. The battery has an ambient discharge range of -30ºC to 85ºC. It also features a minimum-rated capacity of 11000 mAh. Panasonic suggests that the Nickel Metal Hydride battery is best used in applications that need high capacity and a wide range

SetPoint Medical touts 2-year relief from rheumatoid arthritis

Startup SetPoint Medical has demonstrated “significant, sustained improvement” over two years in a first-in-human study using bioelectronic therapy in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Seventeen subjects with moderate to severe symptoms were implanted with a vagus nerve stimulator in the European study. At three months, the therapy was shown to have significantly reduced RA symptoms

Keystone Electronics touts UL recognized, quick-fit terminals

Keystone Electronics is touting its UL recognized, male and female, PCB quick-fit terminals, as well as its male rivet mount quick-fit terminals. The quick-fit terminals are designed to withstand repeated mating cycles. The PCB mountable terminals have a Sturdi-Mount design that increases its mounting strength and stability by maintaining the terminal’s perpendicularity to PCBs during

How ingestible bacteria-on-a-chip could diagnose gastrointestinal diseases

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an ingestible sensor that has engineered bacteria that can diagnose bleeding in the stomach and has the potential to diagnose other gastrointestinal problems. The system, being called bacteria-on-a-chip, uses sensors with living cells and ultra-low power electronics that can convert a bacterial response into wireless signals that can

TT Electonics wraps up acquisition of Stadium Group

TT Electronics (Woking, U.K.) said today that it has completed its purchase of Stadium Group, a Reading, U.K.–based supplier of connectivity products and services, power supplies, human-machine interface (HMI) and electronic assemblies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Stadium products are used in applications including medical equipment, smart home, industrial robotics and aircraft cabin controls

Watlow receives UL and CSA certification for Fluent Heater

Watlow (St. Louis) recently announced that it has received UL 499 and CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 72-10 certifications for its Fluent in-line heaters. The Fluent in-line heaters are designed for a number of applications including hemodialysis fluid heating, ink preheating systems, semiconductor purge gas heating and on demand fluid heating. The heater’s small profile allows it to

How to protect medical cables and connectors from electromagnetic interference

Cable and connector experience from military and satellite systems could help pave the way for safer electromagnetic interference control in the medical device industry. Robert Stanton, Omnetics Connector Corp. Today’s medical treatment suites are crowded with increasingly complex electronic devices designed to monitor, display, assist and alarm the staff involved in patient services. The newest

This wearable system continuously monitors stomach activity

California researchers have created an electrocardiogram-like system for the gastrointestinal tract that monitors electrical activity in the stomach over a 24-hour period. The system is a wearable, non-invasive system that provides GI activity monitoring outside of clinical settings while increasing the chance of identifying abnormal activity. It is a 3D printed portable box that is

Ametek offers new UVCP blowers

Ametek Dynamic Fluid Solutions recently announced that its Windjammer 5.7-inch and Nautilair 7.6-inch brushless blowers with universal voltage common performance (UVCP) are now available. The UVCP allows the company to achieve the same performance regardless of voltage inputs. It is a unique feature to the blower industry and allows for one product to be used

This smartphone case monitors blood glucose on the go

University of California San Diego engineers have created a smartphone case that, when paired with an app, can make it easier for people with diabetes to track and record blood glucose levels on the go. “Integrating blood glucose sensing into a smartphone would eliminate the need for patients to carry a separate device,” Patrick Mercier,

Epec launches new customer portal version

Epec recently announced that it has released its newest version of its Customer Portal. The company first released the Customer Portal in May 2015. After numerous usability complaints from customers, Epec’s ERP administrator and marketing team performed a design overhaul to make the site more user friendly. The team completely rebuilt the Customer Portal website

Murata Electronics touts Nordic-based BLE module for IoT solutions

Murata Electronics recently announced the release of MBN52832 – a Bluetooth Low Energy/NFC module that the company says enables ultra-low power connectivity for data communication. The miniaturized MBN52832 device consists of Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF52832 IC, a 32 MHz crystal for timing and an on-board antenna – packaged into a small form factor. The device also includes